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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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1,154 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,154
Hads: 2,293
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 52
Gots: 168 | 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:
Beer added by: DFN on 10-17-2004

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by MadeInOregon:
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4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW, lots of reviews on this one. Guess this will serve as yet another drop in the bucket...

Samuel Adams Holiday Porter was the last beer I had left from my "Winter Classics" 12-pack. Once again, I was impressed by Boston Beer Company. This beer was well done, like most of the others in this case.

The Holiday Porter has a huge, thick, sea foam head of over 1". It is a nice light khaki color and is impressive. The body is extremely dark brown and might as well be called black.

THE SMELL is roasted barley and hops with milk chocolate cocoa powder aromas.

THE TASTE goes from yeast + chocolate -> coffee -> hops.

THE FEEL is very good with a full body and a nice dry and bitter finish.

Holiday Porter is described as a "hearty porter" on the label and in this way it is very accurate. I love when beer labels don't lie. This is a solid porter. Boston Beer Co. should make this year-round. That's my only complaint. Why call it a "Holiday" porter? This shouldn't be a seasonal. It's just a good porter. Make it year round, guys!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of tohe9384
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of J2L
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Matty-K
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Chuggnutt
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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

Taste: Nice—roasted, 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.

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Photo of wrycon
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of kcc
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Engibeer
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BK2084
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of WuAnquo1
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Todd
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of 40451
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Beaver13
2.38/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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