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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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Ratings: 884
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 skomahon
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I heard from friends that they enjoyed this beer at the International Beer Festival in Providence, so decided to try it.

Pours with a nice light head, dark body, taste is not overly sweet, smooth. Not the most complex beer of all time, but pretty good for a major microbrewery like Sam Adams. Definitely would buy again, especially when looking for a nice beer to relax with or drink with a meal.

skomahon, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a four finger light brown head leaving a good lace. Almost opaque deep mahogany color. The nose is light honey and malts. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy body. Flavor is a chewy honey/roasted coffee with a bakers chocolate finish. $1.50 for 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience, Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
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.

Gehrig, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this beer in the early 90s when I dropped by my parents' and dad had bought a six pack, drank one, and found it too dark and heavy. I had the rest, and it was a moderate favorite back in the days when the selection in Texas was poor. They pulled it out of the market in 95 or so and I haven't had any since.

It pours a very dark with a ruby tint and a small tannish head. Nose is mostly caramel with a slight toffee touch. Pleasant and interesting malt profile, with some moderate roastiness, a little touch of chocolate, sweet with a definite honey flavor (fermentation was stopped before the honey was added?), balanced by adequate bitterness. Good full body.

About as good as I remember it. Nothing exceptional, but a good drinking porter.

allengarvin, Nov 08, 2007
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.

obs20, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into an imperial pint glass from the bottle. Brew is a deep reddiah brown color, not unlike cola. Head is three fingers thick and carries a light tan color.

Smell: Delicious thick aroma of roasted malts, a hint of coffee and also a pinch of sweet chocolate. Honey is only faintly evident, quickly hidden by quick flash of clean balancing hop.

Taste: Medium bodied. Begins with a bitter black coffee flavor that quickly becomes overtaken in the midpalate by a hit of roasted malt and a touch of sweet honey that isn't overpowering but adds and balances nicely.

BucBasil, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of berserker256
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown color. Good lasting head. I smell sweetness and roasted malt and a touch of honey. I think I can detect some alcohol as well. The taste is sweet with a honey presence. Accompanied by a roasted malt flavor. This is a tasty porter that has the sweet honey kind of flavor that it says it does but it is pretty thick and chewy. A couple of these beers would do you just fine.

berserker256, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer is dark brown in color that tends to lighten to an amber color on the edges of the glass. The color reminded me of chocolate which added to the flavor.

Smell: The smell to me is average and doesn't have much character. I had a hard time placing the aroma except as a typical dark beer with the faded aroma of honey of course.

Taste: I immediately tasted chocolate, honey, and a nutty flavor and had a good lingering aftertaste of the same.

Mouthfeel: It did not have a high alchohol feel which is good for me but it did feel like it had a little to much carbonation for my taste.

Drinkability: It would be tough to drink more than one in some period of time like a night but it definitely invites you to go for more later. The carbonation makes it harder to drink consistently and causes many belches for the ladies.

Kemmerlin, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of monkeybeer
2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Very Dark brown almost clack with a tan head and sticky lacing

S-Sweet honey with malt

T/M – roasted coffee with a sweet honey taste, slightly bitter at the end.

D- Not a bad porter for it being a Sam Adams. I am not a did fan of the brand itself but I have had better beers from them. I have also had some better porters. All in all it is not great but not bad either.

monkeybeer, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of iceball585
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown/black, non-transparent, thin tan head that dissolved to a thin ring around the glass

S- Cocoa, dark malts, sweet, slight burnt smell

T- Dark malts, chocolate, caramel, honey, smokey

M- Medium body, medium/heavy carbonation, smooth, crisp but a slightly dry finish

D- Worth trying

This is a pretty average porter. Nothing really stands out about it but definatly far from being offensive.

iceball585, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of mc98gg
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured the Honey Porter into a pint glass. A nice head, dark brown color, and a sweet hoppy aroma.

The taste was a little disappointing, I was expecting a little more, especially after the wonderful smell.

Overall: not a bad beer at all, but nothing to rave about either. Porters are not my favorite but this is one I could drink again.

mc98gg, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of BBM
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep brown into the pint glass, with ruby highlights and a stable tan head. Sticky lacing around the glass. Aroma was very sweet, with notes of caramel, molasses, and brown sugar.

The taste is also sweet, perhaps abundantly so. The caramel and brown sugar flavors come through, and of course honey. There is little to balance out this beer, which is a bit unfortunate. Mouthfeel is medium-thin, but it is not overly carbonated. Overall this would suffice as a dessert beer, but it's too sweet to pair with much else.

BBM, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of AlHam
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours moderately dark, like most porters.

Smells sweet and rich. The taste, however, does not deliver. The beer is distinctly bitter, which, when coupled with the sweetness, produces a terrible aftertaste.

The excessive sweetness renders this beer fairly undrinkable. One bottle is more than enough.

AlHam, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black body with dark ruby highlights. Three fingers of creamy tan head with good retention.

S - Prominent, floral honey aroma. Rasins and malt. No real hop presence to speak of.

T - Mild roasted malts followed closely by strong honey character. Finishes with lingering honey, malt bitterness and just a hint of hops.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation.

