bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle from brickskeller (tasted in may, so a little past intended drinking time). smooth, pretty mellow porter. aroma is a little chocolate-y. flavor is watery thin and slightly roasty.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12 oz bottle: Variety case at Costco in San Diego/Morena Blvd, CA) A lot of strong flavors doing battle amongst themselves in this beer as the flavors seem to clash rather than mesh. Strong, up front spiciness maintains solid presence from start to finish. Quite roasty, malty, caramely, and sweet. Oh yeah, and pretty bitter too, mostly from the spice, but also from the roast and hops, and the bitterness borders on astringent, especially in the stubbornly long-lasting finish. The nose is mostly sweet and caramely. Surprisingly, a spicy aroma is not really all that prominent. Medium-fo-full body, a bit sticky on the palate from the sweetness. The very dark color is roasted chestnut, mostly opaque, but slightly translucent and ruddy brown at the edges. The tan head is pretty small out of the bottle, and then fades away to a thin rim in short notice. Scattered patches and lines of lace decorate the glass. Not a bad beer at all, but the astringent bitterness really wears on you after awhile, so I liked this beer a lot more during the first few sips.
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very dark almost black body with dark amber highlights. A thick light tan head. Rich aroma of apples and caramel with some fresh bread crust. The taste is roasted nuts with caramel and toast. The body is thick and rich. An excellent winter time brew that will warm you up.
GonZoBeeR (3010) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance:dark with good brown head...
Beaver (1547) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a big fluffy tan head that retains well.
The aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee with some sweet cream and a little bit of dark fruits.
The flavor is bitter roasted chocolate with a big chalky metallic/acidic taste and a finish that is much more bitter (and metallic) than I expected. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.
Overall, the flavor just didnít jibe with me - too metallic and bitter causing it to be unbalanced and not very appealing.
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy, chocolate aroma. Tastes of cocoa and malt. Thick and oily around the mouth. Not really complex enough for my liking. Itís not great, but I do like this offering - would buy again.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. A nice porter, allthough of all the porters i had last night this had the thinnest palate, good roasty flavor...did not have that typical SA taste which was nice...not important but I thought the bottle had a very cool holiday scene...liked it.
DougiePhiTau (99) - USA - APR 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
coco aroma with a mild buned coffee taste like most holiday porters a good seasonal beer wish it was all year round
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a good seasonal offering from Sam Adams. It offers some chocolate in the aroma but all coffee in the taste. Doesnít produce much of a head but itís still an enjoyable beer.
ABUSEDGOAT (2424) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 Thinish black body with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and caramel. Flavor is the same, has the usual Sam Adams taste.