PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown pour, with almost no head. Chocolate, sweet aroma. Malty, bitterness, and light chocolate. A slight disappointment.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours with a creamy head; caramel, dough, and coffee in the nose; thin palate, good balance; some earthy hoppiiness; OK, at best
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer poors a nice tan head on a dark brown to black body. Head is reapidly diminishing however and is a falult in the brew. Aroma is chocolate and roasty. Flavor is typical for a porter, sl sweet with a decent bitter finish. Not bad just not special.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the Sam Adams winter sampler: Pours almost pitch black with an initial tan head. Not a whole lot of lacing. First taste is burnt toast but it mellows quickly to a nice coffee-ish flavor. Medium bodied. Not bad.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This porter poured very near black in color with a fluffy yellowish-cream head.
The nose was hoppy and midly fruity. The mouthfeel was oily. The flavor was pretty dense and harsh. It went beyond roasted, past toasted, straight to burnt. Burnt toast would be a pretty fair estimate of the lingering finish in my throat.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel and chocolate malt. Flavor of roast and chocolate. Finish of bitter coffee and hops. Thanks Dogbrick.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark Brown with red tints. Aroma is chocolatey upfront but fades to... obscurity I suppose? The taste is rather smooth and creamy. A bit of toasted malt and some bitterness (which I assume is hop but could just as well be some sharper malt). Perhaps something like grain or grass but now I’m stretching. Body was adequate. coated my mouth and lingered. Not too bad, and really one of my favorites out of the holiday sampler pack.
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice chocolate aroma as you open the bottle. Good malt tast at first which by the end was somewhat to sweet.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured dark with a tan head. Faint roasty aroma. There is a roasted molasses porter taste, but seems rather watered down. Not impressive.
Palidor19 (3151) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 a very rich assortment of chocolate, caramel and orange.
Dark and malty with a great hop finish, a must have for Christmas