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Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Maple Pecan PorterSamuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter

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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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Photo of shacawgo24


4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Prune in color, very dark brown with ruby highlights. One finger of sandy head that dissipates fast. Spotty lacing that slides down slow like syrup does. A bit opaque in color, flat and dull. Could use some lighter brown swirled in there to contrast the dark. But the ruby highlights give the body some life. The head also stays until the last drop so more bonus points.

S-Expected maple syrup and pecans. More roasted nuts like cashew, Brazilian, etc. Oaky subtleties. Slight lactose. Cinnamon ice cream. Great smells but I wish they were more pungent and evident.

T-Brown sugar. Nutty. Syrupy. Slight smoke. Toffee. Hints of coffee & milk chocolate. Coffee roll. Like the smell, taste could benefit from being more of itself, bolder. I want more smoke, bitterness and sweetness.

M-Medium body. Low-high carbonation. Carbonation is below average leaving the body to fend for itself with a thin inky feel. But the touch of syrup helps, giving that ink an oily, slightly viscous feel on the aftertaste/after-feel. Gets a tad creamy with time so that's good. Tad more bitter & boozy too with warming.

O-Tasty enough. Needs more hops and malt even. Not enough bitters and sweets. Sips more like a Black Lager than Porter. Just build upon what is currently here and there you go. But nonetheless, a tasty beer you have to sip quick before flavor dies. Not a bad sampler to have two of in a 12-pack seasonal box.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 11:08:46 | More by shacawgo24
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a slightly creamy beige head, slowly fading and some lacing. Aroma and taste of sweet malt, roasted caramel and some pleasant maple syrup flavor. Palate is a medium body, slightly creamy with mild carbonation and a bit sticky. Finishes with a sweet lightly roasted caramel and a bit of nutty pecan maple syrup ending. Overall a good drinking and flavorful brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 17:14:59 | More by Samp01
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Reddish-brown pour with a healthy lasting khaki colored head that had a firm, whipped consistency. Good rush of visible carbonation climbs along the vessel walls. Thick, meaty deposits of lace adore the glass.

S: Fresh wet coffee grounds, dark fruit (black cherry skin), dry maple syrup, earthy tree bark and pecans.

T: Sweet, dried maple syrup and coffee for flavor. Toffee and caramel sweetness chimes in with some smoked earthy, lightly burnt bitterness. Pecan and chocolate malts combine with a rich coffee presence along with some dark fruit skin. Earthy bitterness, soil, roasty fade off the tongue.

M: Chewy, oats, lush body, mid-range carbonation with an lingering earthy bitterness.

O: Overall nice flavor, sweet dried maple-coffee really hits the intended mark. Easy drinkability. Intriquing and different.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:11:47 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Ohiolager


3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adam's Maple Pecan Porter 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date marked as a notch. i prefer a printed date.

pours a very dark red brown almost black. i can see light through the glass. a two finger tan-white creamy head. gives way to decent lacing. not great but good.

smells like a porter should. with hints of maple and pecan. coffee and chocolate linger behind the foreground.

the taste is surprisingly good. kind of bitter at first with coffee and chocolate. finishes with a bitter-sweet maple pecan taste.

mouth feel is pretty light. but most porters are. carbonation is great. the carmel feeling clings to your mouth and grabs a hold. again SA brews towards the low ABV side, but i have no complaints.

overall a good porter. the maple and pecan are unique. but are very subtle and pick up at the end. the coffee over powers the chocolate which is out of balance. but i was impressed with SA and this porter. its no game changer, but a good quality porter. i would buy it again but, my go to porter is and always will be Edmund Fitzgerald. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 05:58:39 | More by Ohiolager


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. Nonic glass. Pours dark brown in color, with mahogany tints to the light. Tan head leaves a thin layer on top as dissipates. Some lacings are left. Aromas of sweet roasted malts, caramel notes, hints of syrup & dried nuts as well as coffee & chocolate hues. Flavor profile -as expected from aromas- displays caramel & roasted notes, chocolate & coffee infusion touched by herbal sweet syrup. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Silky palate & dried mouthfeel. As it warms, maple syrup increases & lingers into a sweet finish in combination with arising dried nut sensations. Sweetness reaches the edge of cloying but slightly roasted notes & nuttiness hold it back. Interesting Porter that makes me miss a hot Pecan Pie!!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 11:16:20 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of Caveworm


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter is only offered in the spring sampler pack as far as I know. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this American porter certainly has the syrup viscosity of a quality brewed porter. A creamy, walnut brown had appears with equally thick and creamy lacing. I really like that aspect of this brew.

I can smell the maple syrup mentioned on the label, as well as a dash of coffee. Yum!

The sweet maple taste is instant, but balanced out by black coffee and chocolate tastes also. This is a delicious porter and brew in general, goes great with a clove cigar! Pleasant aftertaste of caramel.

Mouthfeel also is an outstanding 4 with JUST the right amount of stickiness and thickness for a porter, according to my personal palate. Knockout job here!

