RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This medium to full bodied ale is a deep brown color with notes of chocolate and nut flavors. It has a subtle hop bitterness and chocolaty aroma. This is the perfect holiday beer for the season.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Bottle from brewery. Extremely clear, whiskey brown. Sparse sudsy head with dismal staying power. Toasty, wheaty, woody nose supported by chardonnay aromas of banana, apple, lychee. Huge toasted malt flavor with a dash of espresso. Warming the glass in my hands reveals some spicy hops. Finishes lightly tart with a mild charcoally/burnt flavor and subtle cocoa bean aftertaste. Cleansing, medium light palate. Could stand to be bigger and have some carbonation.

PhillyCraft (7937) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2017
Backlog, bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a thick 3 finger head. Smell and taste were cashew, caramel malt, plum, spice, and pine hops. Medium bodied for the style. Alright

DialSquare (5131) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2011
from an old rating note: spice and light hop in the aroma. taste comes off a little flat mix of sweet roasty malts, coffee and hop bitter. on the sweet side. ok.

oobawa (1748) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Wasn’t sure what this beer was supposed to be as I drank it. It seemed too thin to be a porter, not hoppy or malty enough to be a brown ale, and no spices meant no Winter warming. Now I learn it’s a porter; not good. Bland and lifeless, the only signs of this beer truly being a porter are on the nose, giving off a modest roasty mocha vibe, but the flavors never materialize as you sip the pint. (12/7/08)

wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2011
bottle. Pours brown with some frothy head. Nose is chocolate, mild coffee, nuts, and caramel. just some oxidized notes. Taste is again full of chocolate and nuts and just sweet enough to balance and finishes fairly clean. Medium full body and creamy. Nice drinker.

patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bottle. 12 oz. Pours amber with a clean, fine off-white head. Aroma of barley, pumpkin, bread, spice, and hops. Medium bodied with a lovely, full, warming mouthfeel. Bold finish. Great seasonal ale.

FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Sampled on draft at the Rivertowne Pub this beer poured a red-caramel color with a large khaki head that lingered. The aroma was sweet, nutty and a bit roasty. The flavor was crisp fruity hops with a touch of nutmeg, pine, nut and caramel. Somewhat sweet with a long hoppy finish. Medium body. Well done.

nimbleprop (8761) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2009
On cask at Friday the Firkenteenth at the Grey Lodge Pub. Winter is the time for porters. Pours a mostly translucent black with ruby fringes with a thin white head. Aroma is toasty and sweet. Flavor is big, bold toasted malts, nutty, coffee. Lingering toasted bitterness.

Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
The aroma is sweet and the intense brown color complements the flavor. It does have slight hints of bitter hops with chocolate as described. This is a perfect strong ale for the winter season.

wjalandscaping (4) - USA - NOV 26, 2009 does not count
Here is a nice winter ale, with a chocolate, and coffeetaste. Something i would expect starbucks to brew if they had beer. this was a nice mix between a standard porter and a chocolate stoudt. I would drink this again, and again.

deyholla (12307) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is full of smoked wooden notes with chocolate as well. Flavor has a bit of hops dominated by a more chocolaty and smokey flavor.

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