GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2004
Bottle: pours dark brown with head diminishing too quickly for my tastes. Thin mouthfeel, could pass for a swartz. As long as the price is decent it is worth while as a session beer. xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Nice and mellow, some roasty flavors, nutty smell. One of my first favorites, still pretty good stuff. rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2003
Poured a clear, dark brown with ruby edges and a thin tan head. Not much light gets through this. Roasty aroma with chocolate. Flavor dominated by chocolate, light caramel with some roastiness and coffee. Light hoppiness followed by acicidity. Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation. slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 3, 2004
A nice, drinkable Porter. Thinly carbonated, light flavor for a porter, slight coffee taste. Leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Not a robust, get your attention type of stout, but tastes very nice. schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2003
The Half Pipe Porter has a standard roasty chocolate aroma. The hops come out in the flavor and chocolate malt flavor coats the mouth. Mild carbonation and a small tan head with mild lace. This is a respectable offering from Full Sail and it's keeping me warm on this windy rainy evening. There is nothing like a beer to calm the aching soul.
frankR (149) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Pours opaque dark dark brown. Tan aggregate head. Nose is toasty chocolate, very sweet, like a candy bar. First taste is thin chocolate malts, some caramel in there. A tiny hint of hops were sensed by my tongue during the finish. Thin palate, almost like water, low lacing. Could use some more hops to fill out the back end. Good desert beer, nice and sweet. Good beer to kick back and swill on. craven5000 (120) - Westville, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2004
Easy tan head. Dark body with hints of red. It was smooth and felt fuller in the mouth but light. It wasn’t thin. Weaker flavors noticed as chocolate(not dark) and coffee. Sweetish. Finish was slightly bitter, a bit dry and light coffee. Easy to drink and simple. Worth having another one at a later date. Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
black appearance with a pretty nice brownish head. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is pretty good and im not a fan of most porters. First taste was kinda too bitter but after that it kinda settled down. Another good beer from Full Sail. I'll add these to my collection. weusebio (69) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2003
I love porters, but i wasn't horribly impressed with full sail's offering here. I'd buy it again, but only if McTarnahan's Blackwatch and Deschutes' Black Butte weren't available. MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Pours a deep, dark brown with red highlights. It’s underachieving tan head starts as an incomplete cap, then fades to a tiny ring of bubbles. The aroma is a bit faint, with some coffee, chocolate, a hint of fruit, yeast chalkiness, and minerals from the water treatment. The flavor is on the thin side, with a roasted coffee flavor leading the way. Some chocolate and caramel help to lend a bit of depth, but this isn’t all that interesting. Ends with an acidic undercurrent, some brief hop flavor, and a mineral note. Body is really lacking, and the acidity towards the end only adds to the problem, as it thins it out further. As it warmed, a bit of smoke appeared. This is a decidedly average porter from a usually solid brewery that’s too heavy-handed with the water treatment of their brews.