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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 169   ABV: 5.62%
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A multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival, Coal Creek Porter has a solid and loyal following among Big Time's customers. Impenetrably dark at first glance, Coal Creek shows rich red highlights when held to the light. Its blend of dark roasted malts combines with three other specialty malts and unmalted flaked barley to give Coal Creek a satisfying roasted flavor and smooth texture. It is heavily hopped in the finish with Yakima Centennial. Original gravity is approximately 15 degrees Plato (1.060 Specific Gravity), and alcohol content is 4.5% by weight.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5100) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
[GABF 2006 Ė Denver, Co] Dark brown in color this had a great chocolate flavor and a nice finish this was a great beer and I like the malts and the finish was very smooth and creamy.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6474) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Draft at the Old Town. Pours deep ebony, almost black, with thick, moussy tan head. Gorgeous. Almost completely vacant nose, even after leaving it under a table lamp for fifteen minutes. Light chalky, slightly smoky, maybe roasty palate throughout (from the attack to the finish there seems little progression). Luscious mouthfeel, thick and creamy without being cloying or pseudo-nitro.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Somewhere between a porter and I stout, I think. Much hoppier and more bitter than a porter, with a more lively, less flat and oily mouthfeel. Not a bad change, just not what I expected. Jet black, almost no head, great lacing. Taste and nose of chocolate and coffee, dark malts, and pleny of hops.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Dark brown with medium head that I had to pour into the middle of the glass to get. This is a slightly mellow porter with good hop bite. Very smooth finish. A great drinking porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3442) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4 ounce sample on tap at the brewery. Quite roasted anise aroma with some grapefruity bitter PNW hoppiness present as well. Moderately-mostly opaque dark mahogany color with an off-white head and ok lacing. Creamy, smooth, toasted chocolatey start, which turns hoppy with grapefruity bitter notes that come through late. VEry creamy, smooth mouthfeel. A nice, hoppy, balanced porter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1962) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Black pour with a mocha creamy head (whitish). Lots of chocolate and roast in both the aroma and the flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3405) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2006
Black with brown at edge, great lasting head. Very pleasant roast aroma. Light chocolate flavors, hint of spruce hops, mildly bitter finish. A bit lighter than I wanted personally.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8202) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2006
Draught Nearly no head; fully black beer. Lemon overtones on more classical porter notes, coffee & chocolate. Sweet chocolate, black & coloured malts, aromaís of blackberries and dark German bread. Medium bodied, slightly empty finish. Quite OK. Lemon might be due to the glass (non-)washing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2006
This was a very interesting porter, not that it was bad, but just different. Slightly overly roasted, with some acidic hoppiness, somewhat syrupy chocolate flavors. Has a bitter bottom of the pot roastedness, bitter and dry.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
(22 oz bottle: $4.25 at Big Time Brewery in Seattle, WA) This porter helps entrench my opinion that Big Time is overrated. Not that this beer is horrible, but like every one of the other dozen or so beers Iíve tasted, itís nothing at all special. Itís barely average, and in fact, below average compared to the many porters Iíve tasted. This is a bitter, roasty, moderately sour porter, minimally sweet, some earthiness and perhaps a hint of dark chocolate, but I do like the obvious hoppiness that is present here. Long, bitter, roasty, hoppy aftertaste. Earthy, roasty, woody, sour nose. Medium bodied, well carbonated, not all that enjoyable a mouthfeel. Dark brown in color, highlighted by a bit of ruddiness at the edges. Very small, tan head quickly dissipates away, leaving what looks like a glass of flat Coca-Cola. No lacing, of course. Totally not doing a thing for me, and the rest of the bomber wonít find its way into my pint glass.


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