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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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 30
Gots: 49 | 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

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Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
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 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 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 Cavanaghty
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
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 dogfishandi
3.3/5  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.

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
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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 CloudStrife
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. July 2013 notched on the label.

A: Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger off white head. Disspates in a few minutes leaving some nice lacing. Light gets through a solid inch of the beer.

S: Maple syrup hits the nose immediately. You can get a nuttiness in the background.

T: With the aroma on this the flavor is a little lackluster. It is a little sweet and not as much maple syrup comes through. More of a chocolaty nuttiness.

M: Average body, not too thin for a porter. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall not as good as I had anticipated but overall not bad. Isnt something I would seek out again and not really the highlight of the mix pack. Reminds me of their hazelnut brown ale.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown with a light tan finger width head. Fair retention.Good lacing with nice stick.

Smell - Hits on sweet maple aroma with lesser notes of roasted pecan nuttiness.

Taste - Predominant maple sweetness throughout. Brown sugar. Subtle hints of pecan hit mid-taste and into the finish, while ghostly notes of roasted chocolate malt come through in the aftertaste. Sips after sip eventually becomes a chore due to the cloying maple sweetness; like drinking watered down maple syrup.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with low to moderate carbonation. Kind of dead. Smooth in the very least.

Overall - Out of the Spring mix pack, I was most excited to try this one. Unfortunately I came away disappointed. Too much maple sweetness, not enough pecan and/or porter qualities. Drinks much closer to an oversweetened brown than it does a porter. Fair brew, and to Sam Adams credit they nail the bottle's description with decent accuracy, but they fail in describing just how cloying it becomes; it's just too rich to enjoy more than half the beer.

Photo of Retroman40
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of tdm168
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brown with some reddish hues; a big, soft, pillowy, brown head that has really good retention

S - maple, nutty, faint coffee, sugary

T - nutty, caramel, coffee, maple, sugary, faint roast

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This was a nice addition to the spring mix-pack. It has a really solid flavor profile. It's rich, complex, deep, delicious. Not only is this incredibly flavorful, but it has great drinkability as well. I probably won't buy the mix-pack again, but I certainly wouldn't turn this down. I truly enjoyed it.

Photo of dertyd
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass

A:dark dark dark brown almoast black with hints of red nice thick kakie head that gets realy thin but never goes away.nice lace that also sticks around

S:maple coffee sweet smell verry nice aroma

T:yumm maple coffee little sweet little bitter nice choclate malts essence.carbonation is well ballanced.

M:smooth at first but realy dry on the finnish

Overall: a verry good beer almoast a stout thean a porter but who is complaining anyway haha a lot of coffee and maple hints with some sweet pecan pie taste going on overall a nice porter.

Live life...drink beer!!!

Photo of secondtooth
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First note: enjoyed this one at nearly room temperature.

Pours a deep, dark brown, with ruby highlights. Frothy head, and attractive lace.

Nose is roasty with a definite nutty pecan note. The maple is only hinted at.

Taste is more of the roasted pecans up front, followed by a sweet maple rush, followed up by more roasted nuts at the finish. I am impressed that I don't get any weird artificial tastes here. Kudos to Sam Adams for a quality taste impression.

Really an interesting and unique flavor profile here, and as I am a particularly big fan of maple, this is easily one I'd purchase again, given the chance.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Looks like Coca-Cola. Pretty flat, but a nice brown color with a hint of red.

Smell: Mineral water and a hint of maple syrup.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially there are a lot of toasted pecans. I like this a bit, because of the hint of maple in the finish. Very unique. Could/should be bolder. Medium-body finish that's quite smoky.

Overall Drinkability: A novel idea that doesn't quite work as well as it could. Still a decent beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sammy A has another good one in the maple pecan porter is a decent beer and I'm glad to have a chance to try it. The beer pours a near opaque ruby tinted deep deep amber. The beer is lacing quite nicely with a creamy slight off white head. The scent was the weakest of this beer...I wanted more...hints of sweetness and malt. The taste was pushed by sweetness the pecan was a bit slighted. The mouthfeel was light to medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall a taste ey to drink porter...nice job!

