ozzy70 (453) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 22, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown/black with foamy tan head. Aroma was chocolate and malty. Taste was malty and mild sweetness.
beertholomeus (1544) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a caramel brown color with an off white head. Caramel, toffee, nut, earth, mild chocolate and biscuit aroma and flavors. Medium body an moderate carbonation. Nut, biscuit and caramel finish.
snoworsummer (4264) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Tastes like roasted malt, dark chocolate, earthy, and boozy. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like dark chocolate, earthy malt, booze.
SteveOrz85 (196) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6 oz from 12 oz bottle served in tulip glass. Beer is very dark amber in color. Short lived one finger head or so khaki in color. Some thinner lacing is left. Aroma is strong with Munich malts and a little chocolate. Taste is lightly sweet. Mostly light and malty with very light notes of caramel and chocolate. A light bodied beer with average carbonation. It could be a little richer in flavor and more robust. Over all this is an ok beer out of the winter variety pack. It is a very light porter and far from the best. I mostly like the name and label. Also a long running holiday classic from Samuel Adams.
beer_rookie (305) - USA - DEC 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby color. About two fingers khaki colored head. Some lacing, some retention. Iím not too impressed by the color, but the head is pretty nice.
Aroma is mild chocolate. Plenty of malts. Iím not sure if Iím smelling hops or coffee. This is very mild on the nose.
Taste is much of the same. Itís mostly sweet. Thereís some mild chocolate. Mild coffee. Slight smokiness, or maybe charred malt. Itís mostly sweet, but slightly bitter at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium. Itís a little watery. Itís creamy, and slightly bitter at the end.
Overall, itís okay. As far as porters go, this is decent, but not great. Iím a little disappointed. But otherwise, Iíd suggest it for someone who isnít familiar with porters.
jcnielsen (2950) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with khaki head. Malty, roasty, slight burnt aromas. Roasty, nutty, malty, raisin flavors.
SlimHabib (396) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour. Very dark brown with a decent creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Light creamy body. Slight bitter with a salty finish.
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Wittales (760) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Apperance was clear reddish black with creamy off white diminishing 1 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are soft toffee pudding, nuts, chocolate and hints of coffee. Taste is nutty caramel upfront with hints of chocolate midsip. Roasted soft bite with coffee English sulfuric yeasty finish. Palate was soft creamy CO2 with light-medium body, lasting balanced slightly drying sulfuric finish. Overall a solid Porter, no Holiday spices note though.
hman43 (879) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It pours a dark brown with a light brown head. It has aromas of chocolate, some bread, nuts, and spices of which one is cinnamon. There is not a noticeable hop aroma. It has flavors of nuts that come out initially, then some roasted malts, chocolate, spices, and some grassy and floral hops. It is highly carbonated with a light moderate texture and fairly smooth on the way down. The finish is lightly bitter and semi dry.
VatMasterson (71) - Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick foamy pour and head remains in glass lacing nicely. Caramel roast not too sweet and not as bitter as you might expect from this brewer. A beautifuly satisfying porter / stout. Well done.