Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.71/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-20-2013 14:31:29 | More by zeff80
3.36/5 rDev -7.4%
The name makes it sound good, so I'm looking forward to it. Acquired as part of Boston Beer Co.'s Spring Thaw pack ($16 for a 12 pack at grocery stores in SoCal). 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are well above average. 5.60% ABV confirmed.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a four finger khaki colour head of good cream, nice thickness, and very good retention. Body colour is a dark dull caramel brown. Semitranslucent; nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. The colour is a bit underwhelming, but otherwise it's par for the style.
Sm: Maple syrup, light roasted barley, chocolate malt, caramel, a bit of java/coffee roast, and delightfully evocative pecan nut. Pecan is a highlight here and comes through in a pleasant way, though overall it seems too sweet and malty for a porter. Some spice. A strong appealing aroma.
T: Maple syrup and evocative pecan nut. Biscuit and dark malts comprise the simple unobtrusive foundation. Some cream. Chocolate malts (not chocolate itself). A bit of coffee when I look for it. Overall, it's a bit too sweet and lacks the roasted character I look for in a great porter, but then it's not trying to be a great porter. I do love the pecan; it's a nice touch and works well with the maple. Well balanced and built for a simple macrobrew porter. I like it. No yeast character comes through, nor does any alcohol. I don't expect any yeast character in a porter anyway.
Mf: A bit overcarbonated. Smooth and wet, with a nice creamy feel that I always appreciate. Good thickness, though perhaps a bit overbearing on the palate for its lack of complex or truly deep flavours. It suits the flavour profile well in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom tailored to it.
Dr: Well priced for its quality. I'd have it on-draught. One of the nicer beers from Boston Beer Co. That said, it's not excellent and fans of truly great beers wouldn't be remiss to pass over this one. I'm glad I tried it, though it wouldn't be enough to convince me to buy the Spring Thaw pack again next year; I'd prefer a new offering. I can see why it's getting pretty good reviews from some. It scratches an itch, and there's a lot to be said for that. There are far worse widely distributed porters out there at this price point, but there are far better local releases for around the same price as well. I could drink this one all night.
01-20-2013 00:41:00 | More by kojevergas
3.9/5 rDev +7.4%
Interesting combination. This beer is dark, brown, and is capped with a tan head. Delicate lace. The smell is interesting and assertive: lots of pecan, backed by maple...like a maple sugar cookie with pecans. The taste is sweet and just a bit smokey. Sugar...lots of sugar. It boarders on being too sweet. The beer is balanced with a nice roast and slight bitterness. Full body. Interesting, but not as appealing as I trout it could be.
01-19-2013 03:15:45 | More by Suds
3.74/5 rDev +3%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. July 2013 notched on the label.
A: Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger off white head. Disspates in a few minutes leaving some nice lacing. Light gets through a solid inch of the beer.
S: Maple syrup hits the nose immediately. You can get a nuttiness in the background.
T: With the aroma on this the flavor is a little lackluster. It is a little sweet and not as much maple syrup comes through. More of a chocolaty nuttiness.
M: Average body, not too thin for a porter. Pretty easy drinking.
Overall not as good as I had anticipated but overall not bad. Isnt something I would seek out again and not really the highlight of the mix pack. Reminds me of their hazelnut brown ale.
01-17-2013 01:51:05 | More by CloudStrife
3.95/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a pitch black color with a thick, very creamy, tan colored head. Excellent retention and lacing. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee, and maple. Taste is similar, there is lots of dark roasted caramel notes up front with a coffee like bitterness. This fades to a mild sweetness of maple syrup, and finishes with a nice clean and crisp taste. Medium carbonation, full body. This beer is pretty easy to drink, however its slightly off balanced towards the sweet side. A little too much syrup flavor for my tastes I think. Also the mouthfeel is slightly oily from the pecans I would imagine. Overall a decent beer to try, definitely better than most.
01-14-2013 23:57:31 | More by scvance
3.41/5 rDev -6.1%
Khaki head sticks around for a bit... decent lacing... the brew is dark brown with some garnet highlights near the stem end of my glass.
Nose delivers on the name's promise, plenty of maple and pecan... a bit of chocolate rounds things out.
Flavor is shows more traditional porter notes with cocoa and a bit of dry roasty malt.. but again, the maple and pecan are the big players... I sorta like how the maple plays with things, but the pecan seems like something that should be in a cordial.
Medium bodied with a lighter carbonation makes it seem a bit syrupy which actually jives with the flavor profile IMO.
Well made, but not my thing in the long run.. Probably the only time I will buy it.
01-11-2013 05:48:39 | More by JohnGalt1
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
Well, it pours a dark brown/red with a nice tan head with very nice lacing. To me it smells a little bit like teryaki Sauce. Looking past that it does carry aromas of chocolate. There is also a bit of maple, but I detect no pecan. The taste is chocolatey with some coffee, but the finish shows signs of maple syrup and pecan with a bit of wood. The hops are almost undetectable. It is a bit overly carbonated for this style of beer, but the mouthfeel definately gained some body from the addition of the maple syrup. Its good, but not great.
01-11-2013 00:46:18 | More by silverking
Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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