jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap from brewery. I didn’t even know I was drinking a porter at first--lots of hops as is expected from 3 Floyd’s. Carbonation was quite evident and it brought a refreshing complex of flavors to the surface. Quite robust with roasted malts serving well against the hops. A treat!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasty flavor w/ coffee tones. hints of cinnamon in the flavor, medium bodied brown/dark red. Very nice
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Draft... Merry Freakin’ Christmas!... Worth the trip to Chicago!.... The aroma is of coffee, cinnamon, dark chocolate and roasted nuts. This dark, crystal clear, ruby colored beer has a creamy, light brown head. Excellent lacing. The flavor is of rich, robust, buttery malt. Heavily roasted with bursts of milk chocolate and espresso. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Long, dry, herbal finish. So thick... so rich! World class beer!
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good, but not anything near a porter. Very hoppy with a nice malt balance, but none of the roasted or chocolate notes of a porter. Quite a nice holiday beer but really not outstanding. Maybe im spoiled by the Dark Lord...
fraternie (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Certainly not anything even slightly resembling a porter, more of a spice/herb/vegetable style, but still another impressive beer from this brewery. Flavor is a bit bland, slightly herbal and vegetable. Strong hop aroma, and strong hop finish without a blast of bitterness, which seemed kind of contradictory and hard to explain. Amazingly balanced nevertheless, but lacking a complex flavor character.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1/2 gallon growler. Pours like a glass of cola, initially fizzy but fades to a light froth. Gigantic, thick malt aroma full of chocolate malt, cinammon, and molasses. The texture is sublime, ultra-smooth with a substantial mouthfeel. Absolutely chock full of delicious malt and hoppy goodness. I think only 3F’s could get away with a porter this hoppy, and still retain the necessary balance. Especially at cellar temperature, this is a delight.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 2004 Did care as much for 2003 as I did for 2002 & 2004. My bottle this year has a real porterish body(chocolate & caramel) mixed in nicely with piney Christmas hops.
Great beer for my one hundredth, actually one of my favorites. Calling this a porter is probably a misnomer, but there is no ’great beer’ style. Hoppy, spicy, and sweet. Excellent. I’ve rated this several times based on the bottled versions. I don’t think I like this years nearly as much as last years. Much more of an IPA than a porter
Re-rate 2003: Body and malt is somewhat missing, still a beer not to be passed up, but not the 4.8 I had it rated at.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A choir of angels sings of this heavenly aroma. . .sugar plums and cherries dance right out of the glass and fill my head. Mixing with these wonderful fruits is a big spicy-hop aroma. Flavours have fallen right off the Christmas tree: juniper berries, pine needles, hints of maple syrup. Glory to 3 Floyd’s in the highest!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well done, indeed. Had this on tap at the Maproom, thanks to the boys from Three Floyds. Great guys for sure. Anyway, this poured dark brown with a nice brown head. The aroma was both spicy and hoppy. The flavors were of sweet spices and fruit, piney hops and a finish of roasted malts. This may not be the best representative of the porter style, but this beer is absolutely marvellous.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2006 2004 bottle sampled in Jan 06: Aroma has lost some of its hoppy assertiveness, but the body still packs a fresh green bitterness and nice caramel chocolate malty flavor.
2/22/04 bottle (8,4,8,4,16): Pours a very dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is pure hops with a touch of roasted malt trying to break free. Body is lightly sweet and dry with a strong fresh hoppy finish. This is like a dark IPA. The bottle doesn’t quite keep up with the tap version, just not enough body and balance.
12/03/02 growler (8,5,9,4,17): Smooth dark pour with a large fresh hop aroma and a touch of roasted malt. The flavor is sweet and malty with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Very full-bodied, with a medium bitterness and a great obscuring of its alcohol. The finish only leaves one thirsting for more, too bad it’s not available in bottles or year round.