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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

2,160 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,160
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 21
Gots: 54 | 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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Groomsy

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Winter Variety pack poured into pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours out what looks like an almost black color, but it's actually a very deep brown with some hints of ruby. It's a rather opaque beer. There's a 1-finger off-white/tan head that sticks around for most of the glass and leaves some impressive web-like lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Much like other seasonals from Samuel Adams, the aroma is rich with caramel malts and robust sweetness. Unlike the Winter Lager, though, this beer also boasts a certain roasted character and a hint of chocolate with some spices thrown in as well. A slight hint of fresh, earthy hops is in there as well. Still a little on the weak side, but good.

Taste: I loved it automatically. Lots of caramel and toffee to start out, leading to a chocolate-like sweetness. Some nice hops finish out the palate along with another set of roasted/burnt malts, giving the beer a very smoky flavor as well. Very good balance here. The spices also add a nice touch and there's a slightly bread-like flavor which emerges as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, robust. Not overwhelming, but this beer shows its authority. Goes down very smooth with some prickly carbonation which enhances some of the spice character.

Drinkability: Even for its winter weight and thickness, this beer is extremely drinkable and enjoyable. I wish so badly that this came in sixers during the winter months, this is truly a fantastic offering from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 05:14:46 | More by Groomsy
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Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,160 ratings.