keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Best by April 21, 2014.zoucrew102 (2106) - - JAN 5, 2014
Appearance: The body is a beautifully hued garnet with excellent clarity. The beautiful garnet is only seen through a light though, it appears a dark brown when sat down. Unfortunately there’s no head to speak of, only a very thin ring with a light coating.
Aroma: The aroma is almost non-existent. I smell some cocoa and some roasted malts, but they are hard to pick up. Upon swirling they are a bit more noticed, but definitely very hidden.
Taste: The flavor is stronger than the aroma, thankfully. There’s an underlying honey sweetness with a matching cocoa powder overlay. The cocoa reminds me a bit of Yoo-Hoo. The flavor is mild, but enjoyable, though a bit cloying after two sips.
Palate: Crisp body with mild carbonation, near full-bodied.
Overall: This is close to being a good beer, it really is. The problems I have are the flavor is a bit cloying and the aroma is completely lacking. Thankfully the flavor is mild though so it’s not overly cloying. I would give this a try again if I heard good things from next years batch.
Bottle. Roasted barley aroma with notes of cocoa. Pours dark brown with a short, light brown head and good lacing. Taste is very interesting. Cocoa and roasted barley to start. Finishes smooth with the sweetness from the honey really coming through nicely that lingers on the palate. Overall flavor is a little thin but still a good winter sipper.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone dalekliz (925) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a huge bubbly off-white head that lingers. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, wood, grass. Taste is week, of dark chocolate, toasted malt, brown sugar. Lingering chocolate malt that ends watery. Nice nose, but the taste doesn’t match. TheHopster (1111) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2013
(Bottle). Mild aroma includes some light cocoa and well roasted malts. Minimal head and very light body. The flavor has lots of roasted malt with some bitter-sweet cocoa flavor inserted. Please note, the artwork has changed on the label and the name "winter warmer" is now replaced with seasonal ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Emeister84 (2580) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Cocoa aromas well blended with roasted malt, no detectable honey. Dark brown-black with a lasting tan head. Dry, coffee and cocoa flavors dominating, metallic in the finish. Medium bodied, pretty smooth.
mike5326 (1782) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Clear brown color, no head. Mild burnt malt aroma. Light malt with a hint of sweetness over a somewhat bitter malt finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Luvystypotables (2067) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Aroma of malt, dark brown colour no head. Sweet taste heavy on malt with a hint of cocoa. Sweet palate Joe_M (24) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2013
I think this beer tastes pretty good... Its a little light for a porter, but the flavor is pretty legit. Color is molasses with light tan head. Easy drinking for the cold months Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
On tap at Twisted Jimmy’s. Mild coffee and cocoa nose, mild sweet malty character and no discernible hops. Lactose milky sweetness. Dark brown-black clear with thin head. Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation, fizzy on tongue. Starts sweet and a little watery. Sweet malt notes with light chocolate, lactose and a hint of coffee. Very little bitterness, with mild sweet finish and tang afterwards. Theydon_Bois (20636) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle split at Christine and Daves thanks to DLJ, 26/11/13.
Dark mahogony brown with a moderate tan covering that clears to a pond.
Nose is brown sugars, earthy cocoa, honey roast nuts, milk chocolate.
Taste comprises earthy cocoa, light metallic, dark toffee fudge, brown sugar, rather on the thin side and a step down from the aroma.
Medium body, moderate carbonation, a little watery, dry light roast tones in the finish.
So so porter lacking any real depth of flavour.