Samuel Adams Holiday Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.35/5 rDev -9.9%
I love porters, perhaps my favourite type of beer after IPA's. This beer however, as I drink it now is a little disappointing. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but i got it in the Winter Classics pack. April 08 notched on the bottle.
A: a nice porter black, however the head was VERY disappointing, only about 2-3 mm of head, with a decently rough pour. Non-existant lacing was surprising.
S: the smell was acceptable, a typical porter smell of chocolate and spices, a small amount of tasty malt.
T: this beer makes up for the first downfall with a decent taste. Nice chocolate and winter flavours make it dance a little on the tounge. is not offensive
M: Again, disappointing, it feels overly carbonated for a porter, and rather thin.
D: with only 5.8abv its easily sessionable but i'd rather have a better porter.
I like the boston beer company for what they do for craft beer, sometimes they really pull through, their seasonal beers are some of my favourite sessions easily available at typical college bars. However if i had a choice betweent his and Sierra Nevada porter it wouldn't even be close. I would definately try it again because I feel like i got a bad bottle
12-12-2007 04:18:12 | More by onthefarside
3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
Bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A- It poured a deep red-black with a thin brownish head that quickly became a lace that left behind some nice sticking.
S- The aroma was a lighter combination of chocolate mixed with a little sweet raisin.
T- Mostly bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors.
M- Solid mouthfeel. It had a slight hop tingle.
D- It was a smooth beer. I could drink more than one in a sitting.
Overall- A decent representation of the style. It didn't push any boundries, but would be a great one for anybody that wants to give porters a shot to try. It's one of my favorites from the Winter mixpack.
12-11-2007 22:10:58 | More by GRPunk
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
(Served in a S.A. Boston Lager glass)
A- This beer has a jet black body with a lumpy tan head that fades to a thin film before breaking apart. There is a faint hint of auburn glowing through the base of the glass. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass.
S- This beer has a light earthy chocolate malt nose with a slight tart oat hint and a cream finish.
T- The taste of chocolate malt has a slight tootsie roll quality to it with some darker roasted malt flavors in the background. There is cola note after the malt with a slight tartness fading to a very light hint of green herbal hops.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light creamy texture and a clean finish.
D- Although this beer does have some depth it doesn't really have the nice roasted qualities I like in a porter. The chocolate malt doesn't have that nice freshness to it either.
12-10-2007 21:40:49 | More by rhoadsrage
3.15/5 rDev -15.3%
A - Very dark mahogany brown, mostly opaque. Medium-dark eggshell white head fades to thick patches. Good lacing, patches of varying sizes.
S - Light aroma of toasted malts, some coffee, a little sweetness. Jim Koch sticks his whole nose in the glass cause thats the only way he can smell his beer.
T - Taste starts out with a light bittery bite and some noticeable bready maltiness. Finish leaves a good toasted maltiness, with barely noticeable coffee undertones. Not much happens in between sipping and swallowing.
M - Light mouthfeel, like most SA beers, with just a tad too much carbonation.
D - Nothing really outstanding here. Just filler in the holiday mixpack.
12-10-2007 03:14:36 | More by umustdrink
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass
A: Deep brown-black with thin tan head
S: Chocolate, coffee, and toasted malt aromas
T: Delicious burned malt and molasses flavor with a touch of acrid astringency that is not over the top or unpleasant. Sweet caramel and coffee flavors are there to enjoy.
M: A good mix of astringency with smoothness. Very pleasant coffee and molasses aftertaste.
D: A really nice offering without the over-the-top acrid, bitter qualities that sometimes turn me off to porters.
12-09-2007 01:45:21 | More by argock
3.25/5 rDev -12.6%
Purchased recently in the Sam Adam's mixed winter twelve pack. Good till May 2008, 5.8% abv, and features a great old world winter scene.
Sam's Holiday Porter pours a dark ruby red mahogany with a creamy coffee colored head into my imperial pint glass. The head recedes to a thin covering. Decent lacing left, too.
Smells of roasted malt, coffee, dash of diacetyl and loads of chocolate. Not much else to speak of, but pleasant nonetheless.
Tastes of roasted malts and sugar ladened coffee. Roasted qualities are overwhelmed only by an unusual amount of diacetyl. While not out of place it is too much for me to handle. Chocolate that was in the nose seems to have been tossed out the window.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Drinkability is a bit low due to the diacetyl all over the place. Okay, but not Sam's best.
12-09-2007 00:33:06 | More by Jmamay22
4.72/5 rDev +26.9%
Came in winter release verity pack from UFS.
It poured very dark in my large tulip shaped beer glass with a small off white creamy head. I could not see through it holding up to the light. This is my first porter.
It smelled of chocolate malt and cream. Very subtle hop smell and not hint of alcohol.
I really like the taste of this stuff and it felt very good savoring it in my mouth. Nice lacing all the way to the bottom.
There is some carbonation but I think there is just enough.
This being my first porter Im looking forward to trying more. I would love to brew my own or get as close as possible.
