emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, smooth, and sweet, surprisingly good holiday beer from Sam Adams. Very nice chocolate and coffee overtones, too bad this brew is only available in the mix 12 pack.
Homerlikebeer (36) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not much of an aroma, but what little there is is , nutty/slightly choc. Nice dark brown color. Flavor is again nutty, choc, hint caramel but overall not memorable. Decent enough but just short on too many counts.
JamesCrosson (36) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a dark beer with a somelight light taste. It drinks much lighter than it looks! An aroma that can be described as ’typical’, a full color with a good head. This is a good beer, not great - It doesn’t have the bold taste you would expect; which could either be a positive or negative depending on your liking for porters.
dzzz333 (35) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of the bottle. Yet again a domestic beer that impressed me with its hearty flavor that wasnt as watered down as i thought it would of been. Honestly, you cant go wrong with sam adams brews they brew great beers. The holiday porter had a nice aroma i smelle hints of chocolate and coffee were most notable with me. Overall, It was a great beer and it surprised me with its quality. Enjoy.
mdntklrmth (34) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into Fifty Fifty shaker glass a deep brown with moderate head, but didn't last. Smells of earthy-esque-ness and chocolatey-stuff. Has a thinner body than I like/expected, especially for billing as a holiday porter. But tastes kind of muddy to me. I do get chocolate and a bit of roastiness, but it's not really in the forefront there. It's hard to review this beer. It's mediocre. If I got a bit more distinct flavor out of it I'd say it's better.
UCLABruin (34) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown (just a hint of red when held to the light) with a thick brown head. Aroma is faint of malty richness. Beer is heavy and smooth, low carbonation and malty but relatively unbalanced, light on flavor ... with a light chocolate flavor at the end.
oldpainless (34) - fort mill, South Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think it much better than the honey porter they make. Good color. Malty & easy to quaff. Finishes fairly dry w/ hints of coffee and butterscotch. good effort by jim & the boys.
TungstenGT (34) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the better beers in the Holiday variety pack. I really enjoyed it and wished I could have found it as a six pack on its own. Very good beer if you like a Porter. I think it is better than the Honey Porter that they put out and I like that one.
Wileecoyote (33) - - JAN 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very smooth porter, not too heavy but nice malt and deep caramel tones, a little sharper on aftertaste, good beer but nothing crazy
dondk (28) - leetsdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice, deep black with a decent biege head. Aroma is of coffee, a little bit of roastiness and caramel. Taste is mostly caramel, roasted coffee. A bit on the light side, expected more from this one.