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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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893 Ratings
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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 33
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of mynie
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby chestnut wood with a giant, soft white head. Really a wonderful pour. The head looks like a cloud and it doesn't go away.

Smells lightly of grain and very intensely of honey. Almost like a mead. I don't know if I'm gonna like this...

And I don't, at first. The honey is waaay more intense than I'm used to. But I take a few more sips and get used to it and it turns out this is actually a damn fine brew. Starts out up front like a very dry mead, big roasted porter grains in the middle and a nice spicy English hop finish. All three stages are clearly defined and each wonderfully compliments the last.

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bown bottle, notch denotes best before Jun 2000.

Appearance: Deep, rich dark brown in colour with a patchy foam tan head with nice stick and retention.

Smell: Soft smoke, roasted, caramel, chocolate, faint alcohol, raw honey and grain aromas.

Taste: Extremely smooth, even and medium-bodied. Nice malty depth and body with a semi-astringent roasted character, smoke, raisin, chocolate and buttery caramel flavours that join a quick hoppy bite with hop leaf feel. There's a thin layer of honey flavour, especially in the back of the palate, that creates a tasty lace of mild sweetness. The raisin and caramel flow into the finish, along with some lingering smoke. There is a wee bit of oxidation, but it's expected at this point and is hardly perceived.

Notes: Sadly this beer was discontinued by Sam Adams years ago. But, umm, okay, so this beer is 2 years old? It's true, I've been sitting on it for a while now, and to my surprise it has held up amazingly well! I kept it at a consistent 45F in my 2nd fridge, and prayed to Ninkasi every day -- must have worked.

SA Honey Porter was one of those Porters that got me into Porters. It was just solid, and very enjoyable. I truly miss this beer, and thought it to be one of Boston Beer Co.'s finest products ... to be able to sample this after it's death is a grand thing. I think I need some "Todd" time for a bit ...

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Hugh37
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap.

Deep ruby red,brownish hue,clear lets light pass. 3 to 4" thick off-white towards tan head. Good retention with spotty,clumpy semi-curtians of lace.

Moderate malty aromas chocolate,carmell,slight burnt aromas.Subtle sweet honey aromas. A good tempting aroma.

Tastes of chocolate and carmell,some burnt tastes also. Woody/earthy with a hint of molassass. A slightly sharp pleasing bitterness. Subtle honey tastes throughout,leaves a nice taste of honey lingering on the palate.

A medium mouthfeel,creamy,feel very light floating around in the mouth.
Easy drinking,could drink several of these and would love to drink more.
A bit filling,but drinkable,neverless. A good solid beer,one to give a try.

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in good ol' store 2-4 when I spied a single of this. I bought it, date unseen. Tasted awesome. Well rounded and rich. It was like a time capsule of what BBC used to be like. I went back to see if there anymore, but alas, there were not. The last soldier.

Photo of dgallina
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle marked best-before August 2007.

Pours clear reddish-brown in the nonic pint. An inch of creamy tan foam slowly recedes to a film and leaves very rich lacing on the glass. The nose is deep with toasted coffee and chocolate malt. A bit of prickly hop and lactic sourness in the background. The flavor is similar, though significantly less bitter than the aroma. Smooth creamy chocolate and coffee malts interspersed with sweet honey and milk. Body is medium-rich with plenty of creaminess and only a touch of carbonation. Timid compared to the big American porters, but pleasing regardless..

Photo of skomahon
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I heard from friends that they enjoyed this beer at the International Beer Festival in Providence, so decided to try it.

Pours with a nice light head, dark body, taste is not overly sweet, smooth. Not the most complex beer of all time, but pretty good for a major microbrewery like Sam Adams. Definitely would buy again, especially when looking for a nice beer to relax with or drink with a meal.

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams come sthrough with another very good brew. This one pours a dark caramel with a good initia head and some lacing throughout. The smell is an inviting blend of honey and malt. I'm almost tempted to heat it and see how it tastes. Taste continues the honey and malt quality...not overwhelming...just right. A nice dry finish balances out the experience. Mouthfeel as above is initially sweet, but with a very dry quality on the finish. Very good on teh drinkability scale...looking forward to my second.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of triplecoil
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance is very dark brown with deep ruby highlights. Thin cream-colored head that dissipated quickly. Roasted and somewhat burnt nose, somewhat faint but pleasant. Sweet and slightly burnt malt flavor with a slippery mouthfeel. The sweetness of the fairly big malt with the touch of honey is very well balanced with the bitterness. Hop balance is spot on. Could definitely drink a few of these in a night, but would mingle with other brews.

