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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

873 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 32
Gots: 5 | 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:
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BBM

New York

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep brown into the pint glass, with ruby highlights and a stable tan head. Sticky lacing around the glass. Aroma was very sweet, with notes of caramel, molasses, and brown sugar.

The taste is also sweet, perhaps abundantly so. The caramel and brown sugar flavors come through, and of course honey. There is little to balance out this beer, which is a bit unfortunate. Mouthfeel is medium-thin, but it is not overly carbonated. Overall this would suffice as a dessert beer, but it's too sweet to pair with much else.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 15:31:53 | More by BBM
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AlHam

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours moderately dark, like most porters.

Smells sweet and rich. The taste, however, does not deliver. The beer is distinctly bitter, which, when coupled with the sweetness, produces a terrible aftertaste.

The excessive sweetness renders this beer fairly undrinkable. One bottle is more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 04:08:57 | More by AlHam
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nickfl

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black body with dark ruby highlights. Three fingers of creamy tan head with good retention.

S - Prominent, floral honey aroma. Rasins and malt. No real hop presence to speak of.

T - Mild roasted malts followed closely by strong honey character. Finishes with lingering honey, malt bitterness and just a hint of hops.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation.

D - The honey character in this beer is exceptional. It blends well with the darker malts and dominates the flavor profile of the beer. I can't see myself wanting more than one in a sitting but it is a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 03:56:07 | More by nickfl
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bort11

Missouri

4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 04:50:09 | More by bort11
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gwood

California

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured to mug...

Pours a dark brown with a decent light tan head that made it's way up to about 1.5 fingers and was a nice tightly formed ring. Retention is a bit lacking with no apparent lacing. Quite a nice nose to the beer, notes of roasted malts, coffee, and a tad bit of bittersweet chocolate.

Good balance here. Clean initially followed by a syrupy malt, then strong roasted and caramal malts followed by a peppered hop and a sweet honey laced finish. Great mouthfeel, chewy and thick, yet sublime in terms of it's drinkability. One of my favorites from the BBC.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 06:20:27 | More by gwood
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penguinjive7

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown color with a light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell is of burnt brown sugar and roasted malt.

The flavor to hit my pallet is the burnt malt followed by a strong sweetness to balance/dissipate the burnt flavor. the finish is mostly sweet with a hint of coffee notes.

Yet again, this brew is over-carbonated in my opinion. All of Sam Adam's brews are just sparkley on the tongue. It almost shield the flavor from coming out. However, it is fuller in body than the other Sam brews which is very nice.

A fine brew overall, and I would never turn this one down.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 05:59:11 | More by penguinjive7
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morimech

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice cola type color with a one-fingered tan head that leaves quit a bit of lacing. The head disapeared quickly and settled into just a ring.

The smell is malt and honey. Actually is a darn good combination.

The taste is too sweet for me. Honey dominates this beer. It even leaves a honey aftertaste in the back of the throat like you just consumed a teaspoon of straight honey. I don't get much in the hops department which is a disapointment. I enjoyed one of these, will have to wait a couple of days before I would want another. Feels a little slick going down, slightly oily. Not my favorite Sam Adams but worth a try. I prefer a more conventional porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 22:27:33 | More by morimech
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. First, it's appearance is nice and dark. The smell though is what gets you. Man, is that a strong smell of honey! The taste too is very strong with that smell. The taste has a supplemented roast feel that goes with its style. It has a crisp, light and incredibly sweet mouthfeel. That taste makes this very accessible for a drinking crowd wanting something sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 03:26:07 | More by fitzy84
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Scribbles

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A decent dark brown colour when poured and fairly dark in the glass. A two finger head that subsided a bit but then just stayed there.

Smell: It smells quite sweet like honey and dark bread.

Taste: Roasted malts and honey, hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat smooth, but there is a fair amount of carbonation which offsets the smoothness a bit.

Drinkability: A decent beer overall, great with strong flavoured fall foods. Definitely worth a try. I think drinkability improves a bit with this one if its not terribly cold, better at a cellar type cool than a refrigerator type cold. Also smoothness and drinkability increases if given a couple of minutes in the glass to release some of the carbonation imho. A good beer, and hey you can't go wrong with a Sam.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 03:20:12 | More by Scribbles
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Halcyondays

California

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a light tan head, with excellent retention, it hangs around forever, nice lacing, as well.

