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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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Photo of Captain_Komamura


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

Appearance - It is a very dark brown in color, with a bubbly tan head.

Smell - It is a nice roasted dark malt smell with the maple syrup, pecan, and chocolate.

Taste - It is really sweet at the front with the syrup and dried fruits, then the smokey/roasted malts come towards the end. Finishing with the pecan flavor. And the aftertaste definitely reminds me of pecan pie.

Mouthfeel - It is a good-bodied beer, not much carbonation.

Overall - It is a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 04:49:20 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of ale1


2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

pours a decent 2-3" head
appaearance - dark ale looking stuff

nose - some roasted barley and some dark roasted
taste well kinda like not that great and still going what are they are trying to do
save your pennies and move on this stuff is poor

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:52:09 | More by ale1
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration notch of June 2014. Sampled on January 10, 2014.

It has a handsome looking mahogany brown pour with a short-lived off-white head and pretty good clarity.

The nose has a good Porter character with that twist of maple and pecan. A bit of smoke. Some decent dark malts. Enticing.

Mostly medium body.

The malts come forward in the taste but the maple is quick to penetrate the senses with the pecans more behind the pack and still a good smoky quality. Mildly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 02:07:11 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Weston19


3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark copper color with a red hue when put up against the light. Has a half finger head with good lacing and retention.

S: Very sweet. The smell of maple syrup comes almost immediately along with the nuttiness of the pecan. You can really pick up the roasted notes from the pecan. Reminds me of a pecan pie.

T: It's truly a great variety of flavors that come at you at once. You get some roasted bitterness at first followed by a heavy taste of sweetness from the maple syrup. The beer ends with some pleasant bitterness. Nice complexity.

M: Medium-full bodied beer with moderate carbonation and slight dry finish. Can't picture myself having more than one of these at a time.

O: The beer is awesome and has great flavors that work well with each other. It has the sweetness of maple syrup and the bitter roasted notes that you expect from a porter and pecan notes. The only downside is that it's a very unique flavored beer and the sweetness from the maple syrup can become overwhelming if you have more than one. If, however, you choose to have one to relax or just to taste it, it's so worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 17:19:16 | More by Weston19
Photo of dbossman


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 00:56:36 | More by dbossman
Photo of tmm313


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 Pegasus


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

Appearance: Deep amber in color, verging on black, with a fairly large tan head, which retains well, and scattered patchy lacing.

Aroma: Bitter cocoa, maple syrup, and to an altogether surprising degree, pecans dominate the aroma. The pecan notes are more prominent than in any other beer I have had.

Taste: Opens strong, with lots of maple and pecans, atop a classic porter base. AS the taste progresses, the pecans and maple dominate, wit the porter offering roasted coffee and smoke notes., and bitter chocolate Towards the finish, the maple rises to dominate the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and fairly full, with a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A really creative take on the American Porter style. Although this is a Spring seasonal, it seems very appropriate for Autumn, with its superb use of maple and pecans.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 19:11:08 | More by Pegasus
Photo of BeerWithMike


3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark browish/black with a fairly think head that lasted a while with some lacing. Aroma is of course maple, chocolate, malt, nuts, and coffee. Carbonation is on the high side though for my taste. The taste was to be expected from the various flavors mentioned above. Just a bit of bitterness to the finish. Overall it was different and not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 20:53:48 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of Jadjunk


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

"Sweet New England maple syrup and a distinct pecan note define this balanced porter. The roasted character of our blend of malts complements the maple sweetness with hints of coffee and chocolate. Reddish-black in color, this full-bodied brew has a sweet and slightly nutty finish. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American Porter with maple syrup and pecans added. Available exclusively in the Samuel Adams Spring Variety Pack 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Signature pint glass. Served north of 59º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy tan foam head over a deep brown body with mahogany-amber highlights, very high clarity. Retention is slightly above average, the lacing is light and streaked. Carbonation is plentiful and energetic. It's a visually pleasing beer. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of coffee beans, unsweetened baker's chocolate, maple syrup, nuts and earthy hop resins come forward amongst a mildly sweet bready caramel and pale malt base. Fortunately, the maple isn't overdone in the aroma, and the other factors are limited in their strength. The nut aroma provides a natural bitterness to round out the subtle sweetness. Mild buttery pecan notes don't impede the high appeal this beer has, and contribute to the depth. Potency is medium+. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor is fuller and a touch sweeter than the aroma gave off, but manages a decent balance. Most notable is a more pronounced maple, coffee bean and cocoa syrup malt base, the dominating malt flavors in this beer. This follows with a mild earthy hop resin and a mellow roasted pecan extract, the latter growing in presence as the beer warms. The balance is decent despite having a much heavier body than earlier predicted, it is also a touch sweeter than the aroma gave off. There are no cloying characters, the maple is done just about right, but the pecan character is a bit subdued or perhaps even misused, leading to a lesser bitter agent and a slightly moister finish than expected. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture has a mild syrupy thickness, is slick, oily and carrying a mild carbonation presence, slightly creamy- not quite as creamy as I'd have liked for the thickness of the flavors within. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter, but relatively close. Body is medium-high for an American Porter, medium+ overall. It's another porter that comes off a bit too heavy for its own good, quite filling. Alcohol presence is low. Semi-dry nutty finish. 3.75

