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RATINGS: 1238   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 Londonís 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2005
My second favorite Sam Adams Iíve had so far (behind the Cream Stout), this is also their best holiday/winter offering. Exhibiting all the traditional roasted chocolate/coffee flavors that a porter should have, it doesnít have much in terms of creativity to offer. But no matter what, it tastes good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2005
not a bad porter that everyone get get at the drop of a hat but overall not a great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2005
love stouts but porters and bitters are not for me. This came in a holiday pack and it was the lone beer left after all the others went. Not a good sign

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (2007) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2005
12oz. bottle: It starts out with a nice color. The beer pours a fairly dark, opaque brown. There is a bit of a tan head on it. The aroma is nice. There are notes of molasses, caramel and hints of chocolate and roastiness. The taste isnít bad at all. Maybe a hair lighter in body for a porter, but nonetheless good. I get some chocolate and the molasses in the taste. The other flavors are subdued and blend together in the background. No overt sweetness or bitterness. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2005
This is one of my favorite more readily available porters. It is just what a porter should be, a stout light. Enough said.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Dark bitter sweet chocolate aromas and flavors. Roasted coffee notes in the nose. Pretty robust, but somewhat sophomoric in the blending of flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
I was really looking forward to this beer as I still pine for the Honey Porter and yes I know this is not it. Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head. Smells of smoky chocolate, roasted/burnt malt. Very rich nose. Lightly bitter and hints of almond. Tastes as rich as it smells. Smoky roasted malt. A chocolate flavor that vasilates between bitter and milky. A nice hoppy finish, kind of spicy bitter hops instead of floral flavors. It is just so damn good. Wel-balanced and full flavored. Creamy mouth. Oh so tasty and goes down easily. This is not a huge knock-you-over-the-head style porter. Just well crafted and well balanced. Tasty as all get out and just a real honest, straight-forward brew. I love it. Itís been awhile since iíve enjoyed a porter this much. Bravo! Hope to see it regular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2005
A very hearty porter. One of Sam Adams best beers. Some chocolate and sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2005
The bottle poured an almost opaque black beer that had garnet highlights in strong light. The head was off-white and smooth, about a half inch thick. It dissipated slowly leaving good lacing on the edge of the glass. The aroma is strongly influenced by caramel and sweet dried fruits. There is also a nice malty undertone. The initial impression is of sweet malt and chocolate and sweet dried fruits. The middle matures and begins to bring out some of the hop character with a slight bitterness. The finish is long and semi sweet having a slight alcohol warmth about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Thx to elnadeau for sharing Pours w/ a huge head and a brown body. Nice roasty aroma, light/medium body, with dry roastiness. The finish is dry and clean. A good porter

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