12 oz single purchased in Lexington, KY, USA. Despite this being available in GA, I only recently got around to buying it when I was in Lexington at the Liquor Barn simply because I was allowed to purchase singles. Take note all stores/law makers.
Very dark pour, bordering on a blackish stout rather than dark brown porter. Very little light passing through even at the extremeties. Some nice lacing.
First off a WONDERFUL aroma that is apparent the second that the cap is removed. Very big chocolate smell with some hoppy bitterness and a little alcohol. The taste reflects this with a very smooth chocolate flavor and some stinging sharp bitterness. Finishes with a significant hop bitterness again, a little dry taste and some lingering aftertaste.
In many ways this reminds me of a chocolate based stout.
This is at the extreme edge of the porter definition, and in my mind goes beyond it into some kind of stout/porter hybrid. Having said that I did quite enjoy it, but a sixer would get a bit tiring for me. Another very interesting Avery beer.