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Samuel Adams Holiday Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Holiday PorterSamuel Adams Holiday Porter

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,178 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,178
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 21
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DFN on 10-17-2004)
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Ratings: 2,178 | Reviews: 1,136 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Bills453:
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Bills453

Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from the bottle.

Appearance - dark brown, it looks like coffee.

Smell - smells of roasted cocoa...mmm.

Taste - cocoa flavor. Roasted aftertaste. Very good flavor.

Mouthfeel - nice thick smooth

Overall - a great porter and great offering from Sam Adams.

01-26-2013 20:19:30 | More by Bills453
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7%

Poured a deep,rich brown with a fluffy mocha colored two finger head that settles very slowly leaving a nice sheet of lace behind,alot of nice aromas going on roasted nuts and vanilla stick out most to me with a hint of milk chocolate as well.Those roasted nuts are quite noticable in the flavors of this beer as well,along with that vanilla not overly sweet a good almost herbal-like dryness comes thru late.Quite flavorful and drinkable maybe a little different take on a porter with some different flavors going on,well done.

12-08-2005 23:47:42 | More by oberon
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

10-06-2013 01:17:07 | More by Turbo
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

A-dark, dark brown to black with a half inch of light brown head.

S- of chocolate, alcohol, a lot of carbonation and a slight hint of coffee and smoke.

T- can definitely taste the chocolate, a little malt and coffee, kind of watery and alcohol tasting.

M- Very light for a porter, has a fizzy carbonation feel. Kind of slick and watery.

D- drinkable.

Notes: A descent porter, a little light and watery feeling for my liking. Good flavor overall and a descent porter.

01-01-2011 18:23:43 | More by ExtraStout
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-26-2013 00:55:24 | More by OhioBobcat
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npala86

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-07-2013 20:37:24 | More by npala86
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Tiernan

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-23-2013 02:46:06 | More by Tiernan
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tohe9384


4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-12-2012 00:28:40 | More by tohe9384
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J2L


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-04-2012 21:43:39 | More by J2L
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Matty-K

Georgia

3/5  rDev -19.4%

12-02-2012 22:30:44 | More by Matty-K
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Chuggnutt

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Chocolate tan head. Dark brown, like coffee, opaque-ish with red highlights.

Smell: Coffee, roasted grain, bitter (black) malt, slightly smoky.

Taste: Nice¬óroasted, dark, rich. Slightly astringent (dry). Burnt coffee.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, with a slight puckering astringency. Lighter than expected.

Overall: Despite the brevity of my notes, I enjoyed it. It's a well-crafted example of the style; I wouldn't mind seeing it year-round, actually.

08-23-2007 18:33:34 | More by Chuggnutt
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wrycon

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Quite dark, with hints of brown on the edges. Interesting nose. Not much at first, but the malts and cloves appear with deeper inhalation. Deep, roasted coffee at the start, which turns roastier through the mid point, almost turning smoky. The back end turns bitter with the hops, with a spicy tinge. Want to say juniper, but it's hard to pin down.

Like It? Yes

11-05-2011 01:01:26 | More by wrycon
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kcc

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +21%

02-25-2014 04:05:01 | More by kcc
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Engibeer

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

Reviewed on 01/01/08 - Happy New Year!

Best by April 2008 from SA's Mixed Holiday Pack.

Pours a deep RICH dark red-brown with a lush toffee-colored head. Nice rings of lace.

Spicy hops and roasted malt on the tongue. Very nice! Chocolate and molasses. Excellent. A bit of bitterness and dryness in the finish.

Excellent drinkability. It really sweetens as it warms making it even more enjoyable.

01-07-2008 00:46:13 | More by Engibeer
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a nice deep brown, nearly black with hints of magenta as the light passes through. Nice tan head as well. Bitter chocolate roastiness, molasses..maybe a hint of citrus peel in the nose. Nice.

Big bitter chocolate malt upfront with some burnt, roasted grain notes and hints of spicy hops on the back of the palate. Hints of caramel and a touch of coffee. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel has a nice creamy aspect and good body. This is a nice porter that I could easily drink quite a few of. One of my fave Sam Adams offerings so far. I wouldn't mind seeing some six packs of this.

01-14-2005 00:54:35 | More by orbitalr0x
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markallmon

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

11-17-2012 22:18:30 | More by markallmon
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Samuel Adams Holiday Porter tastes a lot like what their Fezziwig would, if it didnt have the orange peel & other spices added.

This is a great looking beer - very dark. Smells of chocolate malt. The taste is mildly chocolatey, with roastiness in the finish. Nicely medium-to-full bodied. Like I said about the Fezziwig ale, it would be great if they sold the Holiday porter by itself, because this one is certainly capable of standing on its own.

This is a fine above average porter from Samuel Adams.

11-17-2005 00:51:44 | More by chOAKbarrell
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

A pretty decent beer. Very dark brown/black, with a cafe au lait head that retains well. A nice toffee aroma, with a little chocolate. Coffee/chocolate taste, some hops. Medium to thin mouthfeel. A nice porter, wish there more than two in the 12 pack.

11-26-2006 19:09:38 | More by lordofthewiens
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3HovsepiansBrews

California

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

A - A dark brown with a creamy tan head.

S - The nose is mostly the aroma of dark and roasted malts. There are some hints of coffee as well. Overall, though, it doesn't have a powerful aroma.

T - The sweetness from the malts hits you first. Then you will get some bitter coffee flavors and a hint of toastiness from the roasted malts that were used. These toasted flavors linger on the tongue long after the sip, which is very pleasant.

M - The head lasts for a while, which gives the beer a really nice creaminess. Additionally, the medium body also makes it feel really soft to the tongue.

D - Tasty, low abv, and a great mouthfeel make this easy to drink.

11-27-2010 15:58:57 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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warnerry

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

A - Pours black with at least three fingers of head. Leaves ome nice lacing.

S - Chocolate malt up front, and a bit of a sweet smell. Unfortunately the aromas a quite subdued, as what was there is pretty good.

T - Chocolate and roasted earthy malt. A bit of sweetness, but not overwhelming. Leaves a slight lingering earthy bitterness. Pretty good.

M - Pretty thin, which takes away from what this beer could be.

O - Pretty good, probably wouldn't have more than one in a sitting, especially with the other options available in the style.

12-23-2011 05:38:20 | More by warnerry
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BK2084

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

08-25-2012 03:05:15 | More by BK2084
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WuAnquo1

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-08-2012 22:31:52 | More by WuAnquo1
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Todd

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours near black with shimmering dark ruby hues. Think tan head, with a settling lace of ample stick and stay. Roasted malts, blackstrap molasses, subtle coffee, and chocolate. Wonderful complex roasted malt flavor. Burnt, molasses, pleasing acrid astringency, smooth light toffee character beneath, with some chocolate in the finish. A tasty Porter, and another curve ball beer from Boston Beer Co ... keep 'em coming.

02-04-2005 03:23:37 | More by Todd
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40451

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-19-2012 01:04:05 | More by 40451
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.28/5  rDev -38.7%

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a big fluffy tan head that retains well.

The aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee with some sweet cream and a little bit of dark fruits.

The flavor is bitter roasted chocolate with a big chalky metallic/acidic taste and a finish that is much more bitter (and metallic) than I expected. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, the flavor just didn't jibe with me - too metallic and bitter causing it to be unbalanced and not very appealing.

04-13-2005 05:44:41 | More by Beaver13
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Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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