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

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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

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Added by DFN on 10-17-2004

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 4/2013.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and caramel. Taste is much the same with a mild herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another goodie from the winter mix this season, this porter is inherently english in style, but with a couple of clever twists. it pours dark dark brown, hardly letting any light pass through, and an inch of off white head. the nose is sweet, more like a cream stout than a porter, and tons of deep roasty to burnt sugary malts. i though the flavor was great, lots of caramel sugar, as the malts used dont hide much at all, some coffee notes, but a lot of lactosey sugar on the back end. the feel is smooth as anything, but there should be a little more carbonation. the body is pretty full, i wouldnt need a ton of these to be satiated. overall though, this is a really nice porter, works perfectly in its small dose winter 12er context, and i appreciated this effort from sam. something different and tasty, a sweet treat.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty solid porter, the color pours out as a deep brown color with a decent head in it. The body of this beer doesn't allow a whole lot of light through. The aromas of this beer are highly roasted and kind of warming. The mix of chocate in there too. I also thought I was picking up some type of Christmas berry aroma too. The taste is pretty good, the flavors of some light coffee and chocolate mix well together here and leave you wanting more. The
Mouthfeel is a little thick but not heavy either. Its worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a nice solid porter from Sam Adams. This one is perfect on a nice cold night with a blanket on you relaxing on the ole couch. Full of nutmeg type spices and a nice hearty taste, its smooth, well balanced and goes down easy. One of my favorite porters to have in the winter.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of burnt malts, caramel and toffee in the nose along with some hints of coffee.
T: The taste is similar to the smell; it has initial hints of malty sweetness, notes of spices and finishes with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, relatively smooth and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink compared to other beers in the style because it isn’t that filling and doesn’t have that much bitterness.

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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter variety pack -- part II. Pretty agressive brew with strong roots and plenty of charisma. Strong porter-like attributes throughout (chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, toast, and walnuts). All show up evenly in the look, smell, and taste. A swift kick of hops (English) give a big pine flavor and aroma; adds spiciness, dryness, and a Christmas tree, get-in-the-mood kind of flavor. Aggressively bittered and flavored, but not to dominate the malts and other Porter characters. Finishes sweet and bitter with a bit of a roasted grain / hop bite. A bit dry. Good porter though.

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2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high; this is me favourite style.

A: Pours a five finger head of nice pleasant appealing cream, good thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is only average. Colour is a nontransparent dark brown. It's littered with bubbles, indicating potential overcarbonation.

Sm: Heavy nuts, cream, light caramel, and vanilla. Moderate in strength. Generally appealing.

T: Heavier caramel than expected, which is a bad thing. Some nice cream is put to the side by the strangely out of place chocolate. The problem is the foundation, which I assert is munich malted barley. Munich aids the drinkability, but this is a porter, not a festbier. They need to pick a more suitable foundation; this the beer's main flaw. It's fairly complex but a touch over-hopped for a porter. Overall, it's badly balanced and strangely built; it lacks a clear focus or direction in terms of style - which doesn't work for this beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not creamy enough. Too thick for the flavour. It doesn't really complement the beer, but it does suit the style.

Dr: It's drinkable, but forgettable. Munich malt was a flat out bad choice. It doesn't feel like a proper porter, but it drinks like one. I won't be getting it again, but I'd happily try it on draught. Normally I find their seasonals to be better than the Boston lager, but this is an exception.

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

Served cool at cellar temperature, 58º. Into a narrow willibecher glass it pours smoothly, generating excess foam that settles after a couple minutes. Creamy texture, concentric sticky rings of lace around the sides. Retention lasts for the entire glass. Looks black until held to the light, then it has a scarlet copper glint to it.

Mellow dry sweetness of bittersweet chocolate. Pretty mild.

Earthy bitterness, dry roast, some unsweetened bakers chocolate and mellow coffee notes. Maybe a hint of dried cherry. The bitterness builds with bigger sips, leaving a nice dry coffeeish aftertaste. Smooth feel, light to medium bodied. Overall an enjoyable, versatile porter.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of oline73
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a finger of creamy light tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Just a bit roasty with a sweetness that reminds me of molasses.

Taste: Doesn't quite live up to the smell. The molasses note is there, but the roasty bitterness dominates. No real sweetness to be found here.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a pretty good porter but nothing real exciting. I would be willing to have another if it was served to me.

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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown color with a beige head that leaves lots of lacing

Smell: Modest roasted notes; nutty, with a bit of dark fruit

Taste: Starts with a very rich roasted malt flavor that is joined by some nut skin in the middle; burnt almonds, chocolate and dark fruit complement the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice porter which would be welcome in my house any time of the year

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3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the Winter Classics 12-pack.

A - Poured out a dark brown color with flecks of red. A small, tan head left no lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and a nice blending of hops.

T - It tasted of caramel and chocolate. It had an okay hop spiciness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied porter.

D - This is an okay brew. I had hoped it would be better.

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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light dry chocolate notes with medium roasted malt notes. Taste is a mix of roasted malt with dry bitter notes and some light black chocolate notes with some subtle floral notes form the Golding hops. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex porter put there but well brewed and easily drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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

12 oz bottle from the holiday mixed 12 pack.

Appearance: Very dark but clear brown, nearly opaque in appearance except when thinned. Pours with a rich two finger tan head that leaves some sticky lace behind.

Smell: Big malty sweetness that brings to mind milk chocolate, carob and malt balls. Faint balancing noble hops, light roastiness.

Taste & mouthfeel: Malty up front, sweet but not overly rich. Tastes a bit like one of those chocolate-caramel candies. Faint acidity, medium-light in body. Great balance, an easy beer to session as it never overwhelms the palate. The finish is semi-dry and lightly oily, like a bite of dark chocolate.

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

Poured into pint glass.

Bottle is marked 5.8% abv

Pours 1 finger of light chocolate hued tan head. Decent retention with some nice lace rings. Color is a dark chocolate brown. Can't see through this one.

Aroma: Big rich malts here. Chocolate, caramel, and some sweet dark fruits. Lots of toasted flavors. Seems to have some sugar notes as well. Not to bad.

Taste: Lots of malts again, with some grassy hops in the background that provide some bitterness and balance. Cherry notes, chocolate, caramel, and honey are all present. I like it.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter, but mainly smooth and creamy. Medium amount of carbonation with a medium bodied. Ends with a very sticky hop flavored aftertaste.

Overall, a nice porter from SA. A lot of flavor with this one. I'd rather see more of these in the winter pack as compared to some of the others. Great beer, especially for the price.

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