Samuel Adams Holiday Porter

Samuel Adams
Holiday Porter.
Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams)
40 IBU's
5.8% Alcohol

Here is another beer from the 2012 Sam Adams Holiday Variety Pack, my review of the Samuel Adams Holiday Porter.
Now I've always been a big fan of porters and stouts, especially in the Winter.  There's something fitting about having a nice, warming, thick dark beer on a cold Winter's day.  When I saw this beer, my hopes were high.

The Sam Adams Holiday Porter comes in at a respectable 5.8% ABV and a moderate (for the style) 40 IBU's.  This beer is supposedly a throwback to the oldschool style porters from the past, but I can't really say whether it's authentic in that or not.  But, not that it really matters how authentic it is.

The Samuel Adams Holiday Porter pours a dark brown color that lets a slight bit of light go through, with a nice thick, long-lasting, lacy tan head.  Aromas are predominantly malty with some dark roasted coffee and rye bread notes.  Tasting brings a decently thick and creamy mouthfeel with quite a bit of malts, a breadiness, a touch of toffee, and a bit of bitter hops that are evident in the finish.

All in all, a solid porter.  Nothing amazing, nothing ground-breaking, but good... and very drinkable.  I could easily drink a couple of these in a sitting.  I really enjoy the mouthfeel here, whereas a lot of porters I've had recently have seemed a little too thin.

Drink This: if you want a solid porter.
Don't Drink This: if you want a porter that's out of the ordinary.


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