CheersMate (1325) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
They’re 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 I’m being too critical - it’s 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 doesn’t shine through as much as I though it would. It dries out my mouth quite a bit and leaves a long bitter, smoky flavor. I’m not really digging the flavor I’m 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 I’ve ever met. Cheers.
mcberko (11163) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Big Al, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out light smoke, toasted malt and bready malt. Flavour is well-balanced, with dry toasted malt and medium smoke. Just a touch of residual sweetness. Well-balanced and constructed overall. Good stuff.
Mr_Native (10) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Classic smokey bitterness you would expect from a porter mild malt notes and a very easy drinking beer off tap
JMCtime (82) - Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and malty aromas. A mild sweet malt flavor with a strong smokey bitterness. Leaves a smokey roasted coffee after flavor.
tcon25 (376) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft pour at malt and vine. Black pour, smoked hop aroma, and you can definitely taste the smoke but it’s not overwhelming.
Sledutah (6392) - Utah, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Yokes
Pours almost black with a small beige head, some lacing. Aroma dark malts, peaty and leather. Taste of roasted malts, ashy, roast coffee and milk chocolate, dry finish
Mouthfeel is a little thin. Very nice.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Niiccceee -- nearly stout like! Incredible chocolate aroma. Solid thick mouthfeel. Very intense chocolate notes. Not getting much smoke, so we have a misnomer here, but I really like this one.
maxwelldeux (4268) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with a moderate tan head on it. Nose is actually a bit more complex than I anticipated - I got some burnt roasting and a little dark fruit before I got the smokiness of this one. Taste is very smokey and dry, though I can get just a hint of chocolate at the end of this one. Not a bad brew...
ttroha (468) - Americus, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark in color with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malts and coffee. Taste of dark chocolate and smoke with lots of carbonation. Sour aftertaste. Medium bodied. Overall, I’m not a fan of this beer
Hanuta06 (422) - Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: from tap at Filiberto’s Italian Restaurant.
Aroma: none detected.
Appearance: large, creamy light brown, initial head with good lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Dark-red/brown body.
Taste: lightly acidic initial flavor and lightly bitter, smoky finish. Long duration.
Palate: medium body, dry texture, lively carbonation.
Overall: excellent porter. Great appearance. Not too acidic. Smoky flavor keeps it interesting.
Ratman197 (12136) - 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.