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RATINGS: 1208   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2377) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Pours with a two-finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost black. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts and finishes with a sweetish roasted chocolate/coffee flavor. 83¢ for a 12 oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH - should be sold in 6-paks instead of two in a 12-pak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Dark chocolatey brown with solid tan head. Tangy toffee aroma, but pretty light. The flavor is nice ... roasty, but nicely bittered ... like bittersweet chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2496) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Not bad. Dark garnet, not quite opaque. Dense brownish head. Rich caramel and toffee aroma, just a dash of grassy hops. Sweet and rounded up front, with caramel giving way to a semi-sweet chocolate finish. Light hints of coffee and roast in the aftertaste. Decently smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Dark brown in colour with a nice super dense tan head and ruby highlights to the body when tilted. Aroma of nuts, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, metal, blood and caramel-pretty nice aside from the metallic twang. Medium-bodied; Strong roasty malt presence with chocolate coming out in the taste and a slight bitter nuttiness. Aftertaste shows the malt and caramel more than anything else. Overall, better than I had expected from Sam Adams, but not the best porter I could imagine drinking. Definitely a welcome treat from the usual Vienna Style in the Winter pack. Many thanks to Phil (haddon90) for letting me have this bottle! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle pulled from the 2004 Sam Adams Holiday Sampler Pack on 15-December-2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2004
This is a pretty typical porter. The most special thing about it is that the aroma is quite sweet. A pretty typical coffee bitterness and overall dark taste. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2004
12 oz bottle: dark brown with golden highlights: thick pour from the bottle with a large frothy brown head. Aroma is filled with lots of mocha/coffee bitterness and toasted oak embers. Slight grit in the palate which was that great, but there was a decent chocolaty flavour, with a good backbone of roasted nuts and even a bit of hops in the finish, certainly not bad…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2004
12.11.04 12oz bottle. Deep crimson black with little brown head. Aromas are sharp; bitter roasty and berry jam. Flavors start out nice but become somewhat artificial with temp, soapy? Sweet berry along with light chocolate and burnt grain. Finish is a fine balance of bitter and sweet. Good palate throughout is a bit oily, a bit sticky, and a bit effy. One of the better SA beers I’ve had, but still something is off.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2004
On the 12th day of christmas my illegitimate son brought to me sam adams holiday porter and a mediocre beer rating. Decent enough offering from Sam adams. Molasses, rich candy smell and the scent of grain. the taste was a rich coffee mixing with very light hints of chocolate. extremely dry. finished with a slight hop bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Dark brown, approaching black, with a thin tan head. Roasty aroma of roasted malts, espresso, and smoke. Flavor is on the hoppy side for a porter: roasted malt up front with strong coffee and chocolate notes, followed by a peppery hop note that fades in the finish. Nice porter with a very smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Darkly cast appearance, yet not quite brown, a dunnish deep burgundy, perhaps, resting under a good-sized, roasty cocoa-tan head, a solid 1/4", slowly shifting down. Bittersweet espresso aroma, roasted, toasted, lightly spicy, burnt toast, chocolate, and a whiff of coffee grounds...with chocolate getting bigger over time... Smooth and rich on the palate, light but almost luscious in flavor, sweetness and dark, together in tandem, with a creamy oily coating on the palate. Very well felt in the mouth, fills it fully, swishes flavor all around. Quite nice. Full in body, with a long, chocolatey finish. Very, very nice porter...my voice rises in the choir to ask what makes it a "holiday" porter...no matter, this is nice nonetheless...why don’t they so something this good year ’round, I gotsta ask...

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