Sikash (229) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Heavy roasted coffee notes. Needed. To warm up to get the full aroma. Aroma is still toasty with coffee. Body was full overall a good beer but not awesome. Have a bottle and will reevaluate later.
drsordr (846) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour opaque black thick tan head. Nose grassy and floral hop with some chocolate. Taste roast, coffee, lots of flavoring hop as well. Pine and floral. Very hoppy porter, and I like it.
cernjoh (8) - Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown almost black in color. 1 finger light brown head that dissipates quickly. Grassy nose with dry coffee taste. Has a slight sour finish. 2013 is more sour than I recall from 2012 but still great.
MrHangover (2075) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thnx to Budznudz, Cheers! Pours a dark brown, almost black beer with a thin beige head on top. Aroma of coffee, roast, dark chocolate and licorice. Flavor is mildly sweet with big tones of coffee and chocolate. Very much licorice present in the aftertaste of the flavor. Medium dry finish. Not a typical Christmas beer, but still very nice to enjoy over Christmas dinner. Nice one.
eruizgarcia (163) - - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Very roasty chocolate and pine aroma and a hop forward character. Very good but Iíd prefer a bit more sweetness to balance the hops.
DrewFace (419) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
í12 bottle. Very dark pour. Roasty aroma, nice hop charActer...hoppier than a regular porter but the year has died off some hops to make this smoother. Lightly roasty flavor as well, some coffee, hops are present. Overall good, hop forward porter.
beechner224 (370) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from DrewFace... U da man. Pours blacksmith white head. Aroma is strong chocolate, with just mild hops. Bottle is 1 yr d, so thatís good. Taste is chocolate, light, smooth, not too hoppy. Interested to see what this would be fresh.
Prufrockstar (628) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to DrFabulous. Pours nearly black with creamy mocha head. Aroma - whoa thatís a lot of pine/spruce. Was not expecting that. Also chocolate. Taste: piney, herbal hops dominate this. There is chocolate and roast, but this is close to a chocolatey black ipa. Lasting bitter finish, only slight sweetness. Palate: slick texture, medium body, average to lively carbonation. Overall: not at all what I expected. I guess this is a Christmas porter in the sense that it feels like drinking a Christmas tree thatís been dusted with chocolate. Would probably categorize this as a black ipa personally.
wisdomsolo (263) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent porter! Had this at a Christmas tasting party. Thanks Doug for a great tasting!
ARH (112) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 22oz bomber poured into a snifter. This was the second bomber Iíve had of this particular beer, the first one mustíve been a dud - I didnít smell any strong aromas - but this time, the smell of Xmas spices came through strong at first (cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and anise?), although it gave way to a damp, basement-like smells. There is some light roasted nut smells in the background too, but the smell finally settles on a light spruce and floral smells. A very thick, creamy brown head forms and sticks around for awhile leaving an even blanket of lacing on the way down the glass. This sits atop a dark, opaque coffee color body. It mostly chocolate malt sweet with some very mild coffee bitter notes to it. Itís light bodied, mostly flat (although there is some trace carbonation) with a creamy, but slick, feel to it. It finishes with a roasty coffee flavor coating the mouth. Accompanying the coffee aftertaste are notes of some chocolate malt, maybe some brown sugar to it and some citrus zest, as well as notes of the Xmas spices mentioned earlier in the aroma.