Saturday, December 13, 2008

Live Blogging: Holiday Porter

We interrupt this lovefest with Atlanta to review a beer that has been sitting in our kegerator for some time.

Sam Adams Holiday Porter
"Shouldn't that be Christmas Porter Mr. Adams?" I'm sitting here watching the Heisman and the baby is doing well, so why not crack open a Christmas beer before I head out for offshore tomorrow. Pours deep mahogany with a seriously thick tan head that is taking its sweet time going down. My nose doth detect honey, chocolate, light coffee, and cinnamon. There could be a citrus/piney hops note in there as well. The head is so thick and has such consistency that I have watched the entire Heisman trophy trailer. Wow, taste is surprisingly not all that. I get a medium bodied porter with that is a touch too hopped up. It's not IPA, but that citrus and biting hop is not what we were looking for. It's rather citrusy with moderate carbonation. Oh lord, all the Heisman guys listen to Kenny Chesney. This beer does not work for me. I think I'm tasting some chocolate powder as opposed to chocolate or roasted malt. The lighter body is nice, but it's a low 3 Star. Rather disappointing for me.


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Bill said...

This Susan character is a real asshole. I heard she got fired from her old job due to using cocaine. Now she sells car insurance choices.

I actually kinda dug the Sam Caramel Porter, but it's because I have this weird fascination with super-sweet Caramel beers. The Saranac (F.X. Matt Brewing) Caramel Porter had a similar vibe to it. It is way too sweet, yes, and some kind of coffee or smoky flavor would have offset the toffee and butterscotch, but I can't hate on it.

The American Don said...

Well we have more of it, but it just didn't do it for me.