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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: 817
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 18
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

crobinso, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

GoodyGoodman, Jan 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Bubbalito, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of rcatalano
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

rcatalano, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of alexgash
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Darkish crimson-brown body. Clear. Two fingers of dense, creamy, light khaki head. Good lacing. Maple syrup is at the forefront of the nose. Smells mostly genuine, so that's good. Semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, light roasted coffee, and a little peat as well. The overall effect is artificial, but it's not too bad.

Light roasted malt up front. Nutty, pecan-ish flavors come on as the malt transitions to sweet and maple-y. Milk chocolate and licorice show up. The maple sweetness is dominant, but not overbearing. Pecan nuttiness and a some woody bitterness into the finish. Lingering sweetish roasted malt and vanilla. Medium bodied, with a nice, creamy feel. This beer is what is says it is, that is for sure! If you like strong maple and pecan flavors, this beer is for you.

alexgash, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Braz
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Came with the spring thaw variety pack.
Appearance is very dark brown to near black. Tan head but not much of one, and it disapates quickly. Light splotchy areas remain.
Smells of maple syrup and coffee, very interesting and intriging. Roasted quality comes through the nose as well.
Taste is pleasant. Not as bitter as some of the porters I've had lately. Sweetness is there but isn't overpowering. Maple notes and nuttiness apparent. Whether it's actually pecan, I can't tell but there is a definite nuttiness to it that I like. Light coffee notes and a hint of dark chocolate round it out.
Body is quite good. Carbonation is just right for me with this style, probably a little higher than most porters. Makes the body feel fuller. Nutty aftertaste.
This surprised me. Their variety stuff is always hit and miss with me and I didn't have a good feeling about this one but it's quite good. Pretty well balanced also.

Braz, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of CalbeDacks
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

CalbeDacks, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of lwillitz
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers medium-tan head over a transparent body of black/ruby, nice lace

S - sweet maple syrup, coffee, chocolate, nuts

T - sweet maple syrup, roast malts, coffee and chocolate notes, slight burnt flavor, nuts show up toward the end; aftertaste of nuts and maple syrup

M - smooth medium/full body, high carbonation

O - It's definitely on the sweet side, but a very nice porter.

lwillitz, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a fingers worth of tan head

S: Sweet malts and maple along with a distinct nuttiness and light coffee and chocolate notes really define the aroma

T: Quite sweet (although not over the top) with a nice combination of malts and the maple syrup. Pecan and a general nuttiness comes through towards the middle-end. Finishes with a nice hint of powdered chocolate

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: This porter has some really nice flavors going on. The maple syrup goes well with the malts and the pecans add an added dimension. Throw in the usual chocolate and coffee notes of a porter, and this is one solid brew. Easy to drink, and not too overboard. Solid

BEERMILER12, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of nick1427d
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

nick1427d, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown with ruby accents and clear, so-so head, lace is ok.

Aroma is precisely as advertised, maple and pecans, plus roasty and toasty malts, quite porter-like.

Taste is a bit less impressive, but is pleasant nonetheless. The maple is prominent, the pecans less so than in the aroma, but still there, plenty of roasted malts, sweet brown sugar, some chocolate sweetness, not a lot of hops.

Feel is a bit syrupy, lingering sweetness and roasted malts, a little maple.

Overall it's good, but gimmicky. Sam Adams best beers tend to be more simplistic and straightforward. A good sampler pack selection tho.

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Aeroscorp
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Aeroscorp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a twelve pack of the Samuel Adams Spring Thaw with the Maple Pecan Porter in it for $12.99 at Meijers. It's pretty cold and windy tonight so I have a fire going in the fireplace and a Maple Pecan Porter sounds pretty good right now, so lets see how it goes. It was notched June as the best by date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty standard for Samuel Adams and it's not that interesting. It poured a nice and fairly clear dark brown color that took on a dark ruby hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but the color was a little light for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness and some roasted malts that impart a lighter roasted aroma with a little bit of chocolate coming through. After that comes some brown sugar followed by lots of maple syrup that seems to stick out the most. Towards the end comes the pecans which add a nutty aroma to this beer and it blends well with the pecans. This was a nice smelling beer, but it needs some more roasted aromas.

