HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2013
On draft at the brewpub, rating from notes. Pours a rich dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, other holiday spiced, and chocolate. Some mild roast, mild chocolate notes. Flavor is spice, nutmeg and cinnamon with a chocolate base. That’s about it. That’s the problem with these heavily spiced beers. The spice dominates. Medium bodied, chalky texture, finishes with lots of nutmeg. mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Complex aroma and thin brown pour with a crazy mix of flavors and warm lingering mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2010
spiced porter. big nutmeg and spice element..seems like added vanilla as well. it seems like founders can pretty much do anything to a porter, and make it interesting and tasty. this is a bit too spice-driven for myself, but am thankful that it still comes across as a mostly roasted, chocolate and nut driven porter too. interesting, and much better than previous yrs spiced porters..AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Earlier Rating: 12/25/2004 Total Score: 3.3
on the nitro at founders....great dark appearance as typical with these beers...a nice and creamy palate; aroma is abundant of spices, cinnamon, chocolate; flavor is similar ( i agree with silphium that is was much too heavy on the anise)
Ginger nose, sweet roasty ginger bread flavor, spicey and sweet but I think I prefer their standard porter to this christmas cookie version, interesting though aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 New brew from Founder’s on tap. Like their Porter, which is delicious, only this is made with some mysterious and tasty spices. Perhaps cinnamon, clove...and others that I don’t know about. A little too bitter at the finish, but nicely refreshing. Very good beer!
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2006
On tap @ Founders Black Party Black with a tan head. Atomas of xmas spices and fruit present. Nice creamy porter with a hint of spices to finish it off very drinkable ... Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2006
On Nitro tap at Founders. Black with tan/light brown head with spices in the head. Flavor of chocolate and spice is quite nice. Cinamon and nutmeg. Tons of flavor. A good twist on the fine porter. P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2005
light black with a small bubbly beige head. heavy spice, ginger and tons of anis. to Jagermiesterish for me Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2005
black with little to no head, tastes like jagermeister with a splash of ginger Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
On tap at Founders. Deep brown pour, medium/thick creamy nitrogen (no!) head leaving nice lacing. Cinnamon toast crunch aroma. Heavy anise (another no!) flavor with notes of cinnamon. Much of the underlying chocolatey malt character is dominated by the over-the-top anise. More or less the brewery’s version of Anchor Our Special Ale.