Samuel Adams Holiday Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Darkmagus82:
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown colored beer with a huge tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention fading over time as the big bubbles within pop and in the end end leaving a good level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of roasted malt, chocolate, sweet caramel and some coffee aromas. Rounding out the smell is a light nut and spice aroma.
Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt and some chocolate up front. As the taste moves on, a coffee flavor develops more toward the middle of the taste. Along with the coffee is a lighter caramel taste. While these flavors all last, they are joined by some spice flavors more toward the end. Along with the spice, and complimenting them well, are some earthy and herbal hop flavors that when combined with the coffee and chocolate leave a pleasant spiced and roasty flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The creamier body is great for the roasted and dark flavors as well as for allowing the lighter hop and spice flavors to be detected nicely in the absence of a high carbonation.
Overall – A nice holiday take on a porter that is very smooth and drinkable with a nice light hop flavor. A great widely available winter brew.
Serving type: on-tap
12-08-2012 01:57:16 | More by Darkmagus82
More User Reviews:
3.69/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This beer is 3.5 years old...
Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy tan head that lingers.
Aroma is comprised of chocolate, raisins, prunes, and figs.
Oxidation has set in and done this brew some good. Notes of raisins, prunes, and plums emerge in the flavor. There's a touch of diacetyl. The chocolate malt backbone is still strong, with a lightly bitter finish. Nutty notes weave throughout. Floral hops accent the aftertaste.
Body is a touch full, with modest carbonation and light alcohol warmth.
Nice beer that has some shelf life. I'm sure the fruity notes are due to age.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 15:57:11 | More by barczar
Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,155 ratings.