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RATINGS: 1220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Samuel Adams Holiday Porter is a full-flavored porter inspired by the famous drink of London’s Victorian era luggage porters. Brewed with generous portions of Caramel, Munich and Chocolate malt, this hearty porter finishes with traditional English Fuggles and East Kent Goldings. Cheers!
Calories = 212 per 12 oz.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
This is a good seasonal offering from Sam Adams. It offers some chocolate in the aroma but all coffee in the taste. Doesn’t produce much of a head but it’s still an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 Thinish black body with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and caramel. Flavor is the same, has the usual Sam Adams taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3408) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 Keith-Sampled last month and forgot to rate but I remember it very well. Nice caramel darkness and malty aroma. Rich and sweet taste with a nice aftertaste. I should have stored some of these away. Eric-pours deep brown with a nice soapy kacki head with some big bubbles in there. lactic chocolate, char, leather, toffee and carmel. A very aromatic porter if i may say so. Body is somewhat light, but not low enough to give it a 2 score./ Some light burnt notes on the finish give a tingle to the tongue which give a slightly astringencey. not a bad porter in any means.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1423) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Not a bad porter. Make sure you get it out of the bottle. The aroma is wasted if you drink it straight out. Probably better a little warmer than right out of the fridge. Lots of flavour present with some subtle spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5697) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Poured a dark brown, red color with a small, light tan head that left very light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, and all spice. Chocolate, roast, and more nuts in the taste, it had a rather weak mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Nice dark brown color,decent sized tan head that had a good hang time then faded slowly to leave a small lace behind.The aroma was nicely malty with a good chocolate side and nicely roasty.The flavor was fairly decent for an SA,nice roasty side to it with a gentle sweetness and good chocolatey side.The hops don’t really seem to make a decent showing at all with this brew but theres enough of the other flavors to carry it well enough.It finishes up pretty good with a bit of a chocolate and coffee after taste.Not bad at all and well worth trying again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Holiday 12-pack: Color is brown, almost black with ruby highlights. Small tan head. Aroma is light and sweet with a hint of cocoa. Light sweet coffee/cocoa start with a lightly bitter dry finish. Light on the pallate, but a fairly decent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 19, 2005
This beer was a pleasant suprise, with a satisfying mouthfeel, nice balanced array of flavors; chocolate dominating with hints of coffee, roasted caramel and perhaps some fruit. Keep an open mind, I found this to be an enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Pours almost opaque black with some burgundy highlights. Tight, durable creamy tan head. Nice, upfront aromas of dark roasted malts, espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Attractive flavors of dark chocolate dominate. Mid palate reveals some faint sweetness with a roasted malt and hop finish. A admirable winter season porter from SA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Poured a dark brown with a thin tan head. Roasty flavors and aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Light bitter finish.

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