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

2,459 Ratings
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:
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Added by DFN on 10-17-2004

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep red to almost black, with a quarter inch os of white head the dissipates in under 5 minutes. Lacing is minimal.

This beer smells of caramel malts and of nutmeg spice.

The taste is sweet malts at first with a taste of spice and banana maybe slightly. Also a nice bitterness that hangs around a while.

Moderate carbonation and smooth finish.

Overall this beer is a nice Sam offering and I enjoy it quite a bit. I would have no problem picking up a Winter sampler case again.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blackish caramel colored body with a one finger gead. Head stuck around for a decent time followed by some spider lacing. The smell is a bit hoppy, chocolatey with some warm spices. Good flavor.. some hops and a touch of chocolate. Well balanced with a clean finish. Carbonation is somewhat high imo but its still tasty. Medium to thin bodied. Easy to drink and enjoyable at the same time. Nice edition to the holiday sampler. Giod job mr.adams

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes made 4 days ago
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours an Amberish/Black body that almost appears to be Ruby when inspected under the light. It has a very frothy tan head that has a bit of a milk-like color too it.

S- This is an incredibly crisp smelling porter. It has that same faint smell that appears in almost all Samuel Adam's beers; The scent of Clean spring water kissed with a subtle note of hops. You can smell notes of sweet chocolatey co-coa as well. In general the scent is very sweet, while seeming overall noticeably faint.

T- The taste is overall somewhat chocolatey. Once again the word clean comes to mind, even when just thinking about the taste. light hints of caramel can be detected as well. Sweet almost fruity notes from the hops also appear however subtly tasting slightly like peaches. The beer ends with a slight hop bitterness that seems almost smokey.

M- The beer feels very light for how heavy and rich it seems to be. Has a light tickling carbonation. Very clean feeling and smooth.

O- A very nice porter. Not the first time I have enjoyed this beer and definitely hope that it is not my last. A very solid porter by the great folks at the Boston Beer Company.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Durge
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in appearance with a fuzzy tan cover that fades to a stubborn patchy head and fair traces of lacing. The aroma brings licorice spruce with hints of root beer malt. Pleasant. The flavor comes on with a different direction that accents charcoal and a touch of creamy chocolate. Subtle cranberry and a slightly evergreen/herbal hop idea. Medium-plus bodied it presents a satiny, plush feel that may be its greatest characteristic. Very nice flavor with a scrumptious footprint that slides down so easily. A very good holiday brew that represents the style well.

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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH snifter:

A-Deep, dark brown, looks almost like a good sasparilla, cream colored finger of head and decent lace

S-roast, malt, toffee and spice all present, nothing too over the top

T-more roast, a bit of coffee and malt, maybe some cocoa, very solid

M-like with many Sammy products, a little thin and then it's gone, but well carbonated

O-very decent porter, respectable and a nice treat with the holiday sampler pack

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of gc4hokies
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with amber red highlights. The head is frothy, tan dissipates quickly. Really fine/small bubbles.

The aroma has dried fruit and honey notes with some molasses. Malty

The taste is sweet up front honey/molasses with bready malt character. Also some dried fruit, raisins/fig. The finish is comparatively dry with nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium viscosity for a porter. nice carbonation helps lighten the beer.

Overall, this is a very nice beer. If you like porters, you'll like this. Maybe not the greatest on the planet, but very solid. Nice

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.74 out of 5 based on 2,459 ratings.
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