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Review by seaoflament on 08/01/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 10 16 3 8 2009
Had his one on tap at La Bella Pizza on 7-28-09, thanks for the pour, Danny. I've wanted to try this one for a while but never seemed to be able to coordinate with the bar/brewery when it was available on tap before.

The beer was a dark cola color with some fiery orange highlights on the bottom sides. Almost no head on top, just the skinniest ring forms around the glass.

At first I could pick up some floral note, fresh vanilla bean--not imitation vanilla--nutty, sweet cream, and condensed milk. Really not that intense at first, those aromas were quite subtle, but it was mostly due to the beer being too cold. A bit of brown sugar later on. I left the beer sitting for a few minutes, between 5 and 10 minutes, and then the beer really opened up (enough for me to up the score a few points). Chocolate cake, brownies, and chocolate chips began to appear. Lots of sweet chocolate notes, very similar to Southern Tier Choklat but in this case, for being a smoked porter, I would have liked to see a little more smoked and wood characters.

Milk chocolate flavors upfront, vanilla blasts on the tongue, toast, fudge cake, very light smoke in the finish, dark roasted malts, chocolate malts, truly a dessert beer. Low carbonation and a little thin in the finish but that makes this one pretty easy to drink and keeps it from being to cloying. Nice beer overall.

Served In: Pint Glass