Photo of wcudwight
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with a 1/2" tan head that retains well. Head is both fizzy and fluffy in texture.
Somewhat subdued aroma of chocolate, honey, and an earthy smell.
Nice flavor that is heavy on the roasted malts with just enough honey like sweetness to give it excellent balance. The honey is not too sweet (which I feared), nor so subtle it's not noticable. Good earthy bitter finish. Nice job Boston Brewing on this one.
Good medium bodied mouthfeel.
Overall a good tasty, easy to drink beer.

Photo of Rob315
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of flaminghomer
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have shifted to lighter beers and american lagers so I was worried this one would be too roasty and filling. It does have a little roastiness to it but it is well balanced by the sweet honey. I find it very smooth and credit this to the honey. I have had many porters but they tend to be overly dry tasting, this one not so much. The smell is well balanced between hop and roasty malt aromas. I like it.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised to find this in a mix-pack - I hadn't seen this beer for several years and thought it permanently retired. Poured a dark chestnut with tan-tinged head. A bit sweeter than the average robust American porter, and a little less hopped. Pleasant roasted malt flavor with no grainy off notes, well complimented with the moderate sweetness. Finish was smooth with no acidity. A nicely made beer.

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark brown, almost black, with an off white, very thick lacy head. It has a very sweet malty scent with a hint of dark honey. The taste is good with sweet, dark roasted malts and a hint at the end of a honey aftertaste. I really enjoyed the flavor, especially the aftertaste. It has a good mouthfeel and it is a very drinkable porter. I think this is a good porter and I would recommend it for sure.

Photo of pvllbum
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in the Sam Adams Brewmaster collection box.

Pours a dark brown with some reddish hughes with a tan head that was about one finger thick and faded in about a minute to a ring around the glass. I let the beer warm up a little and the smell of honey was stronger as the beer warmed. There is also a little roasted coffee smell in it. A nice honey start with a little spicier finish. Good mouth feel with a bit more carbanation in it when i drank. It is a very drinkable but is a little filling. Overall i enjoyed it

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A large, dense, and persistent tan head resides above a mahogany body, which reveals excellent clarity and numerous streams of small, slow-rising bubbles. Sticky patched lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Prominent herbal hop notes dominate the aroma, with sweet caramel, toasted malts, honey, earth, and bitter cocoa.

Taste: Opens with a faint note of sweetness, soon followed by roasted malts, earth, and cold coffee. Later in the taste, the hops rise to ascendancy, with a mild earthy bitterness, characteristic of the subtle nature of English hops. At the close of the taste, the hops and cold coffee notes from the roasted malt bring the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant, graceful.

Drinkability/notes: Quite well done, a very nice example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a 12 ounce brown glass long neck bottle with raised lettering and a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. The Sam Adams bottles are a favorite of home brewers.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark brown ale with a good light brown head.

Firstly the scent of this beer is intensely bready. Sweet smelling there is a reasonably strong honey scent and some butter. This smells exactly like a popular Oklahoma Cherokee snack, wild honey and butter on bread, and this is spot on for that smell. Little bit of chocolate and smoke in the scent and no really coffee aroma.

The taste starts out sweet and smoky with a dark bread flavor, the smoke flavor is long lasting. Bitterness kicks in after the second sip moderately strong but not overpowering. There is really more molasses flavor here than the honey but it is in here if you know what heather honey tastes like. Interesting choice and a different way of getting a smoky flavor in the beer. English style hops which ones I am not sure about.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A damn tasty and easy to drink beer that I really wish I had a growler of for the weekend. Super tasty beer and one that absolutely deserves to be available year round.

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is rich brown color with some reddish tinge to it. The ½" tan head soon recedes to a ring and a layer of foam. The foam leaves some sticky patches of lacing and a few scattered speckles. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam on one side of the glass with widely scattered spekles of lacing on the other for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma has a rich scent of roasted malt that has a fair amount of dark chocolate in it. There also seems to be a bit of an earthy character here but it is well integrated and stays in the background.

Taste: The flavors have a nice toasted malt character with some definite coffee and dark chocolate. There is some honey-like sweetness balanced by the bittering effect or either the hops or the dark roasted malt. Having had several bottles of an Heather Ale the last year the residue of that flavor left behind by the fermentation of the honey stands pops out even though it is well integrated with other flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with some persistent gentle carbonation. The finish is medium length, begins in dark semi-sweetness and trails of to some heather and some earthy bitterness that sit there in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: This seemed to go down quite nicely but that was in part because of trying to tease out the aroma and flavor components. As a drinking beer I'd be happy to have this one again and will take advantage of the opportunity to do so, but, that said, I'll also not go out of my way to track this one down or add it to my shopping list.

Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.