bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a dark tan head. Chocolate and caramel aroma with malt. Caramel and chocolate flavor. Medium bodied. Chocolate and caramel linger with malt.
richc (239) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma has some mild chocolate and some herbal notes, perhaps borage. There is a slight coffee note as well but all aroma is very mild. Flavour adds a chunk of sweetness and fades really fast. Over all an OK but a bit dull beer.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks good, ruby brown and clear, nice brown head that lasts and leaves sticky lacing.
The aroma and flavor have a slight astringent note, a little bit of metallic as well. Toasty, nutty, malty, and a little bit of roasty flavors and smells are noted. I note a little graininess and some sweetness, like brown sugar.
The body could be thicker, itís a bit thinner than Iíd prefer my porters.
Overall itís an interesting choice, but not particularly outstanding.
Hanoi (461) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2013
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose is roast, some coffee. Faded almost immediately. Taste is cola, leading to slight coffee, faint bread and yeast, a little pepper and spice in the finish. Bland. Mouthfeel is thin. This is really bland and not a porter, Iím surprised by the good reviews.
toml219 (209) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance- very dark brown with very little head
Aroma- roasted dark malty aroma
T/ P - Not too heavy for such a dark beer malty somewhat sweet
Nice and smooth light carbonation
Overall- Very drinkable, nice on a cold winter night or an early spring with a slight breeze would get it again if I could find it locally.
Piero1987 (686) - Iglesias, ITALY - SEP 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with cremy head. Nice malt caramel and spicy aroma. Light sweet with some alchol notes.
Imaena (1887) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. This was a real let down. Thin and not as roasted as I would have liked.
Dacrza (543) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
date reviewed: 25 January 2013...
glassware: Victory Hopdevil nonick...
occasion: research paper grading, round one...
appearance: jet black body that intimidates as only Santa can; off-white rim more like a dirty Santa...
aroma: punchy peat malts--with some grassy, oaty--a bit of cornbread(?); this shouldnít diminish the effect....
palate: smooth, weighty, active strength--drinkable but stern...
taste: a scotch-like experience, with a dialed-down peat and ping--delightfully agreeable...
overall: I recall this beer catching flak for its name and label; Santaís nothing if not humorous, so the State needs to take some soma and drink this; juvenile packaging aside, the beer is a medium-strength winter warmer that has me in a giving mood long after the holiday season...
zoucrew102 (616) - - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is strong coffee and chocolate notes. Pours a dark brown, but still able to see through it unlike most porters. Taste is strong chocolate with coffee notes. Finishes very smooth with hints of chocolate that linger.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
J_man (734) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Charred/roasted aromas from a crystal clear dark amber/rootbeer colored body with a light tan head. I admire this for being a true English porter which is not heavy or creamy, but rather a fairly light bodied ale with roasted components. However, thereís not a lot going on here other than the charred taste and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. It definitely improves as it warms up (and Iím talking above cellar temperature) and develops more character like a light molasses flavor and even a bit of dark fruit. Finishes dry and a little bitter with lasting bittersweet chocolate flavor.