MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color much to be expected, but thats about the only normal thing with this porter. Grassy lime aroma, like a strong IPA. This has a dryness similar to a porter, but then it also has a visous feel from the whole lotta hops. I don’t know exactly what to make of this beer, its quite a good porter, but its got more quality bitterness than most IPA’s. It leaves my mouth feeling a bit dry and chalky, which makes me want to drink more of it, which is a damn fine thing to have in a beer.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Wohlfs for the tasting. Pours a dark brown/black with decent tan head. Pine hop aroma actually smelled like a pine tree. Very well balenced with a smooth body. Slight coffee/mocha finish. Almost an IPA inside a porter. Scoring a 4.1 and I am not even a fan of porters!!! Very good overall.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My goodness. If you combine a good porter with Gumballhead this is what you get. A rich, dark, smooth ale with a juicy, fruity hop profile. Very interesting and quite good.
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Love the IPA/Porter thing going on here. Kind of tastes like a piney chocolate and I liked that combo very much. I thought it had a light feel for a porter. Price is a bit steep, but glad I tried it.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Christmas Porter. Well, this is enough to make this Grinch/Scrooge sing carols. From the tap at Three Floyds, this was awesome. Black with just the slightest and briefest appearance of tan head. Malty. Chocolatey. Coffee. Berries? Raisens? Molasses? I do believe so. Linger a bit more on the nose. The mouthfeel is thick and full and smooth. Taste roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and, yes, citrus. Hops? Of course. And loving it.
Dogbrick (7898) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Three Floyds always does a good job of taking a well-known style and tweaking it just enough that it is still within the boundaries of the style yet memorable because of its uniqueness. This is another example. The beer is a deep mahogany color with a thick tan head that lasts pretty much the entire glass. Nice lacing too. The aroma bursts with hops, coffee, alcohol and pine. Rich body with a very pleasant blend of flavors. Roasted nuts, coffee, malt and tons of piney hops never let up. The finish is roasty and bitter to the end. I thought the $9 price tag was a bit steep but this is a fine beer.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Pours a dark black small off white head. Aroma of coffee, malt, hops. Flavor is roasted coffee, caramel choclate, and spices. Thanks to Heemer for brinigng this one up for me!
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 Tried again recently, still a nice porter. This pours with a thin light tan head. The body is very black. The aroma is chocolate, malts, roasted nuts and mushrooms. The flavors are fairly straight forward. They are hops, bread, cinnamon and chocolate. Frank said this was like a very hoppy porter and he was correct. Of course this also has the typical 3F’s signature taste. Thanks to MrFacto for sharing this. I also have my own bottles, but, smartly, sampled from his bottle first. I am aging my other bottles.
Pailhead (4742) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is a chocolate Christmas tree. Pours a dark brown, virtually black with a small white head. Hoppy up front like an IPA. Chocolate finish with some light coffee. Not as much coffee as you’d expect in a porter. Basically an IPA and porter combo. Very good. Another excellent sample from Wolhfs.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nice piney aroma. Indeed who put the Christmas tree in the beer. No real noticeable cigarette aromas or tastes. Deep red-brown. Slight head. Roasted malt is dominated by the hop in this monster. Chocolatey at times but the hops always sneak their way in. I like porters and Ipa’s. This is great.