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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Full bodied roasty black malt flavors with a smokey peasted malt finish. Ingredients: Malt = Pale, Crystal 80L, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Peated Malt. Hops = Columbus & Hallertauer MF. Yeast = Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale Specs: ABV = 5.8% O.G. = 1.054 or 13.4P IBU = 44


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11260) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark brown/black with a creamy/bubbly tan head. For aroma I get very nice chocolate, but I have to really dig for smoke. It’s there. Med+ body. Flavor is pretty smoked. Then there’s some very nice smooth burnt malt, followed by more smoke. The chocolate is almost lost. As for the hop? Well the ale is bitter. Actually a very tasty drink, but it has a certain challenging complexity on sorting the flavors out.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009

Date: September 10, 2009
Mode: Draft
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
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9960) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of smoke, bakers cocoa, vanilla and roasted malt. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of smoke, black patent malt and bakers cocoa with a smooth dry lingering smoked finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9226) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Brown color. Ham, smoke, bitter chocolate, dark roasted malt. Light sweetness is overtaken by the roast and smoke.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8259) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Sample at the brewpub. Brownish-black color with a medium thin beige head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium body with flavors of smoked malt, dark chocolate and slight coffee. The finish is malty with a subtle smoke aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Pours clear clean mahogany with dark ruby red edges and thin tan head of foam. The aroma pushes up big smooth smoke and a slight band-aid note as well as a faint roasted maltiness. The taste is smooth bold smoke and it seems to slip into roasted malts and a bit of spiciness. Underneath these notes is a mild band-aid like sensation. It seems to leans toward the bacony side of the smoke spectrum.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle:   Black, cola hued edges, light tannish head, sudsy, dies quickly, little lacing.   Dark chocolate, roastiness, with a touch of smoke on the nose.   Decent.   A little milk stout like up front, coffee with cream and sugar, roasty, dark chocolate, some unsweetened bakers chocolate.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Lingering roastiness and dark/bakers chocolate.   Fairly decent.   Wished it were heavier with more smoke tho.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6169) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Draft at the brewery. Pours a deep ebony with big garnet highlights. Thick, dense, moussy tan head that really sticks around. Big chocolatey nose combined with a little bit of roast and campfire as well. Thick, creamy body that mellows into a much lighter, almost chuggable beer after a couple sips. It might have warmed up really quickly in the small glass, but it has a great body to it for sure either way. Just hard to describe accurately. Lovely mid-palate with smoke, roast, and plenty of chocolate showing. It is a lot like Alaskan Smoked Porter turned upside down. Instead of the beef jerky leavened by sweetness that that beer offers, Big Al gives you a sweet session porter accented with smoke and roast but without the salt. Long chocolate roast finish. Great, great beer. To me, this is their flagship, and the Abbey Wheat is the crowd-pleaser for people just making their way into craft beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2008
On tap at Kates Pub. Pour is dark brown with some red hues. Head goes too quickly. The aroma is a fantastic mix of sweet dark malts, chocolate, coffee, burnt and smoked malts. Perhaps a touch of molasses. The flavor is also a nice mix of initial chocolate and molasses sweetness followed by pleasant undertones of smoke and burnt malts. More sweetish in the finish than smokey, but you can still tell its there. Really tasty stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Taster - Big Al Brewery - Seattle, WA – What a kick in the ass beer. The smoked porter was rocking. Great flavors, colors and aromas. WOW, I loved the peat flavor this was truly heaven in a pint glass.


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