slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
botttled. Wow, what an improvement over that last "root beer" shit, but that molasses carryed over and may have effected this rating. Still, I quite enjoyed it... great rocky cap and lasting lace. Heavy scent of malts, molasses, and a bit of smoke. Interesting combo, makes me want to brew a molasses porter. Would I have to add licorice to achieve the same result? Hummm, cause its there. Good shit that should be produced in a larger scale, IMHO.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darkish brown pour. Aromas of roasted malts with a little chocolate. Flavor is kinda mellow compared to other porters. Starts roasty and finishes with a little mocha.
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle shared by someone in the hotel lobby after the RB Best Awards. Thanks! Never thought I’d see these four pop up. This one pours a cloudy brown with a small khaki head that settles into a ring. Notes of tobacco, black olives, earth, and chocolate. And plenty of cardboard and dead leaves. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and an oxidized, earthy mouthfeel. Rotted, but I bet this was once a fine porter.
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Dark brown. Oxidized, rotten fruity aroma, caramel, nuts. Sweet.
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2016
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is dark fruit and cardboard. Very oxidized, wood, raisin, nah.
slowrunner77 (10131) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"this was another solid effort from the Sam Adams historic line of beers that i apparently just liked more than everyone else. stands out from other porters because of the licorice and molasses...i’ll buy if they make it again."
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
24th July 2009
BBE Oct 06. Opaque dark brown beer. Crisp palate. Lots of bitter toffee and molasses and unsweet licorice. Finishes crisp with some carbonated bite and more unsweet licorice. Another unusual beer in the Patriot collection. Very drinkable and rich.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from stfun on 1/16/11 with a bb date of october 2006. not really sure why this was laying around and even less sure of why i wanted it in the first place!
porter colored with a soft beige head. typical.
odd aroma... vanilla, roast, lactose, molasses, raisins, vegetals (green peppers), sweaty yeast and card board.
the flavor is the same only turned down a notch. there are also notes of dates, wood, herbaceous-ness and BTF iodophor.
it is creamy and slick yet sharp.
clearly it is past it’s prime... sadly, it is still better than a lot of fresh stuff on the market! 6/3/5/3/15
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to daknole, October 2006. Dark brown with hints of red, a thin tan head. Tons of molasses and anise aroma. Taste is roasty then a big lasting molasses bitter finish, a hint of iodine and anise. Really a great beer.
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Totally an oxidized rancid mess. Unfar to rate this...So I will give it a middle of the road rating.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An interesting version of a porter from an earlier time period. Not really a fan of licorice , but everything was pretty good. Very roasted with a decent hop finish.