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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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A multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival, Coal Creek Porter has a solid and loyal following among Big Time’s customers. Impenetrably dark at first glance, Coal Creek shows rich red highlights when held to the light. Its blend of dark roasted malts combines with three other specialty malts and unmalted flaked barley to give Coal Creek a satisfying roasted flavor and smooth texture. It is heavily hopped in the finish with Yakima Centennial. Original gravity is approximately 15 degrees Plato (1.060 Specific Gravity), and alcohol content is 4.5% by weight.

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3.3
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2006
Black with brown at edge, great lasting head. Very pleasant roast aroma. Light chocolate flavors, hint of spruce hops, mildly bitter finish. A bit lighter than I wanted personally.

3.3
JorisPPattyn (10001) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2006
Draught Nearly no head; fully black beer. Lemon overtones on more classical porter notes, coffee & chocolate. Sweet chocolate, black & coloured malts, aroma’s of blackberries and dark German bread. Medium bodied, slightly empty finish. Quite OK. Lemon might be due to the glass (non-)washing.

2.9
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2006
This was a very interesting porter, not that it was bad, but just different. Slightly overly roasted, with some acidic hoppiness, somewhat syrupy chocolate flavors. Has a bitter bottom of the pot roastedness, bitter and dry.

3
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
(22 oz bottle: $4.25 at Big Time Brewery in Seattle, WA) This porter helps entrench my opinion that Big Time is overrated. Not that this beer is horrible, but like every one of the other dozen or so beers I’ve tasted, it’s nothing at all special. It’s barely average, and in fact, below average compared to the many porters I’ve tasted. This is a bitter, roasty, moderately sour porter, minimally sweet, some earthiness and perhaps a hint of dark chocolate, but I do like the obvious hoppiness that is present here. Long, bitter, roasty, hoppy aftertaste. Earthy, roasty, woody, sour nose. Medium bodied, well carbonated, not all that enjoyable a mouthfeel. Dark brown in color, highlighted by a bit of ruddiness at the edges. Very small, tan head quickly dissipates away, leaving what looks like a glass of flat Coca-Cola. No lacing, of course. Totally not doing a thing for me, and the rest of the bomber won’t find its way into my pint glass.

3.8
Oakes (17668) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
Dark brown colour. Chocolatey, toasty, citrusy aroma. Full body. Big chocolate malts with light toast/roast. Smooth. Off-dry finish. Pretty solid.

3.9
omhper (25113) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2006
Draught at the brewpub. Very dark brown. Strong capuccino aroma. Fairly dry with soft mouthfeel and medium body. Strong flavours of coffee and licorice. Tarry bitter finish.

3.2
OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2006
On tap at the brewery.

The beer pours dark throughout, a reasonable head; the aroma is a somewhat subtued roasted coffee and dark malt. The flavor comes through with a softly sour, vinous roasted coffee; the mouthfeel strikes me as relatively thin albeit extremely smooth. The finish is adequately bitter with a well-balanced close of Centennial hops.

Perhaps my biggest complaint is that I drank this one right on the heels of their stellar Novemberfest Ale on cask, and nice as it is, it’s just not in the same league as that one.

4.2
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Roasty, chocolatey, almost stout-like. Dark brown to black color, light can’t pass through this one. NIce appearance, carbonation, lacing down the glass. I think this one is vastly underrated and an excellent porter.

2.9
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Aye, good fillings, kitchen spices flavor, but good fillings. COAL MAKES WORLD GO ROUND.

3
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
Lightly sour. Dark brown. Light chocolate and coffee flavours. Sour and roast finish.


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