S: Smells heavily of honey, sweet wildflowers and heather, this is the dominant scent, but with also some roasted malts and chocolate.

T: A nice mix of sweet honey and dark porter flavour hits the tongue. Chocolate, a hint of coffee, and some roasted malts round out the flavour, of which the honey is a major player.

M: Smooth, creamy, not terribly robust, but good heft for its size and alcohol content.

D: A great little porter, one of my favourite Sam Adams brews that I have ever had, this is definitely worth another purchase.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 18:31:48 | More by Halcyondays
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A near-black with tan layer of foam. Dard brown through the edges.

The aroma is ooooh so roasted malt goodness. Smells of malts, caramel, and honey control the smell of this one.

The flavor is roasted malts paired with honey. Leaves a sweeter taste than I'v known in other porters where hos are more plentiful Brewing with honey makes this one a unique porter.

The mouthfeel has a strong, solid mouthfeel. Not heavy bodied, but damn close. Mouthfeel is just what I would expect, and want, from a good porter.

Nice drinkability on this beer. This is probably the best of the Sam Adams sampler pack I pulled it out of.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 05:33:33 | More by jasonpeckins32
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KodyBrannon

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First Porter I have ever tried so, really don't have anything to compare this to. Poured into a pint glass, Poured a very cola color, with a tan head that went away quickly. Moderate to no lacing, decent carbonation. The smell is this is of roasted malt, with just a hint of honey.The mouthfell of this beer is suprisingly light, given the color and overall look of this beer. The taste is the same as the smell, roasted malt sticks out, with a tinge of honey in the after taste. Overall this is a quality beer, but aren't all sam adams? I would definatly drink this agian, and want to try more porters for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 02:37:46 | More by KodyBrannon
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this many years ago. 'liked it, but not as much as the cream stout. Let's see if I've changed at all (this, of course, assumes that the recipe is the same).
Poured into my new SA glasses (thanks again Jim Koch et.al.).
Nice and pleasant aroma. Somewhat sweet, somewhat roast malt. English style hops (grassy, weedy, just a touch of honey sweetness.
Nice looking. Rather dense dark tan head. Dark brown with dark garnet highlights. Clear. Nice bubbles rising. Chaotic lacing.
Roast flavor is evident, but not as deep and rich as I expected (and prefer). The light sweetness is there. The hop bitterness is more for balancing than flavor (although is exists with a presentation similar to the aroma).Several interesting things going on.
Carbonation is greater than I like, especially for style. This also makes it seems heavier than I think it truly is. The richness of this is somewhat pushy.
This is certainly a drinkable beer. Love it? No, but I'd take it if offered without much hesitation. Consistent and in line with other SA beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 01:30:18 | More by garymuchow
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animal69

Louisiana

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

#5 on deck is the honey porter; it pours a deep reddish-black w/ a slight tan head which dissapates quickly, moderate lacing; nice malty aroma, very faint hop aroma, but, you can really smell the honey in this one; a smooth malt profile w/ a sweet nutty honey aftertaste; med body w/ a good balance; not a bad drinking beer, just maybe a little too sweet for me...

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 00:41:31 | More by animal69
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shererjt

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, deep ruby red color. Highly carbonated with a very large, thick head. Probably somewhat overcarbonated. Nose was subdued with rich malt, chocolate, and not much in the way of hops. Nice, just wish there would have been more of it. It did come out a good bit more as it warmed. Earthy, sweet smell. Medium body. Honey was apparent up-front. Lighter on the roasted and chocolate malts than I would have guessed it would be. Had a bit of tartness in the finish. Some hop flavor was there too, but it was subtle. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both pretty decent.

Not stellar, but a nice, accessible porter. The honey is a pleasant addition and not terribly overdone, though if you let the beer warm up enough to enjoy the aroma, it can become a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 02:50:59 | More by shererjt
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zerofear13

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 15:00:25 | More by zerofear13
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armock

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured it into my glass looks almost black with a brown head that leaves lacing on my glass. Has a good smell the chocolate smell stands out. The taste is pretty sweet with hints of chocolate. Mouthfeel is good it has a full body creamy and smooth. While this is a good brew its a little too heavy to drink more than two of these in a sitting. I felt like I drank a chocolate cake when I finished my two bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 05:17:53 | More by armock
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours from 12oz bottle a deep amber-brown with a large head of foam that recedes slowly and it has some nice lacing. Hmm....that's a characteristic of a lot of their beers. ;^)

The smell is of sweet malt, roasted malt, and chocolate.

