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

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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
Ratings:
2,458
Reviews:
1,183
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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1.97/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Nice 3/4 inch head; tannish. Heavy sticky lacing. dark, but more deep amber/red than black--sort of light for a porter.

Crisp, clean smell; a little malty.

Tastes too acrid and sour.

Mouthfeel is a bit weak for a porter--not much body at all. Also just feels ... thin? I can't think of a better way to describe it.

Not terribly drinkable. Too many negatives. Disappointing.

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2.12/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Holiday Porter

Pours deep dark amber into the glass and turns black. Held to the light the deep amber is visible. Pours an ok head that leaves lacing and leaves rather quickly. Another technically perfect sam adams beer but leaves me rather underwhelmed.

Light burnt malt, touch of vanilla. Pretty darn weak smelling.

A very funky porter. That should read "really english" tasting. The malt is caramel and chocolate and dominated by earthy hops. The beer never gets really sweet nor does it get really bitter. The flavors fight each other and the beer imo fails because of this. A bit more hops or a bit more sweetness could really work well here. Instead I have a funky dark looking beer. Ultimately the hops do over show the malt, but again these flavors do not mix.

This beer has a good amount of carbonation, moderate body, and is rather drinkable. The flavors make it less than enjoyable to drink.

I really like east kent hops in a great many beers. They simply do NOT work with this beer.

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2.13/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Another beer from the Sam Adams Holiday Classics 2011 Variety Pack

Served and consumed out of a bottle, hard to decifer look so not rated down or up for that.

The smell is harsh and I can not notice any of the "ingredients" that they say this is brewed with.

The initial taste was so harsh I almost spit it out, although it got better as I went it sitll did not get very good. I had a hard time finishing this beer.

The mouth feel is very bitter and dry, and just not my style. I will not be picking this up again ever, and probably wont finish the 2nd one in the variety pack. I think there are many better winter brews from Sam Adams such as Winter Lager.

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2.21/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Pours a dark brown/black with ruby highlights. The head is a 1 finger semi-soapy tan color that recedes in about 1 minute. some slight lacing coats the glass.

S- dark fruits (raisin, prune, some fig), anise, some chocolate malt. There's just to much spicy fruit here.. This isn't exactly a porter nose.

T- Starts out a bunch of dark fruit and spice then some super quick dry chocolate, then a bunch of anise, and a really off dry malt. The finish is quite odd as well. This is miles away form a porter.

M- Low carbonation is fine but the finish is pretty haggard

D- The brutal honest truth is that this was a terrible porter. I am truly glad that I got this bottle for free. Will never drink again.

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2.23/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well at least this porter replaced the light beer from last year in the sample pack for x-mas! Though this is my least favorite porter I've ever tried. Very small head. The smell reminded me of two day old coffee. The faint hint of chocolate almost made this drinkable.
I like a porter, this one is just a bad example. I'll stick to Fullers,
Anchor,or Carnegie for a great version of a porter.

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