jimhilt (2377) - 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 (5489) - 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 (2496) - 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 (4490) - 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.
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a pretty typical porter. The most special thing about it is that the aroma is quite sweet. A pretty typical coffee bitterness and overall dark taste. Not bad.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: dark brown with golden highlights: thick pour from the bottle with a large frothy brown head. Aroma is filled with lots of mocha/coffee bitterness and toasted oak embers. Slight grit in the palate which was that great, but there was a decent chocolaty flavour, with a good backbone of roasted nuts and even a bit of hops in the finish, certainly not bad…
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.11.04 12oz bottle. Deep crimson black with little brown head. Aromas are sharp; bitter roasty and berry jam. Flavors start out nice but become somewhat artificial with temp, soapy? Sweet berry along with light chocolate and burnt grain. Finish is a fine balance of bitter and sweet. Good palate throughout is a bit oily, a bit sticky, and a bit effy. One of the better SA beers I’ve had, but still something is off.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On the 12th day of christmas my illegitimate son brought to me sam adams holiday porter and a mediocre beer rating. Decent enough offering from Sam adams. Molasses, rich candy smell and the scent of grain. the taste was a rich coffee mixing with very light hints of chocolate. extremely dry. finished with a slight hop bitter.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, approaching black, with a thin tan head. Roasty aroma of roasted malts, espresso, and smoke. Flavor is on the hoppy side for a porter: roasted malt up front with strong coffee and chocolate notes, followed by a peppery hop note that fades in the finish. Nice porter with a very smooth mouthfeel.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkly cast appearance, yet not quite brown, a dunnish deep burgundy, perhaps, resting under a good-sized, roasty cocoa-tan head, a solid 1/4", slowly shifting down.
Bittersweet espresso aroma, roasted, toasted, lightly spicy, burnt toast, chocolate, and a whiff of coffee grounds...with chocolate getting bigger over time...
Smooth and rich on the palate, light but almost luscious in flavor, sweetness and dark, together in tandem, with a creamy oily coating on the palate. Very well felt in the mouth, fills it fully, swishes flavor all around. Quite nice. Full in body, with a long, chocolatey finish.
Very, very nice porter...my voice rises in the choir to ask what makes it a "holiday" porter...no matter, this is nice nonetheless...why don’t they so something this good year ’round, I gotsta ask...