RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 2.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   ABV: -
The Fire Station 5 beers are brewed by Portland Brewing exclusively for the Fred Meyer grocery store chain.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Fire Station 5 Brewing Company--Pike Pole Porter--2002 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.50% ABV? (4.0 / 5.0) Porter--Clear dark obsidian black color. Light tan medium laced head. Roasted crusty mild hop front. Light sweet creamy smooth roasted dry light fruit body. Crusty smooth mild hop end. Tasty drinkable nice Porter. Sampled 7/15/200.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2008
smells very good, like roasted malt and coffee. it also looks quite tasty and is an opaque brownish black with little to no head. there isn’t really much of a taste, it actually tastes a little like its been watered down. there is, however, a slight bitterness and roasted quality to the flavor that can be tasted after a couple sips. its fairly bitter and nicely astringent at the end. i’m satisfied with this brew. B

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear amber brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of light roasted malt and caramel. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 14, 2008
Overall an un eventful porter. Lacking a bit of everything, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear rubied brown with a thin and fading off-white head from an aggressive pour. It does produce a bit of lace. Light pine and roast notes in the nose. Light body and fine carbonation. A small dash of chocolate and some smoke in the taste. The texture goes a bit watery in the middle. Crisp and not too bitter finish. Seems a bit one-dimensional.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Dan Journal #2. Tasted 4/11/2006. This tasted bitter and past its prime, I hope! Sour edge that made this one a drain pour. But I’m willing to give a fresh one another shot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Very nice, roasty aroma. Equally roasty front end with coffee notes. Finish is a bit weak with mild coffee flavor. An easy-to-drink porter that is no better than average in my opinion. However, it can regularly be had for less than $6 a six pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
troopie (2303) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Silly name. Pours black with a large tan head that dissipates quickly. Faint chocolate and malt. Medium light body, notes of chocolate. Faint coffee and roast notes in the finish. I can’t rave about this beer nor damn it either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
after4ever (7940) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2006
12-oz. What a mindless name. You have to wonder whether they’ll come out with a staff stick stout if the same people are running the marketing department. Pours a deep opaque black with a huge, bubbly, moussy tan head. Looks gorgeous! Very light notes of chocolate and roast in the nose, but mostly dust. The attack is the closest to vacant I’ve found in a porter: light body, almost watery at times. Low carb. Subdued floavors. Granted, porters are the sessions of the stout world, but even moderation must be moderated. Mid-palate’s more of the same fermented sominex: slightest hints of roast and chocolate to go with the dust. No finish. I guess if this is a biblical beer, it’ll inherit the earth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2006
poured from bottle. thick dark brown color with just a little bit of light coming through, tan head. aromas of malt and chocolate. thick palate with just the right amount of carbonation. complex charcaters in the flavor, with notes of coffee, chocolate, malts. and a slight sour after fast, finishes with a metallic flavor.

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