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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: 13.35%
Wants: 33
Gots: 11 | 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 umustdrink
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown/red appearance, when held to light it is see-through (bad sign). Head is light brown and fades to a film. Lacing is average.

S - Sweet caramel malts. Kettle corn like sweetnesses as well.

T - Sugary sweet light malt flavor. A hint of bitterness and a sweet bready finish.

M - Thin consistency, carbonation bites.

D - This beer is way to thin to be a porter, it's too carbonated and I prefer a darker malt character. A lot like other SA beers...completely misses it's mark or just leaves you wanting more.

Photo of pgenius
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Really dark brown, borderline black with a nice off-white/tan head that sticks around for a while

S - Fresh sweet honey with a trace of roasted malts. Im a big honey fan so the aroma was a plus for this brew

T - Really big sweet taste, good flavor of honey balanced with bitterness from the malts, interesting

M - Full bodied, a tad bit too sweet though

D - I could see myself having another one of these. Its a pretty good brew

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

Poured a deep amber/ brown, creamy 2 finger tan head with good retention.
Aroma was sweet smelling, dried fruits, chocolate notes.
Taste: some plum,hint of chocolate, nicely hopped but well balanced
Mouth was a bit creamy, and chewy..finished smooth.
Drinkability: This is a very interesting brew, I really enjoyed it...I'd say good call!

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 12er, FBFTEB June 07.

Dark ruby brown, clear. Moderate carbonation. Mild-moderate 2 minute head, smooth foamy.

Sweet and tart, fruit-like. Honey is prominent. Malt: nut, ripe sweetness, light roasted chocolate, tad grainy. Hop: floral and herbal, mild spice.

Medium bodied. Lots of honey. Malt: roasted chocolate, nut, quite light. Hop: floral and herbal, mild bitterness. Honey balances it out, the malt is definitely mild. Creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Finishes fairly dry and tart.

Enjoyable taste, nice and sweet. Really grows on me.

Photo of Magpie14
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: dark, dark brown with hints of black. Nice cream colored head with mounds of rocky-like foam. Sticky lacing rung around the top of the glass.

Smell: sweetness smell of honey along with caramel and slight toasted malts. Also I detect a slight hop presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: bursting with honey and sweetness but lacks in overall taste. I always like the husky malts and coffee flavors of a good porter. Malts are present but take the back seat in this beer and a coffee flavor is ever so sutle. I must admit that it is a soothing beer, smooth and rich with a dry malty finish.
Nice carbonation and overall mouthfeel. It is drinkable but only in moderation as due to the sweet, sweet flavor.

Photo of mynie
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby chestnut wood with a giant, soft white head. Really a wonderful pour. The head looks like a cloud and it doesn't go away.

Smells lightly of grain and very intensely of honey. Almost like a mead. I don't know if I'm gonna like this...

And I don't, at first. The honey is waaay more intense than I'm used to. But I take a few more sips and get used to it and it turns out this is actually a damn fine brew. Starts out up front like a very dry mead, big roasted porter grains in the middle and a nice spicy English hop finish. All three stages are clearly defined and each wonderfully compliments the last.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer appears to have a black liquid, but when held to the light you can notice a ruby tint within. The rocky and slightly off-white colored head rose up about two and a half fingers high and settled to an inch. Nice head retention. Minimal amount of laceing and you can also see some beading on the inside.

Smell: The aromas are woody, grapenuts, semi-sweet chocolate malts, vague honey, oats can be detected, and only a small trace of hops can be found. No alcohol in the nose.

Taste: The flavor has some of the same characterists as the nose did such as chocolate notes, the woodiness and grapenuts are still noticable. A little alcohol is there,but nothing potent. Slight bittering hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: This is sweet,creamy and smooth with a dry bitter finish. Medium bodied with decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: One thing I like about Sam Adams beers is that they are easily accessable, fairly cheap,"for craft beers" and they are usually highly sessionable. This one is not bad by any means, but as said above its just another go to beer.


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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, roasted scent that boasts of chocolate and special roast malts. It's creamy with a slight honey presence. The taste is good. It has a dry roasted flavor that goes down easy and finishes smooth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good porter. It's nothing too awesome, but I enjoyed it and would buy it again.

