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

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Samuel Adams Holiday PorterSamuel Adams Holiday Porter
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3.72/5
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2,475 Ratings
Samuel Adams Holiday PorterSamuel Adams Holiday Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by DFN on 10-17-2004

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#27,610
Reviews:
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Ratings:
2,475
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
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Photo of Mike_76
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark look. Chocolate flavor. Not really alot of spice flavor. Chocolate seems to be dominate than any of the other spices.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Milktoast75
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark but not opaque. Small head but good lacing. Spice, chocolate scents. Somewhat weak in flavor. Nothing jumping out in taste. Chocolate seems to rule with a muddle of other spices. Medium feel. Overall calling this a holiday porter seems to give it pause to be a less than desirable porter from a truly higher end brewer.

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

Photo of joeywheeler
4.74/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of matcris
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOKS: Cola, maybe a little darker, with a finger of tan heads that recedes slowly and leaves a mild lacing.
AROMA: Some mild holiday spices, milk and dark chocolate, and some dried dark fruit.
TASTE: Ditto.
FEEL: Average carbonation, medium-ish body, and fairly dry.
OA: Good TG game brew.

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Photo of mchegash
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbehlar
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of crash8per
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of toast9
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dextr24
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tjg584
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Krusader
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of srw
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is old, from 2016 so I'm sure it's better fresh.
L: Poured into a teku glass. Dark brown/black color with minimal head.
S: Mostly malt, with a hint of cinnamon
T: milk chocolate, cinnamon
F: Medium bodt and carbonation.
O: A pretty nice porter, especially consdiering it sat in my fridge since last December.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was semi-dark brown to black sort of color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a decent pace. Trickling lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some milk chocolate sweetness full and up front with some roasty coffee tones and a developing little nutmeg/cinnamon/allspice sort of underneath.
The flavor leaned into the sweet and roastiness initially and as it warmed more of those spicy notes came out in a nice manner. Delicate roasty to sweet aftertaste of the milk chocolate and a touch of the allspice and nutmeg.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Finish was semi-roasty and spicy.
Overall, it's got character, I will give it that, would probably have again during the colder months.

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

This has the normal high quality flavor brewed at one of the greatest of all outfits. Dark ,rich, low carbonation .....just a beautifully balanced porter.

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Photo of rsuarez1982
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmorris15
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GlennWB
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

**
11/21/12
Strong Sweet Aroma. Chocolate, Coffee and Barley.
Dark Black Pour. Creamy Head. Stayed long into the beer.
Standard Porter tastes, chocolate, coffee, etc., plus a touch of earthy spices, nutmeg, cinnamon.
Thick, almost a stout.
A really good beer. I don’t always like Sam, but this one has seemingly gotten better over the years. Glad it's still available, but I wish I could buy a 6-pack of just this. Same for Old Fezziwig.
**

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Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,475 ratings