Samuel Adams Holiday Porter
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Holiday PorterSamuel Adams Holiday Porter
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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #894
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,511
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 12.3%
Reviews:
1,214
Ratings:
2,568
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
84
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love a good porter during the cold Winter months and this treat from the Sam Adams holiday pack definitely warmed me up on New Year's Eve. It poured into a dark brown color with a great frothy white head. I really couldn't pick up much of a scent, but upon my first sip I was hit with strong chocolate and coffee flavors that seriously put you in the holiday spirit. A smooth drinking beer that went down extremely well. Just don't have champagne afterwards! Cheers!

Jan 05, 2021
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dkoehler42 from New York

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A new year, and a new beer. This is Sam Adams' holiday porter. It pours a dark amber with a whitish head. There are notes of roasted malts on the nose. The body and taste of a full body porter are trying to be there, but I'd like a little more oomph. So far this is the best of the Holiday Classics pack for 2020. I feel like I enjoyed the prior iterations of this porter more than this year, but it could be the artwork.

Jan 02, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 24-pack $26.99 Costco
5 months before April notch date.
Smell of chocolate and coffee during intial pour, but fades fast
Dark black color
Heavy-medium mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Some coffee , light chocolate flavors. A little cola taste.
Overall an ok beer. Not as rich in flavor as you would expect. Wouldn't buy this alone.

Nov 30, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great on the pour -- cloudy, dark brown with big beige head and lots of lace. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and slight smoke. Taste is fine -- coffee, slight chocolate, nutty....good but not great. Mouthfeel is the same. Agree with previous poster....clean, decent, boring.....

Nov 29, 2020
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Skywave from Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Dark Brown, clear, with beige head.

Aroma:
Coffee, chocolate and a bit of smoke and caramel.

Flavor:
Coffee, chocolate, a touch of nuttiness, nondescript hop bitterness

Mouthfeel:
Medium, Nominal CO2, no harshness

Overall:
A clean, decent but boring porter.

Nov 04, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks: Extremely dark chocolate brown. Slightly over 1 finger of khaki head with very long retention.

Smell: Roast coffee and dark chocolate are attempting to come out, but there's a distinct whiff of chlorinated pool.

Taste: Deep roast coffee malts, dark chocolate, and a small earthy hop note. Bitterness is brief.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, with high carbonation.

Overall: Apart from the disconcerting smell, this is a fine porter.

Jun 08, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a 1/2 inch tan head. Moderate lace.

Aroma of roasted malts, molasses, spices, oak, caramel.

Taste is malty, toasty, oaky. A bit astringent.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Dry finish.

A bit late drinking this one. It's a nice, warming porter.

May 15, 2020
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SAUbrewcrew from Michigan

3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special, just a Porter. Samuel Adams does its job here again. Not making an outstanding brew but making a fairly decent, drinkable beer than many levels of brew drinkers can handle. Flavorful, notes of sweet chocolate and coffee. Just a decent baseline porter.

Apr 19, 2020
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MetalHead7734 from South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Head: VERY dark red. Wish the head lasted a bit longer.

Smell: Moderately roasty. A slight aroma of hops.

Taste: Roast. Bittersweet. Some hops.

Feel: On the heavier side with some prickly carbonation. Feels clean if that makes any sense.

Overall: Won't blow your socks off but not a bad brew. Easy to drink and a fair enough winter warmer, although the 5.8% may leave a little to be desired.

Mar 15, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with one finger, bubbly head which quickly fades. Smells of chocolate roast and malt with pepper, apple, earth. Tastes like earthy cocoa with a substantial sweetness and strong bitterness. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick, with a syrupy-ness.

Jan 22, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has roast malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a roast malt flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Porter

Jan 05, 2020
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, translucent with lighter brown highlights and a light tan head. Hops dominate the nose. Kinda thin and watery for the style, more like a brown ale. Not my favorite Sam winter seasonal.

Dec 15, 2019
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Nass from Florida

2.82/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The pour is black. The taste is bitter with very faint chocolate & coffee, this beer was a big disappointment, go with their chocolate bock instead. Cheers! C

Dec 08, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a muffin top taster pint; best by April of 2020.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark copper color with ruby highlights, a one finger, wheat color head, mostly rim retention, but some spotty lacing.
S: Aroma of dark chocolate, giving way to caramel and molasses. A bit peppery and bready, as well.
T: Surprisingly dry. Flavors are rather muted versions of the nose. Bitterness overcompensates a bit too much for the flavors. Almost a cumin note.
M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. A bit watery (oddly).
O: A bit of a disappointment. Looks gorgeous and great aroma, but way too much unbalanced bitterness for a porter and frankly lacking sufficient flavor. Drinkable, that's about the most constructive thing I can say.

