Samuel Adams Holiday Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by TucsonTom:
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bottomline: Nothing real special, but still a solid porter. If you are looking for holiday spicing in a porter, this is NOT your beer, but Sam Adams makes no such claim. They do succeed, though, in coming up with a porter in the English tradition. (Their use of flaked oats does give the beer and look and mouthfeel of a rich dark hot chocolate, which I guess makes it Holiday-like to some extent.)
A: At 55 SRM, it's really black, with a light tan head that disipates to little lacing. Looks like hot dark chocolate.
S: When first cold, there is some roastiness balanced with hops. But the hops take over the nose as it warms up. The Sam Adams website says they dry-hop this beer with Goldings "to give an even more pronounced British hop character in both aroma and flavor." Perhaps this is why English hops dominate the nose as the beer warms.
T: Toasty roastiness does come through well in the taste and holds up to the hops throughout the tasting. The beginning sweatness loses out over time to the balance of roastiness and hops.
M: Rich, and sits nicely, covering the mouth well. This very nice feel may come from the flaked oats, which the Sam Adams website says "is added to help round off any roughness from the highly roasted malts and add a touch of silkiness to the finish."
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2011 01:19:21 | More by TucsonTom
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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.