T- The aroma seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness and some roasted malts that impart some lighter roasted flavors along with a slight bit of chocolate. After that comes the brown sugar and maple syrup, with maple syrup sticking out nicely. Towards the end comes the pecans which add a nice nutty flavor that blends very nicely with maple syrup to make for a nice sweet, nutty, and maple flavor. On the finish there was a lighter amount of bitterness along with a little more sweetness and it had a maple syrup and pecan like aftertaste that was pretty good. This was a nice tasting beer, I really enjoyed the pecan and maple syrup aspect, but I wish the roasted malts showed up a little more.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, a little prickly, a little sticky, medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was just ok, the carbonation was too high for the style and it needs to be toned down a little.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and an ok example of the style. the maple syrup and pecan are really nice but the Porter base is lacking a little and I wish it had more roasted flavors and aromas to it, so it isn't the greatest example of an American Porter, but other then that it's fairly true to it's name. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, with some nice flavors to hold my attention, I could drink two or three of these but I think after that the sweetness would become too much. What I liked the most about this beer was the taste, the maple syrup and pecans showed up very nicely and they were the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but there was too much carbonation for the style and it got to be a little prickly. I would buy this beer on it's own, I don't think I would buy a lot of it, but it would be nice to keep in the fridge during the colder months, and I recommend this beer to just about anyone, unless you have a nut allergy. All in All I enjoyed this beer, I thought the American Porter base could be improved on some, but the maple syrup and pecans seemed to carry this beer and made it pretty enjoyable. Good job Samuel Adams, this is one solid beer and it's my favorite in the Spring Thaw pack, I like the concept of this beer and I think with a stronger Porter base this could be a really good beer, thanks for another enjoyable beer.

StoutHunter, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of deciding39
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a rich, oily black-brown with deep blood-red hues when held to the light. A tight one-finger head forms and slowly recedes, leaving a ring with some good lacing and a nice thin layer of foam with good texture.

S: Aromatic brown sugar and chocolate malt. Some nutty, woodiness in the nose that blends with a hint of earthy hops hiding at the back.

T: What starts as an expected porter taste of sweet caramel and toasted dark malts quickly shifts to a flavor a little more complex, with notes of brown sugar and maple. The finish is nutty and only slightly bitter, just enough to cut through what would otherwise be an overly-sweet start.

M&D: Smooth and on the heavy side of medium-bodied, the carbonation is moderate and provides a needed lightness on the palate. While I have to give credit for keeping the beer remarkably well-balanced for what I expected to be a sugar bomb, I imagine I could only handle two at most before the sweeter flavors would become cloying.

Pleasantly surprised by this one. I admit I was afraid this would be a little one-dimensional and overly-sweet, but was surprised by something that is sufficiently complex and balanced. This actually tastes quite familiar to me...porter is always a holiday mainstay for me, as are Swedish nuts. Sam Adams basically took both of my favorite winter flavors and conveniently combined them for me. My only gripe is that this really feels like a Winter beer and would have been well-placed in that mix pack. It strikes me as a little bold and heavy for Spring...but then again, with several months until anything resembling Spring here in New England, I've got plenty of cold weather left to enjoy this one!

deciding39, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of RichD
4/5  rDev +10.5%

RichD, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of NickSMpls
3/5  rDev -17.1%

NickSMpls, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Troville1990
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Troville1990, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of taez555
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

taez555, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Amish_Ambush
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

What is this in the Sam Adams spring variety pack? Maple Pecan Porter? Yikes. I am as skeptical as a browns fan during a coaching change. Let's see what we got here:

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown. Can see through the glass without holding it up to the light, Off white head dissolves into thick lacing.
Smell: Maple obviously.
Taste: Coffee, maple, nut with slight milk chocolate note. Tastes a little syrupy with a slight rusty aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, While I wouldn't call this watery, it is missing a little something. Perhaps by design but not up to snuff when compared to high quality porters.
Overall: Not impressed with this offering. It's not Cranberry lambic bad, but I can't think of another Sam Adams beer that this beats out. Maybe it is on par with the winter lager but.... eh.

Amish_Ambush, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of TaylorK
4/5  rDev +10.5%

TaylorK, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Kromes
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark brown with ruby edges and a finger's width tan colored head that laces the glass.

Roasted malt and maple syrup aroma. Also some pecan in there....it does resemble pecan pie with the extreme sweet and nutty aroma.

Initial flavor is of roasted malt and then the maple flavor kicks in. There is a touch of pecan in there, but it's tough to tell with the strong maple flavor. Very sweet, bordering on cloying.

Medium feel with good carbonation to fill it out.

Flavors here are as advertised, if you are a fan of maple and pecan then this would be a good beer for you. For me it was a bit too sweet. Tough to finish a whole beer.

Kromes, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

thegerm87, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

BeerLover99, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of piconaut
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

piconaut, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

zeff80, Jan 20, 2013
Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.