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

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Samuel Adams Maple Pecan PorterSamuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter

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BA SCORE
82
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830 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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Reviews by acevenom:
Photo of acevenom
4.56/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours a clear darker shade of copper with a thick, light tan head that dissipates slowly. Some lacing retreats down the side of the glass with the head. The are aromas of bready malts and very nutty from the pecans. The pecan smell is more intense here than in some other pecan ales I've sampled in the past. There are also hints of coffee and maple in the nose. Like in the nose, the flavor is very pecan forward and the malts are bready. There are those hints of coffee and maple as well, though these are not strong hints. 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 an excellent beer. Samuel Adams has come out swinging with this one and hit a home run.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of sdsimkins
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of jonny1138
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

In a pint glass the beer was dark reddish brown with a medium-sized tan head. There was a bit of lace.

Sweet chocolate aroma. Some coffee.

Taste of maple syrup and chocolate. There was a distinctly bitter unpleasant aftertaste.

Ugh! Something wrong with this beer.

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Samuel Adams Mix-pack. 12 ounce bottle, with "Enjoy before" dating notched onto the label.

Pours darker brown, dark khaki head, stays nicely and leaves behind thinner blobs od stick.

Maple, cafe au lait and nuts in the nose.

Sweeter porter with more maple, more lite coffee and sugar coated nuts on the palate. Sweet yes, but not too sweet, with just a hint of dryness provided by the late to the party hops.

Not my favorite style, but this one is not bad...

Photo of Justinn13
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of tigg924
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of TheFunGuy
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in a variety pack box. This pours a thick black with a tight but quickly fading lace.

The smell is light malt, nut, and a bitterish flavor I am going to call dishwasher.

The taste is the same, with a touch of sweet.

I like nuts in beer, so I would have really liked this. However, just as Bud Platinum can be best said to have a dish soap aftertaste, so does this have an odd bitter taste and smell which is like what hits you when you open the dishwasher during the wash cycle.

Yes, I did rinse the heck out of my glass first, it was the beer.

If it were not for this faint but there smell and taste this would have been a real winner. With these issues it is knocked down to okay plus.

Photo of chudson1992
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sma Adams glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown color, with a thin off white head. No lacing left, and head went away quickly. Had the carbonation of a soda.

Smell: Not a strong smelling brew, some hints of roasted malts and maybe coffee??

Mothfeel/Taste: Smooth and medium bodied, yet watery. Taste of roasted malts and grain mostly, some nutty qualities. But now maple or pecan to really speak of.

Overall: I was really hopeing this beer would be better, but I am a little disappointed at Sam Adams for a lack of flavor. I will probably not buy this one again.

Photo of dankjohn
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of juicebox
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label says enjoy before June 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish amber with a hint of ruby. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger beige head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and roasty dark aroma of chocolate and and creamy syrup. Sweet roasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, nuts, and yeast. Good hints of the maple syrup and pecan. Also some hints of vanilla and cream. Subtle earthy hop hints with a bit of grass. A pretty solid Porter aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a roasty Porter taste of chocolate with a good dose of syrup and pecan. Sweet dark roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, cream, caramel, toffee, nuts, and grain with a little vanilla. The maple syrup and pecan come out even more in the taste giving a nice kick. Some earthy and grassy hops in the background. A pretty nice Porter taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Fairly syrupy and slick as expected.

Overall: A good take on the Porter style. Nicely dark and creamy with a nice twist from the maple syrup and pecan.

Photo of Brotato
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Although taste is subjective this is comparatively sweeter than a few other domestic porters. I feel that this is a good introduction to porters if someone prefers a sweeter tasting beer. I like it!

A- Dark coffee color with a ruby like quality that is transparent. Not as dark as other porters I've tried but the look fits the category. When poured into the Sam Adams perfect pint glass the head rises to about 1 ¼" and dissipates rather quickly after that, but it does retain good lacing

S- The maple is strong with this one! There are some light notes of coffee and chocolate.

T- Rewardingly sweet initially thanks to the maple syrup followed by the roasted coffee, chocolate and trailed with the pecans. Not very malty and yet still unmistakeably malty, nicely balanced. Moderately toasty and not very bitter.

M- Somewhat disappointing but by no means a deal breaker. While not as creamy and thick as some other porters this brew does come off as a bit syrupy and a little watery while being fairly light in carbonation. In comparison to a Deshutes Black Butte the mouthfeel quality is lacking.

O- A pleasant experience overall, provided one doesn't mind a thinner porter, but this brew is definitely one that will be returning to my 'fridge rather frequently.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Brown pour, light brown, amber, small head to it, lots of clarity, this is not the thickest porter in the world, in fact, its below average in that aspect.

Aroma was a sweet maple. Enjoyable for the mild toastiness of the malt and nuts.

Taste, wow, I like. The maple is in just about the perfect amount for the mild viscosity and malt background. Hops are kept out of the way. Carbonation is just about right to allow the mouthfeel to really push the pecans and maple all over. The maple and pecan play so well together. Just a slight tough of caramel along with those equals to a beer that keeps getting better as it warms.

You really could drink this for breakfast. Hash browns, sausage and maple pecan porter! The best beer out of the Sam Adams winter 2012-13 variety packs.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tallfellapgh
2.75/5  rDev -24%

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Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.