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 (633) - 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 (1446) - 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. Itís 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... thereís 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 Iíve 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
Itís 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.
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 donít know exactly what to make of this beer, its quite a good porter, but its got more quality bitterness than most IPAís. 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.