Columbia River Paddler’s Porter
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2012
On draught at Bailey’s. Such a surprise. One of my favorite porters. Chocolatey and smooth, but with a huge alcohol kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14396) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2016
On tap at Columbia River, pours black with a small beige head. Aroma brings out sweet chocolate upfront and a little vanilla beans. Flavour is along the same lines, with notes of vanilla and cocoa. Pretty slick and oily mouthfeel. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2727) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Pour is black with a beige head. Aroma is sweet malty, chocolate, roasted malt, light booze, earth, slight anise. Full bodied. Flavor follows the aroma with plenty of chocolate, dirt, molasses, light booze. Finish is lingering sweet molasses and chocolate with light roasted malts. A full brew. Maybe a tad too sweet for me, but still worth a go or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Apparently Columbia River likes to surprise consumers with an 8.5% porter in their regular lineup. I was very surprised when I came home and noticed this was an imperial porter. This bomber cost me $3.79 at Grocery Outlet but would be a little more elsewhere. Pretty good bang for your buck. Especially considering its a good beer. Black but really dark brown color. Tan head that lasts. Aroma has that espresso dessert without being sugary sweet. Flavor has some heft from the dessert and alcohol but neither comes close to being too much. Fumy without ash which is great, dark crust, low acidity, and finished light. What a wonderful surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
climberbob (439) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Big bottle from whole foods in Portland. Black w chocolate aroma and creamy chocolate taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Mildly bitter aftertaste. Some notes of vanilla. Good solid porter but perhaps a tad sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Tap at the brewpub. A: Pitch black, no real room for head in the glass, but it looks to have a cappuccino ring. N: Milk chocolate, coffee, charred malt, more of the cocoa, vanilla, and brown sugar. T: Very sweet, and pretty big for a porter. M: Medium body, creamy carbonation. O: Big roasty chocolate porter. I appreciate this one, even if it does go a bit overboard on the adjuncts. (I believe it has vanilla and cocoa added.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8399) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Pours a almost pure black color with a small white head. A nice roast and vanilla nose. A sweet vanilla, cocoa and licorice flavor, some earthy dry roast. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16871) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Keg at the taproom, PDX, 11/11/14. Light black with a decent tan swirl. Nose is rich malt, chocolate, roast, spice, toffee. Taste comprises sweet licks, dark malt, light roast, tar, spice, chocolate biscuits. Medium body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a suggestion of booze. Decent enough offering but lacks depth ABV considered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with a moderate off-white head on it that disappears quickly. Nose is roasty and a little bitter, and doesn’t seem to have all that much to offer in terms of complexity. Taste has some roasting and coffee notes to it, but little else. OK, but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14079) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bomber from Made in Oregon. Pours brown black with a slight foamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee, but I also get a slight touch of treacle or similar. Med body. Flavor is the usual suspects, but I still think brown sugar/toffee/treacle or similar. Kind of different.Finishes less than dry. Drinks well.

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