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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: 712
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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3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy before 7/2013.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, toasted nuts, earthy wood, and some maple aromas that come out more as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with sweet praline pecan and maple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice maple and pecan aromas and flavors that work well together.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 02:34:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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North Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a large tan head; nice retention and lacing action

Smell: Candied pecans with a hint of chocolate

Taste: Candied pecans, up front, with the maple building from start to finish; in the middle, there is a dusting of chocolate; the aftertaste features a grainy element; the maple just lingers on in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not much of a porter, this is more of a gimmicky beer (and not a very good one, at that)

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 00:18:09 | More by brentk56
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of the Samuel Adams Mix-pack - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark, russet-brown body with a medium-sized, wispy, faint ecru head. A thin spittle of lacing.

Smell: Toasted breadcrusts, toasted pecan additive, and roasted coffee beans, with a spritz of maple make up the nose. Smells more akin to an International Delight coffee creamer!

Taste: Pale malts with a toasty edge and a coffee grain note that blends into the pecan flavoring. Modestly sweet. Maple eventually gets overtaken by the coffee note and pecan flavoring. In fact, for me, this coffee/pecan kick just carries on through the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I had prepped myself for what was to be a flavored porter, though, I had hoped for something just a bit more restrained, if you will. Sure, it is better than those flavored Saranac porters, though!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 21:26:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of russpowell


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 04:17:06 | More by russpowell
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3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - An opaque, jet-black color with a one finger, light brown head. It left some sudsy lace.

S - Nice pecan aroma with a touch of chocolate and maple.

T - Pecan up front with some subtle maple sweetness. A touch of smoke and chocolate, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - This is a nice flavored porter. In general, I don't like pecans but it was good in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 14:31:29 | More by zeff80
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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
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3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Attractive dark mahogany brown. The usual luxurious Sam Adams head and carbonation. Interesting smell; nutty, burnt sugar, and a little metallic.

Certainly quite strongly flavored with the nuts and syrup. Quite drinkable. The maple flavor is distinct but not overdone. Rather sweet. Thin bodied, and the malt is not so dominant, but that mapley sugar flavor stands out. OK, it's pretty good for a funny flavored beer but the aftertaste is dirty hops and something scorched.

This is quite a novelty but I can't see drinking it again. From the Spring mixed twelve pack purchased at Albertson's supermarket in San Diego. So that means I do have one more to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:31:57 | More by mactrail
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3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was the most excited about this of any beers in the spring mix. I wanted it to be better, because I just love maple, but it fell short of lofty expectations. pour is nice, medium density brown with a red glow when held to the light, and two inches of khaki head. the nose is really sweet, like breakfast syrup. the nutty vibe is amazingly fresh, roasty, and rich. unfortunately, the maple syrup taste like the artificial crap, not the lovely nectar the region is known for. its too sweet, brutally thick, and just not as pure is it probably should be. again, the pecan component is very well done, and is the saving grace of this porter. the feel would be great without all the residual sugar because the body is nice and full and the carbonation is pleasantly bright. I wish they would give this one a do over. too sugary to drink more than one of, and while I didn't dislike it altogether, the maple syrup part just didn't work out.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 22:37:36 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name makes it sound good, so I'm looking forward to it. Acquired as part of Boston Beer Co.'s Spring Thaw pack ($16 for a 12 pack at grocery stores in SoCal). 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are well above average. 5.60% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger khaki colour head of good cream, nice thickness, and very good retention. Body colour is a dark dull caramel brown. Semitranslucent; nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. The colour is a bit underwhelming, but otherwise it's par for the style.

Sm: Maple syrup, light roasted barley, chocolate malt, caramel, a bit of java/coffee roast, and delightfully evocative pecan nut. Pecan is a highlight here and comes through in a pleasant way, though overall it seems too sweet and malty for a porter. Some spice. A strong appealing aroma.

T: Maple syrup and evocative pecan nut. Biscuit and dark malts comprise the simple unobtrusive foundation. Some cream. Chocolate malts (not chocolate itself). A bit of coffee when I look for it. Overall, it's a bit too sweet and lacks the roasted character I look for in a great porter, but then it's not trying to be a great porter. I do love the pecan; it's a nice touch and works well with the maple. Well balanced and built for a simple macrobrew porter. I like it. No yeast character comes through, nor does any alcohol. I don't expect any yeast character in a porter anyway.

