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Dino's Dark - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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BA SCORE
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%


Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 05-04-2004)
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msubulldog25

Oregon

2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, emptied to the 'Widmer' pint glass. Thanks go out to badbeer (who I hope sent 'good beer') for the hook-up.

A: Surprisingly light-colored for a porter, glowing auburn shows through a milk chocolate brown. Good head of fine bubbles, cresting around a finger, creamy khaki. Certainly bottle-conditioned, a fine sediment hangs and fogs the pour.

S: Ridiculous butterscotch aroma, detectable from 2 feet away. Up close, it smells much less of creme brulee, more of cocoa powder with a light acidic twang. Traces of smoke, a metallic grain husk, too. Not really oxidized-smelling in any way I've experienced previously, just not an appealing aroma for me.

T: Somewhat better taste than smell, that's good I suppose... Rich cocoa, light spice, caramel reduction, toasted nuts. Likable roasted grain flavor in the finish, a bit like a malted milkshake. Notable hints of buttery diacetyl: deduct.

M: A ho-hum thinness meets the tongue, smooth but without much body or character. Some carbonated tingle and a lasting spice develop a little, but nothing happens to pull this out of 'mediocrity' for me.

D: Too bad, I really hoped for good things here. Have tried a couple Lake Louie brews before with mixed results (Warped Speed was excellent, Mr Mephisto's disappointed); this goes down as my least favorite. Has an 'off' feel about it that I doubt is intentional. Thank you, Mike, for giving me a try, but I'd pass in the future if this is typical.

EDIT: After I posted, I read guezedude's review below mine; sounds like the same batch, same issues. Given that, I might have a second try at some point...

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 02:52:35 | More by msubulldog25
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A vigorous pour has me noticing a distinct butterscotch note as well as producing a three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a blackened, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is definitely heavily influenced by diacetyl, though at first it pairs decently with a toasted, lightly roast malt note. The diacetyl soon becomes annoying, though it at least doesn't become rancid.

Sweet malt flavors are noticeable up front as the beer first hits my tongue. An oral / nasal diacetyl component then comes in towards the middle and then an almost lactic like tartness kicks in. The finish has a toasted whole grain flavor as well as a touch of roasted malt bite. The diacetyl is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor as it was in the nose, but it is still here. This does have solid dark malt flavors, I just wish they were able to come out more (the flaws really mute my experience of them here).

This was certainly an experience. The bottle is likely infected, but it could just be poor yeast / fermentation management at this point too. I do get the sense that there is a tasty beer in here somewhere. In fact the flavor, despite the easily noticed flaws, isn't all that bad even.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 15:34:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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mcallister

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good looking porter. Nice deep brown with a off white head that fades at a gradual pace. Leaving a thin sticky lace.

Sour fruity esters with a weak chocolate background. Not too appeasing to the senses.

A thin watery mouth leads too bitter chocolate, anise, and other dark fruits but lacks any depth. Not what I was anticipating from this beer from this brewery but I would like to sample a fresher bottle.

Thanks to NFLMVP for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 22:16:02 | More by mcallister
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled june 20/08.

pours deep brown, not quite black, with a small dense dark tan head. the head drops quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. quite fruity. bit of dark chocolate. molasses. maybe some maple too. bit of almond. there's a bit of artificial chocolate or something in there too.

taste is ok. fruity and kind of sweet. toasted raisin bread maybe? bit of maple/molasses character too. slightly artificial chocolate. hint of roast, less than i'd expect. bit of alcohol. low bitterness level. hint of citrus.

mouthfeel is nice. medium bubbly soda-like carbonation. just under medium body.

drinkability is ok. this one misses the mark in my eyes. too fruity and sweet, not enough roast/bitterness, almost no trace of hops, and the alcohol is a bit too present.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 01:19:48 | More by grub
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in a trade from nflmvp. Thanks for the opportunity.

