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

Samuel Adams Holiday PorterSamuel Adams Holiday Porter
BA SCORE
3.72/5
2,460 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DFN on 10-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,252
Reviews:
1,186
Ratings:
2,460
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
3.95
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
244
Trade:
0
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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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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Johnct
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mwar
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Stardusthotel83
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of Nightmare1972
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of forshamegetit
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of koneill1976
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Peaches13
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deonreds
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky dark brown with a slight amber hue.

Lightly roasted malts, smoke, peat.

Smoky and burnt wood.

Medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, smoky and bitter.

Overall, one of the worst porters I've had to date.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TonyTwins
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,460 ratings
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