kramer (4344) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 12 oz bottle, via shp555. Pours a clear dark brown colored body under a one finger creamy and foamy light brown head. Nice retention on the head. Aroma is mostly chocolate malt with a lightly grainy tinge. Light hoppiness, a touch of diacetyl, and a little coffee. Flavor has a little more roast than the aroma let on, and a good bit of licorice on the finish. Fairly full-flavored, but that slightly harsh graininess is present throughout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly watery texture and moderate fizzy carbonation thatís a little too prickly. This was easily drinkable, but not the most characterful beer. Still, another decent effort from Sam Adams.
ads135 (2320) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad porter, but nothing exceptional either. Has the requisite chocolate and licorice. Black and somewheat thick.
ROBC3366 (195) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad porter, but unremarkable when it comes to all the great ones available. The malt profile isnít 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 doesnít get there. Good, but not great.
GarrettB (841) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
January 24th, 2012 - I havenít 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.
kidobutai (102) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Okay, so Iím rating a holiday Porter in September. But if it list anything over the months, I canít tell. Great head with a light brown hue that stays around, very dark, almost black. Great taste, rich, almost chocolate. Delicious!
Beergeek23322 (1659) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
November 2011. Bottle from a seasonal mixed case. Dark brown with roasted malt, chocolate and spice aromas. Medium carbonation, nice slightly bitter finish.
HisBoyElroy (297) - Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just matching my score from Beer Advocate. Do not specifically recall the details of this beer.
flatmatt (984) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
mike5326 (461) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Rrauth (890) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From beerlicious iphone app: Caramel and some milk choc. hazy brown with frothy tan head. some bitterness and sourness. Medium sticky and alcoholic finish.
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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