(Overall) While the flavor was very enjoyable, it was quite heavy and certainly in favor of sweet maple and chocolate character. I was a bit let down by the pecan inclusion, which was shallow at best, not really utilized well into the flavor, it came off as more of an extract. I'm hoping that Boston Beer Company can keep a lot of that character and make this a touch lighter and more drinkable. I couldn't see this being a great adaptation for a 6 pack's session appeal, but it would make a great pairing for an equally bold sweet dessert. There's little here to get overly frustrated at, so I can't dismiss a recommendation from this one. Give it a try if you like heavier-bodied, sweet dessert-style porters and you shouldn't be too disappointed. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 03:01:59 | More by Jadjunk
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 IchLiebeBier


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

Appearance: Dark chestnut; frothy medium beige head; long lasting, good lacing

Aroma: Sweet; light praline smell; light coffee smell; faint chocolate

Taste: Sweet malt dominates up front; light maple syrup flavor mixed with pralines; good carbonation level; ends sweet and smooth; pretty tasty overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 15:33:00 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of cyclonece09


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark red/black with a small off white head. Smells of some coffee, but it almost smells if maple syrup was dumped in the beer, but it doesn't ruin it. Tastes initially of coffee very strongly, then finishes very nicely with the maple syrup, very nice contrast and balance. Beer is very lightly carbonated, and for a medium body, goes down nicely and could possibly be sessionable. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 02:28:50 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of curasowa

New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with some reddish hues and one finger of light tan head that fades to a thin cap with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: Roasted malt and cocoa, that's about it.

Taste: Just a hint of syrup sweetness at the onset, then lots of roasted malt. As the malt fades a little, there is a definite maple note that pokes up leading to a slightly nutty, chalky and fairly astringent finish. A good amount of carbonation towards the back end help break-up any one flavor.

The Rest: Body is just on the thin side of medium and drinkability is very good. This is the second beer in the sampled pack that I've been quite impressed with.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 00:47:24 | More by curasowa
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- almost black color, thin head

Smell- malt, nutty aroma

Taste- malt, pecan, bit of maple

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I probably wouldn't buy it again but I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:49:29 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of droomyster


3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany body with a big tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Aromas are overwhelmingly sweet and reminiscent of a table full of steaming flapjacks and hot pecan pies with a hint of roastiness and autumnal earthiness. Tastes like liquid toffee on the front palate, with the sweetness building with notes of maple syrup on the midpalate, before a woodier, earthier elements make the presence notes. Bitter pecan skin comes out on the finish, but not enough to make you forget that this is a super sweet, dessert-like beer. Overall a fun novelty.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 04:49:37 | More by droomyster
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

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

A- pours brown in color with a bright ruby hue, solid foamy & sudsy light tan head with good retention

S- sweet maple syrup noticed first, smooth roasted malt character gives it a nutty aroma with a touch of chocolate and caramel

T- sweet maple flavors are complimented nicely by the roasted nutty malt, faint flavors of chocolate and raisin, the finish is dry with nutty aromas and just a bit of hop bitterness on the linger.

M- medium body and carbonation with a lively foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- nice flavors of maple and nut while keeping them at bay makes is a good choice for a spring porter. Nothing on the extreme end of flavors, but well balanced and easy to drink

-pairs well with some roasted candied pecans

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 20:45:31 | More by Treyliff
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 Tone


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
Photo of brentk56

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 budgood1


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a deep russet colour with stained cherrywood highlights. tan head an inch high reducing to some creamy lace. strong java aroma...something along the lines of flavoured coffee, with a sweet maple accent. the taste doesn't stray too far away from the nose...except it has a more pronounced robust roasted malt backbone that throws off more coffee and candied toffee. i would swear that this is brewed with real coffee. the pecan/nutty aspect is well integrated, although slightly artificial maybe due to the sweet maple syrup influence. i detect some spicy hoppiness, but it really has a tough time balancing the overall sugary/sweet dimension of this porter. this ale really has a lot going on with it. above average body. sweet, syrupy and slick mouthfeel with some residual hop bitterness. i would sum up the drinkability as festive...maybe paired with some pralines,a can of mixed nuts or something salty like bacon!

overall an interesting and flavourful brew. albeit slightly cloying. i can only imagaine this as a perfect beer for a lumberjack. it's like liquid breakfast if you fancy your pancakes with real maple syrup. and bacon. or ham.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 22:52:22 | More by budgood1
Photo of lordofthewiens


2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 22:27:53 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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
Photo of Billolick

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 HalfFull


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 06:26:14 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Bitterbill


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