Photo of 2wheeledpirate
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark reddish brown color. A one finger head which barely survived to the end. The honey aroma is very apparent, but seems to disappear in the flavor until the "aftertaste." This porter is lighter in feel than it's dark color would suggest, and has very little carbonation. The honey is a nice touch and I would definately have another (which I wouldn't say about most porters.) You can always counton Sam.

Photo of mattcrill
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: A mildly sweet grainy note up front. Low fruity esters. A touch of coffee with cream. Pretty light in the aroma.

Appearance: Shoe leather brown middle with chocolate edging. A creamy off-white head develops and sticks to the glass.

Flavor: Mild sweet grainy notes persist. Just a touch of carmelly sweetness and a touch of roasted grains. Balance is toward the dry side.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Finishes dry and just a touch astringent.

Overall impression: Well crafted, nothing off, but very safe. Probably a safe "gateway" porter. I'm not sure I get the honey in this one but there is a definite sweetness that is detectable on the palate. I'd take anything from SA on any day of the week. I know they are more "mainstream" but they work for me. Worth a try at least once.

Photo of adams82
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights, produces a small off white head. Smells of of coffee like roast upfront, sweet and roasty as it lingers. Tastes slightly sweet and roasty with some bitterness derived from the roasted malt. Notes of coffee and brown sugar meld into the roasted malt flavor, and of course a tinge of honey, finishing with a nice hoppiness... the residual sweetness/roastiness sticks around as well. Smooth as silk, almost chewy and very easy to drink.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Honey Porter pours to a dark brown color with some burgundy redness. The head of foam on this beer is large, solid, and lumpy and it makes for a positive first impression. The nose on this beer is bread- like, roasty, honey- like, and interesting.

This porter offers some good, complex flavors like slightly roasted malt, honey, and baked bread. This is followed by an herbal/spicy taste of hops that helps to provide balance. The honey stays with the taste from beginning to end, making for a beer that is sweeter than average.

I can remember tasting Samuel Adams Honey Porter in the past and from what I remember, this new version of Samuel Adams Honey Porter doesn’t taste like the beer of old. The original Honey Porter was slightly fuller in body and was a little more honey- accented. This newer version isn’t the robust porter that the label claims- it is actually a medium- bodied brew and while the honey taste is obvious, it isn’t as evident as I remember. It’s a good tasting beer that comes up short in one main category: It fullness. The label claims it’s a robust porter with a full body but this is not the case. It’s a little thinner than the Samuel Adams Honey Porter from the past but it is still a tasty beer in its own right.

Photo of July2Nov
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful dark color, when put up to a light, it has a ruby & amber tint. Looks like a glass of coke.

Smell: You can smell hints of honey coming through near the end.

Taste: If you like honey, then this is what you'll be getting along with the porter.

Mouthfeel: The honey leaves that sweet aftertaste....which in my book, is excellent.

Drinkability: Great taste that will have you telling your friends to, "try this out".

Photo of Chaz
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium pour into a shaker produces a voluminous, visually impressive head. It’s a rocky one, almost orangey-tan, and with plenty of clingy lacing. More than any other beer I’ve ever poured, this one looks like a root-beer float! The brew itself is a brilliant crimson-chestnut in color. Nose is a bit subdued, but there’s honey in there you betcha, alongside pale and dark malts. Smells a bit sweeter than I expected. I did pour this cold, so I let it warm a bit. Smooth on the tongue, with a combination bitter, tangy, musty flavor. Sweetens, dries, and smoothes out midway through the palate, and finishes with an interesting, lingering aggregate, part roasted malts, part unctious honey, part bittering hops. Body is on-style, fairly light and very drinkable. Not nearly as sweet on the palate as the nose would suggest, and while the honey is a prominent flavor overall, I would imagine that it's an acquired taste in terms of a flavoring for this style of beer. As with coffee-flavored porters, I can usually put down one or more if so inclined, but I guess prefer flavored stouts! Maybe not a standalone brew, but I can't think of what to pair it with, food-wise. Definitely worth a try, and superbly executed.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Samuel Adams Honey Porter was a mahogany color with good clarity. The tan head started out thick and rocky, than gradually receded to a thin layer, leaving some lacing behind. The aroma was mainly honey. The taste was a nice blend of honey, malt, and hops. It was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was above average. It's a decent beer to have occasionally.

