emartell (223) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - FEB 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas ligeros, sin embargo bien definidos. Destacan aromas a maltas tostadas, caramelo y chocolate.
En cuanto a apariencia, color obscuro, practicamente negra. Cuerpo ligero, carbonatacion mínima, corona de espuma ligera y de poca retención.
En boca es suave y seca.
Al paladar es suave y picante. Se perciben maltas tostadas, caramelo y chocolate. Posteriormente el amargor del lupulo se hace notar detectandose un final seco de media duración.
En resumen una buena cerveza. Suave y agradable. Dulce por el sabor que dan las maltas tostadas, caramelizadas y chocolate, dejando un final seco y amargo.
nike (889) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, black pour, tan head, caramel, chocolate malt aroma, taste of roasty, chocolate, coffee flavoring. light body, average carbonation, thin feel for a porter, lacking the bite you would expect from a porter. Light sweetness, lightly bitter finish, well balanced as most SA brews are. Overall, this beer is good, lacking some flavor to it, mild, as most SA are.
BrownALEx (248) - Portland, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: nuts and english hops. A: pours a dark maroon with a thick dirty white head. Some lacing left. T: caramel and malt. P: like a lot of SA’s beers, on the thin side. O: could drink a couple but lacks the umph of a good porter.
hockeybeerguy (916) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured a dark brown color with not much lacing. The smell has a mixture of malts and spiced hops. The taste is sweet with some earthy tones surrounding the malts. The palate is medium to heavy with a rich carbonation hitting the tongue. It has a creamy aftertaste and mild sticky finish. Overall, this is a great beer in the seasonal pack.
Hartung32 (197) - Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ok; not one of the better porters, or the best of the Holiday Sampler. Decent, but too much bitterness and spice for my liking.
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Boutip (4509) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light dry chocolate notes with medium roasted malt notes. Taste is a mix of roasted malt with dry bitter notes and some light black chocolate notes with some subtle floral notes form the Golding hops. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex porter put there but well brewed and easily drinkable.
Lemke10 (683) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Holiday Porter pours a dark brown, and has a slight scent of malts. It starts out with a semi-heavy taste that is slightly nutty. After a good full taste it finishes very smooth. Good taste and highly recommended to try.
Strangebrewer (794) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Poured deep brown with a thin creamy tan head. Nice roasty, raisin aroma. Lightly cabonated with a full-heavy mouthfeel, not overly bitter. Nice roasty flavours of coffee and cocoa, chocolate malt really comes through.
jtclockwork (7127) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to John. Pours black with white head. Nose and taste of roast caramel and chocolate malt and cocoa. Lighter bodied. Standard issue porter. Decent.
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle A - Pours a dark chestnut with a one finger tan head which has some staying power. Some lacing. S - Not much here, some faint cocoa. S - Dark chocolate & some bitter notes. Not sure if its coming from coffee or hops. M - Light/medium bodied, smooth texture, nice carbonation, & a mildly bitter finish. O - An average, but certainly drinkable porter.