Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Maple Pecan PorterSamuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.

165 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 165
Hads: 844
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 31.98%
Wants: 33
Gots: 52 | 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:
Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (120) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 165 | Hads: 844
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

 252 characters

Photo of droomyster
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

 556 characters

Photo of Treyliff
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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

 727 characters

Photo of buschbeer
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

 543 characters

Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

 475 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
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)

 505 characters

Photo of budgood1
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

 1,155 characters

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.88/5  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.

 267 characters

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

 783 characters

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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...

 475 characters

Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

 813 characters

Photo of Bitterbill
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

 443 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 652 characters

Photo of Chico1985
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the spring mix pack.

Pours a dark brownish amber with some translucence. A nice tan head sits up top, retains well as a half finger or so leaving good lace as well.

Definite strong maple, nuts, sweet malts in the scent. Chocolate and some coffee. Could probably pass for a dessert.

Taste follows, with maple syrup, nuts and chocolate malts dominating. Some coffee tones as well, giving it a bit of a hazelnut feel for me. Some molasses and dark fruit, definitely very sweet with not much roast at all.

A bit lacking in the mouthfeel, could be smoother for a porter.

Definitely sweet all the way, and not something I'd want often, but tasty. I thought both the maple syrup and pecans were well represented and authentic without being too over the top.

 764 characters

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

 1,271 characters

Photo of u2carew
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
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".

 458 characters

Photo of Mavigo
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sounded delicious so I was keen to open one up immediately. Served in a chalice.

A: Poured a deep dark brown- almost black color, with a short, faintly tan head with small bits of lacing.

S: Picking up traditional porter aromas, chocolate, barley, malts

T: Fairly rich flavor, fairly sweet, probably the maple syrup though I cannot discern it directly not as heavily present as i would have expected it to be. Coffee, toffee, barley, malts are all present, can't really tell if pecan is present or not, I know there's some other stuff going on here, I just doesn't quite give me the taste of pecans. Still pretty good though.

M. I felt that the carbonation here was a little much and was conflicting with the flavor combination too much, a bit overbearing.

O: Overall this was pretty good, however It didn't meet my expectations for uniqueness, I thought the pecan was not really present but regardless this was not too bad. Would never turn one of these down and would have another one for sure. Worth a try for everyone.

 1,031 characters

Photo of Immortale25
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Notch on label indicates best enjoyed by Aug 2013.

A- Pours a mostly opaque dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a thin sheet of surface foam. Somewhat resilient lacing slides down the glass leaving a ring behind.

S- Pretty powerful coffee/chocolate/caramel aroma with plenty of maple sweetness. The pecan is also quite pronounced.

T- The flavor isn't quite as exciting. Maple sweetness comes through well in the onset and aftertaste with a moderately roasty malt presence. Not much pecan though. Just maple and the aforementioned chocolate and mild coffee taste.

M- Semi-viscous with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Not half bad. I especially dig the aroma.

 801 characters

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sma Adams glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown color, with a thin off white head. No lacing left, and head went away quickly. Had the carbonation of a soda.

Smell: Not a strong smelling brew, some hints of roasted malts and maybe coffee??

Mothfeel/Taste: Smooth and medium bodied, yet watery. Taste of roasted malts and grain mostly, some nutty qualities. But now maple or pecan to really speak of.

Overall: I was really hopeing this beer would be better, but I am a little disappointed at Sam Adams for a lack of flavor. I will probably not buy this one again.

 594 characters

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

 610 characters

Photo of bourbonbock
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

 704 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

 670 characters

Photo of damndirtyape
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

 1,700 characters

Photo of JamesMN
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

 1,926 characters

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

 451 characters

Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.