FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer pours with a dark mahogany color with some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Cream tan head is full and lasts thoughout the pint. Aroma is of roasted grains, chocolate malt is noticable, along with what appears to be roasted although the bottle does not say it is used. Light Munich malt aroma, nutty, buscut like, no real hop aroma to speak of(althogh some EKG would have been nice). Coffee aroma is present in this beer. Flavor is of noticeable chocolate malt flavors and light roasted flavor, some malt sweetness is evedent with a very light hop bitterness. Hop flavors on the light side, but balance the sweeness very nice. The finish is of the dark malts adding some dryness. Mothfeel is meduim, more like a brown porter more than a robust porter.
Overall this is a very nice brown porter, and a nice addition to the Sam Adams lineup. (At least here in OK)
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark mahogany color with a small beige head. Roasted coffee, chocolate and malt aroma. Slightly sweet chocolate with burnt wood and bitter hops flavors. Very crisp feel with a dry hoppy finish.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, dark ruby color (translucent) with a small tan head. The aroma was full of smoky chocolate, burnt wood, and caramel. The flavor had some of the smokiness in it, but more sweet and bitter than I expected...nice chocolate tones. The feel was quite crisp...medium bodied...semi-wet finish. Thanks Mike (you know I was gonna have to buy that whole "collection" just to rate this thing!)
shrubber85 (6507) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Chocolate malt aroma with a hint of mint. Very dark brown - opaque with little head. Chocolate mallt flavor also with a hint of mint - moderate carbonation with a good hops finish.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep brown color, seems slightly watery but forms a nice head. Aroma is roasty and sweet. Flavor has some sweet burnt malt tones but is rather ordinary. Washes off the palate quickly with not much of a finish.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer evacuates the 12-ounce brown bottle a deep brown to almost black with a portly light chocolate head that is semi-creamy in texture as it evaporates the lace forms a thick blanket to obfuscate the glass. Nose is lightly toasted grains with a hint of caramel, sweet and fresh, start is lightly sweet with a decent malt profile, top is middling in its feel. Finish is benignly acidic and the hops adequate, quite dry almost chalky in it feel to the palate, a so porter, will not win any ribbons with me.
jimhilt (2340) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a two-finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost black. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts and finishes with a sweetish roasted chocolate/coffee flavor. 83¢ for a 12 oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH - should be sold in 6-paks instead of two in a 12-pak.
Braudog (5353) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark chocolatey brown with solid tan head. Tangy toffee aroma, but pretty light. The flavor is nice ... roasty, but nicely bittered ... like bittersweet chocolate.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not bad. Dark garnet, not quite opaque. Dense brownish head. Rich caramel and toffee aroma, just a dash of grassy hops. Sweet and rounded up front, with caramel giving way to a semi-sweet chocolate finish. Light hints of coffee and roast in the aftertaste. Decently smooth.
jgb9348 (4282) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in colour with a nice super dense tan head and ruby highlights to the body when tilted. Aroma of nuts, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, metal, blood and caramel-pretty nice aside from the metallic twang. Medium-bodied; Strong roasty malt presence with chocolate coming out in the taste and a slight bitter nuttiness. Aftertaste shows the malt and caramel more than anything else. Overall, better than I had expected from Sam Adams, but not the best porter I could imagine drinking. Definitely a welcome treat from the usual Vienna Style in the Winter pack. Many thanks to Phil (haddon90) for letting me have this bottle! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle pulled from the 2004 Sam Adams Holiday Sampler Pack on 15-December-2004.