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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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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
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

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4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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