Mr_Native (12) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Classic smokey bitterness you would expect from a porter mild malt notes and a very easy drinking beer off tap mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Niiccceee -- nearly stout like! Incredible chocolate aroma. Solid thick mouthfeel. Very intense chocolate notes. Not getting much smoke, so we have a misnomer here, but I really like this one. BillKismet (4041) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Black body with brown underpinning. Residue of creamy head. Incredible, knock your socks off symphony of smells that includes light smoke, roast barley, dark chocolate, milk chocolate. Wonderful roasted flavor with some dusted malt and dry coffee beans in the back of the throat. I will keep an eye out for this one and hope to taste again. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Taster - Big Al Brewery - Seattle, WA – What a kick in the ass beer. The smoked porter was rocking. Great flavors, colors and aromas. WOW, I loved the peat flavor this was truly heaven in a pint glass. 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.
BuckeyeBoy (7543) - 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. nbwajdr (2) - Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2012 does not count
Very tasty. I tried a sample of this at the market in downtown Snoqualmie (old town). Met Big Al there, and I had to make a few trips back in subsequent weeks to get more - doing research, ya know. It inspired me to brew a smoked stout using peat-smoked barley. Rodriguez (357) - Quito, ECUADOR - OCT 19, 2012
This one and Harvest were the best at their brewery. Coffee, chocolate, and that smoked finish with a good body, was perfect for a cold night. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with a moderate tan head on it. Nose is actually a bit more complex than I anticipated - I got some burnt roasting and a little dark fruit before I got the smokiness of this one. Taste is very smokey and dry, though I can get just a hint of chocolate at the end of this one. Not a bad brew... beastiefan2k (3948) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Straight up what this beer is meant to be. Lightly fumey, light chocolate, dry finish, slightly charred and dry. The peat smoke isn’t really noticeable but rounds out the other porter elements. Definitely better than most faux smoked porters.