caesar (6600) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled @ home. Brown color, medium frothy brown head. Aroma of chocolat, bit fruity. Bit bitter taste, bit sweet, hint of sourness. Slight sticky on the palate. Average brew.
Pudding (228) - Birmingham, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
500ml bottle. Disappointed in this. Low flavour and watery mouthfeel. Slight sulphury taste the only redeeming factor. Preferred Bramble Stout by the same brewery.
markas101 (2280) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via Beer Ritz Leeds. Festive Christmas Porter label. Deep brown cola colour, fruity aroma, black cherry and molasses. Semi sweet flavour, vanilla and coffee, then more sweetness and a bitter hit at the end.
tommann (3300) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle, as Festive. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is woody, sour dark fruits. Taste is a little watery, dark fruits to start, some sour fruit on the finish. Barely any carbonation.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Chocolate, cinnamon, citrus and dried fruit
A - Dark and hazy with thin to no head
T - Light sweet with soft roasted bitter
P - Full and soft
O - Decent porter
olio (9194) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2011
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
50 cl bottle @ Kahdet Kasvot, Tampere.
Pours murky red colour with medium head. Aroma of cherries, berries, malts, grass and stomach acid. Flavour of berries like strawberry and bilberries, mild malts, ripe fruits and vegetables. Quite repulsive to be honest, the berryness is too dominating for a watery palate like this.
ration (2126) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2011
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
I actually managed to rate the alias before. A new bottle, just as bad as befone. Tastes like stale real rinsed in dirty dishes. What were they drinking when they thought this is good?
Earlier Rating: 11/11/2011 Total Score: 1.1
Bottle. Looks like stale cola. Tastes like spent real in a bottle. This cant.be right.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 24, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
In bottle as Festive Christmas Porter. Pours a slighty hazy, deep ruby colour with a thin tan head. Yeast, apple seed and alcohol nose. Some roasty malt flavour with apple seed and alcohol again. Moderate carbonation and CO2 prickle. Not my thing.
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
0.5 l bottle (as Festive Christmas Porter) at Old Brick’s Inn, Jyväskylä. Hazy dark brown color. Dry vinous, acidic, woody and stale taste. There is woody spicy notes like ginger and clove, but it hard to say if these come from actual spices. A bit thin and fairly woody palate with low carbonation. Stale aged taste is not negative but feels a bit one sided and unbalanced. Perhaps there is too much woodiness for a low gravity beer.
stravale (2723) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUN 20, 2011
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Cask @ Wetherspoon. Black with no head. Aroma of roasted malt. Thin, watery, bitter roasted malt, bit of coffee. Unpleasant, very dry finish. A poor example of the style. 2.2
Re-rate from bottle as Festive Christmas Porter 25/12/11
Aroma - Earthy hops, roasted malt, minerals, some yeast
Taste - Burnt toast, bitter very earthy hops, mineraly, some yeast, stale - not good.
Palate - Moderate carb, thin body, bit oily texture. Finish - dry, burnt, bitter, earthy, rust, minerals.
Overall - Nope - not for me. Every aspect of this beer is below par. A really awful porter. Nothing festive about this beer. Drain pour.