BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Molasses body with little carbonation and small head. Deep, dusty, roasted aroma with sooty, charcoal fingers and oxidated hop notes reminiscent of steam beers. Medium-bodied with a deep, acrid roastiness. A throw-back porter, redolent of soot-laden industrial era towns. Charcoal lager finish.
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a thin head. Chewy caramels and a light chocolate/coffee nose. Chocolatey brews, seems porterish, with a decent body. Nutty finish.
bvc (1161) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Naked City. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a mahogany tint and a small flabby beige head. Very roasty and nutty with coffee and light bittersweet chocolate. A bit on the thin side with the mouth feel and the carbonation is light but the best way I can describe it is loose and flabby. Up front lightly sweet with dark coffee grounds, toasted nutty malt, hints of dark chocolate, a touch of brown sugar, vanilla and cola in the middle...all very subtle...with a peppery sweet nutty coffee finish. Quite flavorful and very drinkable...I’m working through this pint pretty quick, but really a bastard beer that is like a foreign stout, porter and brown combined with coffee rolled into one.
riversideAK (5624) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malt on the nose, a hint of coffee and chocolate as well as earthy hop notes too. Pours dark brown, red hues underneath, with a thin beige head that does not last all that long. The flavor is roasty and dry up front followed by chocolate notes on the mid palate, and a dry earthy bitterness in the finish. Body seemed a little thin, but it was a nice drinker with a nice dry palate while maintaining some chocolate sweetness throughout.
trevor211 (1338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Exactly how I thought it would be. Tasty, and a lighter (but not at all disappointing) version of the Lebrewski. Pours a deep, dark brown - a bit of light showing through the edges - with a very small head. Dry, roasty coffee/hops on the nose - this one isn’t as sweet as its bigger brother. The Kahlua is actually readily apparent in here - more so than in the bigger brew - which I actually really liked. Really tasty stuff, and super smooth for a small beer. Nice work again, guys.