A: Whooaa momma...pours a four finger head! Calms down after awhile. Cream colored and pillow like looking. Dark brown colored. Puffy sticky lacing.
S: An odd roasted metallic like aroma emanates from this brew.
T/M: Roasted malts with slight sweet chocolate notes. Woody and charcoal like notes. Slight hop presence also. A bit too carbonated for this guy. An odd fruity taste also is detected. Medium to light body as it's a bit thin. Bitter aftertaste that's dry.
D: I imagine this could be a good porter, although this one was a bit too carbonated and metallic for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 01:34:52 | More by bjohnson
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Grainy roastiness, chocolate, and tangy caramel. Good, but the tanginess puts this at a bit "off." Moderately malty.

3.0 T: Like the nose, but the tangy tartness is increased. It's not an infection type tang, but it's a sign of something not being done right along the brewing process. Still, it's not bad.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch crisp with a bit more creaminess.

3.0 D: Not bad, but not without problems. Good, strong flavors, but a couple bad ones as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 00:35:09 | More by DavoleBomb
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Opaque dark brown, decent head that hangs around.

Roasted malt, vague coffee note.

Roasted malt the primary flavor. Sort of a cola/cocoa/coffee note in the mix, but muted.

Mouthfeel somewhat thin, enough to detract.

Certainly drinkable and hits the right notes for a porter, but nothing overly special.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 05:30:50 | More by Strix
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent enough. Poured at a good temperature with a smallish tan head that soon settled to little more than a ring and no lace. Color is a nice clear mahogany with a few bubble trails. Aroma I a malt, hop, a little roast, and some dark, ripe fruit. Flavor's much like nose with tang and bitter in front, slight sweet behind, medicine in background. Body/carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor, on the long side, generally speaking hoppy porters aren't my thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 23:22:49 | More by drpimento
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degerbah

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A smokey malt smell after a no-head pour into a tremens glass. Overall a solid american porter but nothing at all spectacular. A little more smokey than I prefer, but with nothing else really going for it. I got it as an extra so I can't be dissapointed, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 01:56:55 | More by degerbah
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3" brown head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head lasts and lasts, due to huge amounts of bubbles flying up from the bottom of the glass, with plentiful sticky lacing. Aroma is tart fruitiness and rich dark grains. Flavor is moderate malty sweetness, with only a tinge of fruitiness, and a balanced close and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, with slightly limited drinkability due to the tartness I wish wasn't there. Probably the least impressive Lake Louie product I've had, yet still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 22:22:27 | More by ppoitras
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Huge! tan head (to give you a idea I poured it into a regular pint glass and theres a bit more than half a bottle left). I don't think I poured to hard at all either. The body is a murky brown.
S- Big chocolate and roasted malts, bit of a chocolaty sweetness to it along with some grass hops to help balance it out.
T- Some chocolate and light roasted malts. Has a big nut character. Light bitterness lingers on tongue but with still a big malt and nut character on tongue.
M- Medium to full body with medium carbonation.
D- It is ok. Has a few flavors that seem kind of off but other than that it is ok. Wouldn't try to hard to get another one.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 06:51:09 | More by BlindPig
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mwa423

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a bit of head, the color is brown until you hold it up to light and immediately see it turn blood red.

S - Coffee and roasted malt a bit above average for style.

T - Good malt backbone and dead on for style. Not the best but if I wanted a session porter and could get more I would be all over this.

M/D - Smooth and decent, good for an average session beer

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:03:30 | More by mwa423
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a dark brown and forms a 1 inch head that reduces to a nice over-the-top lacing. It is opaque when held to the light.

The aroma is a nice roasted coffee blend combined with some milk and dark chocolate notes. Not real strong, but present and good.

The taste has a bit of the punch that the nose is missing. The roasted coffee, dark chocolate malty goodness is more prominent with a nice almost milky sweetness, and just a touch of hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a reasonable level of carbonation, that is not real prominent. It seems to fall a little flat and leaves a mild dryness.

Overall, this is a good beer and quite frankly, although nothing really stands out, I feel like I could drink a couple and enjoy them.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 03:53:59 | More by SykDoc
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UncleFlip

Alabama

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The head leaps up in the glass- nealry filling the pint beofre any liquid appears underneath. It's a light tan colour, with a cola colour liquid slowly appearing under. The light coming through the liquid is a nice dark amber to ruby.

