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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 142   ABV: 4.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A special Porter that brewmaster, Rick Reed, made for the 2006 holiday season.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (23756) - , Essex, - JUN 9, 2012
27th March 2010
Very dark brown beer, clear. Light off white head. Typical Porter nose - slightly sour, a little smoky and malty. Semi soft palate. Tangy dark malt, subtle smoke and coffee followed by soft red fruits, Raspberry being the most noticeable. A little unsweet chocolate as well. A very decent Porter.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (4536) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin layer of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Sly stringy lace. The aroma had a nice roasty to sweet coffee to cocoa bean profile with a low amount of bitterness. The flavor balances nicely between the roast and the sweet. Adds a sly earthiness to the flavor. Sly roasty aftertaste with finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Roastiness and some bitterness hits my tongue appropriately. Overall, pretty good porter that I could have again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (2348) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Dark with a thin tan head. Roasty malt, hints of cocoa and coffee, very smooth and full. Toast and caramel. A rather nice porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (3734) - New York, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Tap at Stagshead for cricket Hill night. Pours black with strong nose of chocolate soda if that existed. tastes of cola, dark chocolate, coffee, soy sauce and cola. slight bitterness and relatively thin its an easy drinking and enjoyable porter

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2623) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2012
mellow and earthy. sweet and chocolately. smooth and substantial with some spice malt and refined hop. some vanilla for balance.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4641) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2012
12oz. undated bottle poured dark brown, with a thin tan head that immediately turns to a small ring.. Aroma: a lot of chocolate mixed in with medium and dark roasted malts. Rather subdued. Taste: Moderate level of malt with chocolate and a trace of spicy hops. A little earthy. More from the roasted malt in the aftertaste than earlier on. A bit light bodied for style, but very smooth; rather low carbonation. O: rather light and uninteresting porter except for the high level of chocolate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (6055) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and molasses. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (6371) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Pours nearly black with red hues...huge, whipped, towering, tan head. Scent is cola.....malt. Taste is cola and chocolate, mild coffee and vanilla. Very soft and light. Slightly smoky and roasted. A very good, if slightly mild porter.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Bottled. Poured cola brown with a colossal cap of loose-bubbled beige head.. not a great sign. The aroma picked up sour, roasty coffee and black malts.. light vanilla and cherry dust accents.. not good. The flavor found sour, sticky, roasted black malts and cherry skins throughout.. some oxidation and more sourness on the finish. Light-medium bodied and sour on the palate.. not good at all, and almost certainly infected.. Id give a fresh one another shot.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andyhwcinc (1871) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Purchased at Habersham Beverage Depot in Savannah, GA; enjoyed from my balcony view of the ocean on my final night of vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC. Appearance is a very dark black with no head, looks very thick which is surprising for the style. Aroma of chocolate, peppermint, molasses, smells intense. Taste is also intense, it does have a soy sauce like consistency, goes down relatively smooth and somewhat thick/syrupy. Molasses like flavor dominates the chocolate, slight bit of coffee bitterness. One of the thickest porters Ive had to date. Its good but not too good, happy to have tried it, this one almost tastes stronger than the 4.75% ABV states.


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