chickenflea (313) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good black color, nice creamy head and some surprisingly good lacing. A little red highlight at the bottom of the glass too.
Smell is sweeter and typical for a porter with little complexity. All good I feel.
Taste is rounded and subtle with a distinct lack of bitterness and a very nice smooth feel. Too often I find American Porters to concentrate on the bitter, hoppy, dark coffee flavors rather than the smooth silky nature of the style. This is a nice exception. Tasty hops present but in the background.
Mouthfeel is good, with a medium average body and more than average smoothness for the American version of the Porter.
A surprisingly nice porter. Great for everyday drinking around the Christmas Season.
scanny24 (7) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A good Porter, though nothing special. Little chocolate taste, typical color. Not bad, but not great.
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very impressive light tan head--a full three fingers thick. Initially I didnít see any lace, but as the drink progressed, the lace became more pronounced
Chocolate and cream aromas. Thereís also a touch of oily alcohol.
The chocolate comes through in the taste, almost like a bittersweet hot cocoa. Very rich body, the carbonation seems a little below average. This has the consistency of the root beer float. Iím having trouble picking up the hop, but can tell itís present because the beer is well-balanced. I recommend this porter.
Brandon1989 (228) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a very dark brown with some ruby on the edge of glass. the aroma is chocolate and licorice. the taste is similar and for some reason i just didnít really enjoy this beer.
firefly765 (82) - - JAN 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle pours a very dark brown almost black with a reddish hue. Light khaki creamy head. Some nice lacing. Aroma of licorice and chocolate with some Earthy undertones. Seems a bit highly carbonated. A Rich coffee chocolate licorice flavor. Seems like it's lacking something though. Good not great.
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mstrcrwly (175) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chocolate, caramel, wheat..decent color and aroma..not bad..but better alternatives out there.
ads135 (2579) - 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 (361) - 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 (919) - San Diego, 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 (229) - 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 (2025) - 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.