One of the beers in the Sam Adams Winter Classics variety pack. I’m pretty sure the variety pack is about the only way you can get ahold of this.
Name: Holiday Porter
Origin: Boston Beer Company/Sam Adams, Boston, MA
Style: American Porter
IBU: not given
Calories: 212 per 12 oz bottle
I drank this: poured from the bottle at home
So we know I have my run-ins with Sam Adams, and that thus far I haven’t been particularly complimentary toward their beers. The Holiday Porter is a nice change from all that – I liked it quite a bit.
The Holiday Porter pours a nice chocolate color with a cream-colored head that left lacing all the way down the glass. It’s filled with a lovely milk chocolate/caramel scent, with a hint of hops in the background.
Flavor-wise, it begins with a heavy hint of chocolate. The chocolate gets backed up by roasted malts, caramel and just overall “sweet”. It’s a really nice malt profile. Then the hops kick in. They’re a little too strong for the style, I think, but they’re not overpowering – they’re bright and piney. They sort of layer over the chocolate backdrop.
For a porter, this is fairly light-bodied – it won’t leave you full or overwhelmed. The mouthfeel tends toward the hoppy-dry side rather than the full and creamy side.
As far as porters go, I’d rank this above Boulevard’s Bully!* Porter, but not up to Fuller’s London Porter (the creamy mouthfeel in the Fuller’s version will kill me happily dead every time).
*I still hate this exclamation point.
End note: Sorry if I’m lacking in my usual eloquence at the moment – I’ve got a cold and it’s not helping my ability to think clearly.