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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
very good

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 33
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - Sam Adam's glass, cellar temp
A - The honey comes through nicely in the aroma (I am not sure I would have identified it without the label). Also some nice roast malt.
A - Dark amber with just a bit of haze. Three fingers of light tan head.
M - medium body with light to medium carbonation. Nice creaminess from the head.
T - The sweetness from the honey is definitely present but it is not something that jumps out at you. This is a great beer that also has a smooth honey sweetness. Sooth roast and some chocolate - like dipping a chocolate chip cookie in some light coffee.
D - Nice full bodied porter with some light sweetness. This goes down smooth.

Photo of sraimondi
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

July 2008 best by date. Poured into a pint glass. I am reviewing this beer as a Specialty category beer re: BJCP guidelines, as the addition of honey in the recipe moves it out of the American Porter category, IMO.

Even tan head which dissipates quickly to a filmy head. Some minor lacing. In light, a dark ruby color, not exactly on the porter style, but quite nice.

Honey does come through in the nose, with a nice roasty profile as well. Some sweet chocolate also. No detectable hops in the smell.

The taste does include some honey sweetness at the start, but a nice hops bite hits quickly which balances things out, although a bit more hops in the finish; which I liked.

The feel was fairly rounded but a little thin for a porter, but not a real issue. Pretty good.

Overall a very drinkable beer, the honey is there but BBC has done a good job of balancing this one out with some real hop character, which is often lacking when brewers use honey. Very sessionable, IMO. One of my recent faves from BBC.

Photo of oneturbucfan
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of shick1
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of veech
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been nothing but impressed since this beer was revived. I wasn't lucky enough to try it in its first incarnation. I assume it is very true to the original.
A: Style appropriate opaque black with a tan head and resilient lacing
S: Sweet sourwood honey fills the nose and trumps anything else
T: Smooth sweet and substantial. The malts are balanced just enough to be noticed in the presence of the honey sweet base. A different but delicious porter.
M: Maybe a little light and a tad oily for a porter. The only real detriment to this brew.
D: Easily sessionable and I wish I could get this in 6 packs instead of the mixed 12 packs.
Cheers Jim Koch for bringing this one back, hopefully for a long time.

Photo of meechum
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark pour into a mug that had a tulip shaped mouth. Big creamy tan head with great retention leaving a good lace

S - Honey, Honey and more Honey with some of the malts and caramel smells

T/M - Taste is sweet with a touch of the hops to bitter it out and finishing with malts and the honey.

D - I had 3 in less than 2 hours because I wasn't paying attention to how fast I was throwing them back.

I could drink this all day long. This was a great offering and I will most likely say I've found the beer I would keep on hand at all times. I'm sure there are even better examples of a porter out there, no doubt, but this is a great beer to have any time and it doesn't disappoint.

Two big thumbs up from me

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of selecter70
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a great porter, but a decent ale with nice flavor. It poured a dark ruby brown with honey light coming through and a decent but thin beige head. The aroma was of roasted malt & sour lemon with a hint of weak honey. The flavor was likewise with some hoppy kick, and a crisp refreshing mouth-feel, although a bit too carbonated.

Photo of thegrifter
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of youngleo
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a nice two fingered head that was caramel in color. Head had some very big bubbles that clumped together. Had some very nice lacing. Porter was very dark in color with a slightly red tint. Smelled of malt, chocolate, coffee and some hints of alcohol. Had a slight smoke taste. Also tasted some chocolate, burnt coffee, and honey. Honey taste was not over powering. Had a slightly bitter aftertaste that hung around awhile. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right. I think this is another beer that you would have to be carefull with if you decided to do a session with. Taste was very good, and all I wanted to do was gulp it down.

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

This porter was served in a beer mug and poured a deep brownish black that was still partly transluscent against light. It had a one-finger brownish-white head.

The smell was subdued and gave hints of roasted malt and a touch of hops. The taste had a rich and robust roasted body with well blended malt and hop flavor. There was a touch of sweetness in the taste as well, but where the honey flavor really came to center-stage was the aftertaste. It was pleasant and not over done. The consistency was medium/thick and the carbonation was medium.

This was a nice porter all around and a very drinkable beer, even for it's roasted body. The honey flavor is a nice and subtle touch. Glad I tried it!

Photo of skrib09
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a coffee color with a decent dark tan colored head. retention was ok.

smells roasty... nothing too crazy.

malty! roasted malts. it's a nice porter. some sweetness from the honey but it's not over the top.

i get a little grainy mouthfeel when i let it roll around. not necessarily a bad thing. ok drinkability.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with an ecru and creamy head,
leaves a good lace throughout.

S: Nice malt / honey aroma, honey is distinct

T: Good macro, sweet and malty with the hints of
honey more apparent than I expected. Some
metalic aftertaste though.

M: Nice body, not syrupy despite the sweetness.

D: Good drinkability, the honey flavors grow as
you sip and doesn't leave you with a heavy
feel inspite of the sugar. Moderate ABV
allows for optimal consumption.

Photo of tweeder263
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out an red\brown brew with 2 finger head. smell of honey,,mild licorice. taste very smooth like a mild porter. very subtle honey flavors,,very well balanced. mouthfeel pretty standard stuff . Very drinkable beer,,i could put a few of these away.

Photo of gabeerfan
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown. Dark garnet highlights throughout the glass. Nice tan head and sheeting down the glass.
Sweet aromas. Kind of smells like a chocolate donut. Some aromas of dark chocolate and very light coffee.
The flavors are pretty sweet too. Sweetened dark chocolate and coffee. Honey flavor is definitely present. Very light hop presence giving a little bitter counterpoint to the sweetness.
Medium bodied. A little syrupy, but not cloying at all.
Quite drinkable.
I generally prefer porters to stouts because of the generally less roasty flavors and this is no exception. Works very well as a dessert beer or even just a dessert in itself.

Photo of eristicrat
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Genuine
3.82/5  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.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. The freshness date is June 2009.

The pour is a dark brown with ruby highlights. A finger's worth of white head holds nicely for a few minutes and leaves decent lacing.

The nose is dominated by sweet malts with some chocolate and just a hint of honey. The taste again allows the malts first, then the honey peeks out but never becomes dominating. There is a tiny bit of burntness near the slightly dry finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent; the dry finish keeps me wanting more.

All in all, it's a good start for someone who wants to try a porter.

Photo of Fermenticusrex
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Quej
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of cottonkoozie
1.84/5  rDev -49.9%
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.

Photo of FliryVorru
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of profondo
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TAMU99
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of leokbelo
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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