Samuel Adams Honey Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4/5 rDev +9%
Ruddy chestnut with bright orange trim (on the coaster), uniform dark crimson (when backlit with sunshine). The head is the highlight of the appearance. It's large and beautifully creamy, like vigorously whipped butter. It's also an exceptional lace maker. Shotgun-riddled sheets stick from the top edge downward.
I can definitely appreciate honey in the nose. I love the fact that it's neither too subtle, nor too prominent, and is a great complement to the porterishness of the rest of the aroma. There's more of a dark earthiness present than there is chocolate or coffee. This promises to be an interesting, original offering. Let's hope it's also a delicious one.
I had my doubts about whether BBC could successfully pull off a honey porter. Not because I doubt their brewing talents, but because getting the combination of flavors just right in a beer like this probably isn't easy. They've managed to do it, though, and have created a wonderful beer in the process. No wonder Honey Porter was the winner of the second 'Beer Lover's Choice' campaign. The people don't always know best, but they did in this case.
The commingling of roasted malt (cocoa, dark caramel), Scottish heather honey and earthy English hops (Fuggles, East Kent Goldings) is a beautiful thing. Sweetness and bitterness are as well-balanced as the flavors themselves. There are only a handful of Sam Adams beers that I like more than this one.
I could tell the mouthfeel would be pleasurable by the sound the beer made when splashing into the glass. It's lightly creamy with an airy expansiveness and a perfect amount of soft carbonation. I wouldn't change a thing.
Samuel Adams Honey Porter well deserves the 'Brewmaster's Collection' moniker. Just as I suspected from the nose, it's an interesting, original creation that just about everyone should like. As far as I'm concerned, the craft beer movement owes a debt of gratitude to the Boston Beer Company. The combination of quality and availability in most of what they brew has saved me more than once.
02-19-2007 15:01:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: Pours a burnished brown color with ruby highlights; the rocky head sticks well and leaves plenty of lace
Smell: Roasted tones compete with sweet honey; a touch of malted milk balls
Taste: Starts out with a molasses cake flavor with honey tones building by mid-palate; not a mead like honey but an unfermented honey aspect; after the swallow, there is a bit of a hop and coffee presence to tone it down, but overall, this beer is rather sweet
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Just a bit to sweet for me; lacking offsetting complexity
08-27-2007 23:29:58 | More by brentk56
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
I've heard much about this beer, but only recently has it been distributed to Central Kentucky. Turns out to be a fine beer. A moderate to light Porter character shows light (Columbian) coffee, a hint of chocolate, mildly roasted grains and a lot of yeasty flavors from the fermentation. The body seems light, maybe toward Brown Ale proportions. The honey adds a subtle, underlining sweetness, perfumy aroma, and a delicate spiciness. Finishes a bit on the astringent side...seems to be typical of roasted grains in a lighter body. Otherwise a fine beer.
06-01-2007 15:34:36 | More by BEERchitect
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
A Poured a nice golden dark amber, defiantly a hint of amber in this, with a mostly brown hue though. A nice two inch head rises atop of this one and then settles back to about an inch which pretty much hung around at that height thoughout the remainder of the session. Great carbonation coming up from the bottom was easily visiple through the semi transparent brown liquid. Once the side glass lace kicked in and started dripping, things got a tade more difficult to visualize though. Overall a pretty decent looker.
S Aroma was very rich and sweet. I really did not detect and honey, so if it was there it was quickly overshadowed by your typical portesque aromas. Lots of roasted nuts and a touch of caramel were clearly evident as was a slight grassy or hoppy aroma floating around in the back. A decent overall aroma here.
T Sort of a very light porter for me here. It was more like a lager, or brown ale if I had to get technical about it. Just did not have the fullness one usually sees in a porter. A quick hit of caramel up front was easily noticeable, followed by a strong touch of roasted malts. A nice grassy and earthy presense then tickled around and ended as a nice dry back settled in. Again not so sure why this is a honey porter, as it did not really have any honey hints in it, nor did it really come across as full as a porter usually does.
M A little light here I have to admit. I was kinda hoping for a bit more here as It just seemed very thin, at least for the style. Now this would have been spot on for a brown ale, but for a porter a little thin. Still excellent carbonation though really pulled it through here, and the flavor was nice, just not what I was hoping for. No really oiley or slickness to it.
