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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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881 Ratings

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 33
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of Chaz


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

03-02-2007 23:04:08 | More by Chaz
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of afinepilsner


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

03-01-2007 21:03:20 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of russpowell


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
Photo of rowew


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

02-28-2007 03:23:58 | More by rowew
Photo of brdc


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

02-27-2007 01:49:40 | More by brdc
Photo of arnulfooxblood


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

02-26-2007 13:44:12 | More by arnulfooxblood
Photo of BigJTrucker


4.22/5  rDev +15%

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!

02-25-2007 06:48:24 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of far333


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-24-2007 23:54:39 | More by far333
Photo of bennetj17


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

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...

02-23-2007 18:59:52 | More by bennetj17
Photo of sinstaineddemon


2.9/5  rDev -21%

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

02-23-2007 16:22:44 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of PhillyMonk


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

02-19-2007 19:24:58 | More by PhillyMonk
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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
Photo of BeefyMee


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%

Appearance: Big fluffy head that dissipated in a funky way but had a nice tan color. Body is a dark transparent ruby.

Smell: Nothing much here. Some honey but not a whole lot and thats about it.

Taste: The honey definitely comes through stronger but there is also a bit of an unpleasant metallic taste. A little bready with chocolate malt in the aftertaste. All in all, it's a good flavor but not very impressive.

Mouthfeel: Good consistency hampered by an offputting tanginess.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable as there is nothing too annoying. After two or three, though, the charm of the honey might start to wear thin.

Beef Notes: Seeing that the old version of this beer had some high praise and the Holiday Porter is nothing short of delicious, I was rather excited to try this. It turned out to be just a little disappointing but still a solid beer. Try it at least once if you can.

02-18-2007 23:06:09 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of mjd83goblue


2.85/5  rDev -22.3%

12 oz single bottle for $1.69. Seeing this back in sixers now, so thought I'd give it a shot.

A: Pours an opaque dark brownish/reddish with two fingers of rocky head.

S: Smell is predominently raw honey. Some roasted malt if you really try.

T: More balanced than the smell. A nice roasted body with a definite honey taste, but not as overbearing as in the smell. Finishes sweet w/ some burnt honey.

M: Creamy but a little thin

D: Not bad, not as heavy as many porters. A little sweet.

Very 'average'. Nothing bad, but nothing inspiring.

02-18-2007 02:38:40 | More by mjd83goblue
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Rhode Island

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 it’s not overdone. There are also flavors of roasted malt, dark fruit, spice and a touch of chocolate. This one doesn’t have the hoppiness that most Sam Adams beers have, but I think that’s a good thing for this type of beer. It also doesn’t 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 it’s something different, goes down easy, just a little bit filling, it’s 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
Photo of TexIndy


3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date into a pint glass. It had a dark color that was deep mahogany when held up to a light. It had a pretty good tan head that slowly settled into a foam. Some lacing. The smell was all honey with not much else coming to the front. The taste was just OK. It was basically a bland porter with a huge dollop of honey thrown in. Mouthfeel was good. Overall, it's just not a very exciting beer. It falls way short of being a flavorful out there beer and is just too bland and honeyish for a session beer. Don't recommend. (3, NA-BOT, Tie, O)

02-18-2007 01:57:13 | More by TexIndy
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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
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +9%

I was pleasantly surprised to find this in a mix-pack - I hadn't seen this beer for several years and thought it permanently retired. Poured a dark chestnut with tan-tinged head. A bit sweeter than the average robust American porter, and a little less hopped. Pleasant roasted malt flavor with no grainy off notes, well complimented with the moderate sweetness. Finish was smooth with no acidity. A nicely made beer.

02-16-2007 22:07:30 | More by Brent
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Bought in a mixed case of 6 sam adams types at Sunshine Beverage in Laureldale, PA.

This beer definately had a discernable honey taste without going overboard. Sweet, however there were roasted grains present and enough hop spice to make the sweetness not overbearing. Porter quality took a back seat to the upfont presence of honey, roasted grains, and balancing hops.

Good smell and appearance. I found this bear to be very subtle in its flavors, where specialty brews like this can often be very syrupy. On drinkability, I wouldnt think more than two of these in a sitting would be recommended as it is still very filling.

02-16-2007 19:42:15 | More by Matteox3
Photo of lpayette


3.78/5  rDev +3%

12 oz bottle. Best before Jun 2007. Enjoyed 1/21/07

Appearance- Pours a roasted brown color with a healthy head that is heartily replenished. Some brussels lace.

Smell- Roasted malts with a touch of honey. Also a hint of cream.

Taste- A little on the sweeter side but not as sweet as I'd like to see given the name. There's a good bit of roasted flavor here with just a bit of chocolate evident. Hops are here too, providing a good bit of balance... but as I stated earlier, with a name like honey porter, I'd like to see this be a bit sweeter. There are some honey notes, but they're pretty subdued by the roasted malt and hop combination.

Mouthfeel- Full and robust. About the perfect thickness for a porter.

Drinkability- Fairly easy to quaff.

02-15-2007 02:09:57 | More by lpayette
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap.

Deep ruby red,brownish hue,clear lets light pass. 3 to 4" thick off-white towards tan head. Good retention with spotty,clumpy semi-curtians of lace.

Moderate malty aromas chocolate,carmell,slight burnt aromas.Subtle sweet honey aromas. A good tempting aroma.

Tastes of chocolate and carmell,some burnt tastes also. Woody/earthy with a hint of molassass. A slightly sharp pleasing bitterness. Subtle honey tastes throughout,leaves a nice taste of honey lingering on the palate.

A medium mouthfeel,creamy,feel very light floating around in the mouth.
Easy drinking,could drink several of these and would love to drink more.
A bit filling,but drinkable,neverless. A good solid beer,one to give a try.

02-14-2007 04:35:59 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of tweeder263


4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

02-12-2007 01:15:21 | More by tweeder263
Photo of WanderingFool


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Sam Adams Honey Porter pours a very dark ruby color that's almost black in the glass. A creamy light tan head sits on top and slowly dissolves to a thick ring and thin sheet on the beer. As the foam dissolves a lot of lace clumps and nets cling to the glass. The aroma is mainly honey and wildflowers with a hint of toasted malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a nice firm carbonated tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor begins with roasted malt but the honey quickly dominates. A hint of wildflower is mixed in. At the end the beer finishes dry with a taste of hoppy pine. Once gone some roasted malt, hops and sweet honey lingers on the palate.

I thought the honey would totally dominate this beer, but there's enough malt and hops to balance it out. It's very tasty and quite drinkable. I look forward to another glass of this beer.

02-11-2007 23:30:30 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of billybob


4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

dark brown with a ruby tint to the color and a tan two finger head and a mild lacing to the finish. smell is roasted malt, coffee, with a mild honey coming through. taste roasted malt with coffee honey finish. mouthfeel is medium, good blending of flavors and just right carbonation to match. i was very doubtful about this one thinking the honey would be over powering or be weak bodied but its a very nice beer and its on my buy again list.

02-10-2007 23:43:31 | More by billybob
Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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