1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Samuel Adams Holiday Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Holiday PorterSamuel Adams Holiday Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.

2,231 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,231
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 41
Gots: 114 | 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:
Beer added by: DFN on 10-17-2004

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (114) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 2,231 | Reviews: 1,136
Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- dark brown, near black. 1 finger light tan head with lacing that remains.

S- dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits

T- roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, pine bitterness.

M- medium body. Creamy, easy drinking

O- solid porter, nice balance of roast, vanilla, and bitterness.

Photo of oneturbucfan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

A: Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head that produces a thick, imposing layer of clinging, sticky lace.

S: Aromas of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and coffee are present on the nose. The smell is straight-forward and simple, but also very inviting.

T: Notes of molasses, dark chocolate, heavy cream, roasted malts, leather, coffee, and bitter, earthy English ale hops. The finish is toasty, earthy, and bitter with leathery hop, coffee, and dark chocolate flavors coming through loud and clear.

M: Medium bodied, firm, and dry. Carbonation is tingly and crisp. Very drinkable.

O: This is a nice porter that displays a respectable balance of malt and hop flavors. Though I'm not generally a fan of heavily hopped porters and stouts, I have to concede that this is a pleasant surprise. It's worth buying the Samuel Adams Holiday Gift Pack just for this and Old Fezziwig Ale.

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of EROCK75
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Appearance: Dark brown in color with reddish hues just like a porter should be, it is topped with a thin layer of tan colored head.
Smell: It smells of malt and hints of roasted notes they are faint but present.
Taste: There is a bitterness that hits my tongue first that quickly fades to just malt flavor it isn’t a sweet malt but it’s just a malt presents.
Mouthfeel: It maybe a bit on the thin side but it isn’t bad due to bitterness that first hits the tongue.

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

A- Dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. 1 finger tan color head. Some nice cling on the sides of the glass.

S- roasted caramel and chocolate malts with a touch of dark fruits.

T- nice malty flavor with the chocolate up front and the caramel coming through on the finish. Not alot of hoppiness to it. just a touch of bitter on the finish.

M- Smooth, a bit watery, but very clean.

O- easy to drink with an overall good flavor. Could use more body to it.

Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of nsschwab
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of rodney45
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of guillemiro
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Photo of Anew
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of allstar255
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Otisimaas
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Swim424
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of xmasboy
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jstewart1130
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SouthernBuckeye
4/5  rDev +7.5%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,231 ratings.