Jine (903) - 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 (1277) - 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 (2711) - 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 (6013) - Plymouth, 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 (8798) - 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.
Hmright (101) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very Choclatey initial taste. Not really as full in the mouth as other porters. Ash and coffee in the aftertaste, not very appealing. Strong, bitter long lasting finish.
thegreenrooster (3638) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours is a deep red with no real head. Aroma is is thin and nothing really stands out. Flavor is chocolate and malts but again nothing really stands out. Overall pretty uneventful.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep mohagany with a nice tan head.Nice is really very nice with a combo of fermented dark fruit and roasted malts.But the flavor is like they burnt the malts in a frying pan and dumped them in the beer.Flat and thin.
kosh (20) - Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
not my idea of a holiday brew at all. that said it’s not a bad beer. a bit thin but nice hops and quite refreshing.