Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep garnet brown hue. Dense, large bubble foamy head, nice retention and lacing. Sweet, roasty nose, faint vanilla, coffee. These flavors follow over to the palate, along with burnt toast, dark cocoa, roasty grain, faintly brandy, dark caramel. Medium bodied palate. Finish is bitter and coffee like. Quite nice and a surprise. Its been in the fridge for quite some time now.
Gachupines (1248) - 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 (164) - 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 (10619) - 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 (2103) - 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.