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 (9929) - 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.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer evacuates the 12-ounce brown bottle a deep brown to almost black with a portly light chocolate head that is semi-creamy in texture as it evaporates the lace forms a thick blanket to obfuscate the glass. Nose is lightly toasted grains with a hint of caramel, sweet and fresh, start is lightly sweet with a decent malt profile, top is middling in its feel. Finish is benignly acidic and the hops adequate, quite dry almost chalky in it feel to the palate, a so porter, will not win any ribbons with me.
jimhilt (2539) - 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 (6172) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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 (2709) - 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 (5428) - 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…