RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A deceptively dark Holiday Ale,decking the halls with cheer.

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2.8
jgb9348 (6482) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2012
Deep dark cola coloured body with a bright ruby glow when held up to the light and a thick, two centimetre tall light brown head. Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, lactic flavours and a touch of earth. Light-bodied; Sharp malty flavour with some nuts and earth in the mix and a deep flavour of metal. Aftertaste shows a little sweetness from toffee, but not much aside from the roasted malt - no spices or complexity. Overall, a decent beer, if that - nothing special, nothing interesting and not necessary to buy. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from The Wine Corner in Paia, Maui, Hawaii on 02-March-2012 for US$1.99 sampled on the opposite end of the country at home in Washington on 11-April-2012.

2.7
junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Kind of thin. Only in the very end do I get any kind of depth that Id normally akin to a porter.

2.7
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.

2.7
beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
pours a lighter shade of black with a good tan head to it. first aroma I get is toast. I get even more slightly cooked breadiness in the flavor. It is a little thin too which works against the bread flavor. Needs to be more robust for cold Oregon weather.

2.7
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2011
22 oz bomber. Pours a deep, dark brown color. Slight tan head. Aroma is very slight, mostly a toasted malt aroma. Flavor is also very subtle, with bitter coffee notes against a background of toasted malt. The thing that really caught my attention right away was the palate. This is really one of the fizziest porters I’ve had. Definitey unexpected.

2.5
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Promisingly advertised as a "rich holiday Porter," this really fails to satisfy. From the bottle there’s a nice stout/porter moderately-musty aroma with some suggestion of cherry-chocolate. From there it’s way downhill. Upon pour there is a head which rapidly dissipates. The flavor is a standard respectable Porter-y one but it is overwhelmed by the near-watery mouthfeel and finish. At the end there is pretty much nothing left save for a faint lingering toastiness that lasts a couple seconds perhaps. Not going on the buy-again list for sure. I have not had impressive experiences with this brand name.

2.4
boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle... Poured dark brown with a thick, tan head. This had something going for it, but everything was distracted with off tones. The aroma was roasty and malty with this undertone of -- I would go as extreme as saying vomit. Nutty, roasted, sweet flavors but a huge metallic flavor that took it all away in the finish. Overall, smokey with lots of malts, toasted nuts, and mocha, but just that huge, spunky off flavor that really brought this brew down for me.

2.4
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Pours dark with an almost nonexistent aroma. Initial taste is roasty malt, but it’s fairly subtle. Finish is dry. It’s just too uninteresting for my palate. I would not buy this one again.

2.3
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours a jet-black with minor amber highlights underneath the moderate light beige half-inch head. Aroma is not what I expected based on the appearance; a touch fruity, some green apple esthers, and a barely noticeable medium caramel. This porter is moderately sweet with a fairly thin mouthfeel. The carbonation is relatively high which dries out the finish yet lightens the body. No noticeable roasty or chocolate notes even though the color implies it. Has a slight vegetal, and a noticeable astringency on the finish. Overall I feel that it could use a touch more alcohol, more body, and a little more sweetness to provide more definition. Right now it is more like a fairly strong dark mild with minimal yeast character.

1.8
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle with Carla. Pours deep brown/red with fizzy dark red/brown foam. Smells like sweet corn cereal. Mouth-feel is very thin. Tastes of molasses and allspice with somewhat sour alcohol.


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