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Samuel Adams Honey Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Honey PorterSamuel Adams Honey Porter

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BA SCORE
83
good

891 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 34
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.45% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Theogre83, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: dark brown with dark red highlights. The head is about a finger thick and is tan in color. The head forms a thin layer of tan foam on top of the beer as I work my way to the bottom of the glass. There's no lacing left.

Smell: a little sweetness from the honey but more dark malt than anything. Like everything from Boston Beer Company, the aroma is fairly subtle.

Taste: dark malt lends some coffee and dark chocolate flavors. The hops are also fairly noticeable. Its sweet but I can't pick out the honey very well.

Feel: medium bodied. Its a little too carbonated for my liking but otherwise its fine.

Drink: I could have a few of these if I wanted, though I probably wouldn't want to.

Overall, its a solid effort by Boston Beer Company but its far from my favorite porter. Boston Beer Company tends to play it safe with their beers and this is no exception. Worth a try, especially since its pretty easy to get, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one. Cheers.

SkunkWorks, Nov 15, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

nmeiborg, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Brew33, Jan 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

rolltide8425, Jul 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

shigg85, Jan 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

hollywood_15063, Sep 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

THEOPTIMATOR88, May 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

sdaly3, Jul 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

SonOfKyuss, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of SilentSabre
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Colossal honey! I was really unsure what to expect from this one. It poured a deep reddish brown with plenty of CO2 streaming skyward. Gorgeous offwhite foamy head stayed in place for several minutes. Very impressive. The smell was almost entirely honey. There is some roasted malt in there, and a bit of earthy hops, as well, but you really have to search for them. The honey is really, um, "present". Taste, too, is loaded with honey. There is, however, quite a pronounced bitterness on the finish, which I would probably really enjoy, but I feel it clashes with the honey a bit. Interesting thing about this one, is how there is some malt present up front, then some honey, then the hop bitterness on the finish, then, several seconds after you have finished with a sip, there is certainly a lingering honey aftertaste. Mouthfeel was really average for the style. Not spectacular, but you could do worse, too. Not sure if I could session this one or not. More than two might be a stretch. It certainly is very surprising and quite pleasant to sit down and enjoy just one, though.

SilentSabre, Jan 06, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Flyman, Dec 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ShemRahBoo, Jul 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown mahogany color with very small head that fades quickly. Leaves very little lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet toasted malt. Hints of honey, brown sugar and carmel.

T: Same as the aroma. Toasted malt, light hints of carmel and expresso. A sugary sweetness that follows but no pronounced honey flavor.

M: Medium bodied and a little thin.

D: This is a decent porter but nothing exceptional. Like many Sam Adams beers, the flavor is muted. These go down easy but nothing I would seek out again.

JMD, Dec 14, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Mortarforker, Sep 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

BrooklynPanch, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

JxExM, Mar 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Crumpetsnbeer, Dec 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Totentanzer, Dec 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jbaker67, Jul 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

durwood64, Jan 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty good stuff. I'm normally a bit of a hop head, but for some reason I've been craving some more malty beers lately so out of convenience and general lack of selection in Florida stores I got the Sam Adams variety pack.

The appearance was pretty good. The head was REALLY thick and stuck around. Very foamy and sticky. The beer has really good balance and is not as heavy as some porters can be. There is some mild hop some malt and the sweetness of honey. This stuff has pretty good body, perhaps the honey gives it not only flavor but some of its body as well.

This is a bit lighter than most porters. Probably market research. More people would probably like this lighter porter than a traditional heavy strength giving hearty porter.



The carbonation is about right. Nice fine bubbles.
Very drinkable. I will buy a whole sixer of this stuff if I find it before the weather gets too hot.

Tang07, Mar 31, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jda007, Jul 20, 2012
Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.