gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep and dark with a creamy beige head that disappeared quickly. Faint coffee and chocolate aroma that is heavily overshadowed by a strong hoppy aroma. Very active carbonation, robust, bittersweet chocolate but yet again dominated mainly by hops. Thin for a porter with a dry finish. Overall not bad. Not the chocolatey, coffee concotion I hoped it would be. A few too many IBUís I think.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a thick and nicely lacing tan head. Aroma is subtle and malty with a touch of milk chocolate, but somewhat earthy and vegetable-like as well. Body is nicely carbonated and has a robust mouthfeel, but its light caramel sweetness turns acidic toward the semi-dry finish. Not a bad porter as far as Sam Adams goes, but not that great either. Thanks to Indiana_Red for the bottle.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Ha! I nabbed a single of this and didnít have to struggle through the Light and Winter Ales in the Holiday 12-pack. I really didnít need to bother...itís solid black, thick with a lasting smooth tan head. A tasteful chocolate cake aroma leads to a relatively nondescript robust coffee flavor with just a bit of late chocolate. Not bad, but certainly not distinctive. Slightly on the thin side for a porter.
haddon90 (1374) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got this from the Winter Gift pack at Costco in Manassas, VA. Deep dark pour with a mild lingering tan head. Nice roasted malt, coffee flavor. Nice smooth flavor. Chocolaty, with a hint of hops in the background. Roasted malt as well. Overall, a decent job by Sam Adams for a Porter. Give this some time and it should be pretty good.
mjg74 (2458) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep dark reddish color. Aroma is roasted malts, a little chocolate. Flavor has some rich roasted malts, but the beer seems to be lacking a bit of oomph. Not bad, but then again not as full bodied as I would have hoped.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to CAPTRON for this one! Came from his Sam Adams gift pack.Deep ruby tinged brown body with a fluffy tan head resting on it.Nose is watery cocoa and caramel, light spice and faint hops. Tastes spicy (cinnamon) with bittersweet chocolate, faint hops, and dried fruits. The taste is a little thin though. Body is light and very un-porterlike. Minimal carbonation feel in the mouth. Finishes with more spice notes, light cocoa, and fruit. Average at best.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with lighter edges and a small tannish head. Creamy. Left me quicker than a saigon whore. I know all about the nose on this one as I was taking a step inhaling the wonderful? aromas a stray bit of beer shot up my nose. Lots of chocolate malts, sweet roast, very caramel like. There is a spicy fruit like figs or raisins and cinnamon abundant as well. Ugh... the flavors are very dry an acidic. Lots of pennies were in the fermenter of this one. The chocolate is drowned out by bitter bitter roast. There is a cloying stickiness that leaves itself deposited in the palate. Very harsh. Almost reminds me of cigarette tobacco. Creamy though. Not the greatest.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Sam Adams Winter Variety Pack. Had to buy a whole case of Sam Adams (4X of: Boston Lager, Light, Old Feziwig, Cranberry Lager, Winter Ale and [drumroll] Holiday Porter) to get to this *sigh*, here goes.
Dark burgundy brown color, crimson blood red hues on the edges and through light. Thick creamy tan head with super-glue sticky head that puts 200 thread count linnens on the side of your glass, not lacing. Nose of plums, fig newtons (the bulk kind, not nabisco), chewy chocolate malts and light caramelized roast. Brief floral hops in the nose, not very noticable. The flavor is very bitter and astringent: metallic and dry. Ugh! Finishes creamy and toasty, like metallic tinges still coming through the palate. Not as dry as the flavor in the tail but still not overly impressive. Decent Sam Adams seasonal, will probably peak in quality right around christmas time though.
IndianaRed (2157) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours a dark brown with a huge frothy light tan head. As this settles, large amounts of sticky lacing coat the glass. Aroma is very chocolatey, fairly sweet and a touch of alchohol. Flavors are less sweet than I expected, chocolate is there, dark malts, a little licorice and a bit of smoke. Not particularly complex, but simple and tasty enough. The ABV is 5.9 but smells and tastes a bit higher. Quite noticeable chalky feel that is a bit much actually. Lingering slightly bitter old campfire flavor.