Coal Creek Porter | Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Coal Creek PorterCoal Creek Porter

Brewed by:
Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Washington, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2003

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 29
Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Darkly rich and grainy black brew. Very dark brown in color with a modest foam in the tall Timmermans goblet. Sprightly carbonation on the tongue. Nice roasted aromas.

The mouthfeel is robust with lots of malt and some sweet flavors. The roasted malt is bludgeoned by the charred grains, but it doesn't go over to the sourish charcoal side. There is a distinctly bitter finish. Mouthfilling flavor and that malt stays with you. Scratchy aftertaste like burnt toast.

This is quite drinkable and pretty much covers all the bases for a Porter. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Big Time's northeast Seattle brewpub.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coal color with a reasonably impressive, though surprisingly light colored head; lots of splashy lace though the retention could be better

Smell: Caramel, roast and chocolate, with some burnt edges; grainy, too, with the hop aromatics peeking through

Taste: Opens roasty and grainy, with caramel, chocolate and a bit of charcoal; by mid-palate, the hops impress the palate (this is a Pacific NW beer, after all); the chocolate returns in the finish, along with a hint of dark fruit

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly aqueous

Overall: Like the fact that this is sessionable and is very good in that context; ranked against the usual porters it comes up short on flavor but I am always on the lookout for flavorful session beers; if I had my druthers it migcut back a touch on the hops and notch up the chocolate, however

Thanks, glkaiser (from the other site), for the opportunity

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap in the alehouse, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark brown bordering on black with a thin layer of tan foam. Not bad.

Smell: light nutty caramelly aroma. Interesting but too light.

Taste: nice malt flavor. Caramelly with a light roastiness and a touch of tartness. Balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with decent carbonation. Works well for a porter.

Overall: Coal Creek is a classic one for me. Just a great dark session brew.

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Photo of Adrianized
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as a local extra in a trade.  Poured into a snifter.

Appears black, dark brown when held to the light.  Pours very thin.  One finger head tan head which settles down.  Okay lacing.

Nose is subdued.  There's. Smokiness, molasses, and caramel malt.

Again molasses, caramel.  Big roasted malt backbone.  Almost a malt bomb.  Some weird cured meat taste going on.  Aftertaste is malty and a smokey bitterness, which I'm not liking too much.

Much thinner for the style than I prefer.  Good carbonation.  A porter I could drink in the summer.

Overall this is an average porter, nothing I would seek out again.  But, I always enjoy tasting others' local brews!

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Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown almost black color, with a big rich light brown head.
Slight coffee with more of the sweet malts coming through in the aroma.
The taste wasn't up to the aroma, decent malts with hints of the coffee coming through, not a rich and full tasting as the aroma would suggest.
Leaves a light milky feel in the after taste.
All in all not a bad porter, but not up to the Oregon and Washington state standards we've seen in so many of their beers.

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Photo of clickpush
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz bomber to wide mouth glass. Dark brown body w/ a small off white head that disappears quickly, leaving absolutely no residual head, barely anything around the outside of the glass. Can't see any carbonation inside either.

Nose is somewhat richer than I would expect. More like raisin and other dried fruit. Not getting roast malt at all. Some butterscotch.

From the name I would expect a bone dry, super roasty flavor. Instead I'm met with an acrid acidity that overpowers the malt body. There is coffee flavor in the finish but it doesn't make up for the weak showing from the rest of the beer. The mouth feel is one redeeming quality - for the style and especially for the alcohol content, this beer is light and well carbonated.

I had high hopes for this one but it didn't live up.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sessionable porter that's well malted, with chocolate malts,and so quite drinkable. Hops are secondary but there. Black with moderate white head. Aroma of mild roast.Not too coffeeish but there was some acidity that's somewat masked by all the malting. Well balanced and satisfying. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big Time bottles four of their mainstay beers. I purchased two and drank a bomber of this porter the day following my visit. Coal Creek starts with a strong chocolate malt aroma and taste with ample roastiness. Though it momentarily teeters upon a charred flavor, it is reasonably sweet overall. At first, the beer came in short in the finish. But as it warmed, a long smoky tail unfurled.

The beer is dark brown with minimal, thready lace. I tried shining a flashlight through it to evoke some ruby highlights, but not a chance. The dark, penetrating depths of Coal Creek devoured the full output of my flashlight. It was like shining a light through a rock. One isle of suspended beige suds held the shape of Australia for most of my session. (A bonus.)

A well tuned beer. Not overbearing. And they say it won a GABF gold medal in 2006 under an assumed name.

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Photo of dnichols
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I shared a bottle with a few beer buddies while we tasted a few porters after work.

A: It poured a very dark black body with tinges of cola hues and a slender tan head that supported moderate lacing.

S: The aromas were difficult to detect, however, aggressive swirling resulted in roasted malts and slightly pungent herbal hops.

T: It had a thin sweet roasted malt flavor with an astringent somewhat sour back flavor that gave off hints of coffee.

M: It a was medium bodied and smooth with a moderate corbonation and sour finish and aftertaste.

