Brewed by Gulf Islands Brewery
Style: Porter
Salt Spring Island, Canada


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Dark, full bodied and thick, with a toasty nutty flavour. Our North American dry porter is a perfect marriage of roasted barley, chocolate malt and hops.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, - JUN 12, 2012
(6.5 decilitre bomber from Liquor Plus Douglas) Smelling light and tangy, the oily character really hits you on your first sip. This is robust style... my bottle has the old label but I’ve seen they’ve switched to calling this a "dry porter". Makes sense to me. I find this very tangy with the flavour mostly hitting the middle of my tongue instead of the tip or back. The finish brings roastiness to the innards of my upper nostrils. I didn’t find this sour. Maybe this isn’t a top 50 in its style but I’m pretty sure they’ve fixed up the problems that existed before. A tad bland, but pas mal pas mal.

sawyerpc15 (125) - Bowser, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2017
Another good craft porter brewed in BC. This wasn’t as flavourful or strong tasting as the Phillips chocolate but it was still very smooth and delicious.

Ferris (15240) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2016
Draft - Light toasted malt. Deep brown with a small beige. Light toast and roast with a light finish. Solid for what it is.

brleo (78) - - SEP 20, 2014
I was excited to try this one, as I am enjoying my exploration of the world of local porters. Unfortunately, this one really turned out to be a disappointment. Unlike any porter I’ve come across, this one pours a thin dark brown/barely black with a small head. Quite clear and see through for a beer of this type. Aroma is a turn-off right away, with a pungent whiff of hops coming through; before I even had my first sip, I was rolling my eyes internally at the state of the hop-crazed beer culture of the Pacific Northwest. Flavor was distinctly unlike other porters I have had. Whereas Hoyne’s Dark Matter has a crisp and satisfying taste of milk chocolate and roasted malt and Okanagan Spring’s Porter is a decidedly rich and slightly licorice-flavored specimen, this one cuts across the tongue with a flavor of piney hops mixed with the taste of stale coffee grinds. Simply put, it was awful. The hops nearly dominate the flavor of this beer. Palate-wise, the beer is thin and somewhat watery, and leaves an aftertaste in one’s mouth akin to if one had sucked on a bar of soap for about a half an hour. Unless you love IPAs and want to pretend to like dark beer too, avoid this one.

Lagerboy (2206) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
Bomber, as Saltspring Dry Porter. Clear dark amber, ruby hue, creamy beige foam head slowly settles and lasts. Medium roast chocolate malt aroma. Bittersweet chocolate malt taste, some coffee bean, organically thin and aqueous. Softer carbonation, low hopped. Tart dark fruitiness, sours a bit near the end. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

Viper666 (3286) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie d’un contact de Victoria, BC. De couleur noire et opaque. Nez légèrement fruité aux notes sûres (cerises noires, notes de cerises sûres - contamination), de malt rôti, léger de chocolat noir avec quelques notes métalliques. Mince-moyenne en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture très légèrement crémeuse Goût légèrement acide fruité (mélange de cerises sûres et léger de cerises noires - infection) avec de faibles notes de chocolat au lait (lactique) lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi rapidement d’un goût de malt rôti avec des notes de pain grillé puis en finale l’on retrouve des notes chocolatée, de noix et de café. Post-goût moyen-long, légèrement amer de rôti avec des notes de café et de chocolat au lait ainsi que de légères notes fruitées (cerises sûres). (2006)

Gerbeer (3745) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with creamy medium head leaving nice lacing. Not much to the nose - toasted malts and biscuits. A bit flat, flavors of light roasted malts, bitter nuts, and black coffee. OK.

manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2012
Like the new labels, classier and rather Victorian in style...gives the sense that something refined is inside. Pours a darkest brown with thin ring of khaki head. Aroma is Cocoa, figs, slight coffee and something vaguely medicinal. Taste is quite surprising...not as thin of others of the style I’ve tried lately. Nice mouthfeel that’s not too watery. Notes again of cocoa, roasted coffee more pronounced, a sting of hops in the mix late on. Finish is very mid palate with a hop tingle on the tip of the tongue. Overall I think this is a very decent porter and perhaps a new recipe to go along with the new label?

LarryBeast (616) - - MAY 6, 2012
UPDATED: APR 30, 2014 Bottle. Rich with flavour, full of the roast, espresso and dark chocolate qualities you’d expect from a good porter. Pours nearly black, like Dr. Pepper with a medium brownish head. A little oily in the finish, but with a nice lingering (and subtle) hop taste. Lovely evening drink; part meal, part dessert. I was very impressed. UPDATE(two years later): Bottle @TheClayPigeon. Less impressed this time around. Some of the above qualities still, but made buttery and tinged with ash.

stantheman (1050) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
Pours a very dark amber, slightly translucent around the edges of the glass. High carbonation in this bottle, but head collapses quickly. Not much aroma to speak of. Taste is malty and quite hoppy as well. A pleasant dark beer, but nothing to write home to Mom about.

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