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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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894 Ratings
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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 34
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.45% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

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Photo of bort11
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a large hefe glass. Rocky tan head that leaves some specks of lacing on the glass. The glass was a little spotty. I think the lacing would have been better if the glass was cleaner. Color is like a Coke, with lots of carbonation sticking to the inside of the glass.
Smell is a smooth roasted malt with some cocoa and toffee notes. Taste is mildly chocolate with the honey well represented. Slight burnt bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and slightly creamy. Very enjoyable.

Photo of bark
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is black with a brown edge; the high firm brown head is airy.

The smell is sweet with notes of fine honey and roasted malt. Hints of nuts and coffee. Rich and luxurious.

The taste is fresh with mild notes of roasted malt (nuts, coffee, and toffee) and an elegant honey flavour. It is milder in the aftertaste, leaving room for a surprisingly bitter flavour with some sour hints. Some sweet honey, hints of bitter herbs and butterscotch.

The carbonation is mild yet fresh. Very small bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

One of the best honey flavoured beers I have had. Love the bitterness in the eftertaste.

Photo of Winter
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with auburn highlights visible at the bottle of my pint. Tan creamy head. The aroma consists of roasted malt, caramel, a hint of honey and it also has a mild fruitiness to it. The mouthfeel is full-bodied. Roasted malt with flavors of toffee and caramel to add some sweetness to it. Honey follows midway. Spicy hoppiness emerges toward the back and lingers into the finish. Very nicely done.

I was very impressed with this one. It almost makes me want to run out and get the 12 pack that contains it and the other goodies (Scotch Ale, Black Lager) in it. Perfect set of offerings for the winter time of year.

Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my SA Sensory Pint. Enjoy before August notched on the label. Poured an opaque deep brown, almost black except for the deep ruby highlights when the light hits the base of the glass. Tremendous tan head cascaded over the side of the glass after the initial pour finally settling into a solid layer of foam leaving behind lots of sticky residual lacing around the top 1.5 inches of glass; lacing during the session was copious, but watery and did not adhere well to the glass. Honey and malt in the nose as well as a trace of coffee. Taste is similar to nose; however, coffee flavor reveals itself as a little burnt, but not overpoweringly so. Honey nicely co-mingles with the malty backbone concluding in a slight hops bitterness at the finish. Decent mouthfeel, good consistency, but a little too much carbonation across the tongue. Much more drinkable than I initially anticipated. Initially thought the honey character might be too cloying, but definitely does not come across as so. Flavors are very well-balanced.

Photo of deaconoflove
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Very nice and very dark brown with a nice tan head.
Sm. Malty with some honey? in there. A bit of hops.
Ta. Coffee to start, then a bit of chocolate, balanced sweetness, and a nice soft finish.
Mf. Full and smooth, nice carbonation.
Dr. Very good. Goes down way easy.

Photo of dirtsocks
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice dark brown color with around a finger of head into a Guinness glass i stole from my roommate. Slight lacing left in the glass and the head dispersed quickly. The smell of roasted malts was nice and the taste is quite pleasant. It feels good in the mouth and goes down smooth. I could defiantly drink a few of these.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown color. Poured a half finger off-white head that dissipated to an even skim. Lacedin thin sheets.

S: Definitely honey up front. Coffee and earthy notes follow. Faint chocolate and peppery hops.

T: Dark bitterchocolate and caramel. Honey and sharp bitter hops. Nice balance in the finish.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Creamy and smooth. No aftertaste; very balanced.

D: Very easy to odrink; not hot and cloyuing like some honey varieties.

Photo of chilidog
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was glad to get a chance at this brew through the special release pack.

It poured a nice dark ruby brown. Good tan head, fluffy with good retention and lace. The aroma was roasty malts and toffee.

The taste I thought carried more of the porter as the base. Toasted malts, toffee, burnt breads and alittle smoke. Under-tones of the Honey, brown sugar and caramel sweeten the beer.

I thought it was done well. Not bitter,not to sweet, sorta like a good bakers chocolate. The honey aids the mouthfeel by providing a smooth slick feel. That aids the feel and appeal for the use of the beer with or without a meal.

Photo of beerSexualizer
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer about 6 months before writing this post. I was living in Manzanillo Mexico and found it in a grocery store which was a nice treat after months of 1.2L Coronas. The beer is described as being a full bodied English Porter with Scottish Heather honey, dry hopped with English Goldings.

The beer poured brownish black and when held to the light had a dark amber hue ringing the glass. The creamy off white head had large bubbles.

The smells were bitter sweet and pruney. There was a roasted malt and coffee presence also.

Tasted like a thinnish dubble with fruity bitter licorice and a lasting honey and hopped palette. The honey reminded me of buckwheat honey, most likely because I've never had heather honey. The flavour also had a note of molasses queueing for position (which my girlfriend mocked me for phrasing this way).

The beer had a nice balance of bitter and sweet and was such a welcome change from all the corn flavoured beer we'd been downing with lime and salt. The carbonation was standard, medium.

Cost about $34 pesos or $3 canadian dollars. I would like to try it again while pairing it with a Toronto winter. Cheers Mother F***ers.

Photo of zerofear13
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the Honey Porter out of the Samuel Adams mix pack. My only complaint is that the Boston Lager and Boston Ale took up spots in the pack and only allowing two Honey Porters. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark color with attractive creamy head. Terrific roasted malts and caramel smell. Taste was terrific. Not at all overpowering on the roasted flavors, but still present and well balanced. Very, very, very vague hints of honey, almost non-existent. Like most porters, you probably wouldn't session with them, but I would definitely enjoy one or two on any night. Overall, terrific brew and perfect if traditional porters are a bit heavy on flavors for you.

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 ...

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4/5  rDev +9%

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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%

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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 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.

Photo of jaredtp
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 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.

Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.