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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: 706
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Blackish brown, with ruby hues. Impressive creamy 2 finger head with good retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Uh oh, this one's trouble. Dark chocolate, coffee, a little cream, just a touch of dark fruits, slight char, and pecan flippin' pie! Georgia boy is happy.

Taste: Typical, yet powerful, Porter flavors of dark chocolate and coffee up front. Midway, the Pecan Pie pops out pretty aggressively and is followed by a little bit of smokiness, dark fruits, and light dark chocolate bitterness. Excellent balance.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with nice crisp carbonation. Finish leaves a slightly sticky, yet dry, sweetness behind.

Overall: If you love Porters and have a sweet tooth, this one is for you. Part of me is really scared that Sam Adams may stop making this beer. I only had one bottle and have craved a second ever since. This would never leave my refrigerator if it were available in 6 packs.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 00:00:10 | More by tmm313
Photo of acevenom


4.56/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:09:41 | More by acevenom
Photo of Ford


4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a 14 oz tulip style glass.

I'm a big porter fan, so I was glad to see this in the Spring Thaw pack. Two bottles of Maple Pecan Porter were included.

Has a great dark brown color to it. MMM... I smell maple and pecans... two things I love.

Taste was right on the nose. Plenty of sweet maple and nutty pecan in there. I love this beer. It's up there with the many great porters I've had. I wish I could buy an entire six pack of it. (I do prefer Porters with more of a coffee note, but this is a great one without it)

I'm a big fan of this beer and would love to see it hit their normal lineup. Not sure if it's going to be a seasonal or rotator.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:16:06 | More by Ford
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 RickS95


4.43/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:25:12 | More by RickS95
Photo of raznug


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This porter pours a deep brown color with red hues though out the beer and is topped with ¾” of tan colored head.
Smell: The aroma of this is beer is interesting it has a roasted aroma that blends with the maple aromas that are followed by a nutty aroma that really make my mouth water.
Taste: This is a very tasty brew by Sam Adams the blend of maple syrup, pecans, coffee and chocolate make me really hope they put his beer into 6 packs very soon.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that is tasty yet easy to drink this could be the best Sam Adams that I have ever had, way to go Jim Koch.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 17:59:55 | More by raznug
Photo of Braz


4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Came with the spring thaw variety pack.
Appearance is very dark brown to near black. Tan head but not much of one, and it disapates quickly. Light splotchy areas remain.
Smells of maple syrup and coffee, very interesting and intriging. Roasted quality comes through the nose as well.
Taste is pleasant. Not as bitter as some of the porters I've had lately. Sweetness is there but isn't overpowering. Maple notes and nuttiness apparent. Whether it's actually pecan, I can't tell but there is a definite nuttiness to it that I like. Light coffee notes and a hint of dark chocolate round it out.
Body is quite good. Carbonation is just right for me with this style, probably a little higher than most porters. Makes the body feel fuller. Nutty aftertaste.
This surprised me. Their variety stuff is always hit and miss with me and I didn't have a good feeling about this one but it's quite good. Pretty well balanced also.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 04:56:48 | More by Braz
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4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 02:49:29 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:16:09 | More by tdm168
Photo of Minkybut


4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this WONDERFUL beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was dark dark amber color. The head poured tan and creamy piling up way above the rim of the tumbler. The smell was luscious with maple oozing out of the glass. Taste was everything I hoped for. Rich, a little sweet and with a fantastic maply pecanny finish that I really liked. Wish I could get this in a 6 pack instead of that mixed 12. I will buy again if I can ever find it by itself.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 18:21:41 | More by Minkybut
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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 RonaldTheriot


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

Samuel Adams Maple Porter has a thick, beige head, a dark reddish-brown, yet fairly clear, appearance, lots of streaming bubbles, and a good amount of splotchy lacing left around the glass. The aroma is of brown bread crust, pecan shell, and maple syrup. Taste is of sweet, brown bread, brown bread crust, sugary syrup, a slight nuttiness, and some mild bitterness at the middle and end of the sip. The mouthfeel is pretty light and watery, but it does have some body, and Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is another pleasant beer from Samuel Adams, and I am glad I tried it.


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 23:25:31 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

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

Brown body with plenty of shiny ruby highlights. Lopped by two gingers of light an foam. Attractive delicate stretched thin lace.

