Samuel Adams Holiday Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by JohnL9013:
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
This is, flat-out, one of the best beers I've ever had from Sam Adams. I got it as part of the winter 12-pack.
A: Pours black with a gigantic, frothy, brown head and plenty of lacing.
S: Wow, huge nose on this bad boy. Mostly bittering hops and dark roasted malts with coffee and caramel in between. As I write this, I can still smell this beer, like it's adhered to my nostrils.
T: I didn't really know what kind of beer this was at first because I'm just not familiar with porters at all, but I would liken this to a stout, but much more balanced. If you've had Guiness Extra Stout, this is actually somewhat similar, except there's less biterness and a whole lot more flavor. There's coffee, molasses, roasted malts, sweet caramel like I said, and almost like there's some spices and honey in there too. It's not crazy, but it's balanced as heck, which is why I gave this SA beer a 4.0 for taste. This is probably the best mass-market beer on the shelves right now.
M: You can take your time tasting it but some carbonation will get in the way.
D: I wouldn't drink more than one of these in a night because it's somewhat intense.
Sam Adams has cobbled together an interesting 12-pack this season, with the Honey Porter and Old Fezziwig Ale clearly showcasing the fact that Sam's is very capable of brewing good beer. The Winter Lager was a little dumbed down this year, more like a modified Boston Lager (which they threw in to take up space), and then scraping the bottom we have Coastal Wheat (awful) and Cranberry Lambic (blech). Sam's just continues to confuse me in this regard but I'll take what I can get because this stuff can be picked up in any grocery store in my area, thus, I can recommend it to anyone.
12-06-2009 15:06:48 | More by JohnL9013
More User Reviews:
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
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.
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
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: Niceroasted, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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