Gachupines (1211) - USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black with a brownish head. Taste is roasted and bitter with a faint sweetness. Taken over by a strong bitter finish.
Diablokev (163) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The apperance is a dark brown, with a creamy head. The armoa is light was expecting something more. The flavor is rosted, coffee, spice. the beer is smooth overall not bad.
lovelacm (48) - Niceville, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pour - Small, light brown head atop a deep brown body. Smells of molasses and dark chocolate. Slightly sweet, changing to bitter flavor.. more coffee here, and definately chocolatey (I’m guessing that’s a word!). Creamy with a soft carbonation for me... quite bitter aftertaste.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Very dark porter with a small, creamy, lightly tanned head. The aroma is chocolatey and very deeply roasted with notes of light port wine, dark raisins and caramel. The flavor is perfectly balanced. Medium-bitter, chocolatey and medium-burnt with just a dash of salt. Medium-bodied and very lightly creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes burnt, bitter and dry.
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 I’ve 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 doesn’t 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 (2062) - 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 isn’t 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.