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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 169   ABV: 5.62%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3050) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13860) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
Dark brown colour. Chocolatey, toasty, citrusy aroma. Full body. Big chocolate malts with light toast/roast. Smooth. Off-dry finish. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (21867) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2006
Draught at the brewpub. Very dark brown. Strong capuccino aroma. Fairly dry with soft mouthfeel and medium body. Strong flavours of coffee and licorice. Tarry bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2006
On tap at the brewery.

The beer pours dark throughout, a reasonable head; the aroma is a somewhat subtued roasted coffee and dark malt. The flavor comes through with a softly sour, vinous roasted coffee; the mouthfeel strikes me as relatively thin albeit extremely smooth. The finish is adequately bitter with a well-balanced close of Centennial hops.

Perhaps my biggest complaint is that I drank this one right on the heels of their stellar Novemberfest Ale on cask, and nice as it is, itís just not in the same league as that one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Roasty, chocolatey, almost stout-like. Dark brown to black color, light canít pass through this one. NIce appearance, carbonation, lacing down the glass. I think this one is vastly underrated and an excellent porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Aye, good fillings, kitchen spices flavor, but good fillings. COAL MAKES WORLD GO ROUND.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
Lightly sour. Dark brown. Light chocolate and coffee flavours. Sour and roast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
Nice and dark brown with a red tinit. Aroma was toasty nuts and carmel malts. Flavour was carmale and dark roasted malts but a little thin. A decent bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
motelpogo (7701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 23, 2004
on tap at big time. brown and a bit flat. toasty aroma and some maple syrup sweetness and reasonably dry finish. decent enough

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Dark brown with a small brown head and lace. Roast and caramel malts. Coffee or mocha. Smoky, some chocolate. The flavors, very similar to the aroma, trail off nicely with chocolate and mocha.

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