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RATINGS: 1221   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Great cocoa aroma, looked quite nice with a dark, slight ruby tinge. A bit weak in body -- like Sam Adams watered down Cream Stout -- not too bad -- but slightly acidic and chalky as another rater had mentioned. A little too bitter also -- I canít see how I would buy this if it were in a six pack if it were lined up right next to Anchor Porter or Rogue Mocha Porter. Good for Sam Adams though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1741) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas of toasted malt and some coffee. Flavor is mostly toasted malt, with some hop bitterness as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Pours deep and dark with a creamy beige head that disappeared quickly. Faint coffee and chocolate aroma that is heavily overshadowed by a strong hoppy aroma. Very active carbonation, robust, bittersweet chocolate but yet again dominated mainly by hops. Thin for a porter with a dry finish. Overall not bad. Not the chocolatey, coffee concotion I hoped it would be. A few too many IBUís I think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a thick and nicely lacing tan head. Aroma is subtle and malty with a touch of milk chocolate, but somewhat earthy and vegetable-like as well. Body is nicely carbonated and has a robust mouthfeel, but its light caramel sweetness turns acidic toward the semi-dry finish. Not a bad porter as far as Sam Adams goes, but not that great either. Thanks to Indiana_Red for the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 30, 2004
12 oz bottle. Ha! I nabbed a single of this and didnít have to struggle through the Light and Winter Ales in the Holiday 12-pack. I really didnít need to bother...itís solid black, thick with a lasting smooth tan head. A tasteful chocolate cake aroma leads to a relatively nondeScript robust coffee flavor with just a bit of late chocolate. Not bad, but certainly not distinctive. Slightly on the thin side for a porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddon90 (1575) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Got this from the Winter Gift pack at Costco in Manassas, VA. Deep dark pour with a mild lingering tan head. Nice roasted malt, coffee flavor. Nice smooth flavor. Chocolaty, with a hint of hops in the background. Roasted malt as well. Overall, a decent job by Sam Adams for a Porter. Give this some time and it should be pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Pours a deep dark reddish color. Aroma is roasted malts, a little chocolate. Flavor has some rich roasted malts, but the beer seems to be lacking a bit of oomph. Not bad, but then again not as full bodied as I would have hoped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerGod (5689) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Thanks to CAPTRON for this one! Came from his Sam Adams gift pack.Deep ruby tinged brown body with a fluffy tan head resting on it.Nose is watery cocoa and caramel, light spice and faint hops. Tastes spicy (cinnamon) with bittersweet chocolate, faint hops, and dried fruits. The taste is a little thin though. Body is light and very un-porterlike. Minimal carbonation feel in the mouth. Finishes with more spice notes, light cocoa, and fruit. Average at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Dark brown with lighter edges and a small tannish head. Creamy. Left me quicker than a saigon whore. I know all about the nose on this one as I was taking a step inhaling the wonderful? aromas a stray bit of beer shot up my nose. Lots of chocolate malts, sweet roast, very caramel like. There is a spicy fruit like figs or raisins and cinnamon abundant as well. Ugh... the flavors are very dry an acidic. Lots of pennies were in the fermenter of this one. The chocolate is drowned out by bitter bitter roast. There is a cloying stickiness that leaves itself deposited in the palate. Very harsh. Almost reminds me of cigarette tobacco. Creamy though. Not the greatest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Bottle from the Sam Adams Winter Variety Pack. Had to buy a whole case of Sam Adams (4X of: Boston Lager, Light, Old Feziwig, Cranberry Lager, Winter Ale and [drumroll] Holiday Porter) to get to this *sigh*, here goes.
Dark burgundy brown color, crimson blood red hues on the edges and through light. Thick creamy tan head with super-glue sticky head that puts 200 thread count linnens on the side of your glass, not lacing. Nose of plums, fig newtons (the bulk kind, not nabisco), chewy chocolate malts and light caramelized roast. Brief floral hops in the nose, not very noticable. The flavor is very bitter and astringent: metallic and dry. Ugh! Finishes creamy and toasty, like metallic tinges still coming through the palate. Not as dry as the flavor in the tail but still not overly impressive. Decent Sam Adams seasonal, will probably peak in quality right around christmas time though.

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