Aroma is bursting with maple and pecans. More traditional notes of roast coffee dance round the edge.

Taste begins with some light roast coffee. Hints of chocolate. Fist full of pecans. Maple. Plenty of maple on through the finish.

Medium body. Lighter than my typical preferences for porters, but it works.

Very tasty. Meets my criterion that if you are going to brew a flavored porter, you need a good porter to start with. The additional flavors are flawlessly integrated.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 04:11:59 | More by RonfromJersey
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 u2carew


4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Beige in color. Dark reddish brown body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Bready. Smoky. Roasted malts.
T) Roasted sweetness. Subtle maple syrup notes. Smoky and rich malty flavors. Finishes with characteristic hop bite.
M) Full body. Gritty. Slightly dry and chalky in the finish.
0) Overall a decent porter. I just wish that it would have bolder flavors that advertised in the name - "maple" and "pecan".

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 23:57:54 | More by u2carew
Photo of Omnium


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours dark dark chocolately brown 1.5-2 finger head of a caramel color, thick lacing
S - Smokiness of a porter, sweet malts of a sweet bread type, chocolate, vanilla, lots of pecan with the maple coming in.
T - This is meant to be a sweeter beer, and should be recognized as such. It kinda tastes like pecan pie, but with smoked maple syrup, if that makes any sense. Sweet and savory in both ends, but its a rich flavor, and enjoyable. Bread & biscuit malt flavor hangs on with a light bitterness.
M - It actually feels a bit thin for a porter, while its rich in flavor, its not very thick, and light on the carbonization.
O - A very great offering from BBC/SA. This is not a beer you would want more than one of though, and I'd really like to have one of these with breakfast one of these days. Affordable, and solid. Definitely worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 20:12:52 | More by Omnium
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 artdob


4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought the seasonal pack precisely because it included a maple pecan porter. How could I not buy this?

Pours perfectly. Fantastic tan head over a dark cola colored porter. Lacing evident as the foam recedes.

Aroma is a bit light though the main flavors as noted on the label clearly come through.

Right on the first sip, the maple and pecan are undeniable. There is a slight roastiness underneath, as is common in most porters I've had. However while that roast characteristic usually is a bit much for much taste in porters, I really like how it is balanced in this beer.

If this was available as a stand alone purchase outside of the seasonal pack, I would be buying this in greater quantities. Bet it goes great with pancakes.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 04:33:08 | More by artdob
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 brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

It pours a very dark thick brown color with a tight creamy head good retention. I don't get a whole lot from the smell but it is ok. The taste is very maple and very pecan I feel like there may be a little vanilla in there as well. The body is slightly better than average with good carbonation. I like this beer but I am not in love with it. I would like to try this on draft.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 21:23:07 | More by brewdude1982
Photo of buschbeer


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is a dark ruddy brown with dark amber highlights. It is capped with two inches of mocha head.

S - I get lots of earthy, nutty aromas. I also get some cocoa and maple.

T - The maple really comes through on this beer. It is sweet and finishes with pecan.

M - Moderate

O - This is a maple beer that stands out. I have had several that have disappointed, but I really like the flavor of this one. The pecan adds an earthy touch to mellow the sweetness. Tastes great on a cold spring day.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 22:56:11 | More by buschbeer
Photo of jwc215


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by April, 2013:

Pours ruby brown to black with a lasting, thin, off-white head. Ample lacing sticks.

The smell is of maple syrup, chocolate, roasted coffee beans and a hint of pecan. Robust.

The taste is of maple sweetness balanced by roast. Chocolate and a hint of coffee keep the maple from becoming overbearing. There is a pecan nuttiness in the fairly long finish.

It hits full-bodied with a sweet aftertaste - but not too cloying or sticky. A pretty rich brew.

This is a solid porter with maple syrup and a touch of pecan. Pretty complex. Great aroma followed by a delicious taste. The sweetness doesn't overwhelm.

I'm thinking this brewery really knows how to make a porter, but the only two I recall having are in variety packs (this, and the one for Christmas time - which is a great one).

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 17:54:40 | More by jwc215
Photo of secondtooth


4.09/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 16:13:24 | More by secondtooth
Photo of MattyG85


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 05:54:22 | More by MattyG85
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
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Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.