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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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11491) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bottle from John’s Marketplace. Pours very dark brown with a frothy tan head. Smells of rich darkly roasted malt with possible xmas spice. Medium body with mild carbonation. Dark, lightly burnt malt flavor. Spice seems absent. Light bitter. Seems to be going coffee towards the finish. Not a lot of hop, but it’s pretty good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2013
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, light licorice and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roated malt a nd cocoa with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish. A fairly simplistic Porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Brown pour. Nice toasty and roasty aroma with lots of coffee, ash, char, ashpalt and some molasses. Flavor is smooth, roasty, ashy, and bitter chocolate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8897) - , 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (6308) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2010
12 ounce bottle from the Utah State Store. Pours a pure black as coal color with a medium brown head. The aroma is is milky chocolates. The flavor is tasty; chocolates, milky, light metallic malts, smooth and easy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2010
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...


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6033) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Roasty nose, some coffee, and thats about it. Pours dark brown, thin tan head. Roast and coffee flavors. Very one dimensional and straightforward. Not very interesting, but nothing wrong with it either, but at 2.99 a bomber you cant complain and that bumps up the overall score. You can get way worse shit for 2.99.


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