RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
A deceptively dark Holiday Ale,decking the halls with cheer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2010
12 oz. bottle - pours thin, dark brown with 2" foamy tan head settling slowly and some lacing remains; quite a beauty to look at; light aromas of bakers chocolate, espresso, berries and a little nutmeg-ish spice; very light texture with mild flavors of roasted chocolate, dry spice, ashy branches and a little fruit; very thin and almost watery going down; choco powder and dry chocolate; starts out with potential and decent flavor base, but just crazy light and watery

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3462) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Bottle: Very dark brown pour with a finger of creamy tan head. Nice little bits of lacing. Strong aroma is sweet, chocolate filled, roasty, and some faint espresso/mocha. The flavor is roast forward with light bittersweetness and dark chocolate. Again, light hints of espresso. Lacks what some would consider to be ’intense’ flavors, but one of MacTarnahan’s better brews and overall quite enjoyable. I see I’m against the grain on this one, but really a 3.7 was how it came out and 3.8-3.9 isn’t really out of the question...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oscbert (1275) - Lincoln, California, USA - JAN 10, 2010
~Aroma of roasted toasty chocolate malts, bready cereal. ~Pours black with bug creamy tan head. ~Bready chocolate flavor some harsh roasted bitterness that is pleasant. ~Med body med carbonation, roasted chocolate finish that lingers. ~This a very pleasing porter. Delicious. Good to drink anytime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Dark brown red with minimal beige head. Standard coffee and chocolate porter aroma. Doesn’t taste like much of anything. Some mocha and sugar but it fades quickly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Bottle:   Deep brown, almost black, moderate fizzy light beige head, dies quickly, sparce lacing.   Balanced nose of toasted malts and hop bitterness.   A little astingent on the tongue, otherwise roasted malts with a pale hop background.   This is a porter that in no way seems special given that its a Winter/Holiday release.   In fact, this Porter is really "ho-hum".   Not heavy, nor light, this is really middle of the road kind of stuff.   Smidgen of roasted malt character and even softer hops linger.   I still question why this is a Holiday release when it has no special or Holiday like qualities.   Porters can be found from thousands of breweries as standard fare throughout the year.   Not sure why MacTarnahans went out on a limb to brew this "Holiday Porter".   I was really hoping for something special.   Boring...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2010
12oz Bottle – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma: Nice porter like aromas dark malt light chocolate and spices.
Appearance: Brown in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Good dark malt flavors with the added chocolate and spices this was great tasting and easy drinking.
Palate: Dry finish with a Great Mouthfeel.
Overall: Tasty easy drinking porter this was a surprise and I really liked this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alphadelic (2202) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Guiness-like malts on the nose. Very strong and rich of flavour but actually light on the palate. The marmite darkness and milky coffee flavours disappear quickly. Earthy yeast is apparent along with some light woody characters. There is some fruity sweetness hidden below the darkness which occasionally bursts forth in a shaft of buzzing cherry and sweet strawberry. While drinkable it is overall quite boring and a little claggy in the mouth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
highibus (817) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Pours dark brown with light coffee head. Slight aroma of cocoa and spice. Flavor is a bit off. But notes of cocoa and biscuit malts. Okay finish but just a bit off overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2213) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2009
pours a clear dark brown with a red tint with held to the light, a large khaki head, and some lacing. smell is faint, sour malt, caramel, and some spice. taste is watery, spice, some metallic, caramel, and a little sour malt, end is a little on the tart side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raphael (1210) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Coffee, oatmeal, powdered sugar. Darkest brown w/ brownish head that lingers. Roast malt the main flavor, some backing sweetness, alcohol edge, thick in the mouth, like oatmeal stout. warming finish.

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