jberti (19) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark pour with light white head. Smokey carmel malt smell. Very nice combination of roasted malt, caramell, and rich coffee hops. A bite at the end which leaves a nice taste on the palate.
Kyleisraaddd (19) - Marble Falls, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was actually my first porter. Pours very dark, not as much head as I was expecting. Darker head as well. Very bitter, kind of harsh. Not too bad, but definitely nothing special.
Arkolm (19) - USA - JAN 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle at cellar temperature into a tumbler. Dark coffee color with significant head and some lacing. Coffee/chocolate/roast scents. Taste is more of the same without much additional complexity. Medium body; lighter than I would have preferred.
For some reason I was expecting more roast/nut flavor. There is a bit of hops that comes through, but nothing memorable.
To be fair this is the third different beer so I promise to re-review this soon with a cleaner palate -- however I will clearly say this is not nearly as good as either Anchor Porter or Founders Porter - my normal porters so maybe Iím spoiled. I only add this because I think if this wasnít one of my favourite styles (and thus most explored) I would have rated it higher. Not a bad introduction into dark ales if youíve only done the light beers so far.
Again Sam Adams has impressed me. I think they must be the best American Macrobrewer by far.
Wiszard (19) - Derry, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from the bottle a deep chocolate brown with a nice long lasting tan head. Great lively carbonation. Decent aroma. Great Taste. I really like this porter.
wattsdog (17) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark black color with a big tan head. Has a malt aroma with a hint of chocolate in it. Has a rich sweet taste of chocolate and other spices to it.
barleyologist (16) - ECV, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
There was too many spices and zing to this beer to enjpy, based on everyone elses ranking it sounds like I got a bad batch Samuel Adams is my favorite brewery.
loeffler (16) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured with a rusty chocolate head. Flavor was typical of a porter but had apparent caramel and creaminess. Very sharp on the palate for a porter. Not very balanced either with definite alcohol taste and a slick oily mouthfeel.
dragonlocks (15) - Kailua, Hawaii, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Actually tried this in NY for the holidays, and didnít expect much as I bought it at Price Chopper on sale, but I was pleasently disappointed. Though the packaging looks like something a third grader put together and this beer has little to no aroma, I was expecting another disappointing American Porter. But on first taste this beer was rich in flavor of coffee, chocolate, and carmel, and finished clean with no aftertase. It left me wanting another drink, then another bottle, and then another case. I haven had Porter this good since South Shore Brewery in Ashland Wisconsin. Very delicious
TGL0782 (15) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance- Brownish with off white head. Nothing particularly attractive about it.
Aroma- By far this beers best quality. In fact it is one of the best smelling beers Iíve come across. When aggressively agitated it smells like pure caramel. Iíd love to find a beer that tasted like this smelled. Unfortunatley this wasnít it, as youíll see below.
Taste- Very bland with a water down like aspect and bit of spice on the end which I did not care for.
Mouth feel- light
Drinkability- Due to the bland flavor and the fact that what flavor there was not doing it for me, one is enough.
AMBeer (15) - USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with an almost 1 finger, off-white head.
The aroma is nothing impressive. Light hops and a faint smell of sweet malts.
The taste starts off weak. A touch of spice, very little sweetness, and it finishes with smokey malts and a touch of hops.
The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Very light and easy going. Drinkability is the only thing this beer has going for it.
Overall, it was nothing special. Like the Chocolate Bock, which is included in this same Winter Seasonal 12pk, its nothing i would miss once its gone.