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RATINGS: 1213   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
swiseman (442) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
pours a thick black with a thin beige head (some light lacings on the glass). aromas of caramel, wheat and bubble gum. medium mouth-feel. some milk chocolate, roasted toffee, light molasses with subtle nuts and possible hint of woodsy spice. finish is quite strong with old molasses and fermented fruit peel and licorice. overall, very solid porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hondajunkie (89) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle from Winter Classics variety pack. Pours a dark coffee colour with a thick 1 finger dark khaki head. Aromas of chocolate, toffee, coffee bean. Mouthfeel: creamy malt, bittersweet chocolate, tart finish. A nicely balanced porter, nothing outstanding but easy drinking nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2766) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2013
12 oz bottle served in snifter. Pours clear and coffee-colored with a dense tan head that rises to the top of a pint glass but not over ... near perfect. Head has very good retention. Very good aroma but too subdued. Medium-full and near creamy body with moderate carbonation. T - This "holiday" porter does NOT feature pronounced "holiday" spicing like cinnamon and nutmeg. It does feature a smooth, roasted malt taste as part of its rich complex flavor. Hops are also readily detectable. More subtle flavor notes of chocolate, coffee, spices, and vanilla. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Particularly nice finish for a porter. Should be a great accompaniment to a rich holiday meal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
12 ounce bottle
This was part of a sampler. It isn’t a bad porter but after about half the bottle I was ready to move on. For a widely available porter it beats the alternatives but I suspect that closer to home you can come up with something better. Tick and move on.

Aroma / Appearance - The light black base pours fluidly. A thin head collapses over time. Tart and malty it has a tang like roasting chocolate over an ashy firepit. Coffee undertones help rescue a more boring first impression.

Flavor / Palate - Dry and bittersweet chocolate are ashy. For the $1 entry fee this wasn’t bad but I got bored after just a few sips. There’s nothing too interesting here. Even so I’d share it with people just getting into beer who might be scared off by huge beers that smack you in the face.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
porkdiggity (108) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Decent porter, but it wasn't anything special to me. It wasn't terrible by any means, but just standard. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emartell (271) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - FEB 9, 2013
Aromas ligeros, sin embargo bien definidos. Destacan aromas a maltas tostadas, caramelo y chocolate. En cuanto a apariencia, color obscuro, practicamente negra. Cuerpo ligero, carbonatacion mínima, corona de espuma ligera y de poca retención. En boca es suave y seca. Al paladar es suave y picante. Se perciben maltas tostadas, caramelo y chocolate. Posteriormente el amargor del lupulo se hace notar detectandose un final seco de media duración. En resumen una buena cerveza. Suave y agradable. Dulce por el sabor que dan las maltas tostadas, caramelizadas y chocolate, dejando un final seco y amargo.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2013
12oz bottle, black pour, tan head, caramel, chocolate malt aroma, taste of roasty, chocolate, coffee flavoring. light body, average carbonation, thin feel for a porter, lacking the bite you would expect from a porter. Light sweetness, lightly bitter finish, well balanced as most SA brews are. Overall, this beer is good, lacking some flavor to it, mild, as most SA are.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrownALEx (323) - Portland, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2013
A: nuts and english hops. A: pours a dark maroon with a thick dirty white head. Some lacing left. T: caramel and malt. P: like a lot of SA’s beers, on the thin side. O: could drink a couple but lacks the umph of a good porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2575) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2013
It poured a dark brown color with not much lacing. The smell has a mixture of malts and spiced hops. The taste is sweet with some earthy tones surrounding the malts. The palate is medium to heavy with a rich carbonation hitting the tongue. It has a creamy aftertaste and mild sticky finish. Overall, this is a great beer in the seasonal pack.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Ok; not one of the better porters, or the best of the Holiday Sampler. Decent, but too much bitterness and spice for my liking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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