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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 142   ABV: 4.75%
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A special Porter that brewmaster, Rick Reed, made for the 2006 holiday season.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2009
12 oz bottle at Butters’ 4th Cellar Reduction. Pours a lacing beige head with a burnt brown body. Roasty and toasty, and brown sugar. Tastes the same but is with a slight hop presence.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2009
On tap at andys corner bar. Deep dark brown in color with a nice off white head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Chocolatetey rosary malty aroma. Caramel light hoppy notes. Malty roasty bitter chocolatety flavor. Medium bodied. Finish is dry. Nice. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5035) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Aroma of medium chocolate and a nice maltiness. A dark brown pour with tight tan head and lace. Flavor is nice chocolate with just a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel is medium/full with good carbonation. Drink this beer at cellar temp. when I started out it was a tad to cold as it warms the flavors just seem to expand and become a bit more complex. Very nice beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Had this at the brewery during the tour. A great dark beer with a nice bite. LOVED IT! I hope they start bottling it

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4026) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Handbottle from hophead75. Pours a nice dark brew. Some light in the pour but it sits black in the glass. Despite the handbottling the carbonation produces a one finger creamy coffee colored head. The aroma is very roasty, chocolatey, coffee, grain, lots of roast, a tad sweet, nice complexity, enjoyed the nose. The flavor is also very roasty, chocolate, coffee, grain, lightly sweet, some hops that add a nice bitterness. Feels a tad bitter in the mouth, roasty, some alcohol seems apparent. Finishes sweet and roasty. Nice porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2008
The color was dark black. The head was thin, creamy, and off-white. The aroma was coffee, roasty, sweet, and chocolate. The flavor was light coffee, roasty, and some hops. The palate was smooth. The finish was a little abrupt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1577) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2008
Finely handbottled. Frothy pour of rich oak brown with lingering red near the bottom. Aromatic of fresh dark roasted coffee and vanilla ice cream; bit of dark chocolate and cinnamon and sweet vegetables. Mulch. Pleasantly earthy and true to form. Flavor is milky, brown, nutty; roasted hazelnuts, some tartness of red apple, pistachio, grassiness. Wholeheartedly and without shame very reserved; some lush honeydew and even blood orange fruitiness and cool vanilla sweetness humming in the mid palate. Palate is soft, medium bodied and somewhat watery; sugary coffee and dry nut skin in the chasing finish. Very much a simple brown porter and a fine representation at that, full of barely there complexity and silky touch throughout. Thanks Andrew!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Draft at Which Brew in Easton PA. Pours deep brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roast and cocoa. Flavor is nicely balanced, which has flavors of nuts, chocolate, and nicely controlled dark roast. There is just enough bitterness to balance it out. Some astringency on the finish. Not bad. This leans toward the style of Brown Porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Draft at Which Brew. Nice black body with thin head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, a bit faint. Flavor is roast, chocolate, nutty and a sweet malty body. Very smooth with a great chocolate after taste. This beer is far under rated.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2008
growler-pours a rich to rocky brown heat that laces and black color. Aroma is dark malt-molasses/chocolate, roasty/nutty. Taste is dark malt-coffee/molasses/chocolate, roasty/nutty, secondary hops bite. not my style. Full body. 2.7 With some fudge, nicer to my taste, although it becomes somewhat thinner mouth feel and less coffee dominant. 2.9


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