D - The honey character in this beer is exceptional. It blends well with the darker malts and dominates the flavor profile of the beer. I can't see myself wanting more than one in a sitting but it is a very enjoyable beer.

nickfl, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of bort11
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a large hefe glass. Rocky tan head that leaves some specks of lacing on the glass. The glass was a little spotty. I think the lacing would have been better if the glass was cleaner. Color is like a Coke, with lots of carbonation sticking to the inside of the glass.
Smell is a smooth roasted malt with some cocoa and toffee notes. Taste is mildly chocolate with the honey well represented. Slight burnt bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and slightly creamy. Very enjoyable.

bort11, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of gwood
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured to mug...

Pours a dark brown with a decent light tan head that made it's way up to about 1.5 fingers and was a nice tightly formed ring. Retention is a bit lacking with no apparent lacing. Quite a nice nose to the beer, notes of roasted malts, coffee, and a tad bit of bittersweet chocolate.

Good balance here. Clean initially followed by a syrupy malt, then strong roasted and caramal malts followed by a peppered hop and a sweet honey laced finish. Great mouthfeel, chewy and thick, yet sublime in terms of it's drinkability. One of my favorites from the BBC.

gwood, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of penguinjive7
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown color with a light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell is of burnt brown sugar and roasted malt.

The flavor to hit my pallet is the burnt malt followed by a strong sweetness to balance/dissipate the burnt flavor. the finish is mostly sweet with a hint of coffee notes.

Yet again, this brew is over-carbonated in my opinion. All of Sam Adam's brews are just sparkley on the tongue. It almost shield the flavor from coming out. However, it is fuller in body than the other Sam brews which is very nice.

A fine brew overall, and I would never turn this one down.

penguinjive7, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of morimech
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice cola type color with a one-fingered tan head that leaves quit a bit of lacing. The head disapeared quickly and settled into just a ring.

The smell is malt and honey. Actually is a darn good combination.

The taste is too sweet for me. Honey dominates this beer. It even leaves a honey aftertaste in the back of the throat like you just consumed a teaspoon of straight honey. I don't get much in the hops department which is a disapointment. I enjoyed one of these, will have to wait a couple of days before I would want another. Feels a little slick going down, slightly oily. Not my favorite Sam Adams but worth a try. I prefer a more conventional porter.

morimech, Oct 19, 2007
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.

fitzy84, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Scribbles
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A decent dark brown colour when poured and fairly dark in the glass. A two finger head that subsided a bit but then just stayed there.

Smell: It smells quite sweet like honey and dark bread.

Taste: Roasted malts and honey, hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat smooth, but there is a fair amount of carbonation which offsets the smoothness a bit.

Drinkability: A decent beer overall, great with strong flavoured fall foods. Definitely worth a try. I think drinkability improves a bit with this one if its not terribly cold, better at a cellar type cool than a refrigerator type cold. Also smoothness and drinkability increases if given a couple of minutes in the glass to release some of the carbonation imho. A good beer, and hey you can't go wrong with a Sam.

Scribbles, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a light tan head, with excellent retention, it hangs around forever, nice lacing, as well.

S: Smells heavily of honey, sweet wildflowers and heather, this is the dominant scent, but with also some roasted malts and chocolate.

T: A nice mix of sweet honey and dark porter flavour hits the tongue. Chocolate, a hint of coffee, and some roasted malts round out the flavour, of which the honey is a major player.

M: Smooth, creamy, not terribly robust, but good heft for its size and alcohol content.

D: A great little porter, one of my favourite Sam Adams brews that I have ever had, this is definitely worth another purchase.

Halcyondays, Oct 16, 2007
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.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of KodyBrannon
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First Porter I have ever tried so, really don't have anything to compare this to. Poured into a pint glass, Poured a very cola color, with a tan head that went away quickly. Moderate to no lacing, decent carbonation. The smell is this is of roasted malt, with just a hint of honey.The mouthfell of this beer is suprisingly light, given the color and overall look of this beer. The taste is the same as the smell, roasted malt sticks out, with a tinge of honey in the after taste. Overall this is a quality beer, but aren't all sam adams? I would definatly drink this agian, and want to try more porters for this one.

KodyBrannon, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this many years ago. 'liked it, but not as much as the cream stout. Let's see if I've changed at all (this, of course, assumes that the recipe is the same).
Poured into my new SA glasses (thanks again Jim Koch et.al.).
Nice and pleasant aroma. Somewhat sweet, somewhat roast malt. English style hops (grassy, weedy, just a touch of honey sweetness.
Nice looking. Rather dense dark tan head. Dark brown with dark garnet highlights. Clear. Nice bubbles rising. Chaotic lacing.
Roast flavor is evident, but not as deep and rich as I expected (and prefer). The light sweetness is there. The hop bitterness is more for balancing than flavor (although is exists with a presentation similar to the aroma).Several interesting things going on.
Carbonation is greater than I like, especially for style. This also makes it seems heavier than I think it truly is. The richness of this is somewhat pushy.
This is certainly a drinkable beer. Love it? No, but I'd take it if offered without much hesitation. Consistent and in line with other SA beers.

garymuchow, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#5 on deck is the honey porter; it pours a deep reddish-black w/ a slight tan head which dissapates quickly, moderate lacing; nice malty aroma, very faint hop aroma, but, you can really smell the honey in this one; a smooth malt profile w/ a sweet nutty honey aftertaste; med body w/ a good balance; not a bad drinking beer, just maybe a little too sweet for me...

animal69, Oct 14, 2007
Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.