PattiA (49) - Madison, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong bitter taste. Aroma reminds me of a can of unsweetened cocoa and so does the taste. Low carbonation.
ruyehara88 (49) - Killeen, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick, dark pour. Slightly mahogany color. Relatively thick head for a porter (maybe it was just my pour though). Chocolate/peanut butter aroma. Thin on the tongue. Slightly burnt taste with dark chocolate on the end. No carbonation, not crisp, watery. Long, slightly bitter finish.
lovelacm (48) - Niceville, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pour - Small, light brown head atop a deep brown body. Smells of molasses and dark chocolate. Slightly sweet, changing to bitter flavor.. more coffee here, and definately chocolatey (I’m guessing that’s a word!). Creamy with a soft carbonation for me... quite bitter aftertaste.
TheOldKid (46) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours to a dark brown with a fluffy tan head that leaves light rings on the glass. Aroma is subdued malt with caramel and chocolate tones. Taste is slightly sweet with a hint of bitter and sour. Coffee flavor with hints of wood. Palate is medium body with a slick texture and average carbonation. Finishes kind of boring. Over all I found it ok, but not great.
tiffanya (45) - Federal Way, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz bottle poured into Dogfish snifter. Approx 50°F directly out of fridge. 2007 Holiday vintage poured in May.
Sticky tan lacing on sides of glass.
Light-to-medium mouthfeel. Slightly creamy.
Robust roasty malts, with notes of molasses, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Hints of nuts, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and spice. Lightly acrid-bitter. Semi-dry finish.
eggman (45) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, Best Taste Date: 3/06, purchased as part of the Sam Adams’ Holiday case...Pours a muddy chocolate with a large, rocky, chocolate milk colored head that lasted a good while...Smells of toasted caramel and chocolate malts with some very light spruce-like hops in the mix as well...Full bodied and creamy in texture with soft carbonation and a nice bitter finish...Flavor is extremely long with sweet chocolates in the front and roasted coffee in back. A bit of licorice in the very end...Overall, a wonderful porter, one of the best I’ve had. The appearance and mouth feel are just about as perfect as I’ve ever experienced. This beer only solidifies my opinion of Sam Adams’ as a very over-looked brewery by most craft fans. When they want to, they can turn out a very fine brew from time to time. Well done!
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer pours with a dark mahogany color with some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Cream tan head is full and lasts thoughout the pint. Aroma is of roasted grains, chocolate malt is noticable, along with what appears to be roasted although the bottle does not say it is used. Light Munich malt aroma, nutty, buscut like, no real hop aroma to speak of(althogh some EKG would have been nice). Coffee aroma is present in this beer. Flavor is of noticeable chocolate malt flavors and light roasted flavor, some malt sweetness is evedent with a very light hop bitterness. Hop flavors on the light side, but balance the sweeness very nice. The finish is of the dark malts adding some dryness. Mothfeel is meduim, more like a brown porter more than a robust porter.
Overall this is a very nice brown porter, and a nice addition to the Sam Adams lineup. (At least here in OK)
Fulmonte21 (42) - USA - JUN 10, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorites from the holiday pack. You can only get this one around the holidays. Great mellow porter flavor. This is truly one of my favorites.
danimal34 (41) - Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent beer. But not a great porter. Doesn’t have anything that helps it stand out from the crowd. Beautiful head held up well. Nutty with coffee overtones.
TyRip (40) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Decent, but subdued aroma, but that is kinda the problem with the whole brew. It is just almost there in every aspect. There is nothing that really brings the goods, and the very light hopping makes the beer even more bland. It has a good mouthfeel, and is far from a pour out, but just brings nothing exciting or memorable to the table