Samuel Adams Holiday Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by rsgcwhite:
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Beautiful dark amber/brown pour into Sam Adams Glass with massive, lingering head. A downright stubborn head in fact- this is a near inch of head that shows no sign of leaving anytime soon. Fantastic.
A: Nutmeg and Hazelnut aromas add the strong roasted malt character. Perhaps some clove, other spices in subtle quantities for good measure.
T: Roasted Malts, slight hints of chocolate and winter spices, perhaps some caramelized sugar are some of the initial tastes on this brew. I was surprised at the character of this beer; this has an almost creamy initial taste followed by a fairly poignant hop bite after each sip. This isn't undesirable, but it does evoke an 'English Porter' (almost alike to Geary's, sans smokiness) more than an 'American Porter' finish. Perhaps the Dickensian Winter Scene on the bottle should have given that away.
But, Porter being a flexible and open-ended style, that's something we can let pass. I was expecting a smooth finish but was impressed by the beer's complex character. The splendid hop and malt balance combined with an end bite - reminding you to spend more time drinking this and pondering the nature of beer than merely consuming it.
I'd qualify this as somewhere between an American and English Porter - let's call it a Newfoundland Porter.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2010 02:54:46 | More by rsgcwhite
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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 2,163 ratings.