Portsmouth Holidaze Porter | Portsmouth Brewery

26 Ratings

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Has holiday shopping put you in a daze? Give this dark, medium-bodied porter a try. The use of ginger and honey makes this holiday beer unique.

Added by lordofthewiens on 12-22-2007

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by ThirstyBird:
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3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to EnronCFO for this bottle!
Appears a deep brown with a reddish hue. A fairly loose tan head falls slowly to a blanket. Nice lace. Nose is holiday spice, chocolate - the taste follows the aroma. It's relatively simple in flavor but pretty tasty. It's also quite sweet...just sayin. The mouthfeel like most Portsmouth beers that I've had is wonderful. Medium body and rather silky smooth...the carbonation is medium and fine structurally. Overall quite tasty, the spice is prominent so you need to like spiced beer to enjoy this brew.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While recently at The Brewery to satisfy my Kate the Great yearnings, I took home a bomber of this beer. I'm not sure what they were trying to do with this; it's like porter light. Poured into a pint glass, it was a medium brown color with a small head. Aroma of cofee and roasted malt. It had a sweet, coffee taste. Pleasant enough, but I think it was pretty muted. Certainly there are other beers in their lineup that I'd drink first.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cody (GoGriz) for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a thin looking beer that generates a 1.5 finger off-white frothy head with good retention. Beer is a clear, dark, nearly opaque amber. Lacing is weblike, ringed, with great legs, and outstanding stick.

S: Nose is surprising and a bit unorthodox. Notes of gingerbread, carrot cake, clove, cinnamon, other spices, with overtones of toasted malt. Sugary and sweet overall and nicely aromatic.

T: Opens very sweet and spicy. Brown sugar, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, and a sprinkling of a variety of sweet and unidentified spices. Like eating an extra spiced sugar cookie. Roasted malt comes in right at the end blended with some cocoa and yeasty bitterness. Finish is brown sugar and cinnamon and aftertaste is cinnamon powder.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with a sprinkle of bubbles here and there. Silky going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: For a beer so different from the norm, this is not bad. Definitely aptly named, this porter almost reminds me of a pumpkin beer with all its breadiness. Body could use a bit of substance, but overall a solid creation. Worth trying.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into .3l tulip.

The brew is deep mohagany, with a faint tan tinge to an offwhite head. Tight bubbles, a lot of lacing all through the glass.

The aroma is good but not 'porter' more 'spiced' with a good deal of winter/fall notes this has more 'grandmas kitchen' than malt.

Very nice taste, there is a bit more malt in the taste than in the nose, and spice notes accent rather than dominate this brew.

Well weighted, Portsmouth tends to run on the lighter side for all of their liquid fare and I'm finding this in keeping with both the style and this breweries on particular style.

Nice brew all around. The amount of lacing surprised me and the raw amount of spice is unsettling initially unless you're a bit brighter than I am and realize that 'holidaze' isn't just clever but descriptive. There is no booze, no heat, anywhere in this and I would prefer there to be aleast a faint boozey note in a porter.


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Photo of EnronCFO
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery

A - Dark brown to black beer with amber/reddish hues at the edge when held up to the light. Much lighter than you'd expect from a Portsmouth porter.

S - Nice roasted malt character, hints of coffee and chocolate emerge as the beer warms.

T - Similar to the smell, just get that pleasant roasted malt flavor throughout, get a hint of chocolate and cinnamon as it warms. You do get some level of hoppy bitterness outside of the bitter coffee flavors.

M - Very light for a porter, but carbonation is perfect and it does coat your mouth despite the light body.

D - Could drink these all night long, the light body/appearance are deceiving given the 6.8% ABV. Great beer for the winter!

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Photo of cleeze
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured kind of a brownish / black. I noticed it was kind of light for a porter.

smell was of roasted malts, coffee, and maybe some chocolate in the mix.

