Samuel Adams Holiday Porter
Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams)
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.