Samuel Adams Holiday Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.6/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Redoing this one because I wasn't happy with the first review I gave. Poured into a beer mug.
A: Has a very dark body, with streaks of dark red when held up to the light. The head is a one-finger mocha colored affair with average head retention, and it leaves little specks of spotty lacing on the glass.
S: The first thing I smell is a bit of roasted malt and some aromatic hops. Nothing outstanding, but it works.
T: At first sip, I don't seem to like the flavor profile, but it just works for some reason. The opening has a combination of roasted malts and coffee, while the finish retains the coffee and replaces the malty note with a pleasant hit of bitter English hops. There is a weird, vegetal aftertaste that I get from it, which is slightly off-putting, but hardly a deal breaker.
M: Creamy and medium-bodied, about right where a porter should be, along with a fair amount of carbonation. The dry finish seems to exacerbate the aforementioned vegetal aftertaste, however.
O: A classic case of the whole being more than the sum of the parts. At first, I thought I didn't like it too much, but it kept becoming more enjoyable the more I drank it...aftertaste aside, this was a pretty damn enjoyable brew. Would I buy it if I saw it in a six-pack? It wouldn't be my first choice, but I would. It's a porter that really grows on you.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2011 00:36:21 | More by ThisWangsChung
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