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RATINGS: 1212   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (3071) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Not a bad porter, but nothing exceptional either. Has the requisite chocolate and licorice. Black and somewheat thick.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarrettB (1076) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
January 24th, 2012 - I haven’t always enjoyed the Sam Adams boxes of seasonal brews, but the Winter box is pushing some dense, flavorful gems that can compete in boldness and intensity with some of the higher priced bottles lounging rank and file in the fridges. The Holiday Porter is NOT one of these, reminding me as both a buyer and a consumer, that in most mass marketed brewers boxes there is chaff bundled in with the wheat, or the malt (whichever you prefer.) The aroma is predictably malty, but tastefully decorated and wreathed with bits of peat and globs of brown sugar. I find this combination to be enjoyable. But my subtle, self-indulgent grin is cut short when I take a sip, and find something that is bitter, dry and chalky, with a remote but exhausted flavor of chocolate left out and neglected on the kitchen counter.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (400) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Okay, so I’m rating a holiday Porter in September. But if it list anything over the months, I can’t tell. Great head with a light brown hue that stays around, very dark, almost black. Great taste, rich, almost chocolate. Delicious!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2432) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2013
November 2011. Bottle from a seasonal mixed case. Dark brown with roasted malt, chocolate and spice aromas. Medium carbonation, nice slightly bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1136) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear deep red brown with a tan head. Caramelized brown sugar and toffee in the aroma. Flavors of roasty caramel, toffee, brown sugar, at times a bit of marshmallow. A little different from the typical porter flavors, but definitely on the watery side.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike5326 (972) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Poured from a chilled bottle into a glass. Dark brown with a nice tan head. Smells of sweat toasted malt with a slight metallic hint. Smooth roasted porter taste, with a extremely mild bitter after taste.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2013
From beerlicious iphone app: Caramel and some milk choc. hazy brown with frothy tan head. some bitterness and sourness. Medium sticky and alcoholic finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 30, 2013
A - Pours a dark brown garnet color. 1.5 fingers of frothy tan head. S - Chocolate, roasted malt, toasted brown sugar, mild notes of sharp fruitiness. T - Bittersweet chocolate, roasted grain with a smokey character followed by a sharp nuttiness. Sugary malts over burnt toast in the middle. Acidic towards the finish. M - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth body. A nice beer to have on any occasion. Chocolate forward, not overly sweet, and some moderate roast notes. Serving type: bottle 01-07-2011

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jason1970 (143) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2013
Not a bad porter, but unremarkable when it comes to all the great ones available. The malt profile isn’t really complex enough and that affects the flavor. I like a porter that errs on the side of being more on the coffee/chocolate side of the spectrum. This doesn’t get there. Good, but not great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnmike (1034) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle pour from a build your own six pack around the holidays. Caramel and chocolate porter is good.


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