Samuel Adams Honey Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pours into small 6 oz. snifter with finger-thick head that quickly dissipates to thin filminess. Smoked off-white in color, the head appears lighter in hue than the clear Ruby Brown (SRM 24) body. The darker color spectrum makes it difficult to judge the carbonation level, though when held up to sunlight little carbonation can be seen. Legs do form on the side of the glass, though nothing close to that seen with an IPA.
S - Smoky and sweet. Bright sweet honey (Scottish Heather Honey) notes come through on the top-end with roasted (Brown Malt?) chocolate (Chocolate Malt?) with the slightest bit of caramel (Caramel Malt?) comes through on the bottom-end. Spicy hop esters play a prominent role in the bouquet as well. Slight biscuit (Biscuit Malt?) earthiness round the beer out. Mild Ale Malt probably forms the base, though only a guess. Fruitiness (dried raisins) is barely noticeable, as the honey and roasted malts drown this out. Umami finishes on the palate as well via the fat from
According to the website, Pale Two-Row Metcalfe & Harrington make up the base, with Munich (10%) and Caramel (60%) are stewed to bring about the raisiny and caramelized aroma. Weyermann Carafa® make up the other half of the crystalized malt mixture. So in other words, Chocolate and Biscuit Malts are not in this beer, though there are indeed five different malt varietals. Spalt Spalter & UK Fuggles are listed as the primary hops used, with Kent Golding hops listed as the one utilized for dry hopping.
T - Sweet malty profile comes through with a sting honey that finishes out nicely with a lasting bitterness (IBU 30ish?) via the dry hopped English Kent Golding Hops and possibly as well contributed to the choice in malts.
M - Biscuit-like dryness with mouth coating sweetness. Medium in body and slightly syrupy via the honey. Slight creaminess is also noticeable, though numbing hop component more noteworthy. Carbonation tingles the tongue warming is hardly noticeable (5.45% ABV).
C - A very nice and intriguing beer that would pair nicely with a beef-based stew, or some dark chocolate. The honey twang to the beer also would behoove me to think about a peanut butter & honey sandwich! Lastly, a mild buzz can be felt upon last sip and allows for more than one, though the bitterness and sweetness can be pretty demanding of the palate.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2009 01:56:48 | More by melagnus
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