overall
72
54
style
RATINGS: 1243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Samuel Adams Holiday Porter is a full-flavored porter inspired by the famous drink of Londons 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.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (13437) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13061) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12837) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (12447) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (12346) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 14, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 Re-rate 3/17/12: Bottle sample at a Samuel Adams tasting at kerenmks 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12328) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12253) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11857) - 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 Fullers and the like but it is definitely a good beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (11608) - Chicago, 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 dont 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (11316) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a medium tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a roasted malt with caramel and black licorice. Good lacing on the glass. The taste is a sweet malt with dark chocolate and a dry finish. A very good porter by Sam Adams.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2  3  4 5 6 » 125
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5