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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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874 Ratings

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Ratings: 874
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown with some small tan head and no visible carbonation.
S - Smells very sweetly of honey and notes of dark toasty malt.
T - Subtle flavours, a bit boozy and watery in feel. Little aftertaste. Coffee and chocolate flavours come out subtly and there is little honey taste, but a residual sweetness.
M - Surprisingly light bodied and watery for a porter.
D - Decent for a porter, perhaps due to its light nature.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 10:15:29 | More by Quej
Photo of FliryVorru


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-29-2013 17:29:50 | More by FliryVorru
Photo of profondo


4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-03-2012 09:16:19 | More by profondo
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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A- Dark brown with moderate head

S- Honey and chocolate malts

T- Honey and bitter hops

M- fairly heavy with fair carbonation

D- Sadly I didn't really like this one. Porters are even my favorite style. I don't know what it is but I won't go out of my way for this.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 00:00:35 | More by Misfit138
Photo of IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with mahogany highlights and a craggy tan head. Rings of lace start to stack up evenly even before I take a sip.

The aroma is dominated by floral honey. Roasty, toasty malts support it. Lots of sweetness.

Roasted malts upfront followed by floral honey. The floral quality remains through the finish as hops and a mild bitterness join the foray. Interesting flavor profile with a good amount of body and carbonation.

I could easily knock back a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 04:37:07 | More by IMincedTheKing
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4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark amber color with a 1/2" tan head that quickly disappeared.
Medium lacing with some lingering.
Very light smell, nothing really stood out.
Medium-light mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation
Excellent Porter, not at all heavy like most. Mild spice with a touch of honey, not sweet at all. I could drink several of these at a sitting.
My drink of choice is a nice hoppy ale but I thought this is very good and definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 00:06:05 | More by JDK
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-15-2012 02:14:29 | More by leokbelo
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam rarely makes a bad beer. This one is good too. It is a smooth, clean, sweet beer as expected by the name. Strong malts, light on the hops, pours clear brown/gold. Moderate head which lasted a while with light lacing. Smelled like sugar and cookies (? weird, but not unpleasant) Another good beer from SA - drinakble, but for a similar taste with more character, try a Moose Drool.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 04:15:20 | More by TAMU99
Photo of Genuine


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Bottle into a pint glass

A - Very nice dark amber/red in color. off white head that seemed to last a good while.

S - Honey was first to be noted. Smells rather sweet and I thought it blended well with the aroma of hops lingering in the background.

T- it had a medium body, honey was present as an aftertaste. Hops was first noted, with the honey following shortly behind. This is a sweet beer, but not too sweet. Well balanced, I might say.

Mouthfeel - has a medium body to it. I enjoyed the carbonation, while there wasn't a lot of it, it had the right amount.

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these. Not sure if I would make this out to be a session beer though.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 19:45:59 | More by Genuine
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this in six packs at a local store and wonder what a honey porter would taste like. Needless to say, I was quite surprised.

Pours an incredible dark brown. Amber hues could be seen when held to direct light, about right for a porter. Foam was two fingers width that slowly receded to just a little foam over the course of several minutes. Lacing was all that was left to look at, and lacing is huge in my book.

Aroma is dominated with notes of clover honey, accompanied with nice undertones of chocolate, toffee, and dark fruits. Brown sugar also gets a nice bump up from the honey, almost seems to be caramelized in a way.

Flavor starts out with nice heather honey in the front of the palate, along with brown sugar and molasses to boot. Moves away from dark sweetness and transitions to roasted earthiness and slightly bitter, almost herbal, English hops. The contrast of sweet and bitter is quite nice, like two sides of the same coin, and both with nice flavors to offer.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Lightly creamy with ample carbonation on the tongue pairs perfectly with the honey flavors.

Drinkability is good. Easy to enjoy in a session, or as a after dinner sipping beer, this brew has quite a lot to offer to anyone's palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 07:09:35 | More by Foxtrot
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Good poured out head about an inch thick with lacing lingering after sitting. Dark ruby red coloration.

S - Smells of good mixture of malt, slight smoke, hinting at hops.

T - Tastes of these qualities but also with a initial smoothness then taste buds pick up on slight hoppiness leaving a smoothness. This tactile taste gives a honey flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 17:25:14 | More by Tolnik
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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with light barely making it through a pint glass in front of a lamp. Medium-to-thick head. Smells like caramel with hints of espresso - I didn't notice the honey smell/flavor some have described. Tastes good and very balanced bitterness/sweetness - no extraordinary flavors noticeable. Very low carbonation and alcohol flavor and a medium-heavy body leaving a good flavor on the palette. This is a good beer, but nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 23:37:17 | More by msolar
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4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Temperature, 40 degrees. Glassware used is an 8 ounce globe.

