AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
black with almost no white head, weird label, almost too weird, even for me, no nose, sweet flavor, fruit, slightly roasty, dry finish, one dimensional
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, almost black in color. Very rich in chocolate and not much else. Light bodied, roasted coffee, with some dark plummy fruits and syrupy chocolate. Pretty big for a porter, but a little bigger than I was looking for.
linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2006
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at the brewery. A hair over black. Spicy chocolates and slight coffee.. and nothing on the finish. One dimensional. Fades faster than I can believe and leaves no trace it was there. Sorry, I like my porters with a little more to them.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sweet and smoky beer. Similar to Alaskan Smoked Porter except a bit less going on. I can taste mild chocolate and vanilla. Bit nutty. Mostly coffee though. It has a decent body, moderate to thick. Creamy tan head. Beer is near black. Met expectation but could be better, as most beers are.
hayduke (3164) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2007 From a 22 oz bottle this poured jet black with a small tan head with no lacing. Nose of chocolate and molasses. Nice thick mouthfeel and flavor of burnt malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and molasses. Touch of fruits, mostly raisins. Finish slighty bitter and the only time the hops come into play. Better than average,., just not great.
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster - Hop Scotch Spring Beer Festival – Seattle WA
Dark brown color with a thin brown head This was a very thick and full of flavor porter. Deep dark chocolates and hints of spices and just a nice chewy porter. Not a drink with dinner beer this was for afterwards. This was great.
greenhorn1 (782) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours black with no head. Nice sweet vanilla and coffee aroma. Flavor of coffee, molasses, hints of chocolate. I felt the flavors were nicely balanced, however, it was a bit on the watery side, definitely not chewy. Not a bad porter, just a bit too plain.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle - pours flat out of the bottle with no head; taste comes off a little too burnt at first, but fades into to decent porter with little distinction except for the local troll making a label appearance
after4ever (5940) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours a dull black with a thick tan head that leaves plenty of clingy lace. Big sweet nose; molasses, anise, chocolate, dust. Bold attack; medium body with good slippery kouthfeel, soft carb, and assertive flavors. Big coffee across the mid-palate; roasty, dry finish. This is a flavor-forward porter with a soft mouthfeel but enough bitterness and roast to make it feel a little caustic; it’s almost stout-like that way. Good stuff. Cool label--inside joke for Seattleites of the last 15 years.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a translucent blackish brown. Scant and fading tan head. Aroma of molasses, cardboard and chocolate. Medium-to-light body with medium carbonation. The taste is roasty toasty coffee. Crisp and slightly grainy finish. This beer avoids being watery, but I’m not picking up on the ’chewy’ quality that the brewer claims.