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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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A deceptively dark Holiday Ale,decking the halls with cheer.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8254) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Bottle thanks to Dallas. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of winter spices, cocoa powder and heavily burned black malt. Finishes dry with lots of burnt black malt. Medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2011
(22oz bomber thanks to blackswan) espresso brown with creamy dark tan head. Nose of cocoa, milk chocolate, spices and oats. Taste of raisin, watery, mildly spices, oats, with a dry watery finish.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
22415brewery (371) - redmond, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours a jet-black with minor amber highlights underneath the moderate light beige half-inch head. Aroma is not what I expected based on the appearance; a touch fruity, some green apple esthers, and a barely noticeable medium caramel. This porter is moderately sweet with a fairly thin mouthfeel. The carbonation is relatively high which dries out the finish yet lightens the body. No noticeable roasty or chocolate notes even though the color implies it. Has a slight vegetal, and a noticeable astringency on the finish. Overall I feel that it could use a touch more alcohol, more body, and a little more sweetness to provide more definition. Right now it is more like a fairly strong dark mild with minimal yeast character.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a small tan head. Aroma of raisins, roasted malt, plum, and cocoa. Flavor of caramel malt, cocoa, some coffee, and roasted grain.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3140) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Traded bottle. Pours reminds of a Coke with a brown head that quickly disappears into a film. Pretty straight forward porter aroma of darker malt and a hint of cold coffee; pleasant. Flavor and body are pretty thin. Again darker malt and some bitterness from the coffee notes in the flavor. Simple.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle from bu11zeye. Brownish pour with a small tan head. Aroma is spice, roasted nuts, and maybe some coffee. Taste is roasted, a little light spice, kinda ashy, and nuts.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6017) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, dark amber color with no head, aroma is plain , nuts and roast, flavor is roasted, coffee, some bitter

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Dark reddish color with a brownish head. Aroma is maple syrup, and brown sugar with toasted wood. Flavor is watery upfront, with roasted burnt malts and slight coffee.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hamshank (6) - Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2011 does not count
Flavor is very nice, however, leaves a lot to be desired as it lacks complexity. Tastes of smokey chocolate and coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle pours brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and light roast. Flavor shows the same. Not too shabby. Not a whole lot of depth but fairly well made.


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