paleface1982 (13) - cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
this is the beer that made me a porter fan forever.if you dont like this beer,you need to seek medical attention.cuz your tastebuds are all outta wack.i cant say enough good things about the elysian brewery and their restraunt.excellent food and some of the finest beer in the country.i hope one day they will distribute to the south.if your ever in seattle,you have to visit one of their locations. dentarthurdent99 (8) - USA - MAR 4, 2002 does not count
Roast is right on, slight sourness blends well. Bmclean328 (1) - - FEB 1, 2011 does not count
On draft at elysian. Black with dark tan head. Slightly thick mouth but malt profile really shines, highlighted but not dominated by roasted malts. Discernable hop character for a porter. Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Fantastic brewery, Elysian. I gotta check it out when I get back up to Seattle. 22oz bottle
Now *this* is what a porter should look like, IMO. Pours black with a nice thick tan head that lasts a long time and leaves an beautiful lace down the sides of the glass. Bravo.
Smells immediately of coffee with dark malts hiding.
Tastes really good but it's not very complex and is almost thin. Coffee is there for sure. I'm getting a tiny bit of Cascade hop flavor, but just enough for interest and not enough to make it a stout by a long shot.
Mouthfeel is good but a little thin, again. Drinkability is high because there's nothing objectionable here and it goes down very well. I'm sure I'll be reaching for this one again. IndianaRed (4617) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 3, 2004
22oz Bottle Pours almost black. Thick creamy head. Aroma is of grapes, coffee, molassas. Quite sweet. Taste is sweet, soft and rich. Dark roasted grain, chocolate and molassass. Soft carbonation and the feel is very fine and smooth. Lingering smokey flavor. I am a fan of the style and this is one of my faves. Delicious.
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Sampled this one on draught at the brewery in Seattle, WA. Pours to a jet black color, with a thick, creamy tan head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is very robust, with big aromas of piney hops, paired with some good dark chocolate aromas and roast. The palate is full on the tongue, with really good chocolate and coffee flavors, paired with hints of dark roasty flavor. This beer finishes dry and bitter with piney hop flavors, and roasted barley flavor that lingers. Delicious beer, just packed with great aromas and flavors. This beer is a natural with any sea food dish on Elysian’s menu, and makes for an exceptional pint of beer to enjoy at the bar. Another impressive beer from Elysian. robinvboyer (4666) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2007
great black pour, good sized brownish head. Wonderful dark roasted malt aroma, with a mix of coffee, and a touch of chocolate. flavour is complex. Great rosted malty, smokey flavour. A great coffee finish. A touch of bitterness in the end, a nice smokey coating in my mouth, GREAT porter. grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Well, I guess I'll go against the grain here; I thought that this was an excellent porter. You know, regarding beers like this, with few ratings, I think the score tends to be self-perpetuating for anything below the 50th percentile and anything above the 80th. Anyway, the beer. This beer IS very wine-like, both in appearance and character. I'd say it's mostly shiraz-like; sort of fruity and spicy at the end, although not spice-cabinet spicy. The texture of this beer is what struck me the most. I have an ideal texture that I look for in a porter (I almost never give 5's) and this beer met it. Lots of body, but not syrupy. Hard to put in words, I guess. Just the right amount of sweetness, mega-creamy and malty, with a mild to moderately bitter finish. Hints of smoke, grapes and chocolate; very little coffee roast. Yum. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2007
This is just an awesome porter, very heavy stout like build, smooth on the palate with a heavy weight to it. Pours black with a tall tan head. Very roasty chocolate flavor with a dry cocoa and bakers chocolate finish. Good balance with the hops. Just a realy well made beer. Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2007
On tap at Capital Hill Brewery.
Aroma is filled with chocolate and maybe coffee. This beer does not have much hops flavor, but that is good thing here. This flavor is chocolaty and is one of my favorite American porters.