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

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Samuel Adams Holiday PorterSamuel Adams Holiday Porter
BA SCORE
3.72/5
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2,461 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

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Added by DFN on 10-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,900
Reviews:
1,187
Ratings:
2,461
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
3.95
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
244
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,461 |  Reviews: 1,187
Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Posted from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Thea appearance is a brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt, nuts and vanilla. The taste of cocoa, malt and nuts are blended well with the vanilla. An outstanding porter.

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Photo of MinRM
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travis875
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMaurais
2.52/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.52/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Holiday Porter pours a toffee color which develops into a chocolate brown in the body. The head is light beige and 2 fingers, leaving slight lacing on the sides.

Smelling more like a Dunkel lager at this point, with dark malts and slight cocoa powder. A touch of nuttiness (hazelnut?) also.

Taste comes off funky and sour, with a metallic barley flavor that stays throughout the whole tasting. Only at the end does any chocolate actually surface. Even then, it's faint and riddled with metallic components.

Feel is over carbonated and like a fizzy lager all the way to the finish. There's a slight dryness but it hardly does much to redeem the thin and paltry experience.

The rest of this is going down the drain. Straight from the pour I was disappointed, and now I've determined that the Holiday Porter is a total skip over.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "enjoy before month" April 2016.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, dark brown color with one-finger tan head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, medium carbonation, there is significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: sweet caramel, toasted bread and some chocolate, faint to the nose.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel and toasted bread then a metallic hop bite from the East Kent Goldings hop.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: I'm not a big fan of the porter style but enjoyed this one, the toasted note (which I do not appreciate) was understated and the hops were more prominent than most in this style, this beer was well balanced and the caramel and chocolate malt was very tasty.

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

Photo of Leever73
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Botulizard
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Samlover55
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB april 16
12oz bottle poured into pint glass
L- dark brown with huge tan head which floats on top of beer for quite some time
S- zesty cinnamon, cloves
T- hints of coffee followed by some zestiness with a predominantly peppery finish
F- medium bodied has a slight creamy feel carbonation has a zing to it
O- nothing outstanding about this beer a nice solid porter

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Photo of BostonPhilly
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foundersfan1
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgido759
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of cjtuggle
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

A - Dark brown, semi-transparent, with a short tan head that fades quickly to wisps. Some lacing.

S - Roasty malty goodness. Chocolate and toasted bread overtones.

T - Lovely, bright malts full of chocolate and dark molasses, a hint of coffee-like acidity in the close.

M - Very sharp carbonation, which helps keep the beer light on the tongue.

O - This is one of my favorite beers in the Sam Adams line. Full of good flavor, quite drinkable, and a solid example of the style.

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Photo of theskjoung
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chocolate, coffee aroma. Very dark color. Also has a hint of malty taste. Dry and has a light body and carbonation.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter and less coffee taste than most porters and that's a good thing for my taste. From a Seasonal 12-pack, poured into a goblet. Darkest brown, nearly black with lacing that sticks to the glass. Smell of malt and coffee, but the taste is more malt, toffee and a hint of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation. Overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bloodyickes
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EatSleepStats68
4.73/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Samuel Adams Holiday Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,461 ratings
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