Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is amber brown with big rocky tan head...smell is smell is raisins and ginger...smells a lot like Christmas potpourri....flavor is gimmicky and gross...sour herby gingerbread notes with a medicinal aftertaste...blech!
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is nutmeg, gingerbread, cookies, oatmeal, raison. Color is ruby and brown. Taste is slightly odd, and unbalanced. Slight gingerbread and nutmeg but it’s mainly watery and thin. Some caramel. Not even close to OSA or Winter Solstice.
mjg74 (2457) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2013 Pours a deep amber color. Aroma is somewhat spicy and of grain. A little bit of bread in the flavor. Tastes a little bit like Angostura bitters. Drinkable but nothing too special.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 1, 2004
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
It sounded delicious, but was a little disapointing. Not much spice flavor to speak of, and the alcohol flavor was very strong. It did smell pretty good, but it ended there.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2004
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Well, Poured like a brown porter, nice enough head, butI did not last. The Aroma is what you would expect. Lots os spices. The Taste though, not very good.too much spice, and awful for a porter. Strange is right, named an ALE and called a Porter? A one time only for me .
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Strange, very strange. Sounded like a winner. Poured a nice mahogany with a small beige head. The aroma was actually gingerbread. Very promising. But it didn’t carry over to the taste. Very disappointing. Such a great nose and such a bad taste. The flavor was more like a chaos of spices going nowhere.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled: took this one home from the brewpub.well you can imagine what this one looks and smells like by the name. dark brown, but not really porterish, kinda in between amber and porter. tan loose head. the nose is all over with spice cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, gingerbread. tastes pretty much the same...spice, spice, spice. no real hop character and strange to drink yet interesting. you can only really sample this style beer, not something you want more then one of around christmas time or chanukah. whichever your pleasure.
DarkElf (3013) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2004 The label calls this a medium bodied porter, but that is misleading, and it's really more like a spiced holiday beer; A strong spiciness somewhat overwhelmes the flavor, especially in the finish; Maltiness has a moderate dark roasted flavor; Mild bitterness also takes a back seat to the spiciness; Very spicy aroma has a touch of nutmeg; Brown color is lighter than expected; Light tan head is on the small side and is fairly bubbly, but retention is only fair and lacing is almost non-existant
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sweet cinnamon scented roasted malt, nice medium dark color with a tan ring of a head, a rich porter flavor followed by cinnamon, allspice, clove flavors, i was actually impressed by this but not overwhelmed like i could have been
Ernest (6012) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy dark brown, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread, roasted grain),
with notes of nutmeg, pepper, and ginger.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.