fiulijn (20993) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
Draught at the brewerymcberko (18429) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
Black color with brownish head. Solid Porter, dry but smooth, chocolatey, not really smokey.
On tap at Big Al, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out light smoke, toasted malt and bready malt. Flavour is well-balanced, with dry toasted malt and medium smoke. Just a touch of residual sweetness. Well-balanced and constructed overall. Good stuff. bhensonb (15498) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark brown/black with a creamy/bubbly tan head. For aroma I get very nice chocolate, but I have to really dig for smoke. It’s there. Med+ body. Flavor is pretty smoked. Then there’s some very nice smooth burnt malt, followed by more smoke. The chocolate is almost lost. As for the hop? Well the ale is bitter. Actually a very tasty drink, but it has a certain challenging complexity on sorting the flavors out. Ratman197 (15109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of smoke, bakers cocoa, vanilla and roasted malt. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of smoke, black patent malt and bakers cocoa with a smooth dry lingering smoked finish. Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Sample at the brewpub. Brownish-black color with a medium thin beige head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium body with flavors of smoked malt, dark chocolate and slight coffee. The finish is malty with a subtle smoke aftertaste. Decent overall.
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Brown color. Ham, smoke, bitter chocolate, dark roasted malt. Light sweetness is overtaken by the roast and smoke. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Ibrew2or3 (8743) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Date: September 10, 2009
Source: Malt & Vine, Redmond, WA
Appearance: dark brown, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, light smoke, caramel sweetness
Flavor: dry chocolate flavor, nice smokey character, touch of caramel sweetness, balancing earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Pours clear clean mahogany with dark ruby red edges and thin tan head of foam. The aroma pushes up big smooth smoke and a slight band-aid note as well as a faint roasted maltiness. The taste is smooth bold smoke and it seems to slip into roasted malts and a bit of spiciness. Underneath these notes is a mild band-aid like sensation. It seems to leans toward the bacony side of the smoke spectrum. BuckeyeBoy (8182) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2009
On Tap At Big Al Brewery West Seattle Pours out a very dark brown topped with a cream tan head. Aroma of coffee, smoke, and a rich malt. Tast was very nice a Great sweet touch of dark chocolate. A good amount of smoke and roast malts. Not over the top just right. WOW BIG Al’s on the way watch out. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Draft at the brewery. Pours a deep ebony with big garnet highlights. Thick, dense, moussy tan head that really sticks around. Big chocolatey nose combined with a little bit of roast and campfire as well. Thick, creamy body that mellows into a much lighter, almost chuggable beer after a couple sips. It might have warmed up really quickly in the small glass, but it has a great body to it for sure either way. Just hard to describe accurately. Lovely mid-palate with smoke, roast, and plenty of chocolate showing. It is a lot like Alaskan Smoked Porter turned upside down. Instead of the beef jerky leavened by sweetness that that beer offers, Big Al gives you a sweet session porter accented with smoke and roast but without the salt. Long chocolate roast finish. Great, great beer. To me, this is their flagship, and the Abbey Wheat is the crowd-pleaser for people just making their way into craft beer.