Overall I give this a well-deserved 4.5. From the brown head and great scent, I knew I was in for a treat. And right I was! The taste's combination of maple,coffee,and chocolate is bar none in my opinion.What a tasty trio! I will certainly buy this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 03:45:27 | More by Caveworm
Photo of RJLarse


3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Spring Brews variety pack. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a garnet red color, translucent, with a thin frothy beige head.

Smell is a faint sweet maple syrup aroma.

Taste is a sweet maple, coffee and chocolate flavor up front, with a mild bitter nutty finish

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying.

Overall a decent porter. Not sure it's great spring selection. IT would be tasty at Thanksgiving, or as a winter ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:11:42 | More by RJLarse
Photo of donkeyrunner


2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this in my basement. Don't know how it got there or how long it's been there. Thanks for that you, whoever you are.

Clear ruby brown with a thin beige head. Smells like maple, roast malt and pecan. Tastewise there's not much porter in the maple pecan porter. I get the pecan and a nice, mildly smokey maple sweet finish. I'd like a bolder, roastier porter base though.

Sorta gimmicky, this is bordering on Sea Dog territory.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 02:13:01 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Tuey13


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown that lets some light through and a thick, creamy tan head.

The smell is Maple syrup and nutty Pecan... a little roasted coffee on the nose as well. Smells like Pecan Pie with a cup of coffee!

The taste starts with a nutty, chocolate, and roasted coffee bitterness followed by the sweet maple syrup. A little hint of vanilla there too on the back. Very delicious.! I thought the flavors intensified beautifully as it warmed... they were somewhat muted straight out of the fridge, porters and stouts should always be warmed a bit in my opinion.

I was impressed by this Sam Adams offering.. I only wish it were available in six packs as I would by it often during the season.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 07:39:26 | More by Tuey13
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Best before: July 2014

A: Opaque, very dark brown, some ruby hues when held to light. Just under 1 fingers width of light tan heads settles down fairly quickly to a thin film and leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Roasted malts, cherry cola-like sweetness, artificial maple syrup, nutty, heavy cream.

T: Roast malts and heavy cream, artificial cherry sweetener, nutty, bitterness, very subtle cocoa.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation appropriate, drinkability is fair.

O: Decent, worthy of a drink, but not something Id go to frequently. The sweetness comes off as artificial, and more traditional porter notes would be appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 15:44:13 | More by zac16125
Photo of WildMaverick1200


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I normally go for strong stouts/porters in these cold winters, but I gave this a shot. It has the same dark black you would expect from any beer in this range. Just a little bit of foam in the top, nothing too fancy.

This beer has a gorgeous smell. It's so woody. The maple really comes through, and contributes greatly to the experience. The flavor is incredibly pleasant, as the bitterness of the beer is balanced perfectly with the wood flavors & maple sweetness. It has a medium/light body, which is still thick enough for me to enjoy as a "winter beer". The same can't be said for most beers in the ABV range! It's very smooth, and easy going on the palate & stomach, as it gets along with meat based plates.

I'm glad Sam Adams came up with this. I only wish they had it in more places. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 03:38:29 | More by WildMaverick1200
Photo of Retroman40


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Acquired as part of a "Spring Brews" assortment.

A - Very dark copper color with a light brown persistent head that gives way to decent lacing.

S - Pecan and maple with some malt.

T - Pecan dominates with a maple and malt finish.

M - Very rich with good carbonation.

O - Can anyone say "breakfast"? This is what I think IHOP would serve if they sold beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 21:51:52 | More by Retroman40
Photo of whoahwhat


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Strong maple/malty smell, nothing special as far as looks or mouthfeel. The flavor started out nice, but the more I drank it and as it heated up a touch, the sweetness became too cloying to drink and borderline unpleasant. Would only recommend drinking promptly straight out of the fridge, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:06:31 | More by whoahwhat
Photo of wahnee86


3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As the name implies, strong whiffs of maple and pecan greet you upon opening the bottle. Slightly sweet, the warm rich tones amplify an overall pleasant appearance. Quality taste reflected in strong caramel tones was only offset a little by - at times - too much sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 15:16:27 | More by wahnee86
Photo of hosehead83


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown in color, with a decent head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Faint roastiness,toasted malt.
Taste-Toasted malt, short little stab of sweet maple marked with a nutty roastiness. Nice balance and flavor. A nice match for a slice of pecan or pumpkin pie,

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 17:55:15 | More by hosehead83
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before JULY 2014 notched.

Pours out not the dark near black I have come to expect in a porter but more of a dark brown ale color, dark chestnut brown with maybe some hues of ruby red. Light biege colored head, average amount. Decent retention, only spotty lacing.

There's a definite roastiness to the aroma, more of that lighter brown ale roast rather than that deep burnt roast you find in big stouts. Comes off a bit metallic initially. Generally lacking big aroma.

Some definite maple syrup sweetness, again slightly metallic, nutty light brown ale type roasted malt. A bit of a pecan flavor. Toasted grain. Semi sweet finish.

