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Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 7 14 3 7 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle out of the Sam Adams mixed seasonal case. Served up in a standard pint.

A: Pours a pretty rich, dark brown, when held to light it has some nice ruby hues coming through. A vigorous pour produces a seriously creamy and frothy tan head. The head ha somewhat decent retention, slowly receding down to a solid top cap. The head and cap yields a ton sticky ass lacing that soaks the glass and keeps it all thick on the glass. Seriously good looking brew.

S: Lots of malt coming through that has a somewhat burnt roastiness to it. Getting a touch of hops coming through as well along with some metallic twang in the nose. Nothing else much going on.

T: Once again plenty of malt coming through with some decent sweetness and caramel goodness. That is quickly cut down by a metallic, liquor type taste that is somewhat off putting. That is also a touch of coffee goodness in there but it seems like someone left the pot on too long. Seems like everything good that happens is cut off at the knees by a negative.

M: The feel is medium, but the light side of that. Not nearly as thick as I would expect from a porter because of a somewhat watery feel at times. The ABV is low and mostly only felt in a bit of the taste that forms a metallic twang in the aftertaste. Carbonation is a bit high. Goes down pretty easily for the style.

D: This is an easily drinkable porter that has a wonderful appearance. The aroma, feel and taste are a bit lacking though. It was a bit of a let down. Ah well, can't win em all.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-28-2008 05:50:11

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 8 14 4 7 2010
12oz Bottle

Poured a deep dark brown into my pint glass with ruby highlights when held to the light. There was a 1 finger creamy tan head that stuck around nicely but eventually faded to a dusted covering.

The smell is full of malts. Lightly roasted grains with a touch of chocolate and vanilla. I even pick up a little hazelnut. My last homebrew was a hazelnut brown and this actually has a lot of the same aromas. Smells fresh and warm, as in a good winter beer.

The taste is above average but nothing special. Starts off with the roasted grains and a touch of coffee bitterness. The bitterness pushes through and theres even a small hop bitterness. The vanilla shows a quick flash of flavor but can't compete with the roasted grains. The roastiness gets bigger all through the palate. Theres even a mild warming on the way down to my stomach, not even an alcohol warming but more of a warm drink warming. Strange? I know.

Mouthfeel is above average but could use a little more body and creaminess. A little lighter than I would have liked. Light on the carbonation as well.

This is a tough one that will be different depending on the drinker. Beers with the coffee bitterness, while I enjoy them there aren't very many that I would want more than one or two. It's just not as drinkable as other styles to me.

Overall Holiday porter is an enjoyable winter beer. Nothing exceptional but a sold winter seasonal. I happily drink these when I buy the Sam Adams Winter 12-packs.

Reviewed: 12/6/06

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 16 4 7 0
Im not the biggest Sam Adams fan, but this one was really good. A full flavored brew that was easy to drink. THis was one of the most flavorfull brews i’ve had from Sam Adams yet. Pours very very dark brown. Smell was one of the best from SA. The taste and drinkability were both very good.

Served In: Pint Glass

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