kp (10886) - 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
bhensonb (10803) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Ratman197 (9536) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown color. Ham, smoke, bitter chocolate, dark roasted malt. Light sweetness is overtaken by the roast and smoke.
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
after4ever (6088) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
riversideAK (5591) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.