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 (3035) - 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 (6264) - 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.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, thick creamy head formation. Dry roasted coffee aroma but pretty subdued. Definitely seems like a porter at base. I'm not sure how they got the ginger but definitely seems like a fresh raw ginger infusion. Pretty sweet with brown sugar and cinammon flavors, mildly spiced. Pretty tastey overall.
jazz88 (2558) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown color with little head. A citrus and gingerbread aroma. Malts, ginger, and spices enlighten this brew.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yet another weird taste combo that works. Deep brown color, small head. Very slight Gingerbread flavor to this porter. Malty and spicy, not very hoppy. Nice beer, but the gingerbread flavor was very subdued, I was expecting a little more flavor. But interesting.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Readily apparent ginger aroma and flavor are taken over by a cookie like maltiness and subtle cocoa taste as well. Not as thick or rich as I’d hoped for but it reminded me of a ’light’ Anchor Our Special Ale. Nice brew.
joet (2188) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 10, 2001
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another ’tasty’ beer from the inventive folks at Bison.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2000
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2004 The beer after its extrication from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a slightly beclouded deep mahogany with a modest semi-creamy tan head that’s dissipates leaving a thick and sticky sheet of lace to obfuscate the glass. Nose is like sniffing a gingerbread cookie, sweet with hints of vanilla, fresh a quite appetizing; start is sweet with a rich malt profile and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is striking in its acidity with the hops purposeful in their spiciness, the ginger noticeable in the devastatingly dry aftertaste, different for sure