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Lucky 7 Porter - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

238 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
24 IBU

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 04-30-2009)
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a shade before black, an extremely dark brown with tight one finger brown head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malt, some coffee, a little bit of chocolate. There is also a nice smoky aroma as well.

T: Nice roasty flavor which melds nicely to some coffee and chocolate. A little caramel near the end and a smoky taste on the finish. The chocolate flavor kicks in again on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, low carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, another good beer from Evo!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 01:25:36 | More by mdaschaf
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jsanford

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Another wonderful gift from THECPJ. Cheers, Shane!

A - Pours a jet black with a decent khaki-colored head that eventually recedes to a thick haze. Really nice retention, leaves some soapy lacing.
S - Very smoky, with a generous dose of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Surprised by the smokiness in this, more like a Rauchbier.
T - More dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, and...ham. Yep, really smokey and sweet, tastes like a glazed smoked ham. Not a bad thing, this would be great for a Rauchbier-beginner, but not at all what I was expecting.
M - Medium-bodied with fairly crisp carbonation. Nice and smooth.
O - Not bad, I finished the bottle without problem, despite not being in the mood for "smoke". Not sure what to make of this, reading other reviews there seems to be some mention of a smoky beer, whereas others make no mention of it. What is this beer supposed to taste like?

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 04:19:26 | More by jsanford
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to thecpj and the Noob bif round 3 for this one.

poured cold and aggressively from the bottle an opaque near black to a surly darkness 10oz goblet with an extremely thin and very short lasting off white head.

subtle aroma of black coffee and perhaps a bit of dark chocolate (?) and not much else.

malty, sweet, hints of coffee and semi sweet baking chocolate. hey wait - graham crackers (?).

medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, no bitter, big malts, no hops.

drinkable - yep.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 22:35:06 | More by robwestcott
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.28/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/3/11

A: 2.5 finger head on a good pour. Dark brown to lighter black in color. No substantial lacing to speak of.

S: Pork fat and soy sauce. It's coming off like a rauchbier, and not in a good way. Funky - no hints of malt or hops. This one may be infected.

T: It's like drinking a nickel dipped BBQ smoker. Hints of metal and large quantities of liquid smoke overload the palate. As it warms a bit, I do get a little bit of chocolate malt, but we're talking minor traces.

M: Lighter then what I was looking for out of this one. It's average, but nothing special.

O: I had this one on tap back in October and though I didn't take any notes (and was rather inebriated), I'm 110% positive it was an entirely different (and signifigantly better) experience.

I'm under the belief that this bottle is infected - I questioned writing this review. After deliberation, I felt it was the right thing to do. I can vouch that it had been stored properly in both my own cellar and the shop where I purchased it. If in fact I'm correct and this is infected, I'm sure Evo wants to know.

I will certainly give this one another try, as Evolution Craft is one of my favorite up and comers. It's just too bad there might be others out there trying this for the first time and judging Evo soley on an infected batch.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 20:34:08 | More by Rhettroactive
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Ray's the Classics Steak house, good bartender! Poured into a shaker pint on tap.

With a quarter inch head on the pour of a nice cream looking light tan brown and tiny bubbles. The body is a nice dark brown with gorgeous red hues. This beer also has BIG great lacing on the drink. Great looking beer.

A real simple and just good nose. Nice pleasant malts and hints of roastyness, even a hint of just fresh brewed coffee.

Taste though at first is strangely very fizzy. This is very soda pop like in feel and nature at first, but once you get past that which you can, there are some small malt tastes and some chewy textures. The finish on the beer is VERY good though with a nice malt aromatics.

I've had better tasting porters but this one was still satisfying and good to me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 03:02:17 | More by smakawhat
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard shaker.

Pours jet black, almost opaque. Held to the light and there is glimmer of light passing through. Big three finger head, which I like for a porter and leaves behind gobs of lacing. Huge roasty aroma, burnt coffee and a bit of bitter chocolate.

Taste is nice, lots of bold roasted flavors with hints of smoke and char. Finishes sweet with borderline vanilla notes. The taste is above average, but I cannot help feeling that the taste is effected by the lack of body. Very thin mouthfeel for the style leaves a lot to be desired.

