Samuel Adams - Holiday Porter
Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. glass bottle, poured into a mug
The Holiday Porter has a clear, but dark brown body with a pleasant ruby glow. The frothy tan head packs decent retention and produces solid lacing. The nose holds nicely roasted malts, and hints of caramelized sugar and chocolate.
The chocolate flavor comes through clear along with the roasted malts on the first sip. A pleasant molasses sweetness works to balance a light charred character about mid-way through. Despite some mild carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth and slick, but it remains positive overall. The body is fairly creamy, but not too heavy at all. The finish is solid and carries on with a mild lingering smoke.
Final Verdict: B+