FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a thick creamy light brown head that sits atop a deep, almost black colored beer. The aroma has notes of chocolate, espresso, and an astringent roast grain husk character. These notes are joined by a strong American hop presence that is redolent of tangerine, orange, and grapefruit. The taste is definitely rich and roasty, with solid notes of coffee, and chocolate. The hops are also here, but not as prevalent as they were in the nose. Nevertheless the hops are here from beginning to end. I get notes grapefruit, tangerines and other citrus fruits. There is a sweetness to this beer that accentuates the fruity hop notes, in fact I really like how the chocolate porter notes pair with the citrus notes of the hops, it is like a good orange flavored milk chocolate nougat.
While this is definitely quite tasty, it could certainly use a bit more thick, rich, malt notes. Thicker malt notes would make it just that little bit more festive.
TheBeerGod (5433) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2004 Bottled. Pours near pitch black. Medium foamy tan head. Nose is HUGE hops. That’s really all I can smell. No roastiness, no chocolate - nothing but hops! The taste however, seems almost opposite. The hops are contained and simply add more background flavor than being dominant. Roasted malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate round this out. Body is full and rich while being slightly oily. Finishes with a larger hop taste, more roasted malt, and coffee. Maybe a hint of licorice as well. Great stuff!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
220z bottle. Dark brown in color with a nice brownish tan head that lingers. Hoppy. Fresh hops. Roasty maltiness. Big malty flavor. Excellent beer. Chocolate roastyness. Rich tasting.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Certainly not worth the hype. A hoppy porter? Heres how you make it: put together a mediocre porter and mix it half and half with a double IPA. La De Da. The beer is dark with minimal head. Aroma of pink grapefruit juice and beer. Flavor is violently schizophrenic. It has generic porter quality that is dominated and beaten into submission by uncreative and super-cliche hops. Sweet and malodorous. Certainly not festive enough for chrismahaunakwanzica. Acrid palate. More of a novelty than a beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. This is definitely worth the hype. Dark brown. brownish tan head that lasts nicely. Hoppy fresh hops baby! Roasty maltyuindertones in the aroma as well. Big and malty flavor with lots of fresh flavor hops, and chocolate roastiness. Rich. Finishes with fresh hops and roast. This is abosolutely fantastic!
Metalhead (632) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just due to price I was a bit iffy on this. $8 for a bomber of 7% beer! HOL-EE Crap. How the fuck did they get a semi bitter chocolate beer combined with a fucking x-mas tree. Normally this would turn me off,but the balance,aroma and everything was top notch. If you only buy it once you HAVE to try this,unreal!
As it warmed a mild hop presence came out and the semi bitter chocolate faded.
Never drank a Douglas fur before,er,actually more like pine. Oddly no bulbs or ornaments leaked out of the bottle.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy crap, a hoppy porter! Black with a medium tan head. Huge fruity hop nose, smells fresh. Roasty chocolate cocoa hop flavor. Awesome!
Zeswaft (1436) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really awesome. Not as artificial-like coffee/chocolate tasting as most porters. It’s very mild. Perfect blend of coffee roast and hops make for a smooth and flavorful experience.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 Merry Hopping Christmas! I think only the 3F folk would do such a thing to a porter! It pours out like your usual porter (not normally my favorite style), dark brown with a decent foamy light brown head. The resemblence to the usual ends there. The hops jump out of the glass and poke you in the nostrils. Smells like the Alpha Khan hopping, a good mix of the grapefruit and the piney. Oh yes... there’s also a roasted malt and burnt coffee smell in the aroma. The taste is of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and HOPS. Nice bitter finish, like I’ve just had a Dreadnaught. Excellent brew!
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LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s unreal..so over the top just like all their beers. An unimaginably hoppy porter. I think I sensed pine juice in the drink. I enjoyed it, but one was enough.