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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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778 Ratings
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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 17
Gots: 27 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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bourbonbock

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a clean pint glass and received the following.

A. Dark chestnut colored body topped with a tan head about 2 fingers thick that dropped to a cap for the remainder of the experience.

S. The smell reminds me of french toast with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and nuts, and of course syrup. It also has that sam adams yeastiness.

T. The taste begins with a roasted bread flavor and also nuttiness and and burnt marshmallows.

M. Light on the tongue with a nice creamy feel down the throat but slight burnt flavor after swallowing.

I would definitely drink this beer if I bought the sampler pack again but don't think I could have more than two due to the mixture of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:45:15 | More by bourbonbock
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lauries444

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-30-2013 00:02:22 | More by lauries444
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SonOfKyuss

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-29-2013 23:14:39 | More by SonOfKyuss
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-28-2013 02:27:01 | More by carteravebrew
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GarthDanielson

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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KevieJames

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-25-2013 16:19:13 | More by KevieJames
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inbierveritas

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-25-2013 02:27:42 | More by inbierveritas
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle (best by June 2013) poured into a Libby globe porter/stout glass.

Appearance: Dark brown on the table, deep ruby red-amber when held up to the light. Thin white head upon pouring, dying back to a thin ring at the edge. Some thin strands and small islands of lacing noted that would slowly slide down the glass. Surprisingly, with a lot of swirling to get the smell out and lose some of the carbonation the lacing actually got better and more persistent. Still never much in the way of foam across the top though, even after swirling.

Smell: Maple, pecan, cocoa powder. Pecan comes out strongest with a good swirl of the beer in the glass. Very appealing.

Taste: The flavor matches the smell, but it all blends together really fast and its hard to pick out the individual flavors. Maple comes out strongest at the finish, followed by a slow lingering black coffee-like mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very Fizzy - overcarbonated and roughly scouring of the tongue and palate with all that prickly carbonation. Once you get past all of it there is some thickness underneath, but not a lot. You can tell it wants to be creamy...but it can't get there. With a lot of swirling to get to the aroma the carbonation died down and was less intense (but still fizzy), but right out of the bottle it leaves quite a bit to be desired.

Overall / Drinkability: This one really needs to warm up quite a bit before drinking, but the carbonation still gets in the way of this beer. It prevents you from really savoring the flavors of what should be a really good dessert beer. I think I would probably try it again if offered on tap to see if the mouthfeel gets better and in turn, the beer improves.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 22:50:43 | More by damndirtyape
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent dark nutty brown color. Poured a one finger light brown (almost off-white) frothy white head which has dissipated leaving some lacing.

Aroma: Maple syrup, pecan, coffee, and hazelnut all at once. Also a brighter note in there which I'll attribute to the hops. Not necessarily a specific hop aroma, just a brightness.

Taste: Sort of watery but there are nice flavors to enjoy. All the flavor comes on the back end after a bland start. The flavor matches the aroma with lots of nutty malt, touches of coffee and chocolate all covered in a light maple syrup coating. Even though the flavor matches the name Maple Pecan Porter, I take issue with calling this beer a Porter as it's much more similar to a Brown Ale. The flavor just isn't deep and dark enough to warrant the Porter classification. The hops contribute a lot of bright grass/earth character to the palate and the slight bitterness balances out the malt sweetness. Aftertaste of maple syrup and a low 5.6% ABV that keeps any flavor from being very robust. There is also a bit of a metallic taste at the end but it's really not all that distracting.

Mouthfeel: A hair below medium in body. The carbonation was shocking at first because it is a tad excessive. Considering most Samuel Adams drinkers don't bother with using a glass I'm surprised they don't lower the effervescence level when bottling. That being said, it is highly drinkable given a vigorous pour.

Final Thoughts: Two years ago I would have thought Maple Pecan Porter was the bee's knees, but since then my palate has been exposed to a plethora of imperial beers that have matured it very quickly. However, I think Samuel Adams has the right idea here making a very approachable and unique beer for new comers to the craft world. Although Maple Pecan Porter may be semi-bland to some of us, it is still a deserving beer of any craft-lovers glass. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 19:22:27 | More by JamesMN
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ToMakeEndsMeet

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-24-2013 14:04:04 | More by ToMakeEndsMeet
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acycler

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-24-2013 04:12:04 | More by acycler
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HeyJim

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-24-2013 01:35:28 | More by HeyJim
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by July of this year. Body is deep chestnut with a beige head. Sweet aroma of toasted pecans and maple with some dark malts and chocolate. Tastes are also sweet with plenty of toasted pecan and maple syrup balanced with chocolate and coffee notes as the bottle indicates. Thin-to-medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall, I like it for what it is, but it's a one & done for me - I couldn't drink another one of these right now.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 01:27:48 | More by barnzy78
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-24-2013 00:38:54 | More by Peyton5410
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StArnoldFan

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-24-2013 00:14:53 | More by StArnoldFan
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RickS95

Indiana

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
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-22-2013 22:49:43 | More by salthemonster
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mfigueroa713

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-22-2013 16:43:39 | More by mfigueroa713
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-21-2013 23:37:36 | More by weaselchew
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Beergelden

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-21-2013 15:26:27 | More by Beergelden
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PGVG

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-21-2013 06:26:04 | More by PGVG
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Garrett092112

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-20-2013 23:54:45 | More by Garrett092112
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, SA Maple Pecan Porter is a deep mahogany in color with a monsterously frothy off-white head. The nose is definitely malty sweet - maple, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate and toffee. The taste reflects the porter nature of the beer; light, sweeter notes are complimented by darker, drying notes of burnt chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body with a whip-cream like head and less than active carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer but not SA's most impressive either.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 23:32:06 | More by gmfessen
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-19-2013 22:47:41 | More by DrunkinYogi
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RWLawman

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark mahogany brown. Poured somewhat aggressively, and was initially left with a half-inch thick head, which quickly dissolved into next to nothing. Very little lacing on the glass, too.

S - My first thought was, "wet dog" honestly. However, upon agitating the beer a bit, I picked up on the different characteristics I expected -- maple syrup, brown sugar, malt, and a nutty scent.

T - Very sweet, but not to the point of being unpleasant. The maple seems to capture the first half of the flavor, followed by an almost woody flavor, along with the nutty flavor of the pecan. Maybe the slightest hint of chocolate notes, but mostly this beer is as advertised -- maple sweetness and pecan, somewhat resembling a nice pecan pie.

M - Syrupy, but with moderate carbonation. Pretty thick, but I prefer my beers that way. All in all, I've been generally pleased with Samuel Adams' beers' consistency.

O - I like this beer for its uniqueness, and true-to-name flavor. A lot of times you buy a beer that is called something it is everything but. In this case, you get what you ask for.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 02:27:00 | More by RWLawman
Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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