ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 2004 bottle. Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with light tan tinges on the sides and a yellow head. Aroma of hops, light roast and some strange acidity. Nuttiness and light caramel. Flavor is lightly roasty, moderately sweet, with a good musty/dusty English feel to it. Must be the chocolate malt. No alcohol apparency, moderate bitterness on the end. Amazingly, this beer did not lose flavor on the end, and was quite medium-full bodied throughout. No wateriness, good flavor. I was shocked. Typical Sam Adams sharp, fizzy carbonation though.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Somewhat bitter. Tasted herbal like a strong Ricola cough drop. Could use more flavor. Seems like a nice base, a first attempt to ply into something impressive with experimentation.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark ruby, black from a distance, tan head. Burnt coffee aroma, light cocoa. Slightly roasty flavor, not quite as burnt, light bitterness. It also has that Samuel Adams house character which is tough to describe but seems to be found in all of their beers. Medium bodied. Not bad, an average porter.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark opaque reddish brown appearance, decent head formation. Malty, fruity charred coffee and cocoa aroma. Roasted coffee malt flavor, mildly chocolaty. Fairly heavy hop bitterness that detracts from some of the traditional porter characteristics.
Saarlander (1685) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad porter at all, I just wish the flavor was a bit more stong,it fades fast. I liked the old fuzziwig and winter lager too. Good effort from Sam Adams.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad porter at all. Not in the league with Anchor, mind you, but good. Pours an opaque dark brown bordering on black with a medium tan head. Malty aroma, tastes of chocolate and a hint of fruit. Not unlike Sierra Nevada Porter, but not quite as rich as I would’ve liked. Still, a good beer.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Conditioning was a little overcarbonated for my taste, but the appearance was wonderful and the flavor was average. Nice chocately up front but fades fast.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rather thin and watery for a porter. Nice dark color with a decent head. Some raisins and chocolate malt flavors but rather unassuming overall. I prefer their winter lager.
TerryR (383) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dard reddish-brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Medium body. Taste starts sweet chocolate and is followed by the roasted flavors. I’m not tasting and hops in the finish. Not bad, but I agree with Imgraz1 that the Fezziwig is better.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color. Small to medium head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and slightly sweet. Light to medium bodied porter. Malts are chocolate and coffee. Hops are slightly bitter. Roasted malts. A little on the thin side for a porter, but not too bad. Another in the line of Sam Adams Holiday Beers. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and a little dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter