robertjm (885) - Albany, California, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft at brewery). Very dark body. Almost black. Small oatmeal-ly head. If you want a nice dark beer that isn’t heavy this would be a good choice.
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasty nose, some coffee, and thats about it. Pours dark brown, thin tan head. Roast and coffee flavors. Very one dimensional and straightforward. Not very interesting, but nothing wrong with it either, but at 2.99 a bomber you cant complain and that bumps up the overall score. You can get way worse shit for 2.99.
bhensonb (14881) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from John’s Marketplace. Pours very dark brown with a frothy tan head. Smells of rich darkly roasted malt with possible xmas spice. Medium body with mild carbonation. Dark, lightly burnt malt flavor. Spice seems absent. Light bitter. Seems to be going coffee towards the finish. Not a lot of hop, but it’s pretty good.
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark red-brown with a short tan head and low carbonation. Malty, alcohol aroma accompanied by faint spicy hints. Smooth with medium body and slight oiliness, and favoring chocolate and raisin maltiness. The hops are not absent however, lending a nice resinous tail end. I’m not much of a porter fan due to them usually having a heavy coffee taste, but there is no coffee found in this is top notch holiday porter!
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Fred Meyer - This beer was gorgeous when poured into a glass. It had a nice chocolaty appearance with about an inch of creamy foam for a head. Not much aroma to speak of. The initial taste was quite good, but it has a bit of a watery finish. Overall, it’s a nice porter.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Food Emporium in Lynnwood, WA. Pours a VERY dark brown with a tan head. Aroma: Heavily roasted malt and coffee. Flavor: Same as the aroma, with hints of caramel and raisins.
kangaroo (67) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours very dark, lots of coffee flavor overwhelms whatever else may be in the beer. Lots and lots of coffee notes.. Did not have a lot of depth of flavor. Some earthy notes hidden in there I think but mostly coffee.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Six pack from a local grocery store. Pours a muddy brown with a big tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, light coffee and earthy hops. Flavor and mouthfeel are both disappointing, a little too much mustiness in the flavor marring the chocolate/coffee/caramel mix. Another not so hot beer from a former local titan.
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From Pt Roberts, WA, Marketplace. Looked good, with a slim tan head above a thick and black body. Head was short-lived, and aroma was scant. Taste was adequate, with maybe some coffee notes. Mouthfeel was too thin by far for a so-called "winter warmer". A mediocre beer.
junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - NOV 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kind of thin. Only in the very end do I get any kind of depth that Id normally akin to a porter.