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

Samuel Adams Holiday PorterSamuel Adams Holiday Porter
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Samuel Adams Holiday PorterSamuel Adams Holiday Porter

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DFN on 10-17-2004

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Ratings: 2,459 |  Reviews: 1,185
Reviews by Darkmagus82:
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown colored beer with a huge tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention fading over time as the big bubbles within pop and in the end end leaving a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of roasted malt, chocolate, sweet caramel and some coffee aromas. Rounding out the smell is a light nut and spice aroma.

Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt and some chocolate up front. As the taste moves on, a coffee flavor develops more toward the middle of the taste. Along with the coffee is a lighter caramel taste. While these flavors all last, they are joined by some spice flavors more toward the end. Along with the spice, and complimenting them well, are some earthy and herbal hop flavors that when combined with the coffee and chocolate leave a pleasant spiced and roasty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The creamier body is great for the roasted and dark flavors as well as for allowing the lighter hop and spice flavors to be detected nicely in the absence of a high carbonation.

Overall – A nice holiday take on a porter that is very smooth and drinkable with a nice light hop flavor. A great widely available winter brew.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.29/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Small bubbly head, with a dark, yet relatively light, color for a porter.

A relatively straight-forward coffee bean smell, with some vanilla sweetness.

A skanky malty taste, with some minor cacao undertones. Has a fair amount of sourness to it. Overall, a quite unpleasant beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep,rich brown with a fluffy mocha colored two finger head that settles very slowly leaving a nice sheet of lace behind,alot of nice aromas going on roasted nuts and vanilla stick out most to me with a hint of milk chocolate as well.Those roasted nuts are quite noticable in the flavors of this beer as well,along with that vanilla not overly sweet a good almost herbal-like dryness comes thru late.Quite flavorful and drinkable maybe a little different take on a porter with some different flavors going on,well done.

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Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark, dark brown to black with a half inch of light brown head.

S- of chocolate, alcohol, a lot of carbonation and a slight hint of coffee and smoke.

T- can definitely taste the chocolate, a little malt and coffee, kind of watery and alcohol tasting.

M- Very light for a porter, has a fizzy carbonation feel. Kind of slick and watery.

D- drinkable.

Notes: A descent porter, a little light and watery feeling for my liking. Good flavor overall and a descent porter.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tohe9384
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of J2L
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Matty-K
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Chuggnutt
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Chocolate tan head. Dark brown, like coffee, opaque-ish with red highlights.

Smell: Coffee, roasted grain, bitter (black) malt, slightly smoky.

Taste: Nice—roasted, dark, rich. Slightly astringent (dry). Burnt coffee.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, with a slight puckering astringency. Lighter than expected.

Overall: Despite the brevity of my notes, I enjoyed it. It's a well-crafted example of the style; I wouldn't mind seeing it year-round, actually.

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Photo of wrycon
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite dark, with hints of brown on the edges. Interesting nose. Not much at first, but the malts and cloves appear with deeper inhalation. Deep, roasted coffee at the start, which turns roastier through the mid point, almost turning smoky. The back end turns bitter with the hops, with a spicy tinge. Want to say juniper, but it's hard to pin down.

Like It? Yes

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Photo of kcc
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Engibeer
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 01/01/08 - Happy New Year!

Best by April 2008 from SA's Mixed Holiday Pack.

Pours a deep RICH dark red-brown with a lush toffee-colored head. Nice rings of lace.

Spicy hops and roasted malt on the tongue. Very nice! Chocolate and molasses. Excellent. A bit of bitterness and dryness in the finish.

Excellent drinkability. It really sweetens as it warms making it even more enjoyable.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown, nearly black with hints of magenta as the light passes through. Nice tan head as well. Bitter chocolate roastiness, molasses..maybe a hint of citrus peel in the nose. Nice.

Big bitter chocolate malt upfront with some burnt, roasted grain notes and hints of spicy hops on the back of the palate. Hints of caramel and a touch of coffee. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel has a nice creamy aspect and good body. This is a nice porter that I could easily drink quite a few of. One of my fave Sam Adams offerings so far. I wouldn't mind seeing some six packs of this.

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Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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

Samuel Adams Holiday Porter tastes a lot like what their Fezziwig would, if it didnt have the orange peel & other spices added.

This is a great looking beer - very dark. Smells of chocolate malt. The taste is mildly chocolatey, with roastiness in the finish. Nicely medium-to-full bodied. Like I said about the Fezziwig ale, it would be great if they sold the Holiday porter by itself, because this one is certainly capable of standing on its own.

This is a fine above average porter from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty decent beer. Very dark brown/black, with a cafe au lait head that retains well. A nice toffee aroma, with a little chocolate. Coffee/chocolate taste, some hops. Medium to thin mouthfeel. A nice porter, wish there more than two in the 12 pack.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown with a creamy tan head.

S - The nose is mostly the aroma of dark and roasted malts. There are some hints of coffee as well. Overall, though, it doesn't have a powerful aroma.

T - The sweetness from the malts hits you first. Then you will get some bitter coffee flavors and a hint of toastiness from the roasted malts that were used. These toasted flavors linger on the tongue long after the sip, which is very pleasant.

M - The head lasts for a while, which gives the beer a really nice creaminess. Additionally, the medium body also makes it feel really soft to the tongue.

D - Tasty, low abv, and a great mouthfeel make this easy to drink.

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Photo of warnerry
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with at least three fingers of head. Leaves ome nice lacing.

S - Chocolate malt up front, and a bit of a sweet smell. Unfortunately the aromas a quite subdued, as what was there is pretty good.

T - Chocolate and roasted earthy malt. A bit of sweetness, but not overwhelming. Leaves a slight lingering earthy bitterness. Pretty good.

M - Pretty thin, which takes away from what this beer could be.

O - Pretty good, probably wouldn't have more than one in a sitting, especially with the other options available in the style.

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Photo of BK2084
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of WuAnquo1
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Todd
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours near black with shimmering dark ruby hues. Think tan head, with a settling lace of ample stick and stay. Roasted malts, blackstrap molasses, subtle coffee, and chocolate. Wonderful complex roasted malt flavor. Burnt, molasses, pleasing acrid astringency, smooth light toffee character beneath, with some chocolate in the finish. A tasty Porter, and another curve ball beer from Boston Beer Co ... keep 'em coming.

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Photo of 40451
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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