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RATINGS: 1243   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 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Clear garnet body with tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some chocolate, some bubblegum. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, some burnt, caramel. Watery light-medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12883) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
A clear deep dark porter with a huge moka head, with a nitrogen tap look to it (its a bottle though). Nice. Cold coffee and and chocolate in aroma, with butterscotch notes (good in this case). In mouth, rather nice rich bittersweet chocolate with burned coffee bitterness, and a decent medium body. A very decent porter. Bought in Potsdam, NY, early 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours a brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, and lightly burnt grains. Flavor of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, hops (earthy), and some spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a big rich to rocky shaving cream-retaining tan head and black color. Aroma is mild dark malt-toffee/chocolate, roasty. Taste is dark malt-toffee/chocolate, roasty, some fruit, English-earthy/spicy hops. Towards full body. OK/mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle. Pours near opaque with a huge foamy tan head that slowly diminishes to a creamy rocky film. Caramel malt, syrup (molasses) and dark roasted malt aroma with notes of toffee and fruit (raisin, prune). Yeast (sweat) and very dark roasted malt and dark chocolate creamy flavor with a dry hoppy finish. Dark bodied and smooth, slightly dry palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Thanks Sean! Pours a very dark red-tinted brown color with a very large tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with a creamy lactic note. Sweet, lactic taste with roasted malts and some hop bitterness. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 14, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 Re-rate 3/17/12: Bottle sample at a Samuel Adams tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks Oren. Dark brown. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and nuts. Sweetish chocolaty flavor with some roastiness. Medium-bodied. 7/3/6/3/13=3.2

Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Oren. Deep reddish brown with a bit of beige foam. Aroma of malt, some fruits and light roasty notes. Sweetish roasty flavor with a bit of caramel, light chocolate notes and a drier finish. Medium-bodied. 6/3/7/3/13=3.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
I think Sam Adams gets a bad rap sometimes, and people are overly critical of the brewer. Sam Adams brews high-quality beers, even the ones that are bland and boring. They are still well-made! This beer is no exception. Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head that dissipated quickly. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is roasty with malt, dark chocolate and hops. Medium-bodied with bitter chocolate undertones. Malt, caramel and some coffee flavors. The finish is where the hops become more apparent. All in all this Porter is not up there with Fuller’s and the like but it is definitely a good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (11350) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
12 oz bottle. It pours a dark reddish brown with a foamy off-white head. The head slowly recedes with not much lacing. It smells sweeter than most of this style. It has a lot of caramel and chocolate in the scent. There is a faint whiff of hops, unfortunately it is two varieties that don’t really enjoy, East Kent Goldings and Fuggles. The flavor is not that great. There is a heavy bit of diacetyl as it has a huge buttery flavor. Other flavors are brown sugar, caramel and chocolate. There is a slight hint of roastiness. The mouthfeel is thin for the style. This is just not a great example of the style. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-19-2010 00:50:22

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2011
Name: Holiday Porter
Date: December 07, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
rich malt flavor, lots of chocolate character, could be excellent in a larger sample

Name: Holiday Porter
Date: November 09, 2006
Mode: bottle
Source: Harry’s
Appearance: dark brown with ruby highlights, whispy beige head that stirs up thick and leaves a bit of lace
Aroma: dry hoppy chocolate malt aroma with a hint of sweet caramel
Flavor: rich caramel and chocolate flavor, nice lasting bitterness, caramel comes out as it warms and picks up a bit of butterscotch

Name: Holiday Porter
Date: December 03, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
still the rich chocolate and sweet caramel,

Name: Holiday Porter
Date: November 29, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: bulloch’s
a lot more of a burnt bitter dark roast character,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

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