Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, 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 (2192) - 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 (2570) - 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.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Smells like a pine forest. Notes of tannin, spruce, fresh wood, and "fireplace" come through.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour that settled into a black body topped with a tan head. Awesome retention. Initial aromas were great. Loads of citrusy hops with subtle notes of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Same thing with the flavors. Huge hoppy thing and a nice balance of chocolate, coffee, nuts, and a little bit of dark fruit. But as I continued to nip at this, the hoppiness just became too much for me. I wish this had just a little more smoke/ coffee going on.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was an amazing beer. It poured a nice black color with a thin white head. The flavor was so well balanced and everything melded together perfectly. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to try this beer and look foward to trying more in the future. Highly recommended.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep deep brown/black with a minimal off-white/tan head. This is like a mix between an Ipa and a porter as sulttree stated and a slight barleywine flavor as iceman noted. . Aromas of oak, malt, coffee, and nuts. Flavors of maple, chocolate, coffee, and oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering flavor. Very nice.