MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany colored. Sweet nose, chocolate and caramel, pretty typical. Taste is surprisingly chocolatey, bit burnt/coffee bitterness. Decent stuff.
argo0 (11583) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear garnet body with tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some chocolate, some bubblegum. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, some burnt, caramel. Watery light-medium body.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear dark ruby leaning to brown. Small tan head that vanishes quickly. Light roasted malt aroma and ... that is it. The flavor is a tad more exciting, though only a tad. Roasted malt cocoa and some coffee. Body is thinnish though not overly so. Forgettable. Now what was I saying?
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2004
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
The only way to get one of these is to buy the Sam Adams Winter pack. The bottle cap say Brewmaster Series. Pours a nice think bubbled tan head with an aroma which at first I thought was chocolate cola. Upon further sniff, I get some copper, hops and dank wet cardboard and now the head is gone, poof. Upon first taste, I want to just freakin yack. The most disgusting chocolate flavor that tastes like the rag they use at McDonalds to clean the shake machine. I think Iíd rather have the Cranberry Lambic. Now that this beer is as flat and barren as an oil slick, all I can say is that the person that may but this 12 pack at Costco has 1 less SA Porter in their Holiday Pack should call and thank me. I took one for the team on this one.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Nice looking clear dark brown pour with small tan head. Aroma of hops and malt. Full bodied with flavors of malt, caramel, butterscotch, and some roasty character, but way over the top with the bitter hop finish. Could have been a winner but the bitterness spoiled it for me. ........2/8/2005... rerate.... well a few more months of aging helped. the rough bitterness settled down some and made it drinkable. I has some nice roasty qualities and the malt and caramel body is nice, but its still on the bitter side. I suppose some of this aged a couple of years would be fairly enjoyable.(2.9)......11/13/2010.. rerate with a 24 pack holiday sampler purchased at Samís Club in Orange Park, FL, $25. This yearís version of the Holiday Porter is just about right. 5.8% ABV, roasty coffee and dark malt, and an excellent bitter finish that is just right for a porter. Pretty good this year.. Iím raising my score to reflect the improvement.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Love the flavor of this one as it makes the purchase of the Sam Adams winter pack worthwhile. Great roasted malt taste with just a pinch of hops to get you at the end.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red/black body, tan thick head. Roasty, complex nose and flavor. Chocolate, malts, coffee come through/ Smooth and medium-light bodied, for a porter. Bitter aftertaste. Enjoyable.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pleasant, tasty winter porter. Caramelly. Big palate. Chocolate. Port. Cocoa. Not half bad.
jefcon (1417) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Caramel color, caramel nose. Thin tan head appears and is gone in an instant. Also some chocolate and nutmeg aromas. Hops are very present in the flavors of this porter, especially toward the bitter finish. Short on the palate and a bit astringent. Not my favorite porter, and not for those seeking the strong roasted malts of a traditional porter, but a noble effort at something different within this genre.
Nuffield (3711) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think this deserves some credit, because beer enthusiasts tend to discount most Sam Adams beers as too commercial. There are a lot of ingredients in this, you can tell. Big aroma, roasted, chocolate, plum, grape, port wine, but also a healthy sense of alcohol creating an odd note. The palate is lively, with bubbly sensations even well after the beer has warmed. Still, it isnít super-thick, despite an oil swirl of appearance. Some off-white head, very dark brown color (nearly opaque in my glass). The flavor is extremely roasted, coffee, lots of hop kick, chocolate. A lasting bitterness leaves me unsettled--very aggressive on the dark chocolate theme. Not bad, just a little out of whack, or a little over-the-top, for my taste.