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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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BA SCORE
84
good

634 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 634
Hads: 902
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 38
Gots: 17 | 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 washburnkid
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Over two fingers of beige head. The porter is ruby and brown hues. The head is fluffy like a marshmallow, with wonderfully fluffy retention and plenty of lacing adorning the glass. Aromas are acidic at first whiff, with sweet chocolate and roasted coffee malts coming in to balance it all out. Flavors emphasize the heavily roasted malt. Biscuit malt expected from an English style porter, complete with the acidic coffee characteristics. There is a nice balance between the malt and hops, and the honey is undeniably present. There's high carbonation at first but it seems to mellow out with a bit of time and warmth...or maybe I twirled the glass one too many times? Nice residuals left behind from a rather light body. This is a pretty solid porter! (775 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. First, it's appearance is nice and dark. The smell though is what gets you. Man, is that a strong smell of honey! The taste too is very strong with that smell. The taste has a supplemented roast feel that goes with its style. It has a crisp, light and incredibly sweet mouthfeel. That taste makes this very accessible for a drinking crowd wanting something sweet. (368 characters)

Photo of nasty15108
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured an almost black, cola-like color with slight red hues. The pour produced a thick head of tan foam and sticky circular rings of lacing around the inside of the glass. Picture perfect.

S - Malty with the perfect amount of smoke. The armoa of sweet honey really comes through in the back.

T - Starts off with a nice smokey roasted malt flavor and good bit honey/caramel sweetness upfront. Finshes off slightly dry with a well balanced hop bitterness.

MF&D - Medium/full bodied with a creamy mouth feel. This beer is sweet and sticky, but extremely well balanced. A great session beer. (641 characters)

Photo of benmiliron
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.39 for a single. Looks great in the glass - dark dark brown. Good tan head that dissipates fast but nice lacing. Smell is dark roasted malt & hop spice & some floral from the honey. Taste is really something- heavy malts & honey sweetness with firm hop bitterness. Superbly balanced. Very nice mouthfeel as well - smooth, fine bubble, not winey or syrupy like these can sometimes be.

Though maybe not a classic example of the style, this is a fantastic brew and definitely something I could drink all day. (517 characters)

Photo of vtisme
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a Sam Adams Sampler Pack, traditional dark porter look, a finger and a half head that diminished quickly with medium lacing. Not much chocolate or coffee here, light to light-medium bitterness. The surprise comes when you let it sit in your mouth for about five seconds or more; thats when the honey is noticed. If you quickly drink it you'll miss out, so to savor the sweetness i recommend swirling it around a little. Overall great starter porter. (459 characters)

Photo of Quesadilla
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle.Best by Dec.2009.Poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance - Solid Puffy head,dissipates into a comfortable and static thin layer of bubbly goodness.Almost black,but noticeably dark brown.

Smell - Honey upfront,but not too much.It's THERE,but doesn't block the coffee and dark malt smells of your classic porter.Under all of this,the hops provide a solid backbone and makes for a very pronounced sweet/bitter scent.

Taste - Subtle honey,obviously not to clog the taste buds.Refreshingly hoppy,and thankfully not an alpha acid blast.The malt flavors are traditional,very well balanced and...do I taste oats?

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Smooth and silky,very easy to drink and quite refreshing thanks to the generous amounts of hops.

At last,this is one great porter that is quite balanced and blends so well.Damn,my glass is already empty. (853 characters)

Photo of Greggy
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, A huge three finger head explodes from the beautiful, just-see-through red color. The head very slowly recedes into a fluffy cap. Nice clinging lace sticks to the glass as well.

Smell- Very nice toasted grain, honey (think Mcdonald's honey), some nice balance hopiness, light hint of java.

Taste- I was really surprised to see how much thicker this porter is compared to many other porters I have had in the past. Right off the bat I get some nice dark toasted grains with some light java-esque qualities, Some malty honey is present as well but not as obvious as it was in the nose. The brew finishes a nice dry with some residual dark toasted grain.

Mouthfeel- Some nice low carbonation that doesn't really interfere with other things going on with this brew. Although it's low, however, does have a nice spritzy attribute.

Drinkability- Heavier, more body, darker, and even tastier, than many other porters I have had before. I must note, that this is a touch sweeter than a traditional porter but I think it works great. This is a great offering from Sam Adams. (1,082 characters)

Photo of mnapier
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark, rich, somewhat translucent brown with a nice thick but not persistent head. Aroma is very pleasantly malty with smoky stoutiness and hints of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is rich, typical of a good porter, with a whisper of sweetness and just a touch of hops. Thick and smooth, this should please any fan of stouts and porters. (345 characters)

Photo of PSUguru
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how they do it but Sam Adams never ceases to amaze me. Consider my favorite style is American Macro Lager and other ligher lagers, every single beer they make impresses the hell out of me. It has great color and head, and good smell. The mouthfeel is excellent, not too heavy but full and rich. The sweetness of honey balances the bitterness of the dark malt. The hops are perfectly matched. I can honestly say I enjoyed this more than any other porter I've ever had. (480 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark brown, medium one centimeter head

Smell: little expresso, light honey

Taste: burnt coffee start followed by a toated malt middle, and a sweet toffee finish-complex and great

