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Honey Porter - Cape May Brewing Company

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12 Reviews
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 54
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 21.52%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cape May Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ahoyhoyindeed on 10-13-2011

An English porter made with local Cape May honey. Brewed with hallertau hops the beer has restrained roasty characteristics that make it unique from stouts. Originating in England, porter evolved from a blend of beers or gyles known as “Entire.” A precursor to stout, it is said to have been favored by porters and other physical laborers.

38 IBU
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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 54
Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Great looking tan lace on this very dark brew. Creamy smooth, layers of subtle sweetness dance around the dark roasty tones, unsweetened chocolate and mild charred grain on the palate. A good showing of balance and drinkability with just enough honey character to be worthy to have it in its name.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a pint

Looks a midnight black in the glass with some chestnut brown edges. The head rises less than a finger, even after a vigorous pour.

The aroma is of some dark roasted malt, coffee, nuts, and sweet honey. Pretty inviting aroma. Good standard porter notes with honey malt to add a unique wrinkle.

On the palate, dark roast and lightly toasted nuts up front with coffee notes through the middle. Honey malt pokes through the bitter roast finish, but never truly overcomes all the roast. Very nice.

On the lighter side of medium. The carbonation tries real hard to make this smooth, and it nearly does its job but the body falls a little thin. Really my only complaint.

This is a tasty little porter with some nice sweetness from the honey malt. Unique addition that works real well. Good job, guys.

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Photo of Oakenator
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown to black with a tan head. Head retention is minimal with no lacing. Yet still looks inviting.

S: Dark slightly roasted malts with some chocolate.

T: Slight bitterness for a second but quickly followed with the honey backbone. Slight roasted flavor very late.

M: Good carbonation and flavor but heading for #2.

O: Great brew.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4oz taster size pour out of one of the staff members growlers (as the keg was kicked). Poured this into my CMBC pint glass.

A: This poured out a deep chestnut color. It was bordering on brown. Not as dark as other porters of the same variety. Off white almost tan head. Lacing bits. Not a ton of carbonation, but it was coming out of a almost empty growler so who knows.

S: I definitely got some of those sweet honey, roasted notes. Rich grain bill. Some milk chocolate. Maybe a touch of coffee buried under it all as well.

T: Taste follows the nose. Sweet malts. Low bitterness. Some light roast. Maybe some light hints of coffee. Chocolate.

M: Light to medium. Very thin for the style, but easy drinking.

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Photo of Damian
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Dog Tooth Bar & Grill, Wildwood, NJ
Served in a pint glass

Dark brown appearance. The liquid was topped by a inch tall head of tight, tan colored foam. Decent retention but no lacing.

The nose was solid. Rich and smooth with strong caramel malt notes. Lots of semisweet chocolate. Good dose of freshly brewed coffee. Touch of roastiness.

The flavor profile was much more dry and roasty than the nose. Deep, dark, roasted malts dominated. Some French roast coffee in the center. Nutty. Charred malts came through strong in the finish. Slightly acrid.

The mouthfeel was fairly standard. Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Cape May Honey Porter is a pretty average beer that had absolutely no honey presence. While the aroma was interesting, the flavor profile could have been sweeter and smoother.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

an opaque brown-orange pour with very little amount of head.
smells of sweet malt, citrus, caramel.
a very light tasting porter. nice and sweet, has a bit of tang to it which makes you thirsty for more.
very low carbonation, light body +

i think i would've enjoyed this a lot more if it had a bit more carbonation. had it on tap as well and felt the same way. it is however, quite tasty though, so i won't stay away from it!

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Photo of MissSmisje
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.
L: blackest brown, with reddish mahogany at the edges. Almost no head, but the thin ring is a nice dark tan.
S: faint. Burnt toast, roasted coffee, a touch of honey
T: very nice. Burnt toast, roasted malts, a little honey sweetness in the mid palate with a roasty bitterness in the finish and linger. Overall the flavor is a little thin/delicate, but what's there is nice.
F: thinner than I'd like.
O: a solid beer. I'd like to try an oatmeal version to get a creamier feel.

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Photo of RJIV
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft.
Pours a muddy water with a slight lacing.
Smells of sweet roasted notes
Feel is thin and a little more watery than I prefer.
The taste is a dark roast upfront, slight bitterness that is balanced against a sweetness from the honey. The after taste is perfectly balanced between the malts and honey.

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Photo of horshamguy
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass. Bonus points for the restaurant actually being in Cape May.

A--Deep, rich brown. Thick head that left considerable lacing.

S--Rich, roasted malts. Some chocolate sweetness that may be the honey.

T--No bitter/burnt tastes. The honey is apparent. Sweet & malty is the best description. Some cocoa & coffee are noticable in the background.

M--Creamy & rich. Full bodied with adequate, not excessive carbonation. Really feels great.

O--Excellent beer. Not what I think of when I think porter, but excellent nonetheless.

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Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not a porter drinker, but this honey porter was delicious. Dark and nutty in taste, smell and appearance, the porter goes down easy with a light, gently sweet mouth feel. It has a smoky, nutty flavor with the perfect hint of honey. Could drink it beer by beer and never tire of it. Quite possibly the best from Cape May Brewing Company so far.

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Photo of IanKesterson
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Excellent American Porter, Has a sweet malty flavor, chocolate notes without bitterness. Highly recommended. Great for the winter time, plan on putting a keg of this in, in november.

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Photo of rtk235
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I tried this on tap the other night at Lucky Bones in Cape May.

Great tasting beer. I'm not huge fan of porters but this was delicious. I really liked the body it had. Perhaps from the honey?

It's a solid beer, way better than some of the big commerical beers I've had.

Their brewery is really cool if you make it over there.

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Honey Porter from Cape May Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.