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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Half Pipe Porter is brewed in the Brown Porter style. The beer is a flawless balance of caramel and chocolate malt flavors with a touch of Mt. Hood hops for perfect drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4080) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004
95% opaque, black with a lasting ring of head. Roasted aroma. Rich, smooth flavors, but not exceptional in a city of some great porters. (on tap, Full Sail Pilsner Room, Portland)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
black appearance with a pretty nice brownish head. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is pretty good and im not a fan of most porters. First taste was kinda too bitter but after that it kinda settled down. Another good beer from Full Sail. I'll add these to my collection.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Pours black with a coffee colored head and nice lacing. Aromas of caramel, toffee, chocolate, roast malts, and floral hops. Flavor is much the same with a bit more of the roast malts coming out blended with chocolate and coffee, and those mt hood hops are showing up making a pretty decent balance. Slightly thin body, dry palate, and a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Nice and mellow, some roasty flavors, nutty smell. One of my first favorites, still pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Lots of persistant ran head and a touch of lacing. The aroma has a nice hop/chocolate aroma that is very smooth. This improves greatly with a little warmth. The flavor is well balanced, solid, mild. Finishes a bit watery and with a medium-light body. Good porter, made a porter float with it too!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Pours opaque dark dark brown. Tan aggregate head. Nose is toasty chocolate, very sweet, like a candy bar. First taste is thin chocolate malts, some caramel in there. A tiny hint of hops were sensed by my tongue during the finish. Thin palate, almost like water, low lacing. Could use some more hops to fill out the back end. Good desert beer, nice and sweet. Good beer to kick back and swill on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2004
Smells faintly of barley malts, lookd pretty good, thick tan head, dark body, chocolate flavor, tangy pine finish with mild hops, somewhat of a thin mouthfeel, not the best porter in the area by any stretch. I do however find the mid 90's indy grab on the sixer most radical.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Pours a very dark brown - almost black - with a decent head but virtually no lace. Scent is of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, with a hint of butterscotch? Taste is malty yet balanced. Perhaps a bit astringent. Roasted malt and cocoa are present as are a touch of hops. Moutfeel is thicker than most Porters and has a nice mineral feel to it. Overall this is a very nice Porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6650) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle (and a new label as well) best before 04/03/04. Pours very dark dark brown, almost black with little to no head. Minimal lacing, with some roasted flavors upfront but it quickly leaves you with a somewhat watery/metallic Brown Ale aftertaste. Some slight smokiness to it, but not enough for what I like in a Porter. Wishing it would have been a bit more chewy. Middle of the road Brown Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
I was immediately turned off by the snow boarders on the label, but I can't resist the chance to sample another porter, so pour I did. Very luxurious brown color with glimpses of cherry and rosewood under a thin but still lace-worthy head. About what I hope a porter will look like. Aroma is smokey, roasted, and deep, like driving by a Nestle factory, very enjoyable. First taste is complex for a porter with seemingly multiple levels of smokiness interspersed with appropriate bitterness for the style. But then it gets sour, like the subtle taste of almost spoiled milk in coffee. Actually, the beer dissipates to watery blah before you can swallow it. What a let down, but not totally shocking coming from Full Sail. They should have put more effort into the beer, and less into marketing research on the new labels.

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