raphael (1129) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has that british, deep caramel, esb malt smell, with chocolate and starch notes. Generous khaki head over fairly oaque not quite darkest borwn. Good weight nad carbonation in the mouth. An almost cherry--dr. pepper-- fruit poking through the chocolate and carmel flaovors and the drying finish
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a tall cream colored head that fades quickly. Very smooth body, soft and silky with a gentle carbonation. Sweet vanilla strikes first, rich sweet chocolate and a nice roasted flavor. This finishes with a bitter odd flavor. I’m not much of a yam eater, but if I close my eyes really tight and get the wheels a movin’ the flavor sort comes back to me. Those sweet yams covered in marshmallow that someone decided to bring to the holidays. Interesting beer overall, but the vanilla was a touch overdone.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber by way of RiversideAK...
pours a bit darker than the standard porter ruby brown with a tan head and modest amounts of spotty lace trails.
there’s a definite earthly sweet cooked potato smell to this although i could never had pulled it out had i not known. other aromas include chocolate, char, faint vanilla, flowers, roasty malt and a hint of smoke as it warms.
i don’t get the yam in the flavor but the vanilla is more prominent... lots of roasted grain, mild chocolate, mid palate light sourness and cinnamon with a dry floral hoppiness on the finish. there’s some ash in the finish as well which lingers into the aftertaste along with some cocoa. medium body. carbonation gets super creamy when sloshed. mild acidity and ash make it kick ass as well as balance it out incredibly.
solid well crafted porter!
robforbes (2147) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours an opaque with a large tan head, and nice lacing.
smell is of dark fruit, and a touch of cocoa.
taste is slightly sour, some vanilla, touch of cocoa, some malt, and dried prunes, leaves the mouth very dry and a little bitter.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours cloudy dark brown with a creamy tan head. Lightly sweet aroma of chocolate, roasted nuts. Creamy medium body and moderate carbonation. Maybe a little yam influence in the taste, and a dash of vanilla,b but it mostly tastes like a by-the-numbers porter. Crisp hoppy finish. Surprisingly nice balance for a beer with yams and vanilla.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark brown, dense super creamy head. Mocha nose. Intense roast character that really lingers. I do not get the yam but wow this is good. Weighted creamy texture and a touch of vanilla.
AmEricanbrew (6646) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a tight tan head. Nice roasty malt aroma with earthy sweet cream soda. Medium body with some prickly carbonation around the edges. Decent flavors of roasty nutty malts with a molasses brown sugar earthy sweetness. Not too bad.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. Bottle bought at By The Bottle.
The beer pours a clear dark red/brown with purple highlights and a thick frothy head with sticky lacing.
The nose has pretty strong buttery notes that I’m having a hard time getting past. (I dislike diacetyl, but in porters it is acceptable in small amounts).
The flavor has some butter but then I get vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt. It has a nice balance between the sweet malt and the roast and bitterness from the hops.
It has a medium body with a slightly chewy mouthfeel.
Overall it is a very drinkable and balanced beer. Nothing is overdone, which is often the case when a brewer uses vanilla. I’m not sure what the purple yams contributed to the beer other than the mouthfeel and the purple highlights. I do know it goes very well with a chocolate chip cookie.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle ala Malt&Vine - I dunno bout havin those sweet pertaters in ma beer. Actually I am quite intrigued with what this brewery is doing. I thought this was a very nice drink. I dove into this looking for the vanilla and yams but came away without much success. The malt backbone is big and roasted-to-burnt with a good helping of heavy roasted java. The vanilla makes a smooth appearance somewhere in the middle and lasts to the finish, but has a strong woody component to it that could not be untangled, not a bad thing but the wood was every bit a part of the beer as was the vanilla. I think I got the yam presence in there but it was difficult to be certain of, mainly due to the heavy roasted ingredients, but it did have a smooth creamy profile that I would expect - I will have to sample again to clear up. Another really well done drink .
after4ever (7411) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at The Summit Pub. Jet black. Very slightly ebony highlights at the edges. Thick creamy tan head. Big sweetish coffee nose. Kinda stouty so far, but not the least bit yammy. Creamy medium body with nice carb. Plenty of coffee and chocolate, but no discernible purple yam whatsoever. This beer really irritated me at first, because the name set me up for more of the unusual ingredient lovin that LB does so well, and it didn’t happen. But it’s a good porter named after an unusual ingredient, even if it doesn’t taste like one.