I really got a good taste of chocolate followed by some spices.

drinkability i would say is pretty high. It's kind of light for a porter which I said earlier so it goes down the hatch quite smoothly

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of rpstevens
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint. The pour yields a very thin white head over a dark brown/mahogany beer. There is a decent amount of bubbly lacing on the sides of the glass.

The beer smells like chocolate and coffee, a classic porter, but there is a nice addition of cinnamon and clove.

The taste is what I expect after the smell. The dark chocolate and mild coffee notes dominate with a decent amount of cinnamon and nutmeg.

The beer is pretty thin, but still full flavored. The spices add to the chocolate and coffee qualities of the beer without being overbearing like most winter beers.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of portia99
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a thick and deep dark brown color with two fingers of frothy mocha head. Good staying power leaving behind thick webby lacing on the glass.

S - Coffee, chocolate with lots of fruity esters, a bit herbal, dark roasted malts, a touch of molasses and some earthy hops. Nice.

T - Coffee and dark roasted malts, hints of dark fruit, a touch of berries, herbal/spicy, mild hop bitterness.

M - A bit thinner than I expected and definitely lighter than medium bodied. Carbonation is medium level but pretty smooth. The berry presence picks up a little more as the bottle warms a bit but the other flavors hold even throughout.

O - Overall a good porter...smooth and very easy drinking. A bit on the fruity side for my tastes and lacking a bit in the chocolatey and coffee-ish flavors. So...maybe a slightly different take on the style - still seems to work fairly well though.

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Photo of mklisz
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gosox8787
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap at the brewery.

Appearance is dark mahogany with ruby red edges. No head or retention whatsoever. Smell is ground ginger and holiday spices. Not much aroma from the porter itself. The taste follows suit of being really spicey. Ginger and cinnamon are the dominant notes I picked up. There is some light coffee and caramel notes from the malt, but they do not really shine here. Behind the spice notes, this is a bit watery. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, not what I think of for a typical porter. Drinkability is surprisingly good considering the ABV. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall, a decent holiday brew. Too spicy for my tastes and the traditional porter flavors are muted too much for me. Not the best thing you can get on tap there. This I could see being a mainstream hit due to the easy drinkability and the overpowering spices. Lacks complexity for me.

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Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jmu500 for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes, cinnamon, nutmeg. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice little touch of chocolate/toffee, and a nice little surprise of cinnamon/nutmeg. Medium body. Drinkable, this brew surprised me with the spice note.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of gford217
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ben for this bottle.

Pours deep mahogany with ruby hints around the edges. The head is really impressive and thick, showing excellent retention and sheets of lacing.

Aroma is definitely spicy with lots of ginger and cinnamon. In addition to the spices, I get some chocolate and sweet malts, but it's smells more spicy than sweet.

The taste starts like the aroma with a strong ginger flavor, complimented by other spices. The backbone is chocolate malts and comes out stronger as it warms. The finish is smooth but spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a body that's pretty solid for a porter with such low ABV.

This is one my favorite holiday beers this year - a solid sweet porter base with more than enough ginger to make things interesting.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of DIM
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear mahogany color with golden ruby edges. It poured with a long lived, creamy white head.

s: Sweet, somewhat chocolatey, malts and ginger I what I noticed first. After a while I noticed some muted herbal elements that I can't describe.

t: This starts off sweet, with chocolatey malts and ginger. The finish is dry and herbal.

m: Somewhat fizzy carbonation that does last a long while.

d: Thanks to joepais for this interesting brew.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Truh
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Took a break from the holiday craziness with this one on 12/13/2006. 16 oz. shaker pint at the source.

Light foam covering, maybe 1/7-inch high, with very little to almost no stick. Light orange hue with a touch of ochre; a good amount of carbonation is popping around in there. Cinnamon hits the nose quickly, followed by a pleasant rose hip, and a weirdly nice beet essence. On the mouth, cinnamon and corriander jam initially with a somewhat candy cane sweetness, along with light caramel or toffee.

A medium-bodied brew, this one lends itself to much holiday quaffing.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Portsmouth Holidaze Porter from Portsmouth Brewery
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