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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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2,204 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,204
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 24
Gots: 83 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Popp24, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

nsschwab, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of rodney45
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

100th beer review.
A: Very dark brown with a pillowy long lasting tan colored head.

S: Roasted dark patent malt and toasted barley with a smokey aroma. Slight caramel and chocolate notes.

T: Heavy strong malt flavors, with notes of espresso and coconut. Secondary notes are roasted walnut, and very faint vanilla. Finish is dry and bitter, with smokey notes.

M: Medium to full body, with a malto dextrine type thickness. Slightly astringent, with low carbonation.

O: A good example of a robust porter.

rodney45, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

guillemiro, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redoing this one because I wasn't happy with the first review I gave. Poured into a beer mug.

A: Has a very dark body, with streaks of dark red when held up to the light. The head is a one-finger mocha colored affair with average head retention, and it leaves little specks of spotty lacing on the glass.

S: The first thing I smell is a bit of roasted malt and some aromatic hops. Nothing outstanding, but it works.

T: At first sip, I don't seem to like the flavor profile, but it just works for some reason. The opening has a combination of roasted malts and coffee, while the finish retains the coffee and replaces the malty note with a pleasant hit of bitter English hops. There is a weird, vegetal aftertaste that I get from it, which is slightly off-putting, but hardly a deal breaker.

M: Creamy and medium-bodied, about right where a porter should be, along with a fair amount of carbonation. The dry finish seems to exacerbate the aforementioned vegetal aftertaste, however.

O: A classic case of the whole being more than the sum of the parts. At first, I thought I didn't like it too much, but it kept becoming more enjoyable the more I drank it...aftertaste aside, this was a pretty damn enjoyable brew. Would I buy it if I saw it in a six-pack? It wouldn't be my first choice, but I would. It's a porter that really grows on you.

ThisWangsChung, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Anew, Dec 08, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

allstar255, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

tedho21, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Otisimaas, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Swim424
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into terrapin cask glass

A-It has been sitting here untouched about ten minutes. The head is still there. Appears black until looking at a light through then its a dark ruby red.

S-Smell some chocolate, maybe some light oatmeat. pretty light scent. nothing is really jumping out at me

T-hoppier than expected. A bit of weak cocoa and oatmeal upfront finishing with a floral hop bite. Weird mix but enjoyable.

MF-fairly thick and creamy. Very good aftertaste.

O-overall this is pretty good. Weird mix but it works. I wouldn't mind having this again.

Swim424, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

xmasboy, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

kayrex, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

jstewart1130, Dec 06, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass stein. Black with only the shortest tan head.

Smells like caramel, roasted and burnt (little bit) malt, and a little nutty.

The burnt malt comes through big on the taste, followed closely by the roasted malt, then a sweet bit of caramel, almost honey type sweetness, ends with a mild bitterness.

Medium body, moderate to high carbonation and crisp texture.

The taste is strong here, disappointed by the appearance with practically no head and the mouthfeel seems just like their Boston Lager. Still a descent enough drink.

Fatehunter, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

codon2004, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

SouthernBuckeye, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

mhaugo, Dec 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Chopman50, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black with a light brown ring at the top. 1/8 inch tan foamy head and no retention

Smell: Cocoa nibs greet you right away and it's quite nice and oh yeah that's it

Taste: Some light roasted malt upfront with just a touch of coffee and cocoa nibs

Mouthfeel: A bit to thin and mildly carbonated

Overall: It's a nice cheap good winter beer

DarthKostrizer, Dec 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

mcorwin, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

swooshjtb, Dec 04, 2011
Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,204 ratings.