jake65 (2438) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Very dark brown pour with a finger of creamy tan head. Nice little bits of lacing. Strong aroma is sweet, chocolate filled, roasty, and some faint espresso/mocha. The flavor is roast forward with light bittersweetness and dark chocolate. Again, light hints of espresso. Lacks what some would consider to be ’intense’ flavors, but one of MacTarnahan’s better brews and overall quite enjoyable. I see I’m against the grain on this one, but really a 3.7 was how it came out and 3.8-3.9 isn’t really out of the question...
Oscbert (939) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
~Aroma of roasted toasty chocolate malts, bready cereal.
~Pours black with bug creamy tan head.
~Bready chocolate flavor some harsh roasted bitterness that is pleasant.
~Med body med carbonation, roasted chocolate finish that lingers.
~This a very pleasing porter. Delicious. Good to drink anytime.
gracefullypunk (667) - Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown red with minimal beige head. Standard coffee and chocolate porter aroma. Doesn’t taste like much of anything. Some mocha and sugar but it fades quickly.
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle:   Deep brown, almost black, moderate fizzy light beige head, dies quickly, sparce lacing.   Balanced nose of toasted malts and hop bitterness.   A little astingent on the tongue, otherwise roasted malts with a
pale hop background.   This is a porter that in no way seems special given that its a Winter/Holiday release.   In fact, this Porter is really "ho-hum".   Not heavy, nor light, this is really middle of the road kind of
stuff.   Smidgen of roasted malt character and even softer hops linger.   I still question why this is a Holiday release when it has no special or Holiday like qualities.   Porters can be found from thousands of breweries as
standard fare throughout the year.   Not sure why MacTarnahans went out on a limb to brew this "Holiday Porter".   I was really hoping for something special.   Boring...
BrewDad (4493) - Olympia, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma: Nice porter like aromas dark malt light chocolate and spices.
Appearance: Brown in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Good dark malt flavors with the added chocolate and spices this was great tasting and easy drinking.
Palate: Dry finish with a Great Mouthfeel.
Overall: Tasty easy drinking porter this was a surprise and I really liked this beer.
Alphadelic (1728) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Guiness-like malts on the nose. Very strong and rich of flavour but actually light on the palate. The marmite darkness and milky coffee flavours disappear quickly. Earthy yeast is apparent along with some light woody characters. There is some fruity sweetness hidden below the darkness which occasionally bursts forth in a shaft of buzzing cherry and sweet strawberry. While drinkable it is overall quite boring and a little claggy in the mouth.
highibus (682) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with light coffee head. Slight aroma of cocoa and spice. Flavor is a bit off. But notes of cocoa and biscuit malts. Okay finish but just a bit off overall.
robforbes (2001) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a clear dark brown with a red tint with held to the light, a large khaki head, and some lacing.
smell is faint, sour malt, caramel, and some spice.
taste is watery, spice, some metallic, caramel, and a little sour malt, end is a little on the tart side.
raphael (805) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee, oatmeal, powdered sugar. Darkest brown w/ brownish head that lingers. Roast malt the main flavor, some backing sweetness, alcohol edge,
thick in the mouth, like oatmeal stout. warming finish.
robertjm (718) - Albany, California, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft at brewery). Very dark body. Almost black. Small oatmeal-ly head. If you want a nice dark beer that isn’t heavy this would be a good choice.