DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(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.
Oakes (13860) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown colour. Chocolatey, toasty, citrusy aroma. Full body. Big chocolate malts with light toast/roast. Smooth. Off-dry finish. Pretty solid.
omhper (21867) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aye, good fillings, kitchen spices flavor, but good fillings. COAL MAKES WORLD GO ROUND.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly sour. Dark brown. Light chocolate and coffee flavours. Sour and roast finish.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
motelpogo (7701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at big time. brown and a bit flat. toasty aroma and some maple syrup sweetness and reasonably dry finish. decent enough
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.