On the surface this is dark with a dance of clarity within. As I pour this downward into the glass I witness a salt & pepper with a tattered curtain of lace that remains shortly afterward.
To smell this is to witness its honey, sweet, and toffee aroma. As I sip this I detect earthiness, some oatiness, and a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel, is medium on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 04:47:02 | More by mnapier
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-20-2012 03:55:41 | More by Revenant
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a standard pint glass
dark brown, translucent burgandy where the light hits the edges, two fingers of thick, tan head, solil wall of lacing
smells like cookie dough, malty, sweet
tastes is about the same as the haed, taste a little oatmeal, thick malt taste, the honey is there, but not overly strong
mouthfeel is thinner that i expected, kind a a let down there
very drankable, sessionable porter. Not he best by far, but still worth having a few around.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 23:35:22 | More by redneckchugger
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely satisfying. Very full tasting mouthfeel. Lots of roasty malt character. I can't believe how satisfying this beer is. A great choice if you only want to drink one beer. Not too sweet, not hoppy, very balanced. I love this beer. Another fine achievement from SA.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 19:50:01 | More by Chugmonkey
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium, very foamy head on a very dark body. Smells were very light, nothing stood out too much, rather odd for porters I've had. Taste was exactly what I'd expect from a dark, mainly caramel, and a touch of chocolate. The honey was in there also, but I would have just chalked it up to "sweetness" had it not had honey in the title. Very light, and smooth. Not the biggest fan of darkers, but this was pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 17:54:10 | More by ibashmuck
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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a mixed six pack containing two bottles of each Honey Porter, Black Lager and Brown Ale for $7.49. Best before date June 2007 notched on bottle label. Poured into Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Huge craggy beige colored head with sticky lacing forms rings inside my glass. Medium size bubble carbonation inside a mahogony brown colored brew.

Smell: Malty molasses suggests both sweetness and bitterness. Burnt grains, but little, if any, scent of coffee.

Taste: Mild coffee bean with bittersweet molasses up front followed by slight nutty dryness and alcohol at finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with slight overcarbonation for my liking. Dry and a bit astringent at the finish.

Drinkability: Nothing overly special. I had different expectations for the honey in both smell and taste. While I will try this again, I won't be making a "beeline" to pick up a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 17:07:06 | More by Procrastinator
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Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Samuel Adams Honey Porter pours a dark maroon-to-ruby colour along with a high (ca 2,5 inches), light brown-to-orange crown and which diminishes rather slowly and eventually leaves plenty of decrepit letters-looking lacing.

Smell: At first there is a sweetness reminiscent to that of plums and raisins and then there is some dark bread in the background.

Taste: The first thing that strikes me is that for a so-called "honey porter" is that it isn't all that sweet... Nonetheless, Samuel Adams Honey Porter is not a bad beer, far from it! Sure, it has some mild, honey-like characteristics in the beginning but they are almost directly dominated by a acrid sensation which is clearly evident in throughout the entirety of the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium in carbonation. Body: Full. Round. Smooth. Great!

Drinkability: Surely interesting, however it's ultimately not all that convincing as a "honey porter"... but as a porter? Sure! Give it a go ya ho!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 16:53:44 | More by Asgeirr
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North Carolina

1.78/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Nice dark brown color. Not a great head, but a good one finger that hangs around some. Nice lacing.

S - The honey smell really overpowers things, and it smells like cheap honey. There are other smells there, but geez this is just way to overpowering to take the time trying to figure out what the other smells are.

T - I don't know how to describe this other than just bad. Maybe its because I haven't had many porters, but other ones I tried I thought were pretty nice. There is a complexity of flavors, but none of them go together. The hops and malts do not complement each other, and the honey doesn't complement anything. Has a flavor with some sweet, some bitter, and some roasted, nothing blends or balances.

M - Syrupy, enough said.

D - Hard to choke one down, couldn't imagine drinking more of this.

At least everything else from Sam Adams has been at least decent, this is horrible. Some hops compliment some malts, and some malts compliment some hops, the right combination was not found here. And they honey, wow, what is the point, just adds a funky sweetness to an already bad beer. Must have been a mistake that they decided to add honey too and market just to get rid off originally, then some one actually liked it I guess.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 00:01:48 | More by cottonkoozie
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-19-2013 01:49:07 | More by scmoore81
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New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured black with a 2 finger tan head. Completely opaque. Head diminished quickly with little to no lacing.

Smelled of honey and burnt malt. Reminds me of a milk stout.

Lots of sweetness in the flavor. Much like the smell, it reminded me of a milk stout. Some chocolate in the far palate. Sweet malt flavor followed by a burnt smokey flavor with a touch of honey.

Low carbonation and a surprisingly thin mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 03:37:50 | More by brantadid
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Dark reddish brown, nearly opaque. Frothy light tan head with nice retention.

Smell--Toasted malts, faint coffee characteristics.

Taste--Not as robust as it smells. Actually this is a pretty mellow porter. Definitely not as dry as most porters. Sweet undertones make this an interesting beer.

Drinkability--Because it is a more subtle porter than most, this is a very drinkable beer. Probably a good introduction to the style for someone who isn't overly fond of strong tasting beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 13:44:12 | More by arnulfooxblood
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA sensory glass yielding 1 finger of tan khaki colored head. Beer color is a very dark red/amber that is hard to see through. Good lacing on the glass.

Smells of malts, chocolate and honey

Tastes of roasted malts, honey, chocolate, caramel and some hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a clean, bitter finish.

Drinks surprisingly easy. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 02:17:04 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz dark bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown almost black with a dark tan and great head retention. Left a nice sticky lace down the glass.

Roasted malts and honey.

Honey through and through and very sickly sweet. Full bodied and smooth. Malts are present and very little hops, no bitterness to balance the flavor. Very sweet from start to finish. Not good at all. I won't ever get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 01:34:55 | More by ghostmech007
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