Dec 05, 2019
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle poured into glass
Look - Reddish amber brown color, thick head of foam and lots of lacing on glass
Smell - sweet caramel, roasted malt, perhaps some chocolate.
Taste - First thing i noticed was the beer has great balance between sweetness and hops. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very sweet but there is bitterness from the roasted malt and theres some hops in the finish. Not a very complex flavor profile, mainly caramel and some milk chocolate.

Overall, i like this beer, i think it's one of their better beers they make. It's not complex and there isn't a tremendous amount of flavors, but it's sweet and it's just a decent winter brew. Grade is an A-

Nov 30, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown/black color; some ruby when held to the light.

Huge khaki head; nice, if spotty, lacing.

Oats & hints of coffee in the nose, not bad!

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Nice toffee, oats & coffee flavor.

Could be a bit bolder, but considering the source this is a nice treat. I'd have another.

Apr 07, 2019
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bgillespie from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a light tan head

Smell: A lot of malt, some chocolate. Not strong

Taste: Malt with sweet caramel and a little bittle of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light.

Overall: A nice porter that has some good flavors, nothing to rave about though

Mar 15, 2019
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It has the appearance of root beer with a big frothy head. The aroma is sweet and malty, but mild. The taste is bitter and hearty with nice undertones of coffee and chocolate. It has a nice creamy texture with the right amount of effervescence. A very good porter for the Holidays!

Jan 12, 2019
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It’s a shame that this superb Holiday Porter is only available in the holiday pack, along with Old Fezziwig, Chocolate Bock and Winter Warmer. Its malty, coffee chocolate flavors are present both in the nose and on the palate. Robust ( as advertised) and possessed of an excellent mouthfeel, this 5.8% ABV porter is dangerously sessionable. Pours a very dark brown, but flashes of garnet sparkle if held up to a backlight. Simply put, this is a Porter that porter lovers should be able to access year round. Good on ya, Jim Koch!

Jan 11, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, rich malty aroma, dark fruits, slightest roasty component. After it recedes a bit, some chocolate in the aroma. Vigorous pour results in a tall, light tan head, thick and creamy, dropping moderately leaving thick lacing down the glass as it goes. Dark color, with a bright ruby revealed by a back-light. Moderate amount of rising bubbles. Feel is thick at the beginning, thinning as you swallow. After several minutes, the head becomes a bubbly cap with a thick ring, and a nice-looking glass with the lacing. Initial taste of roasted malts, slight spice. The roasted taste remains into the aftertaste. Bitter finish and aftertaste. Overall, a nice-tasting porter, not too simple in the flavor profile, but hardly complex, either. A well-done porter.

Dec 19, 2018
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SoccerSeuss from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Dark coffee in color and clear with a thin white head. Notes of chocolate and roasted malts, a tad boozy. Taste followed the nose with a bit of a boozy finish Would've hoped-for a bit more chocolate in the taste. Smooth and medium bodied.

Dec 12, 2018
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nick_perry from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color, thin white head. Chocolate aroma and flavor. Sweet, alcoholic finish. Heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Feels more potent than the 5.8% ABV claimed on the bottle. The best beer in their winter pack this year, in my opinion, too bad you have to put up with the others to get this one.

Dec 01, 2018
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a very rich and dark brown. I had about 1 finger of a tan head that just crackled down to a skim of light brown on the head.

Smells of roasted malts and some stone fruits.

Taste is of very darkly roasted malts, close to burnt. Some smokiness in the taste.

Mouth is fairly light actually with a nice smoky finish.

While this may not be my favorite porter I do have the perfect application for this beer. Imagine sipping on this sitting around a campfire with friends listening to the sounds of the forest at night and looking up into those inky black blankets of stars.

Nov 29, 2018
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Zopiac from Michigan

3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark, clear brown/red. Pale head that pours strong and dissipates quickly. Smells sweet, malt underneath warm sugar. Taste is full and rich, but somewhat empty at the same time. Still sweet, still malty, but lacking anything special. No bitterness to my tongue until the very tail. Feel is soft, but somewhat thin. Not spectacular, but I'd drink it to relax, unlike a number of darker brews that do have what I find missing. Extremely friendly.

And as a side note, on the nose I'm hit with a bit of nostalgia back to bath time as a small child, with no-tear shampoo. Don't know what the deal is with that.

Nov 27, 2018
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honestly a very standard porter. It’s predominantly burnt malts with flavors of chocolate and maybe a little coffee. There’s an earthy bitterness on the finish. There’s a little bit of a spiciness, but it’s not overpowering.

Nov 18, 2018
Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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