3fourths (7523) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown with close to no light passing through the body. Semi-spicy nose, the SA house character is there - that honey, caramel, sticky and chewy scent... it’s there. Has some plum and brown sugar notes. Texture is semi-thick, a bit frothy, a little sticky. Flavors of some marzen-like quality mixed with some juniper-type notes... brown sugar, honey, pine sap and more. Not bad, but lacking what I consider the neccessary qualities of a Porter.
leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Beers of the World Live, NEC. Dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are earthy roast coffee with caramel and molasses. Flavours are sweet molasses and coffee. Lightly bitter. Spicy on the finish. Good.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of the Sammy holiday/winter collection. Aroma and flavor of malt, chocoff, nuts, slight spice. Not a top tier porter, but as with all Sammy beers, very quaffable, complex, and smooth. Remember, a 3.5 is well above average as a rating, and you can trust my ratings, just like you can trust Jesse Jackson with your wife. (Seriously, I take my ratings very seriously).
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a thick and nicely lacing tan head. Aroma is subtle and malty with a touch of milk chocolate, but somewhat earthy and vegetable-like as well. Body is nicely carbonated and has a robust mouthfeel, but its light caramel sweetness turns acidic toward the semi-dry finish. Not a bad porter as far as Sam Adams goes, but not that great either. Thanks to Indiana_Red for the bottle.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Thanks Sean! Pours a very dark red-tinted brown color with a very large tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with a creamy lactic note. Sweet, lactic taste with roasted malts and some hop bitterness. Medium bodied.
gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 (355 ml bottle from Swedish Systembolaget) Clear dark red color, big lasting tan creamy head. Sweet chocolate and fruity scent, also hoppy. Sweet slightly burnt chocolate taste, subtle burnt aftertaste. Medium high bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel.
Ughsmash (6912) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a clear, deep mahogany with a well-retained beige head. Aroma was of chocolate, artificial sweetener, and floral hoppage. Flavor was primarily of milk chocolate, with the Fuggles showing around the edges... caramel also came into play as it warmed. Cola-like on the palate, with the Fuggles bitterness around the tongue. Bittersweet chocolate finish, but a bit sharp with the bitterness. T’was a palatable porter.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think Sam Adams gets a bad rap sometimes, and people are overly critical of the brewer. Sam Adams brews high-quality beers, even the ones that are bland and boring. They are still well-made! This beer is no exception. Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head that dissipated quickly. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is roasty with malt, dark chocolate and hops. Medium-bodied with bitter chocolate undertones. Malt, caramel and some coffee flavors. The finish is where the hops become more apparent. All in all this Porter is not up there with Fuller’s and the like but it is definitely a good beer.
shrubber85 (6509) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Chocolate malt aroma with a hint of mint. Very dark brown - opaque with little head. Chocolate mallt flavor also with a hint of mint - moderate carbonation with a good hops finish.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a light tan herad. LIght caramel and slight roast aroma. LIght roasty flavor with caramel and spice. Medium body. Caramel and spice lingers. Not bad.