Samuel Adams Honey Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz brown bottle with an enjoy before date notched on the label. Served in a Samuel Adams specialty pint.
Pours dark brown with two fingers of creamy tan head. Some ruby undertones and lively carbonation bubbles can be seen when held to direct light. The head slowly diminishes leaving behind an impressive amount of sticky lace. The nose yields a pleasant combination of roasted malt, sweet raw honey, spicy hop bitterness, and a hint of nuts. The flavor is very much as advertised in the smell with the roasted malts, floral/herbal hop flavor, an infusion of honey/honeycomb from middle to end, and a roasty/nutty/chocolate/coffee malt finish. A fair amount of hop bitterness serves to help in the balancing. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a mostly smooth texture, an appropriate measure of carbonation, and a well rounded finish.
This is a praiseworthy example of one of my personal favorite styles. It takes the classic robust porter and gives it a twist. The honey not only serves to balance out the roasted malt, but it is also darn tasty. Throw in the hops and this brew adeptly balances between three separate aspects, with the malts taking the desired lead. I mostly enjoyed the fullness of body and taste, as well as the uniqueness of the overall flavor. I think this would appeal more to those with an open palate, for it is not for the faint of heart. I would certainly welcome another and I would feel comfortable recommending this to anyone wanting to try a well made beer with a strong honey presence.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2008 03:13:09 | More by littleshamrocks
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