fiulijn (21470) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2008
Black color. Nothing more than an ordinary Porter, with light spicy taste, a bit too much black malt and therefore distrurbing bitterness. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2008
not a huge fan of this beer. fairly week aroma, especially for a porter, and the "holiday" title only represents itself in a very slight addition of spice to the flavor. mediocre mouthfeel, somewhat watery. flavor not bad, but for a porter wholly unremarkable. pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
3-26-08 bottle Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2008
Black brown pour with okay head and little to no lacing. Head fades very quickly. Malty smell that doesn’t do much for me. Flavor is slightly roasted malt and is very watery. Highly carbonated. Not impressed at all.
Pouring a deep ruby dark brown opaque color with a small khaki head. Nose is actually floral, metallic and some chocolate. The initial mouthfeel is thin and watery. Initial taste is weak with sour lactic notes and mild roasted malts. Mid palate to finish displays some chocolate and mild hop presence. Dry and chalky on the finish. Is this a bud light or a porter, cmon. Average palate duration. This is not full flavored. Good head retention and lacing. epf33 (228) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2008
HEAVY beer. couldn’t imagine having this beer any time other than the holidays. unlike other porters, the 'caramel' and the 'chocolate' notes are well hidden by the hops they threw in this one.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle: Pour was a bit lighter than I expected with a dark clear brown pour. Flavor was more so burnt while lacking on the roasted flavors. Had hints of chocolate and caramelized malt. Not too bad but I’ve had many better porters. joebudzjoe (677) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Bottle from friend. I like the Honey Porter, but this one is way too sweet. Brown sugar with prune undertones. By the end of the bottle I was through and had a headache. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Fantastic smell, thou the flavor leaves a lot to be desired. The Black Lager tastes more like a porter than this. deyholla (12458) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a strong red hue, with a light brown head. Aroma is full of english malts as well as some caramel. Flavor is very malty as well with a bit of a sweet chocolate and caramel undertone. durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Bottle. Tempted to take off points for "Appearance" based on the Dickens Christmas Village scene on the label. But it pours near black, and serves up a lovely fluffy beige head in the La Chouffe glass into which it was poured. Aroma is a mess... too much going on. Chocolate malts, hops, spice, toffee, treacle, dirt. Maybe some fruitcake? Tastes a bit better. Quite hoppy for a porter. Weird.