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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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2,194 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,194
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 21
Gots: 72 | 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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1.9/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Nice 3/4 inch head; tannish. Heavy sticky lacing. dark, but more deep amber/red than black--sort of light for a porter.

Crisp, clean smell; a little malty.

Tastes too acrid and sour.

Mouthfeel is a bit weak for a porter--not much body at all. Also just feels ... thin? I can't think of a better way to describe it.

Not terribly drinkable. Too many negatives. Disappointing.

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, Sep 11, 2012
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2.1/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Another beer from the Sam Adams Holiday Classics 2011 Variety Pack

Served and consumed out of a bottle, hard to decifer look so not rated down or up for that.

The smell is harsh and I can not notice any of the "ingredients" that they say this is brewed with.

The initial taste was so harsh I almost spit it out, although it got better as I went it sitll did not get very good. I had a hard time finishing this beer.

The mouth feel is very bitter and dry, and just not my style. I will not be picking this up again ever, and probably wont finish the 2nd one in the variety pack. I think there are many better winter brews from Sam Adams such as Winter Lager.

hdf561, Jan 08, 2012
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2.1/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Holiday Porter

Pours deep dark amber into the glass and turns black. Held to the light the deep amber is visible. Pours an ok head that leaves lacing and leaves rather quickly. Another technically perfect sam adams beer but leaves me rather underwhelmed.

Light burnt malt, touch of vanilla. Pretty darn weak smelling.

A very funky porter. That should read "really english" tasting. The malt is caramel and chocolate and dominated by earthy hops. The beer never gets really sweet nor does it get really bitter. The flavors fight each other and the beer imo fails because of this. A bit more hops or a bit more sweetness could really work well here. Instead I have a funky dark looking beer. Ultimately the hops do over show the malt, but again these flavors do not mix.

This beer has a good amount of carbonation, moderate body, and is rather drinkable. The flavors make it less than enjoyable to drink.

I really like east kent hops in a great many beers. They simply do NOT work with this beer.

bobhits, Nov 20, 2010
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2.17/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Pours a dark brown/black with ruby highlights. The head is a 1 finger semi-soapy tan color that recedes in about 1 minute. some slight lacing coats the glass.

S- dark fruits (raisin, prune, some fig), anise, some chocolate malt. There's just to much spicy fruit here.. This isn't exactly a porter nose.

T- Starts out a bunch of dark fruit and spice then some super quick dry chocolate, then a bunch of anise, and a really off dry malt. The finish is quite odd as well. This is miles away form a porter.

M- Low carbonation is fine but the finish is pretty haggard

D- The brutal honest truth is that this was a terrible porter. I am truly glad that I got this bottle for free. Will never drink again.

Greggy, Dec 08, 2008
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2.2/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well at least this porter replaced the light beer from last year in the sample pack for x-mas! Though this is my least favorite porter I've ever tried. Very small head. The smell reminded me of two day old coffee. The faint hint of chocolate almost made this drinkable.
I like a porter, this one is just a bad example. I'll stick to Fullers,
Anchor,or Carnegie for a great version of a porter.

athensbeermaster, Dec 20, 2006
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Man, I've really not been impressed with this holiday mixer. I've tried them all at this point. They're just so bland!

Poured into a pint glass and allowed to warm. Dark brown, with a good deal of bubbling. Tan, foamy head that did last a while.

Smell was very mild apples and pears and a tiny bit of caramel. Not much to go on.

Taste was dissapointing as well, with just a little bittersweet bite, fairly astringent with some caramel, and a short finish. Not very complicated.

Mouthfeel was medium.

Drinkability not so high. I couldn't believe how little there was to this beer besides a bitter chocolate bite. Ok with PF Chang's Great Wall of Chocolate, but not enjoyable on its own.

fromage, Nov 19, 2005
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Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,194 ratings.