mcberko (4809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap at Kulshan tasting room, pours a very dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of light roast, light espresso beans, and cocoa powder. Flavour of very nice light roasted malt, dry espresso, and bittersweet cocoa powder. Great porter.
BrewDad (4493) - Olympia, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Washington Brewers Festival 2012
Dark borwn in color, thin tan head. Deep rich dark malt flavor with a nice chocolate aroma and flavor. This was a very tasty Porter.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very tasty and highly sessionable porter with a pleasant amount of roast, and lesser notes of creamed coffee and milk chocolate. Itís on the robust side, which I like, and Iím glad itís not overly sweet like many porters out there. Thatís not to say itís overly hopped / bitter, though, because itís actually really balanced. I hate to draw comparisons, but itís kind of similar to Deschutes Black Butte Porter, and that is a compliment. I really feel this porter will win awards if itís entered into beer competitions because, stylistically, itís right on, and flavor-wise, itís delicious.
Caskalefan (136) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transluscent, deep mahogany brown with a small head and minimal but nice lacing.
Dutch processed cacao and roast in the nose. Inviting aroma.
Flavor reflects those, and is extremely dry with just a hint of coffee and woody smokiness.
Body is reasonably creamy, firm, and true to the style, and the finish lingers nicely.
I wasnít expecting much when I walked into this little neighborhood gem, but I was astounded by their robust and complex RIS, and while this beer isnít quite in that league, itís quite refreshing and flavorful.