Bill Becker (2010) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Jul 2006
Poured from 12oz bottle a dark brown with a huge tanish head of foam that shrunk over a few minutes but stayed as long as the beer was in my glass.
The smell is really sweet...molasses dominates my nose.
The taste is black licorice and molasses to the nth degree and I'm *not* a fan of black licorice. I mean, I can taste some sweetness from the malt but that's way overpowered by the 2 flavours I mentioned. Not my kind of Porter at all and I'm wondering right now if I'll be able to finish the contents in my glass.
Bottom line: I'm glad Sam Adams is constantly experimenting with new beers and when you do that, there's bound to be some misses. I'll take *that* chance as long as SA wants to. ;^) oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Darkish brown pour. Aromas of roasted malts with a little chocolate. Flavor is kinda mellow compared to other porters. Starts roasty and finishes with a little mocha. phaleslu (10907) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2016
12 oz. bottle shared by someone in the hotel lobby after the RB Best Awards. Thanks! Never thought I’d see these four pop up. This one pours a cloudy brown with a small khaki head that settles into a ring. Notes of tobacco, black olives, earth, and chocolate. And plenty of cardboard and dead leaves. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and an oxidized, earthy mouthfeel. Rotted, but I bet this was once a fine porter. DSG (15432) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Dark brown. Oxidized, rotten fruity aroma, caramel, nuts. Sweet. djd07 (16317) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is dark fruit and cardboard. Very oxidized, wood, raisin, nah.
slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"this was another solid effort from the Sam Adams historic line of beers that i apparently just liked more than everyone else. stands out from other porters because of the licorice and molasses...i’ll buy if they make it again."
madmitch76 (26456) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
24th July 2009hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2011
BBE Oct 06. Opaque dark brown beer. Crisp palate. Lots of bitter toffee and molasses and unsweet licorice. Finishes crisp with some carbonated bite and more unsweet licorice. Another unusual beer in the Patriot collection. Very drinkable and rich.
bottle from stfun on 1/16/11 with a bb date of october 2006. not really sure why this was laying around and even less sure of why i wanted it in the first place!
porter colored with a soft beige head. typical.
odd aroma... vanilla, roast, lactose, molasses, raisins, vegetals (green peppers), sweaty yeast and card board.
the flavor is the same only turned down a notch. there are also notes of dates, wood, herbaceous-ness and BTF iodophor.
it is creamy and slick yet sharp.
clearly it is past it’s prime... sadly, it is still better than a lot of fresh stuff on the market! 6/3/5/3/15
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle thanks to daknole, October 2006. Dark brown with hints of red, a thin tan head. Tons of molasses and anise aroma. Taste is roasty then a big lasting molasses bitter finish, a hint of iodine and anise. Really a great beer. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Totally an oxidized rancid mess. Unfar to rate this...So I will give it a middle of the road rating.