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Shot in the Dark Oatmeal Porter

October, 2016
Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This porter pours black and opaque, with a monster brown, creamy head that is quite persistent. The aroma is moderately roasty and complex, supported by a chocolate, coffee and nutty malt character with a background earthy hop aroma. The flavor is bursting with malt, and like the aroma it has a dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate and nutty character with a light roast bringing up the rear. A light earthy hop flavor and medium hop bitterness emerge in the middle to linger into a dry finish. The hop bitterness grows slightly as it warms. The oatmeal contributes a complimentary nuttiness to the aroma and flavor, and creaminess to the mouthfeel that already displays a medium body and light alcohol warming. This is an enjoyable porter that has a layered and complex malt character.

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