5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours dark chocolate brown, small foramy light tan colored head, with fairly nice lacing..   Light chocolate & fig/date on the nose.   Smells rather nice.   Slightly dry, bittersweet chocolate, a bit chalky, minor hops, and roasted malts on the tongue.   Aroma was much better.   Medium body with a light mouthfeel.  . Finishes a bit astringent, with mild hop bitterness, roasted malts, and the aformentioned bittersweet chocolate.   Slightly dry.   Thanks goes out to Indiana_Red for sharing.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
SA Holiday pk 2004: Very nice porter. You can certainly taste the Fuggles in this one. Very enjoyable with a smooth palate and nice lacing on the glass.
Borrrris (110) - LINDENHURST, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Holiday Classics 12 pack. Interesting. That’s the word I use when something is not bad, but I don’t quite know how to describe it. Numerous flavor notes with no one dominating. Result works, but somehow is not memorable. Flavor develops in the mouth with a bitter note at the end. BUY AGAIN?: Welcome in a sampler pack . Individually = maybe
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 19, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very average porter. Poured with almost no head and little lacing. Too much carbonation, not enough body. More Hops needed to balance out the sweetness.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Lead on!" said Scrooge. "Lead on! The night is waning fast, and it is precious time to me, I know. Lead on, Spirit!"
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2006 Not a bad porter and definitely better than I have grown to expect from Sam Adams. Dark Brown color almost like a maple syrup, small head rims the glass. Aroma is slightly roasty, somewhat carmelly and chocolate. Very bubbly mouth feel. Smooth moderately sweet finish.
Indra (2627) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet, caramel malt aroma, lightly roasty with touches of date and dark chocolate. Brown-black color, filtered, with a lasting, creamy, light tan head. Flavor is roasty and sweet, more chocolate and caramel with a light-moderate amount of spicy bitterness and hop flavor coming in towards the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, medium body. Highly drinkable.
Pailhead (4931) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Aroma is a nice combination of chocolate and caramel. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a big tan head with great retention. Excellent lacing. Flavor is coffee and dark chocolate. Caramel in the flavor is not as strong as aroma would indicate. Finishes rather bitter with just a touch of caramel.
DocLock (7919) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of the Sammy holiday/winter collection. Aroma and flavor of malt, chocoff, nuts, slight spice. Not a top tier porter, but as with all Sammy beers, very quaffable, complex, and smooth. Remember, a 3.5 is well above average as a rating, and you can trust my ratings, just like you can trust Jesse Jackson with your wife. (Seriously, I take my ratings very seriously).
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good. Nice, chocolatey/latte flavor. Wee bit on the thin side, but not bad at all. Lovely head. I’d certainly enjoy it again.