Nsanders (427) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with thin tan head. Smell is intense vanilla, milk chocolate, oatmeal, and a slight earthiness. Taste is abruptly sweet that quickly dissapates. Body is medium. The bottle has a new label, void of the old image replaced by a clean, plain design. I remembered this as being better in 2007 winter tour at old chicago...
reberiii (263) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours thick black from 12oz bottle. Little to no head. The aroma is wonderful with the notes of chocolate, but the palate is weak for a chocolate porter. Dark but thin.
Bama_Hog1 (35) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great winter brew. Smooth pour, dark brown/black and opaque. Requires a "hard pour" to get a head that does not lace well. Otherwise this is a great beer. Rich with cocoa notes, malty bittersweet chocolate taste, with a hint of spice and oak in the finish. One of my favorite seasonal brews from a great brewery.
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alobar (2620) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cola brown with no head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt, and bread. Cocoa flavor with roasted malt backbone and hint of coffee, bread, and nuts. Nice beer.
MadRobin (1698) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Approximately 2 oz. sample poured from bottle at beer class at Total Wine & More in Chantilly/Fairfax, VA.
Opaque, very dark brown with khaki head and good lacing.
Fairly complex, but mild aoma of roasted malt, nuts, caramel, chocolate and raisins.
Understated taste of sweet roasted malt, raisins, nuts, chocolate, toffee, honey and caramel.
Medium/light body and low carbonation.
A holiday, chocolate/fruitcake porter is in there somewhere, but it is so understated that it just doesn't come across. This still might be a respectable porter if it had more carbonation and a more substantial body. Not bad, just disappointing.
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hockey9930 (66) - - NOV 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Comes out dark brown with a very thin head that vanishes quickly. Smells like chocolate milk. Sweet dark cocoa taste. Palate feels thin and flat. Kind of watery. Being called "Winter Warmer", I expected this to be creamy and heavy so Iím a bit disappointed.
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque brown-black with practically no head and minimal lacing and retention. Restrained aroma, but milk chocolate most prominent with roasted malts following behind. If the aroma is subtle, the taste is not. This beer is very flavorful with a roasted malts mingling with chocolate flavors. Problem is that this is all wrong. Itís as if someone took a perfectly fine porter and put cocoa in it it. It simply tastes artificial. Mouthfeel is okay.
60minuteman (602) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted malt, oak, wheat, chocolate, and something sour in the aroma. Taste is pretty much the same. Nothing special. Medium body, light carbonation. It was good at first, but the palate really doesnít have much to enjoy. It left me with nothing to hang on to. Rather disappointing in this aspect.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fairly weak chocolate notes, lack of typical roasted/smoked character leave me wanting a lot more out of this winter porter. Does drink easily, though. Aroma is stronger than the flavor.
Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep opaque brown with a thin tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is malty and there is some roasty, bready, and cocoa characters. Flavor is very much like a porter with the deep roasty malt bill that has a little bit of a bitterness from the malt and very small hops. The cocoa comes through in the flavor as well it adds a little spice.Overall I think this is a very drinkable winter warmer, would go well around a campfire with some smores.