Mf: A bit overcarbonated. Smooth and wet, with a nice creamy feel that I always appreciate. Good thickness, though perhaps a bit overbearing on the palate for its lack of complex or truly deep flavours. It suits the flavour profile well in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom tailored to it.

Dr: Well priced for its quality. I'd have it on-draught. One of the nicer beers from Boston Beer Co. That said, it's not excellent and fans of truly great beers wouldn't be remiss to pass over this one. I'm glad I tried it, though it wouldn't be enough to convince me to buy the Spring Thaw pack again next year; I'd prefer a new offering. I can see why it's getting pretty good reviews from some. It scratches an itch, and there's a lot to be said for that. There are far worse widely distributed porters out there at this price point, but there are far better local releases for around the same price as well. I could drink this one all night.


Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 00:41:00 | More by kojevergas
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 20:36:19 | More by Billolick
Photo of Zorro


3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet with a smoked malt aroma and a fair scent of smoke. Other scents are caramel and nut. Faint maple detected.

Starts out bittersweet with a very strong patent malt taste upfront. Strongly bittersweet. Maple and caramel flavors but I just can't detect all that much more from it except a burnt sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just average. The bittersweet flavor just isn't balanced enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 01:48:39 | More by Zorro
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3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep dark copper color that appears almost black in the glass with mahogany edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey aroma with a balance of roasted and sweet malt notes. Deeply roasted notes at first with hints of coffee bean, oatmeal and toast followed by caramel, toffee and nut. I'm not really picking up much maple/syrup but the pecans begin to show as it warms.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a combination of dry roast, sweet malt and pecan notes. Again, I'm only picking up the faintest bit of maple but the pecan stands out a lot more than in the nose, especially in the finish. Slightly smokey and acrid up front with some toast, burnt malt, coffee bean and oatmeal but this is balanced by sweeter notes of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and some biscuit. The roasted pecan flavor lingers long in the finish giving an otherwise mediocre beer another layer of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 08:24:33 | More by corby112
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2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle into a matching Sam Adams sensory glass. Big thanks go to Eric for gifting me with a couple bottles form this new seasonal variety pack. The brew appears brown in color that displays some polished clarity without being held to the light. Some ruby to mahogany coloration is seen around the edges and a frothy 1.5 finger of khaki head rests atop. The cap slowly fades leaving a wall of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma has suggestions of minerals initially that fade to a bit of maple sweetness. A very mild amount of roasted grain character imparts some traces of chocolate and coffee also through the nose along with a hint of citrus hops to contrast. There is almost a birch or root beer essence also emitting from the glass. When swirled some hints of sulfur emerge.

The flavor of this brew starts off with almost a hint of root or birch beer coupled with traces of minerals and a bit of carbonic quality. A sweetness is present tasting like artificial coffee flavored syrup and maple with a faint grainy nutty aspect. There is very little roastiness about this brew and the aftertaste has a hint of bitterness coming from a flavor of herbal hops. As the brew warms up, this gets a sort of cola feel about it which reverts to my initial impressions of birch or root beer.

This is a lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is hidden quite well but I gotta admit that the flavor profile here is a bit of a train wreck. For something described as a pecan maple porter, I didnt get much pecan or maple flavor and this was more like root beer or birch beer than a porter. It lacked any significant amount of grain quality and seemed to be just too artificial tasting. Not a fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 02:10:18 | More by stakem
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3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 19:08:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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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
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Deep amber color bordering on brown. Clear but very dark.

SMELL: Malty and doughy, sweet smelling, with hints of espresso and chocolate .

TASTE: Nutty and roasted flavors upfront giving way to some cocoa and coffee. The maple flavor comes out more in the finish. Rich coffee and Hazlenut cream. Just a hint of chocolate. Sweet but very drinkable.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied, smooth and well carbonated. Has a great balance and is very flavorful.

OVERALL: This beer is on the sweet side, but it tastes very good. Maple, nuts and roast is just a winning combination. Re-released in the holiday mix pack, this beer is easily the standout from that assortment, which also included a hoppy lager and new Belgian white.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 21:47:32 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Khaki head sticks around for a bit... decent lacing... the brew is dark brown with some garnet highlights near the stem end of my glass.

