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Love Ninja - Asheville Brewing Company

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Love Ninja
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86
very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 7.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Asheville Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AngusOg on 02-24-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 5
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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Love Ninja pours a black color with a big tan head. There are some sweet notes, some raspberry notes. There is a smokey flavor, with small hints of raspberries. Weaker body, a little flat feel. Overall its a nice beer, weaker flavors, just small hints of raspberries.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, almost black coloring with some mahogany highlights around the edges. Slim, low profile, sparse, light tan head coats the surface. Aromas of rich and tart raspberry fruit forward, with a milk chocolate backbone, subtle roasted notes, and a hint of coffee bitterness. Flavors are raspberry tart and sweet forward, with a crème highlight, bitter coffee backbone, and a ribbon of bittersweet baker's chocolate. Very well balanced and damn tasty. The body is light and dry, per the Porter style, and there is a bit of a crème and chocolate highlight to the otherwise raspberry fruit aftertaste. Tart and sweet through and through. The finish is dry and smooth, with the tart berry notes lingering on. Very tasty beer.

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3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler as dark roasted coffee color with little/no sunlight showing through and a dark tan head of medium density. Some lacing visible after a couple of minutes. Nose of roasted malts and red berries. Medium mouth expected of a porter. Tastes of roasted malts, slight hops and red berries with a slight coffee finish. Enjoyable porter and I personally like this better than their standard ninja offering.

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4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a solidly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that doesn't retain long before reducing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer center patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Lots of raspberry, as expected, with a nice chocolaty backdrop from the dark roast. Just as it smells like it's going to be too sweet, the roast comes in and offsets it.

T- Taste is actually not as raspberry heavy as the aroma with the main player being the dark roasted malt and the raspberry coming in as, appropriately, the icing on the cake. Still very sweet, but the roast does a great job complementing the raspberry.

M- Silky soft with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Pretty much just what I expected, if not better. IMO, Ninja Porter is ABC's best beer and this is a wonderful treatment for it. There's a great equalization between the two flavors and it results in a smooth, tasty drink. Will definitely be getting this again if they brew some more.

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Love Ninja from Asheville Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.