The taste is, for me, very rich in chocolate on my first sip. wow. After another sip, I notice the honey and it goes well with this Porter, and there's some roasted notes along with some bitterness that's most noticeable near and through the finish. Very tasty brew and it has a good thickish mouthfeel and light carbonation. Again I say, this is very tasty *and* smooth. I'd buy this again, oh yeah.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 23:49:49 | More by Bitterbill
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botham

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a rich chocolate brown with a sizable tan head that remains for a few minutes. ruby red highlights give this one a great appearance. moderate lacings on the glass

smell is distinctively sweet, with notes of roasted malts, honey, caramel malts, and a bit of chocolate, all above an earthy and grainy base. good complexity here.

taste is sweet, with caramel malts dominating, and notes of honey, black malts, and some chocolate here as well. roasted malts are more prominent upon finishing, leaving the aftertaste with a burnt character.

mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with a creamy texture. goes down very smooth.

drinkability is good. this is a full flavored brew that is put together magnificently. another Samuel Adams classic. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 05:22:47 | More by botham
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pumarocks

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

There is a lot going on with this beer. It has a sweet/smoky/chocolaty taste. I felt like this beer is a bit schizophrenic. It is certainly a high quality brew from one of my favorite brewers. However, I cant figure out where it is going. Every time I picked it up to take a sip it was a different experience. Maybe this is what the brew master was going for. wont buy it again unless it is in a sixer mixer(this was).

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 18:06:02 | More by pumarocks
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HardTarget

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Label notched JUN, sampled late in SEPT. Neck label notes English Golding hops. Served in a Sam Adams glass.

Aroma: Graham cracker malt sweetness spiked with honey. A lot of honey smells, a most unusual aroma, and quite pleasing.

Appearance: A dirty whipped cream head stands a good finger on the dark brown glass that shows clarity at the narrow bottom and opaqueness at the thick top of the glass. Heavy lace curtains with tidemarks.

Flavor: The same graham cracker flavor, now with dark roasted (not burnt) grain, spicy hop, and mild tea flavor.

Mouthfeel: Somehow works fizzy and creamy together, Freamy? Crizzy! Medium light body, lingering finish.

Overall Impression: Not being a fan of porters, I really enjoy this! The graham cracker honey thing really is unique and enjoyable. Great job Sam Adams!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 05:38:10 | More by HardTarget
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plaid75

New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep brown hue with a finger and a half creamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet honey with a secondary burnt grain aroma.

The taste featured a strong and cloying sweet honey that slowly gave way to a rather robust burnt grain body. Some coffee and chocolate notes detected at the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a suprisingly dry finish.

Overall a nice porter despite the uncomfortable upfront sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 01:54:38 | More by plaid75
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice honey porter from an always outstanding brewery. Tried this at the Carolina Brewmasters meeting tonight and it was probably the best one I had. Very sweet with honey, of course, and what seems to be molasses. No hops to speak of and though it may be hard to drink a whole bottle, this sample hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 01:25:06 | More by Backer2004
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argock

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into clear pint glass

A: Deep brown with foamy tan head with moderate stickiness.

S: Very sweet with faint smokiness and caramel. Not a typical musty smelling porter.

T: Roasted malts are blended with the sweet honey to cut the dry, astringent mustiness I usually dislike about porters. This porter has more hops presence. Full-flavored without the abrupt dryness of most porters gives it a understated quality that is enjoyable.

M: Excellent smoothness for a porter. Mouthfeel is the thing Boston Beer/Sam Adams brewers do best across the board in their big collection of brews.

D: Probably the most drinkable porter I have tasted. It has a lot of flavor and is very smooth. It might be too sweet for porter-purists, but I really like it because it lacks much of the usual musty astringency of other porters.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 03:23:50 | More by argock
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nortmand

Virginia

2.28/5  rDev -38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown with a reddish hue. Huge frothy, beautiful tan head that leaves fantastic lacing.

Sweet honey aromas, and some cooked veggies in the aroma. No roast.

Sweet corn syrup flavors up front, a breath of roast or chocolate. Hard to tell, as it is so subdued. A bit of bitterness in the back of the tongue. Needs more roast.

Full bodied and very sweet. If this beer was drier and turned the roast up 5 or 6 notches, it would be good. As it is, a sweet mess reminiscent of sub par brewpub fare that really turns me off. Not like any porter I've ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 01:37:27 | More by nortmand
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