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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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8263) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle thanks to John. Pours black with white head. Nose and taste of roast caramel and chocolate malt and cocoa. Lighter bodied. Standard issue porter. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8036) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2008
Bottle, Beers of the World Live, NEC. Dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are earthy roast coffee with caramel and molasses. Flavours are sweet molasses and coffee. Lightly bitter. Spicy on the finish. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8023) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7982) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Deep brown with close to no light passing through the body. Semi-spicy nose, the SA house character is there - that honey, caramel, sticky and chewy scent... it’s there. Has some plum and brown sugar notes. Texture is semi-thick, a bit frothy, a little sticky. Flavors of some marzen-like quality mixed with some juniper-type notes... brown sugar, honey, pine sap and more. Not bad, but lacking what I consider the neccessary qualities of a Porter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Aroma was somewhat weak. What I could smell was mainly malts (toasted grains and chocolate) with some brown sugar. Color was a dark mahogany with a matching light brown head. Flavor was a typical porter with a bitter and sour finish. Mouthfeel was dry with a light alcohol backnote.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Part of the Sammy holiday/winter collection. Aroma and flavor of malt, chocoff, nuts, slight spice. Not a top tier porter, but as with all Sammy beers, very quaffable, complex, and smooth. Remember, a 3.5 is well above average as a rating, and you can trust my ratings, just like you can trust Jesse Jackson with your wife. (Seriously, I take my ratings very seriously).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7818) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 (355 ml bottle from Swedish Systembolaget) Clear dark red color, big lasting tan creamy head. Sweet chocolate and fruity scent, also hoppy. Sweet slightly burnt chocolate taste, subtle burnt aftertaste. Medium high bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7571) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Bottle. Chocolate malt aroma with a hint of mint. Very dark brown - opaque with little head. Chocolate mallt flavor also with a hint of mint - moderate carbonation with a good hops finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (7337) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7131) - 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.


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