Smell is nice and bready, with a bit of hops folded in. There's an element just slightly like wet dishrag, and a bit of smoke.

The flavour is thin and woody, with some hop bitterness ad sweeter smoke. Very consistent throughout.

Body is almost a bit watery, with a higher than expected carbonation.

Desite some shortcomings, this one is drinkable- but not overly so.

Be well
-UF

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 02:58:04 | More by UncleFlip
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin creamy tan head that

S - Plum with grassy hops and a touch of malt and chocolate. maybe slightly metallic as it warms.

T - Slightly sweet malt with plums, nuts and some earthy, grassy hops.

M - Very thin and watery.

D - A very unique beer that reminds me of a cross between a brown ale and london porter. This could be a regular sessionable beer easily.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 01:01:01 | More by brewcrew76
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is a dark syrupy brown color, light enough that copper hues are evident but dark enough to be opaque. A two and a half finger head cascaded as it receded. Mild lacing was left.

S: A touch of chocolate, a hint of coffee, the nose is light with barely enough oomph to register as a porter. Dark roasted grains take a while to emerge and even when they do, they aren't that strong.

T: Cocoa powder and coffee stand out, a quick turnabout from the nose. The mildly bitter coffee flavor leaves a lasting impression. A burnt toast flavor, heavily roasted, lingers after the coffee and cocoa pass. Mid-sip hops derail the flavor for a few seconds before the coffee and chocolate return. I'd rather not see that bitterness detract from the dark flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is clearly a porter, dark and roasted with a strong coffee presence. The hops stand out a little too much, detracting from the vibrant flavors.

D: The ale tastes much better than it smells, a nice porter that pushes a robust coffee and chocolate agenda.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 01:05:51 | More by akorsak
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hughesm4

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank out of a bottle poured into a glass.
A. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black with no head.
S. Above average smell. You get a nice sweet and malty smell, but nothing overpowering
T. Sweet with a little coffee taste towards the end of the drink.
MD. Leaves a normal porter aftertaste in the mouth. Leaves the mouth a little dry, wanting another drink. Goes down very smooth for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:05:04 | More by hughesm4
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle I believe in trade from EliteDigger. Thanks Scott!

Pours an opaque and cloudy brownish red, thin off white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring, a few lace spots. Smell is caramel, some light roast and chocolate, nice coffee roast, theres some light fruits and a bit of orange, some bready malt, quite nice. Mouthfeel is very grainy, and very dry and roasty, chocolate, sweet orangey fruit character through the middle, milk chocolate and vanilla in the finish, dry bread, pretty neat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, neat and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 01:15:39 | More by Viggo
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Brian700

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours dark plack with a brown head that fizzled away pretty fast. It had big bubbles in the head the looked like the head on a coke.

The aroma was nice and roasty with some mild pungeancy going on.

The flavor was quite nice and it had what I percieved to be almost a lactic edge to it. It was pretty interesting. I don't know if it was just this particular bottle because I only have one of them but the touch of sourness made the beer I thought.

The mouthfeel was medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. I'd like to try it again and see if my bottle was a tad off of if that is the norm.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 22:14:23 | More by Brian700
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Jredner

Florida

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma holds cocoa some sharp grassy hops and coffee grounds all at a pretty strong intensity.

Dark brown to black in color with a thumb thick tan head that diminishes slowly.

Fore is fairly bitter, but from hops or just burnt malts it is hard for me to tell for sure. A mix of both perhaps. It definitely tastes well hopped to me...not Alpha Klaus hopped, but pretty hoppy and the acidic coffee flavors and burnt malts accentuate that. Has the right mouthfeel for a porter though I’m sure some will find it thinnish.

As it warms the cocoa becomes full on chocolate and starts to muscle out the bitterness. This is a pretty well done porter and would have probably been considered "extreme" 5 years ago.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 05:59:38 | More by Jredner
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joe1510

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
$8.29 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Dino's Dark poured garnet with big deep mahogany highlights. A half finger creamy beige head formed on the pour that settled to a thin skim of foam up top. When not held away from the light this beer is as black as night. Leaves patchy lacing after each sip. Looks good.

