tommann (3004) - 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 (7528) - 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 (2022) - 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 (5027) - 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 (2495) - 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.
Bullit (4163) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask @ Sir John Moore, JDW. Dark brown colour, creamy off-white head. Nose of slight roasted malts, bit of coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, light coffee, some fruits. Very light porter. Fairly bitter finish.
madmitch76 (18167) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 April 2009
Clear brown beer. Bloody dry palate! I don’t want every drop of saliva sucked out of my mouth! Why do brewers think this is a good thing? The only other time this happens is at the dentist when you are getting a filling and the nurse is there with that mouth hoover! I don’t want to pay to repeat that experience in a beer - so stop making them so bloody dry dammit! Some dust. Rich malt and not much else in this bloody overdry beer! Original rating 2.3
25th November 2009
Cloudy dark brown beer. Frothy short lived cream coloured head. Light frothy palate. Creamy malt, no bitterness. Tangy dark malt and minerals lead up to the dry finish. Bitter aftertaste. Still dry but nowhere near as bad as first time around!
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
[500ml bottle, The Bottle, York] [Sampled as Burton Festive Porter] Yeasty, bready aromas from the bottle conditioning, with a rather odd stewed apple nose. Dark brown-coloured ale with a very thin head. Taste is very subtle, some malt and more of that appley fruit. Really strange – not festive, not a porter, and not nice