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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

2,194 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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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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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
Photo of xmasboy
4/5  rDev +7.5%

xmasboy, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev +7.5%

kayrex, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jstewart1130
4/5  rDev +7.5%

jstewart1130, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
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
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

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

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

mhaugo, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Chopman50
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
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +21%

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

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

mcorwin, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of swooshjtb
5/5  rDev +34.4%

swooshjtb, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +7.5%

kaelingirl, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of IlPostino
4/5  rDev +7.5%

IlPostino, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of airforbes1
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the last beer in the winter variety pack for me to review. I poured this beer a little aggressively and got a lot of head. Not that this is a bad thing. The aroma is roasty and smells somewhat bitter. For porter standards, that is.

The taste follows the nose; this beer seems to have a baker's chocolate influence. It reminds me of Rogue's chocolate stout, except with a little raspberry influence.

This beer adds further depth to the variety pack and is enjoyable. I don't know if I'd buy a six-pack of it if the BBC sold six packs of it, though.

airforbes1, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of BigCheese
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle out of the winter mix pack

A: Pours just under jet black, thin white-ish head, it lasts tho, and leaves some lacing more so than most SA brews.

S: Roasted coffee malts, german chocolate cake.

T: Chocolate covered cherries, mocha, coffee beans, not overly powering or dry. A wetter sweetness.

M: Better than most SA brews, nice carbonation and really chewy. Still pretty light and sessionable (see abv)

O: As a sam adams expert, lol, I'm gonna say this is their best brew, I would kill for a 6 pack of this. This straddles the line between stout and porter, if there even is a line to straddle. Whats most suprising is how sessionable it is, very hard to find with these flavors. Absolute must try for any fan of porters, stouts, christmas, america and chocolate.

BigCheese, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's nonic-style imperial pint glass. Body is clear black with (despite the aggressive pour) a very small tan head. Leaves some lace.

S: Roasted malt and something that seems a bit off, perhaps earthy. Touch of bakers chocolate or cocoa powder.

T: Roasted barley malt, cocoa powder and a finishing charcoal bitterness. Some dark fruits as it warms. This is solid, but lacking in "oomph" to bring the score up another notch. I'd like a bit more roastiness and stronger chocolate malt flavors. But again, I'm being demanding or picky. This isn't a bad porter at all.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest, adding a bit of prickliness to the feel.

O: Good stuff. Not a world-class porter, but it's a solid, easy-drinking porter.

Kendo, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass glass.

The beer is a dark chocolate black, almost like black licorice. The oatmeal colored head is frothy and foamy and takes a while to dissipate. Good sticky lacing.

The beer smells like roasted malts and cocoa powder. Faint notions of bitter coffee and vanilla.

Tastes of bitter chocolates at first. The chalky, cocoa powder taste is in the middle with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery, carbonated, dry.

Overall, this is a solid holiday-style porter. I do like the cocoa presence and the dry finish.

JuicesFlowing, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of sparx1100
4/5  rDev +7.5%

sparx1100, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of jh1982
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jh1982, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Nofear048
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Nofear048, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of BierStein711
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass three finger head

This is an example of the style that shines.

Jet black with a cola colored head.

Smell was of roasted malt and grassy hops.

Taste: was roasted and chocolaty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thick, but not too thick.

This is an excellent porter for a beginner or someone with an aversion to the style. If not available choose Founders.

BierStein711, Dec 03, 2011
Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,194 ratings.