bhensonb (12960) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(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.
jtclockwork (11798) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Ratman197 (11772) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
douglas88 (7587) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
5000 (6600) - 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...
blutt59 (6287) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, dark amber color with no head, aroma is plain , nuts and roast, flavor is roasted, coffee, some bitter
Sledutah (6252) - Utah, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2011 12oz bottle picked up at the state store
Appearance: Pours a clear dark brown with a small beige head and light spotty lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, roasted coffee and chocolate
Taste: Toasted malts, roasted coffee, grainy, sweet caramel with a light bitterness in the finish
A nice, easy drinking porter.
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(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.