Beaver (1828) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a big fluffy tan head that retains well.spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - APR 11, 2005
The aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee with some sweet cream and a little bit of dark fruits.
The flavor is bitter roasted chocolate with a big chalky metallic/acidic taste and a finish that is much more bitter (and metallic) than I expected. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.
Overall, the flavor just didn’t jibe with me - too metallic and bitter causing it to be unbalanced and not very appealing.
Hoppy, chocolate aroma. Tastes of cocoa and malt. Thick and oily around the mouth. Not really complex enough for my liking. It’s not great, but I do like this offering - would buy again. beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2005
bottle. A nice porter, allthough of all the porters i had last night this had the thinnest palate, good roasty flavor...did not have that typical SA taste which was nice...not important but I thought the bottle had a very cool holiday scene...liked it. DougiePhiTau (99) - USA - APR 5, 2005
coco aroma with a mild buned coffee taste like most holiday porters a good seasonal beer wish it was all year round swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
This is a good seasonal offering from Sam Adams. It offers some chocolate in the aroma but all coffee in the taste. Doesn’t produce much of a head but it’s still an enjoyable beer.
ABUSEDGOAT (2824) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 Thinish black body with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and caramel. Flavor is the same, has the usual Sam Adams taste. Terminus (3710) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 Keith-Sampled last month and forgot to rate but I remember it very well. Nice caramel darkness and malty aroma. Rich and sweet taste with a nice aftertaste. I should have stored some of these away.
Eric-pours deep brown with a nice soapy kacki head with some big bubbles in there. lactic chocolate, char, leather, toffee and carmel. A very aromatic porter if i may say so. Body is somewhat light, but not low enough to give it a 2 score./ Some light burnt notes on the finish give a tingle to the tongue which give a slightly astringencey. not a bad porter in any means. can8ianben (1577) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Not a bad porter. Make sure you get it out of the bottle. The aroma is wasted if you drink it straight out. Probably better a little warmer than right out of the fridge. Lots of flavour present with some subtle spice. egajdzis (6692) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Poured a dark brown, red color with a small, light tan head that left very light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, and all spice. Chocolate, roast, and more nuts in the taste, it had a rather weak mouthfeel. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Nice dark brown color,decent sized tan head that had a good hang time then faded slowly to leave a small lace behind.The aroma was nicely malty with a good chocolate side and nicely roasty.The flavor was fairly decent for an SA,nice roasty side to it with a gentle sweetness and good chocolatey side.The hops don’t really seem to make a decent showing at all with this brew but theres enough of the other flavors to carry it well enough.It finishes up pretty good with a bit of a chocolate and coffee after taste.Not bad at all and well worth trying again.