carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
When somebody types a beer as a Smoke Chocolate Chipotle Porter, you know I have to give it a whirl. They pretty much nailed it as there’s a definite spicy kick to the start of the flavor that mellows out into a smoky malt and finishes with chocolate overtones. The overall flavors were kinda weak though leaving me unfulfilled and although I liked the idea, the flavors just didn’t mesh that well together.
riversideAK (6048) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours the color of cola with a thin beige head. Aroma of salty smoke and nice roast. Roasted malts and a nice medium smoke effect. A little thin and watery perhaps.
BillKismet (3764) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brown-black with a ring of head. Hints of spice and licorice swirl around a black patent centric roast. Flavor quality diminished by strong burnt charcoal note and dank sock character.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub. Black with thick creamy head. Lots of roasted malt in the aroma and taste. Nice bitterness. Thick. Well made and most enjoyable I’ve had from Stix.
Also tried this porter at Washington Winter Fest ’07 with Chocolate and Chipotle in the mix. Very tasty.
after4ever (7400) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the Diamond Knot brewhouse. Black. Thin but solid-looking grayish head with bountiful lace. Not much nose happening, pleasant or unpleasant. Great body, though; just starting to creep out of the medium range (but only just). Roasty and patenty, kinda acrid, even, right from the attack. Creamy and chocolately but definitely not to the detriment of the roastiness. Light cocoa finish. Nice enough.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Diamond Knot Brewery. Pours a dark brown with a tan head on top. Aroma is of roasted coffee, vanilla, and malts. Flavor is very watered down with vanilla, roasted malt, and coffee sneaking in. Lacking way to much on the palate as well.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Stix. Deep, rich brown. Thin, light tan head. Roasted coffee flavor. More soda-like carbonation than most porters gives this the feeling of a pale ale, but the flavor’s all porter. Toasted malts, clean finish. I don’t know why nobody else likes this one, but I sure did.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On Draught at Washington Brewers Festival. Aroma has some phenols and fruity malt forward. Dark brown, with a tan head, ok retention. Flavor is dried fruit forward, some roast bite, slightly metallic and sour. Body is medium/full, with very low carb texture. Was definitely put off by some strange sourness and bad roast feel.
Crit (3762) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at fest : I probably wouldn’t have tried this, but at the Festival, they were the only place that had any kind of palate cleanser (pretzels).
It was brown with a loose fast fading head. Light and thin, no noticeable roast, seemed like a bland brown ale
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a very unusual interpretation of the style. On a blind tasting I would have pegged this as a sweet stout. It has a full, slightly syrupy body and seems way to roasty for a porter, but they list it as a porter, so what are ya gonna do. Lots of vanilla/nut/coffee in the middle leading to an espresso finish. As a porter it’s an OK stout.