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 (8665) - 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 (5108) - 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 (5066) - 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.
Kevin (2103) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a tan head. Strong dirty floral hop aroma with a Tabasco note, and oh yeah one other note is present PINE. Tastes like the beatings I received on national gift day as a child from my brothers, like having your ass beat with a pine tree is somehow a good thing with this one however. If you’ve ever been forced to drink the water that a tree has sat in for a while than you will recognize that quality in this beer, and surprisingly, I want more. Finish is dry and oakey, a fantastic beer.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, very dark brown with thin beige head, strong aroma of hops and pine, definite taste of hops that flows into chocolate and coffee. absolutely smooth and tasty. definitely one of my favorites.
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured a dark black w/ a light tan head smelled earthy with hints of hopps and chocolate.. was a nice creamy & smooth beer. the flavor was of carmel malts, grapefruit and a bit of bitterness.. overall it was pretty good but not much of what I’d call a porter.. more like a weak IPA w/ some interesting flavors.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2004
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Lumpy summed up this beer best with "fireplace" as a describing note. I was beyond excited for this brew, as i am with almost all of 3 floyds great brews, but was quite upset upon the first aroma i got from it. and it only got worse from there. Felt like a cigarette was dropped in the batch, or something burnt was added. Thought i might have had a bad bottle but my 2nd was exactly the same. Will look into another from a different store to see if it was in fact a bad batch. But it was overly smoky and had very little to actually rave about. Unpleasent to say the least.