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

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Samuel Adams Holiday PorterSamuel Adams Holiday Porter
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3.72/5
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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

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Added by DFN on 10-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,951
Reviews:
1,186
Ratings:
2,465
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
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55
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Ratings: 2,465 |  Reviews: 1,186
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

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An appearance almost indistinguishable from a stout, this one pours dark. Black even. Thin beige head 1/3". Aroma hits the familiar chocolate and coffee malt nose points.

Taste, wow, this is a thick beer under any pretense, much less something from SA. Kind of bitterness. Tiny amount of smoke/char to it. Some anise. Mild. More coffee roastiness.

Enjoyable. Slightly.

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Photo of red94tt
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ledouge
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmadsen
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark brown, with copper tones. Fluffy tan head retains and laces well. Mildly sweet roasty aroma, not distinct but toffee-like if anything, faint fruity notes halfway between apple and banana, malt and esters but no hops to speak of, not even classic English varieties. About as sweet and fruity-tart on the palate as nose would indicate, and quite smoky, tobacco-like even, throughout as well. Hop presence in flavor toward the end, nothing particularly bright or bold, melds well with the rest. Dry leaf matter or soil I'd say, perfect with tobacco notes. A bit of peppercorn at the end. Very smoky-bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied, sloshy, tamer carbonation, semi-smooth, perfect astringency for the style, matches with smokiness.

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Photo of ESPN_Woodsy
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hopsputin
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a: color is dark dark dark dark dark brown. it has some black notes, but there is definitely light penetrating the bottom. 1/2 finger tan head that fades to a thin film

s: milk chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, toffee, burnt caramel, a hint of plum, and a slightly nutty aroma

t: roasted malt and chocolate upfront. some sweet toffee and malt follow that up. there is a bit of a dark fruit presence in here as well - sweet plums. its faint but there. closing everything out is more of that roasted malt

m: medium mouthfeel. a little heavier than i've seen in many porters. its a bit syrup-like too. carbonation level is mild - good for style

o: this is a good beer. its fairly straightforward, but the roasted malt flavor in here is really nice. mouthfeel is probably where this falls a bit short..its a bit too heavy. other than that, its a solid beer. nothing mind blowing, but worthy of a drink

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

Photo of PatrickCT
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of jpuetz
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrwrightttt
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,465 ratings