CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Theyíre bottling now, which is pretty cool. Black in color, with a wispy head. Not much head was produced. The aroma is quite pleasant; there are touches of smoke, chocolate, jerky, and a little coffee. The aromas play well together, and nothing really is so salient that it ruins the aroma in terms of overpowering it. I was expecting more of a body considering I saw the word "Porter" on the bottle, but Iím being too critical - itís just fine. The smoky flavor immediately jumps out at me. Touches of coffee and jerky are there, and a subtle, subtle, subtle, soy sauce flavor. The sweetneess of the chocolate malt doesnít shine through as much as I though it would. It dries out my mouth quite a bit and leaves a long bitter, smoky flavor. Iím not really digging the flavor Iím left with, but everything else is relatively decent. Not a bad brew, but nothing exceptional either. The Big Al crew are some of the, hands-down, nicest folks Iíve ever met. Cheers.
LarryBeast (536) - - JUN 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft. Black, no head. Smokey roast aroma. Earthy campfire taste with a chocolate-sweet side to it. Smooth, medium-bodied. Dry finish.
cstuartj (1011) - Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep blackish color with hints of gold. Nice tabacco nose. Malty, smokey clean taste. Better than itís current style ranking IMO.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pint. Solid black, large creamy brown head. Aroma of fruit, smoked malt, chocolate, soy. Taste of bitter cocoa and coffee, sweet milkiness. Feels like a Nitro beer is the texture, very creamy and smooth, kind of thin. Not sure if this was N2 or not. Either way, it was very good.
raphael (919) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild aroma of prunes, woodsmoke and dark caramel. Not much head. Quite light and quaffable in the mouth. Maybe been spoiled by Alaska smoked porter but this one is clean. fairly friendly for a dark beer as minimal roast malt, and a smooth finish. otherwise not that memorable
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught and a fine accompaniment to beef. Black with thick off white head. Smoked malt aroma. Smokey flavour, with chocolate and peatiness. Malty chocolate and espresso finish. Not overly smoky. It is restrained.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from the brewery. Dark chocolate and gentle smoke. Peat malt comes out in the sip and provides a soft texture combined with a long smoky finish. Light in body with a milk chocolate creamy edge.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Circa. Paired awesomely with their meatloaf. Black pour with a thick light tan head. Smokey nose with roasty notes and gentle chocolatiness. Tastes of dry chocolate, fairly low levels of char, nice wood smoke that doesnít drown out the sweeter notes. Yummy.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: September 10, 2009
Source: Malt & Vine, Redmond, WA
Appearance: dark brown, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, light smoke, caramel sweetness
Flavor: dry chocolate flavor, nice smokey character, touch of caramel sweetness, balancing earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
CapFlu (4620) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft) Sampled at GCBF 2009 in Victoria on September 9, 2009. Strong ashtray aroma, coffee grounds. Slightly lactic but mainly coffee grounds. Milky. Vanilla and mild bitter cocoa. 7/3/7/3/14