HUNTERNFLA (26) - USA - FEB 25, 2008
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smells of bitter hops and rich caramel. Tastes like it smells, a smooth but bitter hop taste with malt.
gym399 (26) - Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours dark brown, very nice roasted flavor, overall a very good porter. very strong example of a basic porter.
thedogs (24) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best Sam Adams brews. Pours an opaque brown/black. At first a strong onset of roasted barley and chocolate followed by a delightful caramel aftertaste. Definitely something Iíd buy if i see it on the shelf somewhere. From a 12oz bottle.
dykhuis7 (24) - New York, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and of alcohol. Taste is of burnt malt, wood and maybe caramel. For only 5.8%, I shouldnít taste the alcohol this much. Itís OK, but of Samís seasonals for this time of year, Iíd go with an Imperial Stout or Black & Brew.
ndel40 (22) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
íOne of my favorites during the holidays! Deep, rich color with smooth roll down the throat. Gently lingers on the back of the palate. Overall, very full bodied, wealth of flavor.....great holiday beer!
whistlebird (22) - USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
great porter one of the best iíve had from a micro.black chocolate taste dark color everything you could want in a winter brew come on jim put it in a sixer
kosh (20) - Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
not my idea of a holiday brew at all. that said itís not a bad beer. a bit thin but nice hops and quite refreshing.
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.
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.