sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2004
22oz. bomber. Rich, velvety, brown color. Some sediment. Chocolatey, hoppy flavor. Really interesting. Deep chocolate start, sweet plums in the middle, and tasty, tasty hops to finish. This one is fantastic. Why $7.99/bottle, though--my only complaint.
Merry Christmas. Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2004
Spruce pine aroma. Black. A fullmouth treat of quality chocolate on the sweeter side, and hoppiness. Some roast, something dairy, ginger, cardammon, anise, cinammon, grapefruit and otehr citrus Thanks Wohlfs for bringing in. brentfeesh (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2004
2004 version. Pours brown with some orange hints buried in there. Minimal off white head. Unbelievably forward citrus hops dominate the aroma! The flavor is accentuated with citrus hops throughout the beer (lemon, grapefruit and a bit of pine). They are held up well by the chalky malts. It has some coffee flavors in there as well. Bit of sweetness. The mouth feel is good but not great. Not sure why this is a Christmas beer but that does not take away from the tastiness. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2004
black appearance with medium brown head...a hoppy coffee aroma with a similar taste (sugars, dominant hops, with some chocolate and coffee notes; full of nuts and cream)....a smooth palate and a great aftertaste......not exactly what im looking for in a porter, but a wonderful beer nonetheless; a great fusion of a porter with hops jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Pours dark with a thick tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops with a mild chocolate and general roastiness. Flavor is of citrus hops and chocolate nibs. Very odd but it works. Rich yet refreshing and drinkable.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
Bottle, Toronto Christmas Party 2004. Dark brown colour with very little head. Wow, there is some hop aroma on this beer – the most hoppy porter in this respect I’ve ever tried. Fresh outdoor sort of hops too. A very nice full bodied porter with some unique sweet qualities to it. I really enjoyed it, and found it quite original as well. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
Dark brown colour. Massive smokey hop aroma. Some chocolate and coffee notes can be found in the flavour, somewhere amongst the piney hops. I enjoyed it, but found it very strange at the same time. [Toronto Christmas Party ’04] SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Man, Ive been wanting to get my hands on this for quite a while and finally did thanks to BrooklynBoy (Edward). Thanks a bunch. Dark but not black in colour with a thin offwhite head. The nose is malty and hoppys. The taste is warm, and malty and hoppy with out a huge kick of alcohol. Good and surprisingly well balanced (no 3F hop overkill). Good beer overall. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 Very dark brown (almost black) with ruby edges and a thick light brown head. Aroma of roasty chocolate and a surprising blast of citric US hops - Imagine a pine cone dipped in chocolate. Taste has notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, pine, grapefruit and a prominent centennial cascade-y hop presense. Although you wouldn’t think so, the chocolate and piney/citric hops work very well together. Perfect level of sweetness with a roasty and slightly burnt/bitter finish. Medium body with subtle carbonation, a little thinner than I would expect. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets, great head retention. A unique porter for sure, I like. Gachupines (1252) - USA - DEC 17, 2004
Dark color with fairly thick dark brown head. Taste is a mix of chocolate and coffee with a fair amount of hops thrown into the mix. Overall, a pretty nice porter with a lingering taste of thick chocolate.