D Very nice, it was like I said very light so it was very easy to put down. Good flavor, but not overwhelming helped as well. Could easily be a session ale and I am guessing that is what they were going for, as they usually do on most of their ales.
Overall this one was a mixed bag. If I review it as a brown ale I would have to score it fairly high as it had a nice feel and a good all around flavor profile, however if I stick to the porter it just came off a bit too thin for my liking. I would have thought it could have been a little bit fuller. Even still, excellent session ale and a worthy choice in the series for sure. I would not turn one down if it was offered. I also would not by a sixer either, so definitely a bit of a mixed bag, but worth a try.
09-12-2007 02:18:31 | More by mikesgroove
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Half finger rapidly dissipating head. Very dark but getting light through.
S: Coffee, touch of honey, smokey
T: Smokey with a tough of sweet but not so much honey. Nutty and earthy notes.
M: Moderate to high carbonation. Medium to high carbonation.
Overall: Not a huge fan of this one. Honey just doesnt seem to come through in the honey brews I have tried. It has more of a smokey taste than I like.
07-25-2011 07:10:34 | More by kylehay2004
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
Appearance: Pours out a dark brown body with burgundy highlights and a medium-sized tan head.
Smell: Light aroma of honey and roasted malt.
Taste: Honey sweetness dovetails with a light coffee flavor and hints of dark chocolate. For me, there's no appreciable hop character, just a minor hop bite near the end. However, this beer finishes sweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Tingy, lively carbonation.
Drinkability: Though somewhat artificial tasting, this beer gives the impression of buttersctoch candy. Seems overly filtered, too.
03-02-2007 03:46:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
This has the color of a porter pouring out as a dark rich brownish color. The head is a light brown color and fizzles away to just a ring around the glass. The aroma is deep and roasted with a really interesting sweetness in there from the honey. The taste of the beer is slighty burnt or roasted in the beginning and settles down in the aftertaste as a sweet and elegant mix of the roasted malts and the honey. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a dark brew.
04-22-2011 00:10:02 | More by Knapp85
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
The first chance to try this beer,poured into my Red Oak pint glass a deep dark brown with some ruby-like hue when held up to the light a large fluffy 2 finger almond colored head atop that left multiple sheets of lace behind as it settles into a creamy mass.Rather light aromas some roastiness bitter chocolate and the heather honey lingers nicely,a tad thin and fizzy in the mouth but not distracting.Flavors start out mild but become fuller as it warms a bit lightly sweet and definantly roasty a real honey flavor profile shows in the appetizing finish finish .Not the most complex porter on earth but its drinkable and just sweet enough,I like it.
08-23-2007 22:24:27 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
A - Poured out black with brownish tints and tan, foamy, one-finger head. Left some lace.
S - It smelled of honey and caramel.Quite sweet.
T - It tasted very sweet and buttery. The honey flavor was noticeable behind a strong roasted malt taste. There was also a mild spice.
M - It was soft and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a pretty good porter. It really has a unique blend of flavors with the honey, caramel, roasted malt and hop spice.
04-11-2007 01:52:09 | More by zeff80
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
Walls of thin, sticky lace coat the glass throughout the entire serving as you drain it, sip by sip. The tan head maintains a thin but solid surface covering; and the clear, deep mahogany body glows with a crimson and ruby cast.
Some honey is found in the nose, along with some almost scorched sugar and a whiff of gently vinous dark fruit, perhaps plums; and the honey returns much more solidly in the flavor.
It's not chocolatey, although there is an edge to it, but mainly it displays deeply caramelized sugar, a dark fruitiness, a smear of ceral-like graininess, and honey. It's mildly roasty, but coupled with the dark sugar even that seems softened. The honey comes and goes, appearing in different places... sometimes at the start, and often lingering into the finish. The bitterness is more than firm, solid but not bold, but dull, perhaps muted by the honey sweetness. It finishes kind of dull and muddied, with some sticky honey (that's not necessarily sugary, but coating, and with honey flavor), and a solid bitterness and some dark malt acidity. It's very nice upfront, but offers a sloppy finish.
