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RATINGS: 1211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2004
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with some red if held to the light, has a good head. Aroma is like your average porter with pine and Sammy undertones. Malty flavor with some caramel. Palate is pretty good, though somewhat thin. Overall a good offering.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (1882) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2004
A nice dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma hints at coffee and chocolate. A bit malty with a bit of caramel and chocolate, though a bit watery. Not a favorite porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1084) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2004
i bought the whole sampler pack just because thatís the only way to get this beer, and old fezziwig. cheers to the marketing crew at sam adams, because thereís no other way in hell iím gonna buy sam adams light or their cranberry lambic. anyway, itís a very typical porter, not bad in any way, but not a standout. definitely a solid offering, considering that it is sam adams, not a small-scale operation. thin astringent body, but nice roasty caramel aroma and flavor. just about makes that sampler pack worth it!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Deep brown, tan head, aroma of caramel, and toasted malt, flavor similar, but with addition of some chocolate. Lightly bitter finish. Decent

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1765) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Black with flecks of ruby red. Huge off-white/tan head lasted to the bottom of the pint. Slight coffee notes in aroma with caramel malts and some slightly piney hops. Full malty flavor, again with some coffee notes, with bittersweet chocolate and butterscotch. Actually very good, and Iím surprised at the rather low score.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Sam Adams...always a good decision. Black with no head. Aroma is mostly caramel and coffee with only a slight hint of chocolate. This is much better as it warms. Has a decent malt character with a chocolate hints. The caramel is the most noticable flavor. Ends with a mild bitter coffee taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1209) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Pours pretty dark with little head. Aroma is very roasty, and the flavor is marked by notes of bitter chocolate and hops. Overall a smooth drinking porter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Beer pours with a dark mahogany color with some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Cream tan head is full and lasts thoughout the pint. Aroma is of roasted grains, chocolate malt is noticable, along with what appears to be roasted although the bottle does not say it is used. Light Munich malt aroma, nutty, buscut like, no real hop aroma to speak of(althogh some EKG would have been nice). Coffee aroma is present in this beer. Flavor is of noticeable chocolate malt flavors and light roasted flavor, some malt sweetness is evedent with a very light hop bitterness. Hop flavors on the light side, but balance the sweeness very nice. The finish is of the dark malts adding some dryness. Mothfeel is meduim, more like a brown porter more than a robust porter. Overall this is a very nice brown porter, and a nice addition to the Sam Adams lineup. (At least here in OK)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Very dark mahogany color with a small beige head. Roasted coffee, chocolate and malt aroma. Slightly sweet chocolate with burnt wood and bitter hops flavors. Very crisp feel with a dry hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Deep, dark ruby color (translucent) with a small tan head. The aroma was full of smoky chocolate, burnt wood, and caramel. The flavor had some of the smokiness in it, but more sweet and bitter than I expected...nice chocolate tones. The feel was quite crisp...medium bodied...semi-wet finish. Thanks Mike (you know I was gonna have to buy that whole "collection" just to rate this thing!)


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