Bill Becker (1343) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017 jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours dark brown with thin tan head. aroma is caramel and roasted malts. taste is chocolate, roasted malts, and maybe a touch of coffee, vanilla, and hops; in all, it’s pretty bitter. a little bit thin and watery with a fairly dry finish of unsweetened chocolate and caramel.
From Dec 2005
Poured from the bottle(room temp) a very dark brown with reddish highlights, with a thick head that only remained a minute or so settling into a fine ring around the edge of the glass.
The smell is very sweet perhaps hinting at some chocolate.
The taste is semi sweet(like the chocolate) with very little hop presence and a noticeable grainy note.
Overall, it's a pretty good porter but it isn't one that I'd eagerly seek out.
Update: Dec 6, 2008
Well, I'm sipping on this years edition and I'll be danged if my first review isn't showing a lack of appreciation for this brew. Not sure what happened..changing and improving palate?
First off, the head was big and bold and lasted for the entire session.
The smell is full of roasted malt goodness with some sweet malt tones and a light fruitiness.
The taste is very nice with strong notes of roasted malt, light chocolate, caramel malt sweetness, dark fruitiness....very damn tasty.
The mouthfeel is medium and silky, the carbonation is close to medium but still light, and it finishes slightly bitter, slightly sweet.
Bottom line: This is a very good Porter that kept my interest from first sip to last swallow and is anything but average. My new "scores" will reflect that.
limbonicartbeer (111) - - APR 10, 2017
Cerveza color café-negruzco corona de espuma de burbujas compactas de mediana retención. Aromas a café, dulce y cierto toque terroso. Al paladar consistencia cremosa aún así bebible con notas a café, dulce, sutil chocolate. Muy agradable cerveza.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Carlisle (786) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown-black with tan head and lacing. Nose of bread crust, toffee, and chocolate cake. Malty bread crust followed by toffee and chocolate notes. Some earthiness and subtle citrus hops in the finish. Medium body; drinkable but still substantial. My favorite American porter. Excellent.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2016
Drank from a twelve ounce bottle, thank you John! A nice well done porter, wish for a bit less body on this porter but good nonetheless. geologyguy (1647) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2016
Very light dark malt smell but of higher alcohol, hoppy flavor all around...front and back...one dimentional dark malt and hops is all there is...bitterness mellows with time...so slightly better then
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Posted from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Thea appearance is a brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt, nuts and vanilla. The taste of cocoa, malt and nuts are blended well with the vanilla. An outstanding porter. nasmith003 (252) - Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Light fruity raisin aroma, white head with nice lacing. Clear coffee color. Malty flavor and balanced hop profile. Clean finish. Weevo (176) - Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle. Chocolate and caramel aroma follows thru to taste along with a little nuttiness some carbonation and a bitter chocolate finish. Pours a dark black with tan head. Nice lighter porter, very drinkable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Rperez (265) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Great porter! Not too heavy and fairly easy to drink, Samuel adams makes very solid beers, they might be big now bit still craft enough
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Cybercat (6015) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Pours translucent sepia with a thick and rather persistent light tan head. Aroma is not strong, but promises roast malt and hints of caramel and chocolate. Flavor comes forth much stronger, presenting roast malt, woody, caramel, chocolate and nutty tones. Mouthfeel features average body but plenty of strong fizz. Happy New Year!