Samuel Adams Holiday Porter
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American Porter
Ranked #913
Ranked #33,116
3.74 | pDev: 12.3%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams Holiday PorterSamuel Adams Holiday Porter
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Photo of MetalHead7734
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.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
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.

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Photo of VABA
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

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Photo of fountainofyouth
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.

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Photo of Nass
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

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Photo of VoxRationis
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.

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Photo of PMakowski
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-

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of bgillespie
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

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Photo of HardCider
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!

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Photo of pubscout
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!

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Photo of MNAle
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.

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Photo of SoccerSeuss
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.

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Photo of nick_perry
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.

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Photo of BeerBobber
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.

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Photo of Zopiac
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.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
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.

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Photo of Milktoast75
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
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 matcris
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
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 JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a deep chocolate/cocoa color with a very light tan head. The head is frothy but disappears quickly. Nice robust taste with chocolate overtones and coffee bitterness. The taste doesn’t linger on the palate and finishes clean.

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Photo of srw
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -5.9%
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%
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 q33jeff
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For nostalgia I love this beer. I love that the label has a scene from old Feziwig's Christmas party (a great beer from Sam Adams) bringing in a barrel - just like a scene from George C. Scott in "A Christmas Carol". I look forward to this holiday mixer from Sam Adams every year, wish you could get a few of those beers in 6 packs.

A = near black, can't see through, nice creamy head at first that faded.
S = roasty, some spice, a nice warming smell to have in the winter
T = like it smells mostly, smooth, drinkable
M = medium, a bit sugary but not too much where it's hard to drink
O = 3.75. 4 if I am feeling nostalgic and have one in hand.

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