jtw (1074) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
i bought the whole sampler pack just because that’s the only way to get this beer, and old fezziwig. cheers to the marketing crew at sam adams, because there’s no other way in hell i’m gonna buy sam adams light or their cranberry lambic. anyway, it’s a very typical porter, not bad in any way, but not a standout. definitely a solid offering, considering that it is sam adams, not a small-scale operation. thin astringent body, but nice roasty caramel aroma and flavor. just about makes that sampler pack worth it!
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown, tan head, aroma of caramel, and toasted malt, flavor similar, but with addition of some chocolate. Lightly bitter finish. Decent
JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with flecks of ruby red. Huge off-white/tan head lasted to the bottom of the pint. Slight coffee notes in aroma with caramel malts and some slightly piney hops. Full malty flavor, again with some coffee notes, with bittersweet chocolate and butterscotch. Actually very good, and I’m surprised at the rather low score.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sam Adams...always a good decision. Black with no head. Aroma is mostly caramel and coffee with only a slight hint of chocolate. This is much better as it warms. Has a decent malt character with a chocolate hints. The caramel is the most noticable flavor. Ends with a mild bitter coffee taste.
desurfer (1189) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pretty dark with little head. Aroma is very roasty, and the flavor is marked by notes of bitter chocolate and hops. Overall a smooth drinking porter.
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 (6804) - 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.