riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black color. Aroma is pretty light with hints of roast. The flavor is light too. The roast is pretty much the only thing going on here except for a little funky hop finish. It was smooth, but it was rather bland.
Ernest (6729) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught, Africa Lounge, Sea-Tac airport. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, cocoa, husks), lightly hoppy (grapefruit, resin). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Dull and husky, not a good rendition.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the EMP. Pours a dark brown color, semi-transparent, with shades of rootbeer and cherry wood, topped by a creamy layer of light tan head. Aromas of dry chocolate, toast, and a subtle hint of ashy smoke. Not really any roast character per say, but just a lot of toasty smooth dark malts. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, milky smooth mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate and mild roast coffee on the tongue. Finishes dry and smooth with minimal roast bitterness, leaving a pleasant chocolate malt residue lingering. Satisfying porter with no troublesome qualities.
after4ever (6688) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at The Brooklyn, downtown Seattle. Dark brown, nearly black, dark garnet highlights at the corners. Thin tan head. Nose is a little on the underdeveloped side, kinda roasty and chocolatey in spots. Body’s a little too light and soft but lots of nice gentle chocolate flavors along with some soft sweet roasty malt. For all the timidity of the nose and attack, the balance and flavorfulness of this one is very winsome.
improvjock (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Exceedingly smooth Porter. So dark, it’s nearly black, yet not bitter. Flavors of chocolate with a bit of coffee. Easy to drink beer that doesn’t try to do too much. The best porter I’ve ever tasted.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth, full bodied real porter. Very nice roasted coffee bean flavor without being over roasted and bitter. The malt really provides a good playing field to bring the rest of the flavors into the palate. The slightly semi-sweet bitter chocolate flavor is also a great piece of a wonderful porter puzzle.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap - Eastside Tavren
A deep brown color with a nice head and aroma was very full of life. This was a great easy to drink Porter and with some time and more tweaks will be one of the best. Needs a tad more flavor in the finish. But this was a great beer. It has potential.
Tigerofmist (2) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 3, 2006 does not count
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Served at room temperature, this stuff tasted like cigarett butts and tar. I even looked twice to see if someone had dumped an ashtray in my drink it tasted that bad. To give the company credit maybe I had a tainted batch, I have not wanted to risk trying it a second time to find out.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Taphouse Grill in Bellevue. Dark brown with garnet highlights, tan head that descends to a slightly lacy ring of foam. Medium body and carbonation. The taste was a bit sour, with some coffee, chocolate and nuts. Dry finish.
JorisPPattyn (8439) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught Served... ON THE ROCKS?? Black, exept reddish where the ice floats; thick brownish head. Despite the ice, very present roasted, dry-kilned malts and grains, even a bit cigarette ash. And even the same in the taste. In fact, it only diminishes the beer, the beers served in most brewpubs in Washington were ice cold too. Cigarette ash, roasted - I get some restsweetness. MF: well,... iceslickness.
Is this serious, rating an iced beer? YES, IT IS! If the brewery/distributor/management lets its employees serve it this way, than it deserves no better!