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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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878 Ratings

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Ratings: 878
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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4.33/5  rDev +18%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 06:36:56 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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4.33/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 20:08:41 | More by notown
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4.33/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 22:42:01 | More by Gehrig
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4.33/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 00:06:05 | More by JDK
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4.33/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 02:49:44 | More by apratsunrthd
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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, dated best before jun 2008.

Appearance: Deep deep brown in color with a small head dissipates into a nice top. Great porter look

Smell: faint sweetness, mostly roasted malt. Maybe a subtle earthy hop aroma as well

Taste: Smooth as butter, roasted malt with honey butter that is. Initially light and crisp, in comes through with more toasted presence but never too heavy. Lingers with a slight hope bite, more like a pinch.

One of my favorite Sam Adams, and one of my favorite porters so far. Definitly want to try another brewery's take on a honey porter as well as attempt my own homebrewing.

At the least, just another reason why the Sam mix 12 pack is so great.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 03:10:13 | More by Seanish
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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 10:09:58 | More by Mumps
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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 23:49:09 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 14:34:34 | More by malcontent
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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown bottle poured into pint glass. The color was very dark brown with some red coming through. The pour produced a perfect 1" head that lasted long but eventually settled down to a 1/4" frothy cap.

The aroma was of sugary sweetness with some malt lingering in the background.

The taste was excellent. For me, a dead-on Porter. Nice and rich with balanced sweetness. The malt taste comes through nicely. Hints of caramel and honey.

Mouthfeel was also spot on for the style. Good carbonation on the light side... very little bite. Nice and rich.

Drinkability is great. I could enjoy this all day. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 13:11:20 | More by TheBierBand
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4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have recently went from having no porter beer experiences to the point where I am now indulging in this unique style of joy. A new world has made itself known to me, and I, being the explorer that I am, jumped into this new world with both feet and untethered.

Case in point: Samuel Adams Honey Porter. YUM!

Look: Inviting deep chocolate appearance, which was surprisingly transparent (I saw my fingers through the glass), and it possessed a beautifully sustained, light-brown or tan head and an intricate lacing that forms concentric foam rings as on the walls of the glass as the beer recedes. Terrific!

Nose: Lightly nutty and hoppy aroma sweetened nicely with a hint of honey scent.

Taste: Fully-loaded hops with the light taste of coffee that is, perhaps, softened by the sucrose in the honey. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this beer was very low in bitterness. An added plus.

Mouth: Creamy mouthfeel.

Drink: Above-average drinkability, but with a slight aftertaste, which was the reason for the one-point deduction.

But overall, a nice beverage.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 21:52:11 | More by MikeInIowa
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4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from mixed pack dated Dec 07.

Petite tan head with great staying power on top of a near-black body, yum yum. I'm further impressed with the curtains of foam that hug the glass like a good belgian before fading.

Smells of sweet minty milk, with a bit of burnt chocolate. The hops account for the mint and have a spicy herbal note as well.

One taste and I know this is right up my alley [disclaimer: I'm friends with many a sweet beer]. Gentle, approachable, sweetish dark chocolate with some bitterness and a strong hops finish. Very rich and creamy, the honey and the hops unite with great results and the malt (not very roasted / burnt for the style) keeps it grounded. A slight grassiness lurking about stops this brew from being perfect. Hops become more dominant as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. Very low carbonation, just some slight tickling and then it's dead. Builds on the sweet milkiness.

I usually think "burnt" or "coffee" when it comes to porters... this mixes hops and honey on the porter canvas. A hit.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 03:53:36 | More by semihobo
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4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle with a wonderful head, trailing up as good as any other porter I've seen. It has a really interesting dark color, with a nice light, caramel overtone, making it a bit lighter than other porters. Wonderful smell, coffee-like with a hint of sweetness, although it seemed more like a sugar than a honey sweetness. It's taste erased any worries on that issue, though. Wonderful porter taste, dark, thick, and coffee-like, with a hint of chocolate and caramel, along with a nice sweet, honey-like aftertaste. Goes down fairly smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 01:12:32 | More by JamesS
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4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

this beer pours a lovely dark brown with a deep ruby tone against light. nice billowy tan head that has staying power.

aroma is mostly toasted malt and a hint of the bitter hop character that awaits.

taste is very pleasant deep-roasted malt with a hint of sweetness from the honey followed by a rather spicy bitter hop presence. delicious!

mouthfeel is a bit thin for my taste but nothing to get upset about.

drinkability is exceptional.

overall, a very enjoyable porter, the honey is a nice touch, hops used to good effect in this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 20:59:14 | More by evanackerman
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4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark maroon color. A ivory white head that stuck around for a while. Overall nice appearance

S - Honey and floral hops. Nice smell

T - First taste is the sweet honey but it's not overwhelming which would make this beer sweet. The honey stuck on throughout the entire taste. The hops did not come on till later. A verywell balanced beer. The honey excellently compliments that hoppy and malty porter taste. Overall a sweet but not too sweet beer.

M - Nice, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Note much carbonation but that was a good thing

D - I had a few of these but that's all I could have. You start to get sick of the honey after awhile

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 01:35:46 | More by VTaler
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

03-23-2012 21:35:23 | More by Zachb4au
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

08-01-2012 14:07:11 | More by hkyplyr73
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 02:14:26 | More by vickersspitfire
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

10-03-2013 01:12:03 | More by Icedogs
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown almost black with burnt orange highlights, a finger and a half of cream colored head that tetains very nice with nice lacing to boot.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, honey and some earthy?metallic notes.

T: Fresh honey, chocolate, raosted malts, mild smokiness, and some earthy hop notes. I like how the bitterness cuts the honey's sweetness and you are left with a wonderful raw honey taste.

M: Very carbinated but clean and dry.

D: This is very quaffable but pushes my limits for a session at 5.45% ABV. It makes a great couple of beers on a weeknight though.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 23:02:36 | More by Biscuit033
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

One of the earlier beers that ultimately drove me to BA. Probably closer to ten years ago, I couldn't get enough of this beer. Then it went away. Now it's back. Yay!!

Appearance - pours a dark mahogany with burgundy hues. A nice light mocha cap evens out and bubbles like pancake batter. It sinks back evenly after a minute, leaving arcs of ribboned lace around the glass.

Aroma - I can smell a sweet edge to the malts. They are roasted to a nutty, toasty aroma. Lighter smelling but good.

Taste - dark roasted grain, robust and rich. Definite sweetness up front, a touch of metal as well. Coffee wth sugar. The swallow allows the Goldings to balance out the sweetness. The palate dries and is left with a roasty malt flavor and a trace of lingering hops. The finish is long lasting and tasty. Some emerging alcohol warmth as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - it's okay. Ample carbonation, medium body and smoothness, nothing out of the ordinary though.

Drinkability - lots of flavor without being too sweet. I find it highly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 04:26:39 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy this was some good stuff. My expanding horizons thanks to Beeradvocate have me appreciating and likeing a number of Porters.

This one pours dark brown with amber edging and a thick foamy head, with good stick and moderate lacing.
Smell: Hops hit the nose but are quickly passed by the malts - you notice the honey but some chocolate and toasty malts are there to add complexity and balance.
Smooth full bodied mouthfeel. Burnt malts hit the back of the mouth in the aftertaste.
This is a brew to drink slowly and savor each sip. Not one to reach for on a hot day refresher.
Nice brew all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 23:31:07 | More by jadpsu
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-03-2014 14:57:36 | More by WOSean
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-10-2013 12:16:49 | More by pcsnyder
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

09-09-2013 11:38:36 | More by Navalartichoke
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