RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad porter at all. Not in the league with Anchor, mind you, but good. Pours an opaque dark brown bordering on black with a medium tan head. Malty aroma, tastes of chocolate and a hint of fruit. Not unlike Sierra Nevada Porter, but not quite as rich as I would’ve liked. Still, a good beer.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Conditioning was a little overcarbonated for my taste, but the appearance was wonderful and the flavor was average. Nice chocately up front but fades fast.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rather thin and watery for a porter. Nice dark color with a decent head. Some raisins and chocolate malt flavors but rather unassuming overall. I prefer their winter lager.
TerryR (390) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dard reddish-brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Medium body. Taste starts sweet chocolate and is followed by the roasted flavors. I’m not tasting and hops in the finish. Not bad, but I agree with Imgraz1 that the Fezziwig is better.
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color. Small to medium head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and slightly sweet. Light to medium bodied porter. Malts are chocolate and coffee. Hops are slightly bitter. Roasted malts. A little on the thin side for a porter, but not too bad. Another in the line of Sam Adams Holiday Beers. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and a little dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 Got this in the winter pack. Poured pretty dark, smelled of coffee and spices ,.. mmm. nice. Decent head. Full flavor and great finish. Taste the chocolate. this is second only to Fezzywig from sam. I was surprized to say the least.
lamas (1536) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of bourbon and nuts. Very malty and coffee-tasting. Quite burnt too! I’ve had much better porters. Uggghhh, way too burnt tasting!
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Holiday Sampler Box: Pours to a nice brown hue topped by a small ceany tan head and above average lacing. The aroma has notes of dusty yeast esters, walnut, apple, pear, vanilla, mocha and mild floral hops. The taste starts with a twangy and bittersweet nature with lots of coffee, mocha, and nutty overtones. The finish displays a burnt/smoky and touch of pine punch. The feel is just okay, slightly chalky. I surprised that this is quite quaffable. While not great, it’s one of Sam Adams better offerings of late. Still I would much rather have the Winter Lagers in the sampler box anyday.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tasty. the chocolate is especially strong and pleasant. not the best porter in the world, and i’m not sure what english fulggles and east kent goldings, but still fairly tasty.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 21, 2004
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep ark reddish amber w/no head. Chocolate, toast(burnt), tootsie roll and vanilla nose. Med weight w/sour drying finish. Blah, weak flavor, some burnt notes...HO...Hum...boring!