daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2009
From Total Wine. Black pour, white head. Aroma has lots of chocolate, dark fruits, some spices and roasted malt. Flavor is pretty ncie with chocolate ntoes, spices and some caramel. Pretty good! Changed (462) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2009
12oz. Pours black (but not thick) with small white head. Minimal lacing. Smokey, spicy, chocolate flavors. Is this a stout or a porter? Beer with an identity crisis... but a decent one at that. zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - FEB 13, 2009
Taste 2/9 Bottle. Looks: Black/brown bottom with a tan top and mild foam clingage. Aroma: Sweetness and chocolate from the malt. Some dark fruit as well and some alcohol. Taste: Spicy and carbonated. Medium to heavy body. Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, a hint of smoke, brown sugar. More stout than porter.....but . A lot of tastes and textures but not entirely cohesive. Decent brew. cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Deep chestnut brown with minimal head, it rises up with a more vigorous pour. Charred choco dustiness with lingering soured fruit bitterness. Caramel syrupy sweetness is there, with coffee mocha flavors too. Building acidity. Not bad... good individual parts but the flavors are sort of jumbled together.. a heartier brew but rough around the edges. glennmastrange (2901) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of cereal, toasted, dark chocolate and mild coffee, light to moderate note of resin for the hops, light dough and earth for the yeast and hints of toffee and cola in the background. Head is average size, creamy, light brown with fair lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is clear dark brown with a red tint. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, both oily and creamy, has a carbonation between soft and lively, and finishes dry. It doesn’t fit the Porter designation completely, however, the complexity of the malts in this beer really makes it an above average beer.
moseslikesbeer (183) - conestoga, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Bottle. Dark pour with good carbonation. A bit of chocolate in the taste with a slight nut flavor. I didn’t notice any spice but I see this is labeled a porter so that makes a lot of sense. Bottom line for me here is that this isn’t a typical winter brew. However this is a great porter. I think Stoudts should change the name and brew this on a regular basis. I’d drink a ton of this beer. Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that turn to lace. The body was a pitch black color on this brew.
Aromas’ of roasted malts, espresso, and a little bit of chocolate fill my nose from this brew. Some sweetness come thru in the aromas as well
Flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee, some malt sweetness, hey it mimics the nose. My expectations were high for this brew but the brew really did need some spices in it. I was wishing for some seeing that it was a winter brew but alas there is none (hint, hint) a little light in the mouthfeel for a porter.
Drinkability was good I easily could drink a few of these. Still a little disappointed in the taste department, especially from such a great brewer’s Winter Ale .I’d rate it as a average porter
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle, #438. Black pour with not much head. Aroma of sweetness and cocoa. Flavor of cocoa and malt. Very thin, watery mouthfeel. Pretty good though. TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Porter in the New Year for 09 tasting. Liked this, thought it was better than Siberian Night. Dark pour with a slight roasted quality. Good malt and grain balance with a smooth sort of light chocolate n nuts texture. Great drinker and a good one for Stoudts. emacgee (4704) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Pours a dark black that allows some light. Head is fizzy and light tan. The nose is roasty, grainy, malty, mild coffee and chocolate bitterness. The flavor is grainy, roasty, prominent hop feel, malty, coffee, some bitterness from roasted grain. The palate is bitter and dry with a nice hop balance.