02-17-2007 16:19:34 | More by NeroFiddled
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark brown color with a thin, but foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin and even lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of honey, spice, a little chocolate and some hops.
T: The taste is sweet but not too sweet. The honey flavor is certainly there, but its not overdone. There are also flavors of roasted malt, dark fruit, spice and a touch of chocolate. This one doesnt have the hoppiness that most Sam Adams beers have, but I think thats a good thing for this type of beer. It also doesnt have much of a chocolate or coffee flavor that most porters have either, which makes it a little awkward.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body but light for the style, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.
D: Tasty so far as its something different, goes down easy, just a little bit filling, its a good beer but I prefer a little substance and a little more flavor when I go for a porter.
02-18-2007 02:05:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
10-22-2007 03:56:07 | More by nickfl
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
This beers appearance is great large rocky textured tan head above a dark ruby almost black body with much eye appeal. Aroma roasted dark malts creamy sweetness charred roasty character with herbal hops no overt honey tones but subtle mellow sweetness is there. Flavor is clean charred malts give a bitterness creamy overall with a honey finish to it hidden sweetness among the dark roasted barley malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even light for some porters but carbonation levels are great no need to worry. Drinkability is solid a staple for most beer drinkers into dark beer living in WV we don't have many options but this is a great even porter that I would welcome anytime.
06-15-2007 13:51:01 | More by WVbeergeek
3.33/5 rDev -9.3%
Sample from the "Beer Lover's Choice" vote. 12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.
A- Dark brown with ruby highlights, great head retention as the lace leave a spiderweb-like trail down the glass.
S- Slight roasted malt, raw honey comb. Caramelized / burnt sugar.
T&M- Raw honey all throughout ... almost too much of a honey character. Full bodied and very smooth, lush mouth feel. Mild roasted malt flavor and mild on the hops, barely enough bitterness to balance. Finishes very sweet.
D- Not bad but not the Honey Porter I remember ... I am sure my tastes have changed but this one comes off a bit too sweet.
08-22-2006 03:22:13 | More by Jason
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
BBD of Aug 07, pours chestnut/mahogany with 2 fingers of fluffy brown sand colored head. Really good head renetion & good lacing
S: Sweetness (brown sugar) & light roasted malt
T: Roasted malt, choclate & a hint of sasparilla (sic) up front. Molasess, a hint of coffee & brown sugar follow. As this warms dryness asserts itself. Coffee & a hint of coccoa & along with intense dryness in the finish
MF: Medium bodied, but rich with low carbonation
Drinks fairly easy, not my favorite porter but a good, if over dry (too much honey) effort
03-01-2007 03:51:55 | More by russpowell
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a dark brown with just the tiniest amount of red highlights showing around the bottom. Finger width of tan head that retains well and leaves a nice latticework of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is surprisingly deep wiht notes of chocolate and coffee with just the tiniest amount of sweet honey in the background. I also picked up just a smidge of heat as well.
The taste is roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and coffee. The honey makes itself known with just a splash in the finish followed up by some dry hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow creamy feel.
This was a nicely done and drinkable Porter from Sam Adams. I was especially surprised just how deep the roasted chocolate came through. It's definitely worth a try.
01-08-2008 17:23:54 | More by Kegatron
4.13/5 rDev +12.5%
A - Served a slightly below room temperature in a generic pint glass
Rapidly cascading tan bubbles gather to form a spledid head that gradually settles leaving a minimal amount of lace.
A very dark brown shade with garnet hues.
S - Lots of roasted malt odor and sweet honey aroma shadowing the grains. Roastiness with sweet echoes of floral hop odors that tantalize.
M - Sweetish with lively carbonation, nicely nuanced roastiness is smoothed out by soft honey creaminess in the finish
T - Roasty Chocolate flavors with subtle coffee notes and nutty dryness leads to a sweet round fullness that expands in the tail end with polish and finesse. No over the top honey or cloying sweetness, just a great accent to a really tasty porter.
D - A great exampole of what tastes can be achieved when honey is used with skill. Quaffable and smooth with traces of alcohol in the taste and lightly spicy hop adding to the overall depth.
04-12-2007 19:27:06 | More by Slatetank
Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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