TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Rather thin and watery for a porter. Nice dark color with a decent head. Some raisins and chocolate malt flavors but rather unassuming overall. I prefer their winter lager. TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Very dard reddish-brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Medium body. Taste starts sweet chocolate and is followed by the roasted flavors. I’m not tasting and hops in the finish. Not bad, but I agree with Imgraz1 that the Fezziwig is better. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Dark brown color. Small to medium head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and slightly sweet. Light to medium bodied porter. Malts are chocolate and coffee. Hops are slightly bitter. Roasted malts. A little on the thin side for a porter, but not too bad. Another in the line of Sam Adams Holiday Beers. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and a little dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 Got this in the winter pack. Poured pretty dark, smelled of coffee and spices ,.. mmm. nice. Decent head. Full flavor and great finish. Taste the chocolate. this is second only to Fezzywig from sam. I was surprized to say the least. lamas (1648) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of bourbon and nuts. Very malty and coffee-tasting. Quite burnt too! I’ve had much better porters. Uggghhh, way too burnt tasting!
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Bottle from Holiday Sampler Box: Pours to a nice brown hue topped by a small ceany tan head and above average lacing. The aroma has notes of dusty yeast esters, walnut, apple, pear, vanilla, mocha and mild floral hops. The taste starts with a twangy and bittersweet nature with lots of coffee, mocha, and nutty overtones. The finish displays a burnt/smoky and touch of pine punch. The feel is just okay, slightly chalky. I surprised that this is quite quaffable. While not great, it’s one of Sam Adams better offerings of late. Still I would much rather have the Winter Lagers in the sampler box anyday. burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2004
tasty. the chocolate is especially strong and pleasant. not the best porter in the world, and i’m not sure what english fulggles and east kent goldings, but still fairly tasty. obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 21, 2004
Deep ark reddish amber w/no head. Chocolate, toast(burnt), tootsie roll and vanilla nose. Med weight w/sour drying finish. Blah, weak flavor, some burnt notes...HO...Hum...boring! SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Dark brown with small froth head. Aroma isn’t strong enough for me to like. Flavor is chocolate with a mild roasted malt character and light raisin. Was some what impressed by sammy’s effort at attempting a porter. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle pours dark chocolate brown, small foramy light tan colored head, with fairly nice lacing..   Light chocolate & fig/date on the nose.   Smells rather nice.   Slightly dry, bittersweet chocolate, a bit chalky, minor hops, and roasted malts on the tongue.   Aroma was much better.   Medium body with a light mouthfeel.  . Finishes a bit astringent, with mild hop bitterness, roasted malts, and the aformentioned bittersweet chocolate.   Slightly dry.   Thanks goes out to Indiana_Red for sharing.