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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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BA SCORE
84
good

2,160 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,160
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 21
Gots: 54 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DFN on 10-17-2004)
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TucsonTom

Arizona

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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Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,160 ratings.