FatTony (177) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle- pours out an attractive red-brown with a thin, pale head. Aroma was caramel with a little chocolate. Smooth, woody flavor with a pleasant bite. Palate was a little thin, but overall better than average.
Aggiebob (445) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. It poured black with a tan head. The aroma was roasted malts and cocoa. It was a little sweet up front and balance on the end.
tfontana (294) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour into pint glass. Aroma is fairly weak and nondeScript--cardboard, weak anise, bread. Appearance is clear, dark dark reddish brown with small off white head, mild sparkle with poor persistence and mild lacing. Taste is mild sweet caramel maltiness with some anise. Palate is light to medium bodied with thin texture, lively carbonation and minimally balanced sweet and bitter finish. Overall, there’s really not much to this. Easily skipped.
Obfuscate (334) - Minneapolis, - NOV 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Winter collection Sam 12 pack. It’s a good beer. Caramel, chocolate, hint of spice. Good beer for the season.
mjmoen (188) - - NOV 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown color with tan head. Nice chocolate flavors and aromas.
Quick3Beers (520) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown from a bottle. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, cola, bittersweet. Good beer.
rdixon77 (1691) - Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent enough porter. Little bit burnt tasty, some chocolate and malts. Mild bitterness.
pacv27 (53) - - JAN 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty with hoppy afternotes. Noticiable hints of spice along with burnt coffee and chocolate.
slowrunner77 (7855) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"higher level of complexity than many porters, but that alone doesn’t make it any better. that said, it’s a pretty solid, robust porter, true to the style. great for the holidays."
Darkmagus82 (2089) - - AUG 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-8-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown colored beer with a huge tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention fading over time as the big bubbles within pop and in the end end leaving a good level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of roasted malt, chocolate, sweet caramel and some coffee aromas. Rounding out the smell is a light nut and spice aroma.
Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt and some chocolate up front. As the taste moves on, a coffee flavor develops more toward the middle of the taste. Along with the coffee is a lighter caramel taste. While these flavors all last, they are joined by some spice flavors more toward the end. Along with the spice, and complimenting them well, are some earthy and herbal hop flavors that when combined with the coffee and chocolate leave a pleasant spiced and roasty flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The creamier body is great for the roasted and dark flavors as well as for allowing the lighter hop and spice flavors to be detected nicely in the absence of a high carbonation.
Overall – A nice holiday take on a porter that is very smooth and drinkable with a nice light hop flavor. A great widely available winter brew.
generallee08 (764) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The body has a dark brown almost black appearance with deep crimson highlights when held up to light. Its has a stiff, creamy thick tan head on top that has very good retention and leaves lots of thick tan lacing on the glass. The aroma fills the nose with lots of roasted sweet malts. It has a wonderful full body that starts creamy and sweet on the palate. Quickly more roasted flavors take over with notes of burnt caramel and coffee. There is a quick flash of hop bitterness in the middle before the sweeter roasted flavors take over and fade off slowly into the finish. The texture is full and smooth on the tongue with soft carbonation.