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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

2,165 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,165
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 21
Gots: 55 | 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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-10-2012 14:26:28 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 4/2013.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and caramel. Taste is much the same with a mild herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 01:15:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-20-2011 18:09:41 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Almost completely opaque. Nose brings some dark chocolate and hints of coffee. A little bit of caramel as well. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and some very mild fruit. Medium body with good carbonation. Out of all the beers that can be purchased at nearly any grocery store in the winter, this one is probably my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 18:59:02 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of burnt malts, caramel and toffee in the nose along with some hints of coffee.
T: The taste is similar to the smell; it has initial hints of malty sweetness, notes of spices and finishes with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, relatively smooth and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink compared to other beers in the style because it isn’t that filling and doesn’t have that much bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 02:14:57 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown color with a beige head that leaves lots of lacing

Smell: Modest roasted notes; nutty, with a bit of dark fruit

Taste: Starts with a very rich roasted malt flavor that is joined by some nut skin in the middle; burnt almonds, chocolate and dark fruit complement the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice porter which would be welcome in my house any time of the year

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 01:30:49 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-26-2011 17:39:01 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes, part of the big sam adams tasting on xams day. we plowed through everyone we could find in the damn state! served cold and poured into a pint glass.

catches you off guard as it pours as black as a stout with a nice thin head of tan foam on top that really sticks around quite nicely for a god long while before settling back down to earth but leaving a good overall impression. aroma is ark roasted malts, hints of smoke, lots of cocoa and a touch of licorice? something a bit different as you dive inside, no matter we trudge on. smooth and creamy feel is well placed but it is missing that kick, that little extra that could seperate it from the crowd.

overall it was alrght. i had high hopes on the look, but it let me down a tad. what can you do.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:52:31 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light dry chocolate notes with medium roasted malt notes. Taste is a mix of roasted malt with dry bitter notes and some light black chocolate notes with some subtle floral notes form the Golding hops. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex porter put there but well brewed and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 17:12:08 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter variety pack -- part II. Pretty agressive brew with strong roots and plenty of charisma. Strong porter-like attributes throughout (chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, toast, and walnuts). All show up evenly in the look, smell, and taste. A swift kick of hops (English) give a big pine flavor and aroma; adds spiciness, dryness, and a Christmas tree, get-in-the-mood kind of flavor. Aggressively bittered and flavored, but not to dominate the malts and other Porter characters. Finishes sweet and bitter with a bit of a roasted grain / hop bite. A bit dry. Good porter though.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 02:07:19 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-09-2012 00:10:31 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a dark, dark brown with a small tan colored foam on top. There is some nice lacing on the glass as I enjoy this fine libation.

S: The primary aroma is roasted malt, but there are some mild chocolate and vanilla notes in there as well.

T: A fairly sweet beer for a porter. The roasted malt and coffee come through on the finish, but the initial tastes are chocolate and caramel.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Like most of the other Sam Adams beers, a very easy drinker. I wish it wasn't quite as sweet, but it's still a decent beer and easy to have a few of in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 07:13:41 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-01-2012 00:02:22 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a full, fluffy beige head.

Smell: Aroma comprised chiefly of dark malts with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and toasted dark caramel. Vague hint of sour fruits.

Taste: Pleasant array of flavors roll by the tongue - semi-sweet chocolate, dark caramel, burnt breadcrusts, and chocolate-covered coffee beans. Hint of tart fruitiness. No more than a light hop bitterness to pair with the mild roastiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good stuff! Unless the Old Fezziwig really wins me over I'd have to consider this to be my favorite of the Samuel Adams Winter Mix-Pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 23:11:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-21-2012 01:46:01 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-01-2013 22:26:52 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

01-18-2013 05:08:03 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep,rich brown with a fluffy mocha colored two finger head that settles very slowly leaving a nice sheet of lace behind,alot of nice aromas going on roasted nuts and vanilla stick out most to me with a hint of milk chocolate as well.Those roasted nuts are quite noticable in the flavors of this beer as well,along with that vanilla not overly sweet a good almost herbal-like dryness comes thru late.Quite flavorful and drinkable maybe a little different take on a porter with some different flavors going on,well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 23:47:42 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty solid porter, the color pours out as a deep brown color with a decent head in it. The body of this beer doesn't allow a whole lot of light through. The aromas of this beer are highly roasted and kind of warming. The mix of chocate in there too. I also thought I was picking up some type of Christmas berry aroma too. The taste is pretty good, the flavors of some light coffee and chocolate mix well together here and leave you wanting more. The
Mouthfeel is a little thick but not heavy either. Its worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 00:19:57 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Almost done with the Winter styles pack. This one pours a very dark clear garnet-brown topped by nearly a finger of light-ish ecru foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, buttery biscuits, caramel, toffee, rye bread, and a touch of cinnamon. The taste holds notes of chocolate, wheat, rye bread, nutmeg, cinnamon, and the always-there roasted malts. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a very nice porter, but somehow falls short of greatness. It's highly drinkable, but seems to lack a certain roastiness or darkness or warmth (something along these lines).

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 00:58:32 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the Winter Classics 12-pack.

A - Poured out a dark brown color with flecks of red. A small, tan head left no lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and a nice blending of hops.

T - It tasted of caramel and chocolate. It had an okay hop spiciness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied porter.

D - This is an okay brew. I had hoped it would be better.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 04:46:06 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool at cellar temperature, 58º. Into a narrow willibecher glass it pours smoothly, generating excess foam that settles after a couple minutes. Creamy texture, concentric sticky rings of lace around the sides. Retention lasts for the entire glass. Looks black until held to the light, then it has a scarlet copper glint to it.

Mellow dry sweetness of bittersweet chocolate. Pretty mild.

Earthy bitterness, dry roast, some unsweetened bakers chocolate and mellow coffee notes. Maybe a hint of dried cherry. The bitterness builds with bigger sips, leaving a nice dry coffeeish aftertaste. Smooth feel, light to medium bodied. Overall an enjoyable, versatile porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 00:21:47 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2011 00:49:10 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the holiday mixed 12 pack.

Appearance: Very dark but clear brown, nearly opaque in appearance except when thinned. Pours with a rich two finger tan head that leaves some sticky lace behind.

Smell: Big malty sweetness that brings to mind milk chocolate, carob and malt balls. Faint balancing noble hops, light roastiness.

Taste & mouthfeel: Malty up front, sweet but not overly rich. Tastes a bit like one of those chocolate-caramel candies. Faint acidity, medium-light in body. Great balance, an easy beer to session as it never overwhelms the palate. The finish is semi-dry and lightly oily, like a bite of dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 02:38:26 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost black, but not quite. Very dark mahogany. A gleaming band of orange-chestnut appears at the base. Creamy dark tan head. Very good head retention. Very nice lacing.
S: Buttery toffee and caramel. Notes of brown sugar and molasses. Superb! Quite welcoming.
T: The flavor is not as sweet as the nose suggests, but the buttery side remains. Lots of diacetyl in this one, but it works! Dull chocolate and mild yeasty fruitiness round it out. It's not particularly roasty, but there is an underside of burnt coffee that's nice. And an edge of scorched caramel. The bitterness is solid, but unobtrusive. It finishes dry with a dollop of butter that lingers along with some dark chocolate and a stiff bitterness.
M: Decidedly medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.
D: As a "holiday" porter this really works! The buttery aspect lends itself to festive activities. Of course, I've always enjoyed a touch of diacetyl within certain beers myself, so maybe I'm biased. But this just seems to fit right in at the Thanksgiving dinner table!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 16:20:58 | More by NeroFiddled
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Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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