DarkElf (3013) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Draft: LaConner Brewing Company in LaConner, WA) Moderately roasty and chocolaty nose also exudes a bit of sourness. Okay, perhaps more than a bit. It smells like there is sour cherries in the mix, but that’s certainly not intentional. The flavor is fairly sour as well, with a moderate roasty and fruity character in the background. Since this isn’t the desired effect, it’s quite strange to say the least. Supposedly this beer is on nitro, but nothing speaks nitro in this beer. The tan head is small and very bubbly, and leaves no lace on the glass. The palate seems no more smooth than a normal draft beer, and the sourness is a bit unpleasant. Dark brown color is standard for a porter. Might be an okay porter, but the sourness is not good.
3fourths (7764) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewery
Rich, smoky dark nose, dusty and creamy. Flavor is sharp bread crust and blak cherries, some really nice roasted plums and blackberries, with a thick chocolate and smoke layer. A little thin on the tongue, though not a big factor. A unique porter.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: some cream, roasted cofee beans, chocolate, malts, and some mustiness
Appearance: very dark brown-->black, large tan head, lots of lacing
Flavor: sweet roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, red grape skins
Palate: thick, smooth and creamy, coats lips and inside of mouth, very filling
Overall: this is the best porter I’ve ever had; too bad it isn’t bottled.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off white head. Aroma is all coffee. Very dark red color, almost no light gets through. Light bodied yet creamy. HUGE taste of roasted malts, unbelievable. Also some coffee in there. Good long roasty finish. Has the LaConner house taste.
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap Fizzy, roasted coffee taste that morphs into a milk chocolate. A mild bitter aftertaste. Not much character but easily drinkable.
WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice porter - very drinkable. The aroma is great, appearance is great, flavor is great. I like the roasted and chocolote flavors - they were right on. Had it on tap at the Dog & Pony in Renton. This is a great addition to the amazing beer lineup there.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The description says there was bakers' chocolate added the this batch and I believe it. Very strong bitter dark chocolate flavor, almost espressoey. Grainy and very roasty - a bit vinous/sticky. This was a great looking beer with a creamy tan head and thick body, I think it could stand a touch more sweet to balance out the strong bitter chocolate but excellent nonetheless.
Crit (3209) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lightly roasted nose and palate, but underflavored and thin.