I’m coming to the end of my Sam Adams Winter selection, and to the end of the winter seasonals, in fact. Porters are often hugely malty, but the Samuel Adams Holiday Porter is less in your face. It’s still definitely a malt-driven beer, but it relies on the malts to add flavor and texture and complexity in subtler ways than a big shouty look-at-all-my-maltiness porter. The nose is sweet, the middle is milky and smooth, and it fades to a bitter-sweet chocolate finish. This is really a nice beer.
I give it a 4.0 out of 5.