D: The pungent aroma was off-putting as was the thinness and lack of distinct rich flavors. A good, not great porter.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Big Time a few times over and this rating is from my 22oz I brought back..tap is MUCH BETTER. Very smooth. Poured very dark brown nice head, Chocolatly. Tasted somewhat like a Deschutes Black Butte Porter. Overall a good porter and I would recommend and drinkagain and again

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coal Creek Porter, Big Time Brewing Company, Seattle, WA...22 oz. bomberator.

Deep dark brown, if not exactly black, with a thin cocoa/ tan head.

Cramy, milky nose with espresso tints...lightly roasted, creeping notes of chocolate chime in...

Silky smooth on entering the mouth, medium-bodied, solid, and easy drinking. Sturdy, roasty, plenty of bittersweet coffee-ish flavors, with an undercoating of cocoa.
Chocolatey mouthfeel, absolutely pleasing to the tastebuds, getting a little dry and nutty near the end. The longer I take to finish it, the bigger the flavors become (reminder not to start with the bottle to cold, next time...remember folk, warm those porters!)

here's a beer I would order with utmost confidence, and enjoy the imbibing with absolute aplomb...or something to that order!

thanks, again, Kim!

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Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint consumed on-tap at the brewpub for $4.

Dark, murky brown color, with a Decent-sized tan head that left lots of lace inside the glass.

The nose was of dark chocolate, roasty coffee, and a little bit of smoke.

The taste was like the smell - It's a dry, dark chocolate bitterness matched with roasty black coffee. There's a mild hoppy zap to the palate as well, but not enough to make it too West Coast stout-like.

Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

If I hadn't already had two IPAs at the brewpub and didn't soon have to get underway, I could've had several pints of this and not minded at all. Very drinkable, with an abv that would lend itself to sessioning.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, creamed-chocolate, brown colored head that starts out three-fingers in height. The beer shows a brilliantly clear, chocolate brown color as I pour the beer, but sits in the glass an opaque blackened amber, almost black color. At first the aromas smells of thin black coffee, but then it gets interesting all of a sudden; salty blackened malt aromas almost pick up a peat-like smokiness, richly toasted grain, it even has aromas that I associate with rich, umami laden flavors. The aroma almost reminds me of smoked, dried, blackened prunes that one might pick up at an Asian grocery store. An interesting aroma, one which I can easily partake of for quite some time before taking that first sip.

Light feeling up front as it first hits the tongue, it then picks up some soft, creamy fullness as it moves across the tongue. Dark malt notes dominate the flavor profile and that interesting, salty, smoky note is here in the flavor as well. The beer actually has a fair amount of complexly dark, sweetness that reminds me of smoked, dark chocolate. The beer finishes with a touch of harsh, bitter burnt grain husks, but still has that rich, malty, salty, peat like not as well that lingers on in the finish. Speaking of roasted grain, this beer has a lot of roast malt character; black coffee, even espresso and burnt caramel notes are quite prominent.

This beer is very drinkable, quite tasty and with an interesting mix of flavors. It has a complexity to it that makes it quite intriguing. The one flaw is that there is perhaps a touch too much burnt grain astringency in the finish.

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Photo of shivtim
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A hazy brown brew, not too dark, with a small dense head. Looks decent. Nose is subtle maltiness, but not too much else. Taste is sweet chocolate malts with touches of honey, and a little hop kick comes through on the end. Mouthfeel is pretty average, drinkability is high, especially considering the low ABV.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man, what a dark looking pour. Head is minimal. Nose has a bit of roastiness and a slight tart sourness that I get from some of the darker beers. Doesn't bother me as much as it normally does. Taste is more of the same tartness with some coffee and very mild chocolate. Bit of hoppy grapefruit in the finish. Overall this is pretty decent. You wouldn't need to twist my arm to get me to drink another but I won't rush back for more either.

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Photo of Gavage
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a lovely burgandy browninsh color with a tan colored 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: roasted malts and chocolate are easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate, hints of coffee, and a touch of molasses. Nice bitterness levels round this out.

Mouthfeel: smooth from the start to finish. Short aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this is what I like in a porter - not some stout wanna be, but a flavorful lighter beer that is easy to drink. Great beer.

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Photo of jclovebrew
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brew pub.

Nice malty flavor with slighly more than a hint of smokiness (which is just right). Very smooth. Chocolatly. Highly quaffable. Actually very similiar to their Old Rip Oatmeal Stout offering, but not nearly as sweet. I would order this again.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mid September 2005. Had on tap at the Big Time Brewery in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- via samplers from the tap.

Appearance- 1/2 inch dark brown pour with nice lacing.

Smell- Fairly dark roasted malt scent, a touch of chocolate as well.

Taste- Good chocolate hit with a solid hop bitterness following. Mild roasted malt with an overall earthy taste.

Mouthfeel- Low to medium carbonation for a stout.

Drinkability- Fairly decent stout. Overall one of the better stouts I had on my trip. Would try again for sure.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.77/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Very dark brown in color with a nice, chocolate head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – Nice mix of dry grain, chocolate-flavored coffee, and a rather sharp citrusy hop profile.

Taste – I like the malt-portion of this Porter, but the hops are huge and detract from the style. They overtake the lovely chocolaty coffee and malts from the nose.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied with a dry hoppy finish that seems out of place.

Drinkability – Another disappointing PacNW hoppy Porter.

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Coal Creek Porter from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
3.62 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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