Nose delivers on the name's promise, plenty of maple and pecan... a bit of chocolate rounds things out.

Flavor is shows more traditional porter notes with cocoa and a bit of dry roasty malt.. but again, the maple and pecan are the big players... I sorta like how the maple plays with things, but the pecan seems like something that should be in a cordial.

Medium bodied with a lighter carbonation makes it seem a bit syrupy which actually jives with the flavor profile IMO.

Well made, but not my thing in the long run.. Probably the only time I will buy it.


Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 05:48:39 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a frothy brown head into my glass. Makes sense as it is brewed with maple syrup.

Notes of pecan and maple in the nose. Almost predictable but still a great stab at the style. Creative in a way.

Ditto on the taste. Pecan with the sweetness of maple. Wonder where they got the syrup from? All it says on the bottle is "New England maple syrup", which is quite vague.

Unfortunately, mouthfeel leaves a lot to be desired. It's bland, barely there. Just an edge of sweetness.

I bet this recipe could be replicated with VT maple syrup and a solid malt base. It's just too thin.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 23:49:34 | More by Brad007
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige tan head. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Taste of caramel, chocolate, and toffee. I pick up the maple syrup flavors. Kind of sweet. The pecan would be hard to pick up if I didn't know it was in this beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Ends a little dry with a lingering bitterness which I found odd.

Decent beer for the price. I'd drink more of it, but not something I'd regularly seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 03:06:56 | More by mothman
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4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, nut, sweet malt, hint of yeast, slight hop, slight dry hop, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, dry hop, hint of hop, slight nut, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, blend, but slightly cloying in sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 12:57:58 | More by Tone
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3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

June is notched on this single that I bought.

A- A very nice looking brew. Dark brown colour, +1" head of tannish foam. Good lacing.

S- Big aroma of maple, hints of roast.

T- Maple up front, pecans there but not particularly tasty in a good way...were they bbq'ed? Very sweet overall.

M- Not much carbonation in this bottle but goodish mf for the most part.

O: One and done. I expected more from the inclusion of pecans and didn't get it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 15:19:27 | More by Bitterbill
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North Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, ruby-brown coloring with a thin, filmy, surface coating of off-white head. Aromas of rich roast and subtle smoke, maple sweetness, and a coffee backbone. Flavors are roast initially, with a sweet blend of maple cream and nutty rich following. A subtle mocha backbone adds to the sweetness, but also provides enough of a bitterness to keep the beer balanced. Smooth in mouth, the dryness of the coffee combats any cloying characteristics. Roasty, sweet aftertaste with a smooth, clean finish. This is a well put together Porter, with a good combination of sweet characteristics that work well within the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 23:19:23 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-deep dark blackish brown...minimal head

S-First impression is java....then nuts....then dark cocoa...then maple...then vanilla..

T-Maple is more to the front on the taste....dark chocolate...nuts....vanilla....java...

M-Bigger than I expected....has a creamy texture...finishes slightly sourish...

O-Interesting enough...all the flavors just don't seem to come together as nicely as I had hoped but it has some interesting dimensions to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:01:07 | More by ZAP
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3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep red-brown hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence (only visible when held up to the light). Head is a finger of pillowy tan foam with decent retention. Good stuff!

Smell: very sweet and nutty with plenty of maple, caramel and toffee character in there as well. Good, and definitely as-advertised, but a little bit over-the-top for my taste.

Taste: very much like the aroma, with the same big sweetness and big maple/toffee character. Bitterness is relatively low, but it does help balance out the works a bit. Tasty, but still too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation. Silky smooth from head to toe; I like it!

Overall: good, but sweet. If you are in the mood for a sweet dessert beer, this could be for you. The sweetness isn't cloying or sickly or anything like that, but it is just a bit more than I'm looking for in a porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 22:22:13 | More by flagmantho
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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a black body with some minor ruby highlights showing through. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace.

S - Brown, malty notes of molasses, nutty caramel, and a hint of maple.

T - Lots of dark sugar up front with maple and molasses. Some nutty malt in the middle and a finish of dark bread and more maple.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The pecan and maple are both readily evident and while I enjoy the maple character quite a bit it is really overly sweet and one dimensional in the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 08:10:21 | More by nickfl
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Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.