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Review by SAP on 09/05/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
Served on Cask, dry hopped in the cask with Cascade
This beer is an opaque, deep brown almost black color. It is topped by a brown, wispy head that does not cover the beer for long. The aroma is initially all fruity citrus Cascade notes, but then I get notes of toasty, malty porter notes that kick in towards the end. The aroma has an interesting mix of notes; chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, oranges and even a bit of pine character.

The taste is full and malty up front with a light malt sweetness, chocolate and some notes of toasted malt. What really stands out though is the dry hop Cascade notes; I get notes of grapefruit and that raw, herbal note of fresh hop cones. The raw hops leave an astringent, lingering note in the finish of this beer that really is like chewing on a raw hop cone; it is delightfully fresh, though I should be clear this is nothing like an aggressive IPA.

This beer has a very nice mouthfeel to it; smooth and a little creamy because of the cask conditioning and serving. This beer is very well done and I like how the dry hop addition mixes in with the Porter notes; even if it is a bit dominant in the end.

Served In: Pint Glass

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