Samuel Adams Holiday Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by JohnL9013:
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2009 15:06:48 | More by JohnL9013
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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 2,160 ratings.