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 (3301) - 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.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown color. Isn’t there supposed to be some suggestion of a head? Very little carbonation. Aroma is very chocolatey with hints of coffee and nuts. Flavor is mostly chocolate and coffee. Hoppy finish. Exactly what’s so "holiday" about this brew? Of course, by Holiday Porter, they meant "Oh Sh*t, Let’s Just Repackage One of Our Other Dark Beers to Complete the Holiday 12 Pack" Porter.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep chestnut color. Off-white head. Decent lacing. Richly malty in aroma. Lots of chocolate and caramel aroma. Chocolate malt dominates the flavor. Perhaps a touch thin. Lots of hops in the finish.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours sable color with hints of garnet when held to light and a creamy tan head that lingers well and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is chocolatey, roasty malts and floral hops. Flavor is also roasty sweet, hints of coffee and carob and a tangy and somewhat overpowering hoppy tart finish for a porter. Full body and gentle carbonation.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black with just the faintest hints of red and a dark, brown head. Aroma of milk chocolate. The flavor is that of diluted chocolate milk with a strong but not overpowering black licorice in the finish. Very straightforward and nothing special.
Suttree (5265) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, thick brown head. Spicy, slightly herbal aroma. Some hop bite, and a rather unappealing vegetable flavor. Notes of tar (in a good way) and coffee. OK, but seems to lack something.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 I got this one in the holiday pack. Next to the Fezziwig which is the real gem of the collection - this beer comes in a close second. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle - with a pretty label I might add - this beer poured a black color with a small brown head. The aroma was rather pleasant and contains sour malt, tangy fruit and chocolate elements. The mouthfeel was reasonably thick. The flavor was very malty, loaded with chocolate and had a hint of fruit. There was a strong hop finish in the finish. This is a rather good porter. Not one of the best, but certainly a strong contestant in the second tier. I would happily purchase a case of this one.