Light to medium in body. Easy drinking.

On par with what I expected of a flavored Sam Adams brew. Maple and pecan could really be amazing if done well in a porter, but this is weak and a bit artificial.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 19:51:07 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of jjamadorphd


4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams continues to set the bar for microbrews as far as I'm concerned (even though it's hard to think of them as a microbrew any more.) Nonetheless, this Maple Pecan Porter pours a beautifully dark Guinness-esque color while emparting a tannish head that has decent staying power and lacing all the way down. The nutty aroma mixes well with the hops and compliments the strong porter. There's also just about the right mix of malts, maple, hops (I wish I had more than two from the variety pack to partake.) Overall, a great beer. The kinda beer to enjoy slowly and in larger quantities than two...

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 22:29:42 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of BierJager89


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a creamy mocha head.

S: Maple, chocolate, coffee, mocha, sweet bready nutty malt in the nose.

T: Chocolate and maple up front followed by nutty malt then bitter dark chocolate in a very slightly tart finish.

M: Full bodied and a bit foamy, but smooth and sweet.

O: Worth a try . Interesting, but the nose is better than the taste. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 06:41:39 | More by BierJager89
Photo of csrbv


4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with a thick, light tan head that dissipates slowly. The are aromas of malts and a little nutty from the pecans. The pecan smell is more intense than in some other pecan ales I've sampled in the past, which works well for this porter. The flavor is very pecan with hints of coffee and maple as well. The pecan is the star of the show here. The body is medium with light carbonation. This beer drinks very well and the finish is only slightly dry. This is excellent porter by Sam Adams, that I highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 15:52:20 | More by csrbv
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Very dark black color with some cola hues coming through when held to light. Large tan-is head is very noisy, dissipates slightly quickly, and leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee malt aromas backed up by sweet maple and, of course pecan. A touch of grassiness in the background.

Taste: Begins chocolatey with a slight coffee bitterness, which sweetens to maple syrup/pecan pie (no surprise there). There is a touch of nuttiness and a very slight spice toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with balanced carbonation. Finish is slick.

Overall: This beer provided no surprises- everything you'd expect from the name of the beer is exactly what you'll taste. A good beer, though. Another solid offering from the Boston Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 23:12:30 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of TheMarkE


3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a moderate head and decent lacing.

Smell: Dark malts, maple, and pecan.

Taste: Dark malts, maple, pecan, and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smokey aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. The maple syrup sweetness assaults your tongue at first, but the rest of the flavors begin to emerge once you recover. Nice combination of ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 00:30:49 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of JackMcAwesome


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Pours black, with a bit of brown where the light is able to get through. It poured a one finger head, and leaves moderate lacing. All in all, pretty solid.

Smell: Definitely a molasses smell, a bit of cocoa, and oddly enough, a hint of alcohol. That to me, is rare for a Sam Adams. The smell unfortunately dies off and it's hard to enjoy after about halfway through.

Taste: I'm guessing it's the pecan, but it gives off a bit of a wood taste. There is also a bit of the cocoa bitterness, and a very subtle sweet finish.

Feel: Medium carbonated, as well as the body. Definitely feels like a nice solid porter.

Overall: Well done. I didn't even realize this was in the variety pack and got excited to try their iteration of a porter. Pretty outstanding. Nothing puts it above and beyond any of the others I've had, but it's definitely not bad in any category. If I had had this blind, I wouldn't have guessed Sam Adams made it. They should try making more dark beers. Have the nerve to sell it in six packs man!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 22:24:08 | More by JackMcAwesome
Photo of tigg924


3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, hazy, brown in color

Smell: maple, pecan, and cocoa

Taste: follows the nose: maple, pecan, and cocoa

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall: Not bad, but I have had better offerings from both the maple and pecan perspective. The maple shows up at the end of the beer, but does not shine all the way through. I think having this flavor a bit more present, would make me enjoy this more. Not a bad beer, but certainly disappointing and one I would probably pass over.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 13:50:49 | More by tigg924
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Deep dark mahogany body with a cappuccino head that dissipates to a thin wake. Spotty lacing grab the sides.

S: Burnt maple syrup, stale coffee, liquid smoke, and roasted candied pecans.

T/M: Taste follows the nose but brings chocolate, loads of vanilla and plums. Taste is similar to kahlua. Silky medium-full body with a kiss if carbonation at the end.

O: Rich and decadent concoction of maple goodness, coffee and chocolate. The nuttiness brings out the natural flavors to compliment the sweetness. Sweetness almost breaches the point of cloying but holds back.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:25:57 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of Vonerichs


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with an effervescent and brief head. I can tell by the pour that the body is thin.

They nailed the maple pecan namesake. Nutty and sweet, distinguishable maple syrup.

The taste is watered down and not nearly as robust as this flavor combo should be. Nutty, maple syrup, light roasted malt.

Body is thin with moderate carbonation.

The name sums it up.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:25:31 | More by Vonerichs
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Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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