GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Churchkey. Pours a deep ruby with amber highlights topped by a small, tannish brown head with nice retention. Big sheety lace. Aroma is powdery, slightly floral, light and juicy, lemon and orange. Sweet grapefruity hops come through. Taste is citrus, pine, herbal hoppy, heavy herbal. Nice lemon and herbal bitterness. A little on the thin side but very sessionable albeit a little chalky on the palate towards the end. Not bad- a hoppy session porter.
jgb9348 (4738) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of very light hops - very nice! Medium to Full-bodied; Strong chocolate and coffee flavours with a lot of roasted malt and a bunch of pit fruits and raisin flavours finish out the taste. Aftertaste shows more chocolate and roasted malt than anything else. Overall, a nice and complex sweet porter - close to a sweet stout and a deep (almost baltic) porter. Nice to sample, given that its from Washington State. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Ye Olde Spirit Shop in Frederick, Maryland on 29-July-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 17-September-2010.
nimbleprop (4880) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle pours a watery, opaque black with a thin, creamy head. Mild aroma, nutty, toasted bread, light chocolate. Flavor is mild, malty, sweet, dark breads, brown sugar. Finish is medium bodied and dry.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Watery, dark brown pour with a thin white head. Light aroma with dark roasted malt and light lactic notes. Roasted flavor wtih coffee and cream . Moderate bitter finish.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Medium tan head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, light nut. Taste is medium sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast, light nut, smoke. Smooth light-medium body.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A solid little porter here. Nice milk chocolate nose, some light cola. Taste is just lightly sweet, lightly bitter, some milk chocolate, caramel, light roast and a touch of chalk.
cstuartj (976) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red black in color, nice head and lacing. Nose is weak, some roast and smoke. Taste is pleasant but thin, a bit creamy. Not bad or great.
bhensonb (11089) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours clear, but very dark, reddish brown with a slight foamy beige head. Aromas of chocolate and dark malt. Medium+ body with light, foamy carbonation. Flavor is very dark toast, but smooth, with a touch of chocolate. Must be a lot of hop because it finishes more bitter than most porter, and it doesn’t seem to be from burnt malt. Mild chocolate in the finish. Pretty refreshing.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, pretty fresh. Pours a very dark cola to mahogany brown color. A moderately thick, creamy head of light brown foam is slow to recede, settling in eventually as a thin blanket. A dense wash of suds breaks apart into small, spotty globules that stick to the glass. The aroma is quite hoppy, showing an array of green grass, pine, and spruce over a base of bittersweet dark cocoa, caramel, coffee roast, and a touch of cream. Flavors follow suit, again showing a bold northwest style hop profile that’s loaded with evergreen resins, bitter grasses, and some hints of citrus. Despite the aggressive hopping, there’s a smooth creaminess to the dry caramel and cocoa malts that soothes the brew, bringing it back towards balanced. Coffee roast seems to intensify on the finish, bringing a robust earthiness with it. The palate is substantial, but not full, sporting a smooth, whipped, creamy texture that dries out on the back end. Good, solid porter. Easily fingered as a northwest brew.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle; first beer that I’ve tried from these guys; pours clear and dark brown with thick, chocolate colored head; creamy roast on the nose with some buttery chocolate, dry malts and a little fruit too; nice mouthfeel with creamy texture; lots of dry chocolate and sweetness trumping the bitter roast; finish is dry and ashy; chocolate with some spicy hops; plenty of warmth, texture and flavor; a smooth sipper and pretty damn good IMO