12-08-2007 20:13:35 | More by quad07
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Appearance: Dark porter with a good 2+ finger head after a hard pour. The creamy tan head lasts a good while.
Smell: Coffee, malt, chocolate, and caramel. Very good things to smell in you porter.
Taste: Sweet almost fruity flavor up front. You also get the malty chocolate that was present in the nose in the middle, and then the semi-sweetness is back along with a small hoppy flavor.
Mouthfeel: Decent thickness. Coats the mouth well and leaves a pleasant taste behind.
Drinkability: Quite high. I am usually disappointed by many of the Porters that I try, but this one is surprisingly good. Not big on the ABV, so you can do several if you like. Nice beer for a cold evening.
12-08-2007 02:27:16 | More by hellcatsjg
4.58/5 rDev +23.1%
A. Good Head and Lacing that stays for quite a while. Very dark with a little light showing through. Beautiful!
S. Good Smooth light hops with light chocolate and coffee.
T. Oh so wonderful Hops with dark Malty goodness.
M. Smooth with thick film that hangs along for the ride.
D. Great powerful Hops makes for a brew that I would love with a Steak or Roast.
12-07-2007 03:53:40 | More by flatblack80
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours out a deep ruby brown with a small beige head which leaves creamy, thick lacing on the glass. Smell is a mix of coffee, molasses and anise, along with earthy and floral hops. Anise comes out a bit much aside from the other flavors, however, there is a significant hop presence giving some nice English hop flavors. Finishes a bit dry ans with a roasty lingering effect. Mouthfeel is solid in weight, but a little spritzy for my taste. Overall, this is a solid porter.
12-07-2007 03:22:50 | More by goochpunch
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.
A - Nice dark brown with a thick head.
S - Sweet, nutty and chocolatey.
T - Rich, sweet with a bitter finish, roasted coffee and chocolate flavors.
M - Medium body with a good carbonation.
D - Good beer to kick back and enjoy.
12-06-2007 04:17:50 | More by jeffmonarch
3.53/5 rDev -5.1%
Obtained this brew as part of the "Winter Classics" collection. Pours a deep brown color, with 1 1/2 finger thick tan head, that settles. Smell is slightly toasted malt, some very faint grape style sweetness. Very subdued aroma. Flavor has many woodsy notes, very faint coffee. Can also definetly taste the european hops used. Mouthfeel is very coating and smooth. some slight astringency, along with a slightly moist finish. Fairly solid beer. Im glad I have a few more of these.
12-05-2007 06:12:03 | More by BigJTrucker
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
Small capped bottle pured into a pint, producing a very dark, almost impenetrable if not for a faint reddish highlights, and a nice creamy coffee and milk colored head that goes down but leaves a collar all the way down.
Aroma is quite pleasant, but not as powerful as I like, toffee and caramel, but none of the usual coffee. Interesting and pleasant, if not "strong".
It is medium on the palate, but the carbonation gives enough bite. Taste is quite peculiar for the style, it is buttery, somewhat sweet with a fruity bitterness that is very different than the usual roasted, bittersweet chocolate and/or coffee, of which there is very little here. Some diacetyl/buttery notes here feel a little off.
Different, interesting, but did not really go well for me.
12-04-2007 03:25:34 | More by brdc
4.13/5 rDev +11%
Bottle dumps a dark coffee colored body with an almond head that retreats to a ring of foam. Good carbonation, however. The Holiday Porter gives off an intricate aroma, with almost too many notes to count: chocolate, cinnamon, plum, raisin, dark bread, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar.
Great taste on this porter: roasted & coffee malts, burnt chocolate, caramel, plum, fig, and a bit of spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a lingering, bitter chocolate finish. Drinkability is good. While this isn't the best porter I've ever tasted, it's definately a complex and tasty one. I'll be having it again next year for sure.
12-03-2007 05:26:41 | More by wagenvolks
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured into a nonic from a 12 oz. bottle, the Holiday Porter is a very dark ruby with a large tan head, which quickly subsides to a thick skim, leaving heavy lace.
Smell is restrained, sweet malt, chocolate and caramel, and a bit of floral hops. Spot on porter.
Taste is not nearly as sweet, a bit of roastiness to it pushes it very close to stout territory, but with just enough caramel sweetness to keep it a porter. Nice touch of floral English hop flavor. Acrid, lingering finish on the drier side. I really like this style of porter, not a syrupy sugar bomb, but a little heft to it. Almost like a lower ABV export stout.
Mouthfeel has a slight slickness to it, well carbonated and medium bodied.
Drinkability is pretty good. Some porters are just too sweet to session, even if I really like the taste. This one is well balanced, and light enough I could probably really throw some of these back.
12-03-2007 02:02:44 | More by ccrida
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Appearance: Dark brown brew with a tan head.
Smell: Hearty malt, chocolate, coffee.
Taste: Good complex malt presence. Different malt flavors clash and intertwine throughout the taste process.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Dry finish.
Drinkability: Tasty porter. The malt flavors provide an interesting challenge to the drinker.
