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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

879 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 33
Gots: 7 | 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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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

11-26-2011 07:03:09 | More by mdillon86
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triplecoil

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 03:32:57 | More by triplecoil
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wcudwight

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 02:35:03 | More by wcudwight
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Rob315

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9%

01-12-2012 15:32:45 | More by Rob315
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flaminghomer

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 06:07:13 | More by flaminghomer
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Brent

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 22:07:30 | More by Brent
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erosier

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 05:05:52 | More by erosier
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pvllbum

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 06:24:27 | More by pvllbum
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

01-01-2012 15:04:27 | More by Stoffel
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Pegasus

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 16:20:19 | More by Pegasus
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Zorro

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 04:56:03 | More by Zorro
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drtth

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:07:03 | More by drtth
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

11-18-2011 11:45:24 | More by Bilco
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kingstonma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

11-20-2011 21:35:05 | More by kingstonma
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

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

Pours dark brown though it shows more crimson and chestnut when held to the light. The head and lacing are unremarkable though I tend to blame the very cold temp and "Remdawg" standard pint glass that it was served in. I let the beer warm and honey and coffee come to mind as I inhale. Chocolate and dark roasted caramel along with the honey and coffee. Sweet thoughout but finishes bittersweet. It pulls off a nice marriage between creaminess and moderate carbonation.

A little too sweet to be sessionable and a little thin for a dessert beer, but I did enjoy the one I had. A solid porter for a cool fall evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 00:38:03 | More by yossarian14
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ScottWaltz

Florida

4/5  rDev +9%

09-14-2012 20:06:14 | More by ScottWaltz
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

12-22-2012 15:58:42 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Goldfoot

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9%

12-16-2011 16:05:17 | More by Goldfoot
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quantumcipher

California

4/5  rDev +9%

01-07-2012 10:02:27 | More by quantumcipher
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xare

Ohio

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

Dark brown with a brown head that laces somewhat well.

Aroma is that of honey, coffee, and a touch of nuttiness.

Tastes like a chocolate coffee drink with a lot of honey in it that has a very slight touch of hoppiness at the end. Rather surprised with how good it tastes.

Creamy and smooth thoughout, just a touch of carbonation at the end. Excellent throughout but not outstanding.

I wouldn't buy a sixer of this, but I'd be glad to get this in a mixed pack and finish it off. It's just a bit too sweet for me to finish off a entire sixer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 21:48:15 | More by xare
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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

01-03-2012 06:07:35 | More by shockrocker65
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RBorsato

Virginia

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

This is one they should think about bringing back... it aged incredibly well !!

Dark chocolate brown in color with a decent light brown head, good carbonation, and decent lace rings. Lightly sweet and moderately roasty aroma and flavor. Taste a touch of honey sweetness in flavor but nicely balanced with roasty malts. Medium bodied and smotth with a sweet and dry finish (if that's possible...).

Not so robust but nicely balanced.

Label states: "Robust Porter Brewed With Honey" & "Pure honey, roasted malts, and English Fuggles and Goldings hops"

Purchase before: 05/00 ('99' emb. on bottom)
Tasted: 12/15/05

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 17:26:18 | More by RBorsato
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akinsja

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9%

11-28-2011 21:15:45 | More by akinsja
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

11-25-2011 13:53:14 | More by nh2032
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

11-29-2011 23:37:56 | More by brandoman63
Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 879 ratings.