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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 142   ABV: 4.75%
A special Porter that brewmaster, Rick Reed, made for the 2006 holiday season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MxPx1484 (17) - USA - DEC 30, 2007
Tasted at the Pocono beer fest. Excellent addition to Cricket Hillís arsenal. Very smooth with a nice malty finish. The beer was only a few weeks old. Canít wait to taste it again when its a little less green. PS They need to get rid of that stupid dart game.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1704) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
On draft at the brewery fot their Friday night get-to-gether. A darker brown black that is translucent. Nose has hints of rasins but since there was so much smoke and it was after all in the woring area of the drafty brewhouse I lost a bit of the nose. Not to worry, the body is medium with a nice hop emphasis. A good patent/choco body builds the character of this brew. The finish is a bit watery but this in no way disables this brew. An all day drinker for sure. I wish I had brought my growler for some of this to take home. Even more so that I hope the economics of this brewery enable them to put this in bottles soon. it was a pleasure speaking with Rick Reed last night at length. May 2008 be the year of the Cricket. It was also nice to get the whole story of how this was named by the brewer himself. ....Iím not telliní go there yourself and ask him....the nerve of you people!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2007
I thought this was a decent beer. Nice malty flavor - ígrainy kind of palate. Drinkable brew. very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2007
I didnít really care for this one at the Split Rock fest...although the person giving out fake tatoos was cool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2007
On draft at the grey lodge. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is similar to aroma with a creamy mouthfeel. A drinkable porter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Nice porter at little to roasty for me. Was a tad "watery".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2007
On tap @ Grey Lodge in NE Philly. Dark brownish black pour. Roasted, dark malt aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is a bit sweeter and more "chocolatey" than most porters. Overall, pretty good and better than most beers Iíve had from this brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 Re-rate based upon batch 2, that I have on tap at my apartment. Almost black in color, light ruby highlights near the bottom of the glass, medium sized light brown head. Aroma is roast and chocolate, with some light caramel and slight chalky notes. Taste has alot of chocolate and moderate roasted grain, with some subtle caramel sweetness, a touch of bready yeast. Light to medium bodied, a touch watery but very much in line with the style. Overall, very enjoyable and probably my favorite of all of the beers they have brewed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HoppityHop (199) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2007
I was luckily able to try this (at the brewery) on a few occasions. Working from recent memory, it pours a dark brownish-black with very little head. Flavors of chocolate and coffee, with a nice mouthfeel, and slightly higher carbonation than is usually associated with Porters or Stouts. An inviting aroma rounds out the balance. As with all of Rickís beers, this one is easy to drink, and would be a great introduction to the style. A very nice first effort from the great guys over at Cricket Hill, I hope they make more!

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