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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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893 Ratings
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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 33
Gots: 8 | 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 bob3701
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite brews. I had not had this in a while (so many beers so little time) and was happy all over again at my first sip. Deep dark brown color with a light tan head. The honey sweetness is very evident in this big malty beer. Makes it smooth and silky in your mouth. Very subtle underlying tastes of coffee and chocolate. I could drink this all night.

Photo of tigg924
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
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

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

A: Awesome head retention on this brew. Leaves a substantial amount of lacing as it's being consumed, and is a beautiful dark chocolate color in the glass.

S: The nose on this brew is a wonderful blend of roasted malts and sweet honey.

T: Starts off with just a faint hint of honey and then fades to a substantial hopiness (for the stlye) of hops and roasted malts. Throughout the sip, the honey is present and provides good balance to the rest of the flavor. The only thing that I would say is just slightly off is in the beginning the honey comes through just a tad too sweet. However, this actually isn't a bad thing as the other flavors balance the sweetness out so well. This brew has one my favorite aftertastes, as it leaves a very nice honey flavor after the sip is completed.

M: Nearly perfect for a porter in my opinion. Substanital body, but not too heavy.

D: Very drinkable, but not something I would want to drink several of all the time as this is defenitely a "sipping, slow down and appreciate it" kind of brew. Not just the taste, but I even found myself stopping to smell the beer a couple of times as I was consuming it because of its awesome nose. I used to not drink Samuel Adams, and I heard this used to be one of their beers they brought back. I am damn glad they did, a wonderful porter I will continue to enjoy.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Way back in the early 90's, Samuel Adams Honey Porter was one of my regulars. It's back after being unavailable for almost 10 years.

This porter is dark brown with a dense, frothy tan head. Lots of thick lacing on the glass. Sweet roasted malt and caramel aromas as well as hints of honey waft up from the glass. Sweet and roasty in the mouth. Light honey in the finish balanced well with the hops (East Kent Goldings according to the bottle). It's got a smooth mouth and a lightly roasty aftertaste.

It's back and as good as ever. It's gong to be one of my regulars again. Amen. Recommended.

Photo of goochpunch
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a browned ruby with a thick tanned head that forms a plateau in the middle with craggy steps going all the way down to where the head forms a uniform elevation. Leaves thick, frothy milk-like, raised lacing all over the glass. Aroma is of raisins, dates, plums, figs, chocolate, honey, nuts, bread, molasses, herbal hops notes, and faint coffee-like roastiness. Flavors starts off more along the lines of molasses and dried fruits. As it moves on toward the middle, chocolate comes out a tad, and by the finish, it is much more prominent, leading on into the aftertaste. Also, by the middle, I pick up some moist perique tobacco. The finish brings on roasted flavors and herbal notes from the Goldings with a pleasant and mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little richer than medium in how it sits on the tongue, and the carbonation is pleasantly present, but, thankfully, remains very mellow and creamy. Excellent porter. I'm kind of surprised Sam Adams managed to pull it off this well.

Photo of billybob
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of botham
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a rich chocolate brown with a sizable tan head that remains for a few minutes. ruby red highlights give this one a great appearance. moderate lacings on the glass

smell is distinctively sweet, with notes of roasted malts, honey, caramel malts, and a bit of chocolate, all above an earthy and grainy base. good complexity here.

taste is sweet, with caramel malts dominating, and notes of honey, black malts, and some chocolate here as well. roasted malts are more prominent upon finishing, leaving the aftertaste with a burnt character.

mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with a creamy texture. goes down very smooth.

drinkability is good. this is a full flavored brew that is put together magnificently. another Samuel Adams classic. cheers!

Photo of obs20
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice thick quality to it. It's the kind of beer I can sit and nurse the glass. It has a really nice malt and honey aroma, and a balanced taste. However, I found it a bit too thick to serve with food. Drinkability is what I found lacking in this brew.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A near-black with tan layer of foam. Dard brown through the edges.

The aroma is ooooh so roasted malt goodness. Smells of malts, caramel, and honey control the smell of this one.

The flavor is roasted malts paired with honey. Leaves a sweeter taste than I'v known in other porters where hos are more plentiful Brewing with honey makes this one a unique porter.

The mouthfeel has a strong, solid mouthfeel. Not heavy bodied, but damn close. Mouthfeel is just what I would expect, and want, from a good porter.

Nice drinkability on this beer. This is probably the best of the Sam Adams sampler pack I pulled it out of.

Photo of benmiliron
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of vtisme
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of nasty15108
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of CrossArmant
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in the Same Adams Brewmaster's collection six-pack. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass, it poured a beautiful opaque almost black color with just the right amount of head. It was sweet with the honey with the deep malt flavor of the porter. Probably one of the best beers I've had, odd since it's from one the bigger names in beer. I absolutely just love it.

Photo of mnapier
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of washburnkid
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of PSUguru
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of meechum
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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 Quesadilla
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of Greggy
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of jjanega08
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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

Photo of Steaks
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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.

Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.