Photo of cjgator3
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a tan colored head.

S- The aroma is sweet maple syrup, roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

T- The taste is very sweet up front with more of the maple syrup flavors along with a smooth nutty finish. It is good, but the sweetness does become a little overwhelming at some points.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I enjoyed this beer more than I thought I would. The flavors really go well together. However, the sweetness limits the drinkability for this beer. It is not something that I would want to drink more than one bottle of in a single sitting.

Photo of RickS95
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color itself is a bit light. Dark red and medium brown combine, creating a somewhat dark (thought not by porter standards), though slightly clear liquid. However, the head is to die for. Light tan in color, it looks like a dark meringue up top. A couple fingers thick, frothy foam, with good retention and seriously thick lacing.

The smell is very pleasant, if not slightly subtle. A caramel malt base, with chocolate, coffee, maple and the aforementioned cameo of nuts.

Very nutty, caramelly coffee, with maple playing nicely in the background as a supporting player. Bittersweet chocolate finish.

Creamy mouthfeel with some earthy nuttiness. Bitterness from chocolate and coffee. Sweetness from pecans, caramel malt, and maple syrup. Bitterness picks up in the swallow as the beer warms.

One of my favorite Sam Adams beers. Very pleasant taste and feel. Drinks extremely easily. Only wish it had more alcohol.

Photo of dbossman
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Reddish brown with a huge bubbly head and great lacing

S: Lots of candied roasted pecans with subtle toffee, maple, and brown sugar; it smells sweet but the aromas seem to balance each other out fairly well

T: Of course lots of pecan and maple syrup but the malt backbone isn't as dark and roasty as I'd like in a porter; this almost tastes like a roasty brown ale; I like it but I just wish it had a bit more umph to balance the sweet pecan and maple

F: A bit thin overall; okay mouth feel--I just wish there was more body

O: I'm glad the maple pecan doesn't overwhelm and become cloying but I wish there was more roasty malts and overall body

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours mahogany with a finger of tan head. Very good lacing, so-so head retention

S: Maple candy & coffee

T: Follows the nose, a touch of roastyness too, a slight bit of sourness on the edges, but also a touch off taffy too. Caramel infused mocha as this warms, some vanilla at the edges. Finishes sweet with faint mocha notes

MF: Light body with slight carbonation

I enjoyed this, I bet it would go great with a doughnut or some bacon. A touch more body would help this immensely. I would buy this as a stand alone sixer

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

Pours a nice moderate brown with caramel highlights into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Offers an inch of rocky tan foam which shows good retention and lace.

Aroma of light roast, slightly sweet, and with a nutty coffee/light carob character. Some maple syrup notes emerge after some warming along with some earthy hops.

Maple sweetness is fairly well balanced on the tongue as the nuttiness plays second fiddle here vs. the opposite on the aroma. Creamy in nature given the firm carbonation. Feel is light and creamy and shows a bit of chocolate on the finish.

Overall the sweetness of the maple character dominates here as the malt depth is otherwise a bit thin, yet not in a bad way per se as the maple is interesting in itself. Nice drinkability and the preferred offering in a 'spring thaw' mix pack.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown color, nearly black. The tight cream colored head is short and settles into a light ring.

The aroma starts off with the sweet maple and transitions into the nutty pecan. Nicely done and not artifical. There is some lemon and tea notes that I pick up in traditional porters as well.

The flavor starts off with some pretty strong woody notes; damp wood and bitter bark. This transitions into the roasty husky nutty pecan flavor. Interwoven is the sweet maple which helps lead to an overall pecan pie flavor for the beer. The maple is sweet but there is enough bitterness to balance. The malt is of brown bread and also has some tea like flavors. Again nothing artifical.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Finishes slightly dry and a touch bitter.

Quite impressed with this beer. You can really pick up the maple and pecan flavors but its done in balance. You can either drink a few of these or use it as a dessert type of beer. Good job.

Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pouts black with hints of brown. Some foam on top but mostly gone. Nutty nose that really grabs the pecans. Like crackerjacks. Taste opens syrup sweet with some nutty malt mixed in. Little over sweet. Faint hop close. Not much like a porter. Just ok.

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