As I inhale this beer I get a nose full of sweet lightly roasted malts. The roasted malts are the main aroma but there is a very nice compliment of toffee and freshly ground coffee aromas that creep through. There's even some dark fruit involved here in the form of plum and fig. Mild floral hop scent on the backend.

Roasted malts upfront in the flavor as well. Much like the aroma there is a solid toffee sweetness that comes through mid-palate and sticks around through the finish. Mild coffee shows up on the finish. Flavors meld together very subtly to make a very enjoyable brew. Mild floral hop bite on the finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied with minimal carbonation lets this beer woirks it's way through slowly. Smooth and creamy. Small hop bitterness on the finish, very small.

This is definately an easy beer to put away. Good sipper with subtle enough flavors to keep me wanting more.

My first offering from Lake Louie and it's definately a good one. Very solid porter with some minor stout like tendancies. Pick it up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 22:18:12 | More by joe1510
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Ragingbull

California

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer. Black in color with light mocha head and mostly still. Smoke and coffee on the nose. Heavy smoked and roasted malt flavors that get more gentle as you approach the finish. The finish is clean and then the smokiness from the roasted malts kicks back in during the aftertaste. I actually picked up a pint of this at a coffee shop on the road in front of the capital in Madison. I researched the three porters from Lake Louie to be sure I am reviewing the correct beer and from reading the reviews I wonder if all of the reviews are on the correct beer as there appears to be overlap. This seems to be the Dino's from the majority of the reviews and I should just trust my server even though it was a barrista and not a bartender. Good beer though. It was a beautiful day and I sat on the patio, the whole experience was memorable and good. I am actually anxious to find some more offerings from this brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2009 20:52:43 | More by Ragingbull
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dirtylou

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Steve's - University, $1.59

appearance: poured into a mash house pint glass...light mahogany that is strongly tinted amber, 1/2" foam head that doesn't seem in a hurry to subside...interesting porter, leaning towards the spring-porter classification in appearance

smell: sweet roasted malt, molasses, milky, smooth caramel, mild latte aroma...faint but pleasant

taste: lake louie doesnt miss often (ever?) and this is no exception....a very pleasant spring porter. creamy and milky, sweet roasted malt, mild hop undertone, slightly woody, touch of caramel, toffee. a nice mild porter

mouthfeel: milky, creamy, and smooth as one would come to expect from Lake Louie

drinkability: high

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 00:17:50 | More by dirtylou
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it strong and got a good 1/4 inch head and a good lacing came with that. The color is dark, let's some light in through the edges, but not much. Lake Louie seems to have it's own smell, I talked to Tommy during my tour of the place and he said himself he didn't go by styles, he just brewed what he thought was good. The smell is slightly roasty and has no off smells. The taste is chocolatey with some good roastiness in the backbone. I'm surprised at the chocolate flavors, when this was colder the flavor of chocolate barely came out and the beer seemed too roasty, but now the chocolate is what's really making it a very enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel is good, low carbonation bite and easy to drink like all Lake Louie products. Overall, the more I have this beer the better it gets, so I will have as much of this as will be allowed!!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 06:57:34 | More by Erdinger2003
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkly murked burgandy brown thats seemingly clear when up to the light and gets ambery edges. Ivory colored cap of medium stature, melts down to a whispy skim and the lacing sticks in thick strings.

Aroma of roasty cocoa and a darker nuttyness with light touches of vanilla and burnt leaves.

Good taster with mild roasted cocoa/chocolate and a black malt dryness and slight burnt grains. Tiny bits of tangy sweetness intersede adding a bit of dark cherry. Caramel coated nuts keep it smoother as the dryness tries to take over keeping an interesting balance. Finishes lightly drying but firm with a milky coffee and bits of burnt malt.

Feel is light and fluffy with its carbonation but substantially solid with a malty stronghold of caramel-chocolate candybar-like weight. Dryness within itself is pleasantly delicate as it balances out the sweeter stuff with just the right amount of give.

Drinks down fine and full as whole milk. Pretty solid porter.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2005 17:24:55 | More by tavernjef
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Dino's Dark from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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