TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My second favorite Sam Adams Iíve had so far (behind the Cream Stout), this is also their best holiday/winter offering. Exhibiting all the traditional roasted chocolate/coffee flavors that a porter should have, it doesnít have much in terms of creativity to offer. But no matter what, it tastes good.
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
not a bad porter that everyone get get at the drop of a hat but overall not a great beer
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2005
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
love stouts but porters and bitters are not for me. This came in a holiday pack and it was the lone beer left after all the others went. Not a good sign
boto (2007) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle: It starts out with a nice color. The beer pours a fairly dark, opaque brown. There is a bit of a tan head on it. The aroma is nice. There are notes of molasses, caramel and hints of chocolate and roastiness. The taste isnít bad at all. Maybe a hair lighter in body for a porter, but nonetheless good. I get some chocolate and the molasses in the taste. The other flavors are subdued and blend together in the background. No overt sweetness or bitterness. Not too bad.
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of my favorite more readily available porters. It is just what a porter should be, a stout light. Enough said.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark bitter sweet chocolate aromas and flavors. Roasted coffee notes in the nose. Pretty robust, but somewhat sophomoric in the blending of flavors.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was really looking forward to this beer as I still pine for the Honey Porter and yes I know this is not it.
Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head. Smells of smoky chocolate, roasted/burnt malt. Very rich nose. Lightly bitter and hints of almond.
Tastes as rich as it smells. Smoky roasted malt. A chocolate flavor that vasilates between bitter and milky. A nice hoppy finish, kind of spicy bitter hops instead of floral flavors. It is just so damn good. Wel-balanced and full flavored. Creamy mouth. Oh so tasty and goes down easily. This is not a huge knock-you-over-the-head style porter. Just well crafted and well balanced. Tasty as all get out and just a real honest, straight-forward brew. I love it. Itís been awhile since iíve enjoyed a porter this much. Bravo! Hope to see it regular.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very hearty porter. One of Sam Adams best beers. Some chocolate and sweetness.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle poured an almost opaque black beer that had garnet highlights in strong light. The head was off-white and smooth, about a half inch thick. It dissipated slowly leaving good lacing on the edge of the glass. The aroma is strongly influenced by caramel and sweet dried fruits. There is also a nice malty undertone. The initial impression is of sweet malt and chocolate and sweet dried fruits. The middle matures and begins to bring out some of the hop character with a slight bitterness. The finish is long and semi sweet having a slight alcohol warmth about it.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Thx to elnadeau for sharing
Pours w/ a huge head and a brown body. Nice roasty aroma, light/medium body, with dry roastiness. The finish is dry and clean. A good porter