The thin mouthfeel is the difference between this being an upper-echelon porter and a decent one. This is a good beer and one that I intend to purchase and drink again. First beer from Evolution and it certainly was not a disappointment. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 02:57:21 | More by victory4me
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at John Steven. Ltd. in a tumbler.

A: A dark black, maybe more coffe brown than not. Up close, that is borne out. A thin off-white head came with the glass.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, stand out. The chocolate is bitter, a semi-sweet version.

T: The darker beer delivers all that I expected, semi-sweet baker's chocolate and coffee. The chocolate is bitterly acrid, dark with little sweetness. Coffee is richer, adding the sweetness that the chocolate can't deliver. A citrus hoppiness follows but the dark malts highlight the porter.

M: The mouthfeel is moderate. A little thin at times, the porter needs the bitterness throughout.

D: The moderate strength and rich porter flavors remind me of why I loved Evolution from the get-go.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 02:22:22 | More by akorsak
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womencantsail

California

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for this one, Bobby.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a sturdy khaki colored head and mild lacing.

S: A very strong smoke aroma to this beer. Some good roasted malt notes and maybe a bit of dark, bitter chocolate. Maybe a little bit of a soap in there. The smoke really dominates the nose, though.

T: Kind of harsh and slightly astringent. The smoke is again at the forefront and really makes up most of the flavor. A decent roasted malt flavor and just a bit of bitter dark chocolate.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a drying feeling on the tongue.

D: An alright beer, even with its strong smokiness. Don't know if I'd want to drink a bottle, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 04:15:45 | More by womencantsail
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argock

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into Duvel tulip. Enjoy by Mar 2011 notched on label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Very dark brown with beige highlights and tan 1-2 finger head with good retention and very nice lattice of lace.

S: Mostly roasted malt, light chocolate and coffee notes, tobacco hops finish the aroma

T: Not overly sweet, heavy on the roasted malt flavor, light caramel is knocked down by black cold coffee and bittersweet chocolate. A bit of cigar ash tobacco hops in the finish which grows a bit with the chocolate with warming.

M: Good body for the style, no more than medium with low carbonation and slick overall feel.

D: A pretty good porter that hits the style solidly on target. No big flourishes except for the tobacco ash hops bit, which I didn't care for much. Otherwise, a very solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 05:09:52 | More by argock
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larryi86

Delaware

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Dark brown, almost black, with a one finger tan head.

S- Nice roasted malt, coffee, and hints of dark chocolate.

T- Not as rich as the noise, but still very good. Nice roasted coffee, dark chocolate, nice bitter finish.

M- Nice medium body, a little creamy.

D- Easy to drink, and a solid porter. This is my third beer from Evo and I have been impressed by what I have had from them.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 17:17:12 | More by larryi86
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution's Lucky 7 is quite roasty for a porter. In my mind it's almost a stout. It's got an almost smokey note in the nose; and there's lots of coffee in the flavor. Not that that's a bad thing, it's actually quite good, but I was expecting something a little different given the porter designation. Perhaps the smokiness is throwing me off.

The appearance is quite good as well, leaving thick, broken and craggy rings of tan lace about the glass with each sip. The body is almost black although you can make out a thin sliver of crimson-accented dark mahogany when held to the light.

The aroma, as noted, is a touch smokey over its roastiness. There's a bit of ash as well, but beyond that there's also some very nice yeasty fruitiness.

That carries through into the flavor, but I also pick up a nice dollop of sweet golden caramel within the maltiness. The more it warms the richer it becomes with the flavors opening up and appearing more readily. The chocolate and cocoa widen, and some grassy/floral hop flavors appear. A firm bitterness balances it, and I'm quite pleased that they've kept the acidity in check and it doesn't offer that dark malt 'bite' that's so often found.

It's medium bodied, and smooth across the palate with little zest; leaving it to finish a bit more softly than it might otherwise.

Quite drinkable! This is the first beer I've had from Evolution Brewing and I'm inspired to sample their entire lineup.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 18:50:31 | More by NeroFiddled
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but for some reason it was nearly impossible to pour due to an excess of head. Let it sit after buying for a couple days? I don't know but after I got through that, I enjoyed the smooth, almost milky? mouthfeel. Carbonation level was perfect. Could've used some more hops I think. Pretty easy to drink, and always something impressive about a straight up black beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 05:33:30 | More by chodinheaven
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution Lucky 7 Porter on tap at The Cat's Eye Pub in Baltimore, MD. Served in a pint. I have also had this beer at the Southern Boys Beer Festival in Salisbury, MD.