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, with a sweet finish

Drinkability: Now one of my favorite Sam Adams brews...Another, if it were a bit lower ABV, I could session. A very welcome surprise but a wonderful brew (400 characters)

Photo of meechum
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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 (723 characters)

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Great craggy tan head leaves plenty of lacing. Opaque black body with a ray of red on the edge

S- You can clearly smell the honey on top of sweet malts

T- Bitter hops help to balance the powerful sweetness. Great flavor

M- Nice full, chewy mouth

D- Drinks ok for such a sweet, thick porter (296 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Dark brown to an almost opaque. Thick head but relatively small.
S= hints of coffee and chocolate
T= The best tasting beer I've had so far. Thick and strong flavor with obvious hints of chocolate and coffee.
M= Good carbonation smooth on the palate
D= Awesome I could drink a million

Easily one of my favorite beers (320 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with minimal head. Aroma is roasted with some faint hints of honey. Malty as well. Taste is much of the same except that the honey shows through by quite a bit. Sweet a bit and roasty with a nice aftertaste of honey and roasted malt. I definitely love how honey is incorporated into this porter. Very smooth as well. Definitely something I'd drink again. (393 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours very little head and a deep amber, almost black color.

Smell- Smells smoky with a hint of chocolaty sweetness.

Taste- Roasted nuts, choclate, caramel, very earthy and delicious.

Mouthfeel- Clean on the palate.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, one of the best SA iv ever had. (300 characters)

Photo of apratsunrthd
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - super dark brown, nearly opaque with a nice thick head and beautiful lacing

S - dark and nutty --super inviting

T - very nice. Can't really taste much honey. But as a straight porter, very admirable.

M - again, nice. Buttery, good fizz.

D - I could go through a sixer of these pretty easily. Pretty good. (313 characters)

Photo of Steaks
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I managed to find a six-pack of this guy and promptly destroyed it. You can smell the hell out of the honey scent and taste it a bit too. Goes quite well with grilling out. I'd say this guy is the absolute best of all of sam adams normal beers. Just outright delicous. (268 characters)

Photo of notown
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that I love this beer.


Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights with an off-white head.


Subtle aroma of coffee and biscuit with some honey. Medium body and mouthfeel. Not a whole lot of roast and the malt complexity is at a minimum. The complexity comes from the honey.


It is not your typical porter, but it is a great beer and a wonderful porter.


I enjoy porters but sometimes the roast can be overdone, however in this case it was a little underdone. I am not complaining, it is a smooth drinking porter with a complexity brought out by the honey and what seems like a simple grain bill. (634 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I remember first having this beer in the mid-1990s, and was very disappointed when Sam Adams stopped producing it. I thought that among its newer products of that time--Honey Porter, Cream Stout, Cranberry Lambic--the Honey Porter should have stuck around. I was extremely pleased when I stopped by the local purveyor and saw several six-packs of Honey Porter. My recent sampling in a standard pint glass was a good reminder of this fine porter which, as many Sam Adams products, develops a nice but not too frothy head, and tastes very smooth.

This is a good, easy-going porter. It is a very dark brown, rich with roasted chocolate and caramel flavor but not overbearing, and smooth to drink. Some might find the flavors or the roasted aroma a bit strong, but I found the balance to be just right. This is a very good beer to follow up on a good meal, but difficult, in my opinion to match with a particular meal. Great to have while relaxing on the porch. (958 characters)

Photo of JDK
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of malcontent
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chocolate brown although not the black that I typically look for. Thin layer of head dissipates within minutes.

Top-notch aromas of bitter roasted malt kissed with a generous portion of honey. Honey grows even more intense as the beer warms some.

Bitter chocolate kick starts with a roasted then sweet body taking over. Sweetness is unmistakably honey prior to hints of marshmallow and coffee surfacing. Spicy hops wind things down for what is a pretty darn good brew.

Mouthfeel is full (although not creamy per se) with plenty of tannic dextrins. The sweetness limits drinkability a bit but overall it's such a well-made beer that it can be overlooked. Great offering from SA. Should be a year-rounder... (713 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours into the glass a very dark brown hue with a nice thick tan head that slowly simmers into a medium head with some good lacing. It has a very sweet, roasty aroma that reminds me of a mixture of chocolate and coffee. It has a nice medium feel to it that’s really smooth and semi-sweet, and has a nice sweet aftertaste that’s hides a mildly bitter kick as it hits the back of your throat. (395 characters)

Photo of Mumps
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very beautiful beer. Nice dark brown color. The smell of the honey shows through. Taste is extraordinary, with the taste of the heather honey blending well with the traditional porter flavor. Mouthfeel is nice, very smooth and palatable. Overall, a very nice beer to sit and relax with some friends with. (304 characters)

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An old style brought back by Sam Adams in the mix packs. Pours dark brown, almost like a dark ale rather than a porter. Smells sweet with some smokiness? Taste really nice, not too much like a porter but a not too sweet scotch ale, a hint of bitterness, maybe some honey in there too. Good mouthfeel. Overall I really like this, I was expecting this to be way too sweet but it isn't, really nice flavor. Should be a regular instead of a mix pack special. (454 characters)

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