Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ruby brown, it looks pretty clear. Candy-like aroma (not in a bad way), fizzy, wussy, but OK as a lawn-mower porter.
Gusler (2654) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours a deep brown, with the head portly in size, the texture spumous, and as it erodes leaves behind a glutinous sheet of lace to cover the glass. Lightly toasted grain, caramel sweet, and just the slightest hint of the hops make this a quite sniffable beer. Front is richly malt, light bitter chocolate sweet, the top middling in feel, with the finish stingingly acidic, the hops pleasing to the palate. Aftertaste quite dry, slightly bitter and a very satisfying beer to the palate, oh hell why not to the whole drinker, I’m feeling generous.
willblake (2623) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Detected a roasty nut aroma. Black body with small tan head. Flavor had some light chocolate malt taste to it. Smooth easy drinking porter.
jazz88 (2465) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 28, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with a laced brown head. A toasted malt flavor with some chocolate. Fairly thin and leaves a resin in the mouth.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark reddish-brown body. Aroma is all chocolate and the flavor is chocolate and some roast. Some mild acidity and not much bitterness. A boring porter.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with ruby highlights in color and large off-white head.Roasted aroma and flavor with touches of sweet malt.
legion242 (1999) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2003
2.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A little less black then "really black". Head was light tan and faded quickly faded. Nose was the same dirty ashtray that I get from all porters. About what I expected. A bit thin on the tongue. Boring. Body began to emerge as it warmed.
MrRomero (1966) - Nolanville, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours very dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of walnuts and a little roasted malt. No chocolate in the aroma or flavor. Kind of thinly carbonated. Thin body as well. Okay but nothing special.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Full Sail Brewing Company--Half Pipe Porter--Seasonal--2004 Release--12 oz. Bottle.--5.40% ABV--35 IBU’s? (3.75 / 5.0) Porter--Clear opaque dark brown black color. Light lacy head. Toasted floral spicy Full Sail hoppy front. Dry sweet crusty tangy toasted citrus espresso mild doughy fruit body. Mild chalky clean odd hoppy end. Sampled 3/5/2004.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Half Pipe Porter--2005 12 oz. Bottle Release. 5.40% ABV--30 IBU’s? (3.75 / 5.0) Porter--Medium lacy head. Clear thin red brown color. Mild chocolate fruit hop front. Mild creamy smooth malty mild roasted chocolate fruit caramel bisquit body. Lingering smooth malty mild hop end. Not their best. Sampled 4/12/2005.