Appearance: Incredibly black, big white fluffy head. Low carbonation, good lacing. Nice decent appearing, typical of a porter, nothing outstanding.

Smell: Comes through as roasty, a little watery. Some hoppy bitterness, mild. Aromas of coffee poured into the filter and let to sit there until the next morning. A bit of a stale bathroom whiff, sticky piss and crusted dingleberries.

Taste: Thin outright, followed by a smooth touch of roasty bitterness and a tad of vanilla-like sweetness. Could use more body and flavor, a bit of this and a tad of that.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium-to-low body, chewy finish. Nice roastiness all around.

Drinkability: Great, chuggable, sessionable. A bit boring, though, and thin. Not too enjoyable, a bit disappointing but super drinkable.

I think Evolution brews great beers, but this one is just average-to-good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 23:26:06 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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jampics2

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A generous extra from a trader. 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Black with a touch of red around the edges. Little head recedes to a film. The beer is relatively opaque with just a touch of light passing through. The color is nice but the lack of head makes me think twice before diving in.

The beer smells of roasted malt with a touch of smoke and chocolate. Some coffee notes are also observed along withs some sweet caramelized malt. Very pleasant and inviting nose.

The taste has a nice smoked edge. There's some great chocolate and coffee notes from the roasted malt, and, thankfully the acidity is kept low and this doesn't become acrid. The sweetness and bitter/earthy flavors live together in perfect harmony. This isn't super-complex but has some depth that sets it apart from some simpler takes on the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is just a touch more sparkling than I like. That being said, I enjoyed this and would drink it again. It's certainly more enjoyable than some porters I've had recently.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 15:09:18 | More by jampics2
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Big, frothy tan head is tempted to overflow but holds strong; dark leather-brown color sheds no glow for the eyes. Dry cocoa powder, hint of charcoal and used coffee grounds infiltrate the nostrils. Smoothness is nearly silky with a creamy backdrop. Roasty to the hilt but does not pass the point of being too much. Burnt sugar, smoky charcoal, Sumatra-roast coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate all come to mind as the malt drops a bomb on the palate. Hint of alcohol and dark fruit in the middle. Hops are a forethought, yet enough is thrown into the mix to help keep any sweetness in check. Pleasant roasty finish.

Top-notch Porter here: If you put your ear up to this beer, you would swear is quietly cries to be with oysters.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 19:45:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to joecaddie for the bottle.

Pours dark brown with a light tan head and a bit of lace. Good retention. Nose brings some chocolate a good deal of darker malt. Taste is a bit more plain with some slight chocolate and a bit of semi-roasted malt. Good body and carbonation. Drinks pretty well and is a nice introduction to the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 03:34:34 | More by Thorpe429
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yuriruley

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark with a little bit of white/tan head, and decent amount of lacing.

Smell - smells sweet and grainy, with robust maltiness.

taste - A lot sweeter than I was expecting, has a good toasted malt background and graininess. Small hints of coffee flavors leaving a slightly bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel - Good amount of carbonation, creaminess, drinks pretty well.

Drink - Easy to drink, and pretty enjoyable.

Pretty good beer, would drink it again. Not my favorite porter, but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:29:18 | More by yuriruley
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afksports

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Had this on epic Jill Andrews weekend, at the show itself at NightCat in Easton, MD (nice beers for such a small venue, also had a DFH Indian Brown). It was bottled and part of a bucket o' beers promotion. Made the show even better.

That said, while appearance was good, and smell was strong too, the taste just didn't fulfill the burnt caramel promise on the nose. It felt a bit watery, not really big enough mouthfeel for a porter. That said, it was still a tasty brew, with not too much abv, and I could see myself repeating it if in the mood for a dark beverage in Delaware.

That is... if DFH weren't so nearby.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:11:13 | More by afksports
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morimech

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with two fingers of tan head that lasted a long time before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Good looking beer. There seems to be a lot of smoke coming through in the aroma. Slight hint of chocolate but that is about it. Interesting flavor with alternating smoke and chocolate malt battling for dominance. I wish the body was a little fuller but it has wonderful carbonation. Very good texture. Reading other reviews it seems this brewery has some consistancy issues. But my bottle was a good example of a porter with some smokiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 22:06:10 | More by morimech
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Victorias.