12-01-2007 05:48:45 | More by SargeC
4.33/5 rDev +16.4%
pours not quite black in color with a one inch tan head that fades to just cover the beer and a fair amount of lace. slightly burnt roasted malt, coffee, dark toffee in the nose. taste same as nose carrying from the beginning through to the finish with that slightly burnt taste. mouthfeel light, smooth, carbonation ok. drinkability is very good wish i had more.
12-01-2007 04:31:32 | More by billybob
4.47/5 rDev +20.2%
This is my first beer from the Sam Adams Winter Sampler I bought.
Poured a nice dark brown, almost black color.
The pour released a lot of aroma from toasted malt, toffee, and maybe a little caramel.
Flavor is excellent. Roasted malts, coffee, caramel, a little bit of chocolate. Very creamy.
Smooth mouth feel. Not a lot of carbonation. Creamy feeling.
Very drinkable brew. Lots of roasted malty sweetness that is balanced well. There's just enough of the good stuff to make you want more of it, so you're tempted to chug, but it's not very light, so you can't, which is good, because this should be consumed slowly and savored.
This is great stuff. I only have one left in my sampler pack. :-( I love these Winter Sampler packs. My only complaint is I can't buy the beers I REALLY like in 6 packs. (Not that I dislike any of the other brews, but I can Boston Lager anytime I want)
This is really good. If you're sharing this pack with friends, give them the Boston Lager (one of my favorites, but you can get it anytime) and save this one for yourself.
12-01-2007 04:12:10 | More by Deus1138
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
This beer pours very dark, darker even that other porters. I can't see any light through this. It also has a lovely light brown head that's about an inch thick after settling.
It smells lightly of roasted malt and a bit of tannin.
The taste is pure porter: Roasted grain and coffee flavors mix with a light sweetness and creaminess.
The body is glassy smooth and creamy.
This is a fine porter, one of the most consistent styles.
11-30-2007 06:46:58 | More by Shaw
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
This beer was poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 48º into a wine glass. A nice one finger light beige foamy head resulted and lasted for two to three minutes leaving behind some Brussels lace. The beer was a chocolate brown and appeared to be creamy.
I detected aromas of chocolate, roasted malt and slight caramel.
The taste was slightly bitter and acidic to start. It smoothed out some with the malt taste starting to come through as it sat longer in the glass.
This beer was very comfortable and I would characterize as a nice introductory porter. I do not detect a heck of a lot going on here but it is very acceptable.
I could have used a fireplace and consumed this a little later in the evening to see if that enhanced the experience. I would classify this as a middle of the road porter that is well worth the effort.
11-27-2007 23:17:39 | More by SMark
4.13/5 rDev +11%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with slight hues of raspberry chocolate. Huge, rocky, tan colored head with tons and tons of lacing. Very nice appearance.
Aroma is very malty with minimal roastiness. Smells more like a Double bock. Caramel, slight chocolate, no hop aroma. Sweet and slightly fruity.
Fruity and chocolatey on the tongue. Fairly complex. Fruitiness hits the palate first, followed by dark fruits, and ends with a nice roasted malt flavor. Coffee flavors linger on the tongue. A bit sweet overall but a nice departure.
Medium bodied and finishes slightly dry. The fruitiness and coffee really linger with this one. A very nice beer from SA. I assume this is available only in the holiday mixer around this time of year. A solid offering.
11-27-2007 22:19:47 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.15/5 rDev -15.3%
Appearance: Dark brown with nice tall head.
Smell: Roasted malt and floral hops.
Taste: Sweet roasted malt with the flavor of espresso. Medium hops bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with a crisp finish.
Drinkability: A very good porter although I would prefer a little less hops bitterness.
11-27-2007 01:31:43 | More by rohrbachsfan
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured from Winter Mix pack into a Saranac pint glass.
A: Pours a deep coffee color with red highlights when held to the light. A rich one finger head of dense foam settled on the brew.
S: Smells like burnt chocolate, roasted in a charcoal grill or something. There's a nice level of sweetness in the nose.
T: A velvety blend of roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa, sugary molasses, and mild toffee notes. A little too sweet for a porter perhaps, but still very good.
M: Mouthfeel is thick and robust. The finish is very clean, and surprisingly, some hops jumped out of the mix in the mouthfeel and finish.
D: Another rich holiday brew that could be easily had in pairs, but on separate occasions. Great taste and highly quaffable.
A great addition to this mix pack and the SA fleet of award winning beers. I prefer this to the Honey Porter, because of it's burnt chocolate taste and aroma that goes better with a roaring fire.
11-26-2007 00:33:21 | More by Gambrinus1184
4/5 rDev +7.5%
A: The beer came in a dark brown color. The beer had a little head, but nothing to much.
S: The smell is full of some dark chocolate and a light sense of coffee.
T: The taste had a light taste of dark chocolate and coffee.
M: The mouthfeel is fine, light in the mouth and smooth going in.
D: The beer is extremely drinkable.
11-25-2007 23:09:47 | More by spiffysamurai
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
11-24-2007 23:11:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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