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of rowew
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical Boston Beer packaging. Best by date notched on the side. I'm a little leary of this one since I don't usually like the taste of fermented honey in beer - but I had to give it a try.

Appearance: Dark brown with a bit of ruby around the edges, large off white head fades to a bit of lacing.

Smell: Not getting a ton of aroma here - some roasted flavors and caramel, a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Hmm - ok, this has more of a raw honey flavor than the fermented (think mead) that I was expecting. Roasted flavors dominate, with some honey sweetness balancing things out.

Overall impression: Solid porter - the honey adds a bit of interesting sweetness, and plenty of other flavors to keep it interesting.

Photo of brdc
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Expiration date July 2007.
Nice looking dark beer with a long lasting tan head.
Smell is rather faint, although good - it has some roaste malts, honey as expected, and hops.
Taste is bitter, mostly roasted malts to open, followed by a mild sweetness from the honey, and then the cleansing, dry hops.
Good mouthfeel, medium-bodied, and easy to drink.
A good porter, although not special.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this 12oz bottle up as part of a "Brewmaster's Collection".

I've tried various 'Porter' brews in the past, and havent been overly impressed. But i figured i'd revisit the style, as by beer tasting experience has expanded greatly since then. I'm glad i did.

Pours a deep mahoany color. I'm sure if i poured it into the appropriate glass, head retention would be much better, but in my globe glass, the head settles fairly quickly to form a collar around the glass with some foam settled in the center of the glass. Smells absolutely beautiful. Honey and toasted malt flavors are pronounced, but not overpoweringly so. Just the right amount of hop bitterness, and honey taste to complement it. Slight drying mouthfell, but nothing that would deserve any lower of a score in that department. Very easy to drink, not like any porter i've had in the past. This brew is singlehandedly responsible for removing the words "I hate porters" from my vocabulary. VERY WELL DONE!

Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany, not quite opaque, with ochre highlights around the edges. A half inch of bumpy frothy foam sits atop and lingers long. The foam leaves sticky rings and winding legs rising up the glass as I sip.

Light smell of chalky cocoa, a bit of hops, some faint malt.

Flavors of sweet malt, cocoa and some smokey charred wood. The honey is understated, I might not be able to pick it out if I wasn't looking for it. Raisins and plums linger in the aftertaste.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, a little chalky and tannic, not overly carbed. Pretty drinkable, but not overly complex.

Photo of bennetj17
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber color, with thin, tan foam that yields to a decent ring. Notes of honey-wheat bread in the aroma, with a light hint of cinnamon. Nice, but a bit weak. Lots of ashed/smoked maltiness in the flavor but it comes out tasting watery. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on, but unfortunately it's not very pleasant . The honey notes are very mild in the flavor and don't "fit in" real well. The body is medium thick, perhaps a bit watery, with medium enough carbonation.

I was expecting alot more from a beer voted back into production due to its popularity. There was not a good balance of flavors here, and the bitter finish did not come out well. Not recommended...

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark mahogany brown, thick rocky mocha head, with vary faint and rare carbonation

S - sour coffee aroma, metallic, with some background roasted palates

T - a weak start, with alcohol sharpness, some coffee flavors, and a sharp finish, cannot pick out the honey

M&D - easy down, a good college bar choice in a BMC world, not SA best offering but above tolerable

Photo of PhillyMonk
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer at a hole-in-the wall bar that had little else. I had never tried this one before it was discontinued the first time, so was trying it for the first time.

Poured a clear, deep amber-brown with loads of cream colored head. Smell was surprisingly faint with some malts and honey overtones...pleasant, but distant. Taste was sweet, malty, with a distinct honey, almost syrupy finish. Mouthfeel was decent -- sweet, with moderate carbonation. This beer was pretty drinkable -- I could have had two, but can't imagine this as much of a session beer

This beer is definitely worth giving a shot. I'm a big fan of thier holiday porter and expected something a little more malty and a little less sweet, but I guess this beer was true to its name. The quality is there, and it's something different to try, but it goes down as middle-of-the-road as Sam Adams beers are concerned for me.

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