In every regard this is an average, acceptable Anerican porter that does very little to distinguish itself. Appearance is a rich, dark brown with a quickly fading light tan head that leaves pretty webs of lacing. Aroma is mild, malty and roadty with a faint dark chocolate note. Flavor is robust and malty rich with minimal hop, roast or astringent flavors. Mouthfeel is slightly over carbonated and a thin watery finish. My favorite of the Evilution beers I've tried so far, but still nothing worth seeking out and miles behind Edmund, founders, black butte, etc.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 23:20:37 | More by yourefragile
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deereless

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Serious issues with the carbonation - upon opening the bottle it overflowed and even a gentle pour down the side of the glass gave me a half inch of beer to 5 inches of head, the resulting head is mildly brown and looks reminds me of ocean froth, dark brown to black in color with a faint crimson hue - 2.25, S: Lots of dark roasts and faint raisin on the nose, quite a bit of charring, there is a muffled alcohol burn - 3.00, T: Like the nose there is quite a bit of charring as well as a burnt brown sugar taste, significant chocolate and some pine tar, mildly sweet - 3.50, M: Body is a little on the side of thin, slight grittiness - 3.00, D: The issues with the carbonation really take away from the beer experience, otherwise the palate profile is nice and quite drinkable - 3.50

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 22:52:49 | More by deereless
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8ense1

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a number of times, both in growlers filled at the Delmar brewery and more recently in bottles at local distributors. My impressions have been uneven, and I can related to other reviewers who rate it down for "watery" or "metallic" taste qualities. I've had batches that could be described as either or both.

I think that it is a radically unstable recipe that does best in bottles, which allow the brew to settle down a bit before opening. It is very highly carbonated, however, and I think it is a serious mistake to pour it into a glass, then wait (as one reviewer said) for the foam to settle down. The foam is, in my experience, absolutely essential to the taste.

So, as barbaric as it seems, I recommend getting this in bottles, letting them get good and cold in the fridge, then popping the cap and drinking them straight out of the neck of the bottle, ideally naked and sweaty from the waist up like Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire." That way it bursts into foam in your mouth, allowing you to appreciate the complex flavor.

The taste is earthy/smoky, with a "funky" quality that I puzzled over for a long time before deciding that it was most like the quality of fermented oolong tea. It is very bold and lingers in the mouth, so while the alcohol content is modest, I find that one bottle, while enjoyable, is enough for the night.

One caution: if you do drink it from the bottle, don't hold onto it between sips, as the heat from your hand will cause it to foam up without warning and bubble out of the top into your lap.

For all its problems, I continue to keep a few bottles around the house in case Blanche duBois comes by for a visit.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 17:11:59 | More by 8ense1
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this in a BIF from lackenhauser. Thanks, steve!

Pours black with a thin tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, and some mroe sweetness. A little light on the nose, but still very nice.

The taste is full of chocolate, caramel, and a sweet bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel is a tad light, unfortunately, but still nice. Could be more creamy.

Overall this was a good beer. Nothing too intense, but still a well crafted porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 17:52:25 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via Veterans BIF from mday. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, dark brown foam from top to bottom to start. After waiting forever for settling, we've got a cloudy brown brew. Frothy head continues to last, with plentiful chunky lace. Aroma is chocolatey, but dominated by soapiness. Taste is sweet to start, root beer in the middle, with a lightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Wish the wait to start enjoying this brew wasn't so long.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:30:31 | More by ppoitras
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therica

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let this stuff settle for at least 1-2 days before opening. Otherwise it tends to be out of balance.

A= dark black, more so than most Schwarz biers, fair head, some modest rimming.

S= huge smoky oak filled the room when I poured, before I could even get my nose near the stein, fabulous. Chocolate, caramel and molasses notes.

T= surprisingly hoppy for a porter, great balance, very full-flavored, adequate carbonation, amazing. Dry dark chocolate, light notes of burnt coffee bitters, burnt caramel and molasses.

M= light syrup with dry dark chocolate and molasses.

D= session if you're in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 04:44:15 | More by therica
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