mikedR (1086) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very solid porter all the way around -- reminds me of a light stout in many ways. Silky texture. Chocolate notes in abundance, with perhaps a bit of roastiness. For the ABV, itís absolutely amazing what they did.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2011 Pour was ironwood dark with a creamy tan head ... looks gorgeous. Roasted malts, firewood char, and subtle cocoa in the nose. Flavor reflects, with the cocoa, char, and hops making for a fantastic, lingering finish. Soft carbonation makes the mouthfeel creamy and velvety smooth. Another winner from this wonderful, little brewery ... putting out extremely solid, classic, but distinctive styles. Probably my new favorite, local porter. "Rendezvous" is right ... I look forward to meeting this one again. Bravo!
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 Iíve 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
beernovice39 (3106) - Montana, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Nose is chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is roasty with chocolate.
maxwelldeux (3489) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at WA Brewers Festival, 2014. Pours a dark brown color with a small head on it. Nose is roasty and fairly light. Taste is also quite roasty, with a good amount of chocolate in there. Feels nice and smooth. Me gusta mucho.
bhensonb (10743) - 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 doesnít seem to be from burnt malt. Mild chocolate in the finish. Pretty refreshing.
riversideAK (5582) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose has notes of chocolate, coffee, and some patent malt here and there. Light earthy and lightly floral hop profile. Pours black, nice creamy tan head. The flavor is chocolatey up front, coffee notes in the mid palate and dry roasty patent malt in the finish. Some lingering dryness and roast. Nice bodied, medium carbonation, creamy, smooth. Really enjoyable house porter.
after4ever (6071) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a grainy and nearly opaque dark ebony with a towering, sudsy tan head. Roasty and toasty nose, almost little hints of char and ash in there, really dark and dry aromatics. Creamy medium body, soft carb. Roasty, hot and dry toasted malt foundation on the mid-palate. Bits of bitter chocolate creep in, and it all washes out into a somewhat allspice-y dry finish. Very decisive stylistic statement as porters go, definitely running far to the other end of the spectrum from the sweet and creamy porters out there.
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 thatís loaded with evergreen resins, bitter grasses, and some hints of citrus. Despite the aggressive hopping, thereís 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.
GT2 (8267) - 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.