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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

2,153 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,153
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 51 | 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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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-25-2011 13:53:09 | More by nh2032
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joelBfrasier

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-25-2011 04:25:38 | More by joelBfrasier
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-25-2011 04:22:45 | More by rab53
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-25-2011 01:10:27 | More by mdillon86
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ctfixer

Georgia

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass right now.

A: Poured a dark ruby brown with a large fluffy beige head capping it and with very sticky lacing.

S: Subtle hops , malt, and very faint toffee aromas.

T: Started with a burned sweetness, malty and rich.
Middle is a tad bitter with slight hop and malt/ Finishes smooth with just a hint of dark chocolate.

M: Creamy smooth and chewy, the bitter and sweet playing nicely with each other in my mouth.

O: A nice change from Sam's lagers, this porter is complex and drinkable at the same time. I could have two for sure. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 23:08:17 | More by ctfixer
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JimKal

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.4%

11-24-2011 13:39:57 | More by JimKal
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cheers2u2

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +34.4%

11-24-2011 07:33:51 | More by cheers2u2
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thain709

Pennsylvania

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

A - Poured a dark ruby-brown body with a two finger, tan head...the head stuck around for a while and left some patchy lacing

S - The first thing I pick up is citrusy hops...they do subside but there is still an earthy/herbal hop presence throughout...creamy vanilla and roasted chocolate emerge as the beer warms

T - Again, the hops jump out first and provide a fruit flavor that I wasn't expecting...the fruit flavor is bright, sweet, and slightly bitter...the dark fruits I was expecting are not present...this quality slowly subsides as the beer warms...there is a vanilla sweetness in the middle of the beer...the chocolate really comes out towards the finish and it lingers throughout the finish

M - Medium bodied...smooth...lingering roasted chocolate

O - This isn't the porter I was expecting...there was an awful lot of hop presence that made me think of a Black IPA...tone down the hops and focus on that chocolate roast flavor and this porter would be pretty good

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 21:04:01 | More by thain709
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

11-23-2011 19:55:40 | More by mmcnaughton
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kojevergas

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high; this is me favourite style.

A: Pours a five finger head of nice pleasant appealing cream, good thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is only average. Colour is a nontransparent dark brown. It's littered with bubbles, indicating potential overcarbonation.

Sm: Heavy nuts, cream, light caramel, and vanilla. Moderate in strength. Generally appealing.

T: Heavier caramel than expected, which is a bad thing. Some nice cream is put to the side by the strangely out of place chocolate. The problem is the foundation, which I assert is munich malted barley. Munich aids the drinkability, but this is a porter, not a festbier. They need to pick a more suitable foundation; this the beer's main flaw. It's fairly complex but a touch over-hopped for a porter. Overall, it's badly balanced and strangely built; it lacks a clear focus or direction in terms of style - which doesn't work for this beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not creamy enough. Too thick for the flavour. It doesn't really complement the beer, but it does suit the style.

Dr: It's drinkable, but forgettable. Munich malt was a flat out bad choice. It doesn't feel like a proper porter, but it drinks like one. I won't be getting it again, but I'd happily try it on draught. Normally I find their seasonals to be better than the Boston lager, but this is an exception.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 05:30:13 | More by kojevergas
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SMM0606

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-23-2011 01:03:47 | More by SMM0606
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-22-2011 18:34:18 | More by Rochefort10nh
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scootercrabb

Illinois

5/5  rDev +34.4%

11-22-2011 18:17:24 | More by scootercrabb
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LucienDeRubempre

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-22-2011 06:05:50 | More by LucienDeRubempre
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fatmcb1

Texas

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

Pours out black with brown edges. A creamy, tan one finger head leaves lacing all along the glass.

Very sweet malt, coffee, and a touch of chocolate hit the nose first. There is also a small bit of dark fruit and hop.

Taste is one dimensional. Sweet malt, sugary, and lots of roasted coffee. Not much else going on here. Aftertaste is somewhat strong.

Mouthfeel is medium with a rich, creamy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 01:42:10 | More by fatmcb1
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown, nice 2 inch head, lots of lacing.

Smell - Malts, some coffee, chocolate, light dark fruit aroma. Not alot of smell actually.

Taste - Not what i was expecting for a porter. Lots of grainy/grassy hops mixed with fair amount of coffee and chocolate. Its pretty bitter with the coffee and hop mix. The spices add a wood-like taste. There is carmal, some added molasses and roasted malts, but all are masked under the bitter hop presence.

Mouthfeel - Really bitter and hoppy. Tounge gets hops, roasted malts, semi sweet chocolate and sugars. Palette gets remaining hops, malts, some dark fruits and spices. Aftertaste is bitter.

Overall - At times its hard to tell this is a porter. COuld be a spiced up winter warmer or even a dark english ale. Too bitter for its own good. All the typical porter flavors are masked a bit too much, and it takes away. Worth a drink but something i dont care to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 01:06:38 | More by wvsabbath
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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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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-22-2011 00:03:02 | More by PittBeerGirl
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-22-2011 00:02:43 | More by RoryOMoore
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stxSS07

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.4%

11-21-2011 07:12:08 | More by stxSS07
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cfinch2

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-21-2011 05:49:25 | More by cfinch2
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Skye1024

Indiana

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-21-2011 04:02:21 | More by Skye1024
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-21-2011 02:03:21 | More by PEIhop
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sloejams

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-20-2011 22:58:01 | More by sloejams
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-20-2011 22:21:36 | More by ZacharyJ
Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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