Samuel Adams Honey Porter
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Porter - English
Ranked #207
Ranked #40,252
3.7 | pDev: 12.97%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams Honey PorterSamuel Adams Honey Porter
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Sigmund from Norway

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 ml, from Systembolaget, Sweden, thanks to OleR. ABV is 5.45%. Very dark brown colour, big and lasting beige head. Fairly moderate but pleasant aroma of heather honey, also notes of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, fruity hops and mild coffee. The flavour is not as sweet as I feared, but the heather honey has a distinct presence throughout, nicely balanced by the hops. There is also a moderate roastiness, again with moderate notes of caramel, chocolate and mild coffee. Unlike the brewers I would not call this a "robust" porter, but it is certainly a good one all the same.

May 16, 2021
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4.89/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So I am a lager, porter, stout man, and I love honey. The complexity of making the perfect brew and roasting hops to perfection is difficult to say the least, But when My Brother brought me this for the 4th of July, and I am talking 48 bottles of bliss. I was in heaven for the weekend.

Just take a look at this baby, Soft supple label, Normal Sam Adams with a pint. Cracking this bad boy, If you have read previous reviews, I Enjoy cracked a bottled beer close to the nose to breathe in the beer fog from the Seal. I admit I got goosebumps from this baby. Roasted Barly, Chocolate tones, But a huge honey Smell, that I could immediately taste, The only thing was, You can barely taste the honey in the brew unless you let it sit and get warm, The perfect temp to enjoy this Bottle is around 45 - 50 degrees, Yeah yeah most beers are better around 33 - 36 degrees but trust me on this, It goes down smooth and coats your mouth just right, that honey undertone will pop out and you will get a sweet aftertaste. I find when I am trying something new, is to enjoy it in many different stages, I try the bottle first, Cold as I can get before it gets frozen. Deciding from there how to best enjoy it, can at times be a chore, but a fantastic one.

Like should I leave it in the bottle, Should I pour some into the glass and witness the colors, should I give it a little head or a lot. pour slow or fast, Should I allow it to breathe? Get warm? Add something to it, what food shall I pair it with. What would make it sweeter or more bitter? On this particularly warm day 102 degrees in the shade. sitting next to a lake, with my Fishing rod in the water. I had no Glass, no stine or pint with handle. I engulfed the body of the beer at first break of the seal, I took a quick sip to establish flavor. Nice and mellow, I had to pee. I left the beer to breathe. The bitter first taste on a honey beer had me worried. As I ran back to my pole in the water, with a fish on it, Losing my pants around my Knees and realing in a 12 pounder ~ Bass. I wiped my brow, Unhooked the fish, and tossed me back. picked up my Sam Adams and downed half the bottle, To my amazement, I found the honey undertone, the chocolate overtones, the Malty and roasted, in your face tones, "Holy Crap" I said to my brother, "This is awesome" I pulled another from my cooler, and placed it on the top, to allow the sun to gently kiss it and warm it up just so. I finished my first. Placing the bottle into my knapsack and cracked the next one, Perfect from the draw. Finding this little legend only needed to warm up a bit before it became a giant among the Honey line of beers.

Mar 08, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Brown colored, thinner color than average porter, but a solid 1" of tan head make it nice overall. Aroma was roast, nothing sweet going on.

Taste hit the sweet notes the aroma did not. Leaned away from hops. Chocolate malt in there. Gets smoother as it warmed.

Another relatively average beer from SA, most importantly perhaps, no off flavors. Decently done.

Mar 22, 2016
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Two finger head on a clear deep red body.

Aroma – Roasted malts, light hops.

Taste – Light roasted malts, not too strong.

Mouthfeel – Good bodied but not heavy.

Overall – A good middle-of-the-road porter.

May 08, 2015
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Murphious from Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, but there was not much "honey" as far as taste/aroma. My first sampling from a beerfest a few months back was creamier in mouth feel and had a slight Russian Imperial "whiskyness" to it. My most recent one was weaker, less flavorful. Looks good at first pour with a decent head but evaporates quickly. Mouthfeel was more like an IPA than a porter. Just average and I was expecting much better.

May 25, 2013
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beerSexualizer from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer about 6 months before writing this post. I was living in Manzanillo Mexico and found it in a grocery store which was a nice treat after months of 1.2L Coronas. The beer is described as being a full bodied English Porter with Scottish Heather honey, dry hopped with English Goldings.

The beer poured brownish black and when held to the light had a dark amber hue ringing the glass. The creamy off white head had large bubbles.

The smells were bitter sweet and pruney. There was a roasted malt and coffee presence also.

Tasted like a thinnish dubble with fruity bitter licorice and a lasting honey and hopped palette. The honey reminded me of buckwheat honey, most likely because I've never had heather honey. The flavour also had a note of molasses queueing for position (which my girlfriend mocked me for phrasing this way).

The beer had a nice balance of bitter and sweet and was such a welcome change from all the corn flavoured beer we'd been downing with lime and salt. The carbonation was standard, medium.

Cost about $34 pesos or $3 canadian dollars. I would like to try it again while pairing it with a Toronto winter. Cheers Mother F***ers.

Nov 21, 2011
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emmasdad from Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought to me via the six pack. Poured a dark reddish brown/nearly black color with a good brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and rich, with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate and cocoa.

Sep 29, 2011
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Half finger rapidly dissipating head. Very dark but getting light through.

S: Coffee, touch of honey, smokey

T: Smokey with a tough of sweet but not so much honey. Nutty and earthy notes.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Not a huge fan of this one. Honey just doesnt seem to come through in the honey brews I have tried. It has more of a smokey taste than I like.

Jul 25, 2011
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown pour, a little more thin than your average porter I come across, tan head, 1". Aroma was roasted malt, no honey appreciable.

Taste, now the sweetness is more noticeable, hoping for a hop presence, didn't get what I wanted there. Just kind of a middle of the road beer. Would say it fits the English style, a little sweeter, thinner, less hoppy, sessionable in that the alcohol isn't strong. Better as it warms, mouthfeel allows what I suspect to be the honey to come out more and make the beer even smoother without going into 'too sweet' territory. Chocolate comes out in the smallest way.

A decent beer, hard to categorize for your American friends. Too dark for girls and BMC guys, too thin for your hophead/imperial everything crowd. A neat niche, but nothing spectacular.

May 04, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has the color of a porter pouring out as a dark rich brownish color. The head is a light brown color and fizzles away to just a ring around the glass. The aroma is deep and roasted with a really interesting sweetness in there from the honey. The taste of the beer is slighty burnt or roasted in the beginning and settles down in the aftertaste as a sweet and elegant mix of the roasted malts and the honey. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a dark brew.

Apr 22, 2011
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JizackFH from New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a very dark mahogany color. It has a small 1-finger light tan head on it. The head left bits of lacing behind as it fell.

S - It smells of strong coffee and honey. There is also a small hop presence, as well as notes of chocolate and roasted malts.

T - The taste is of roasted malts, caramel sweetness, and dark chocolate. You can definitely taste the honey here as well. The finish has an earthy hop presence.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. It went down fairly smooth, and it had a creamy and silky feel to it.

D - The drinkability is pretty decent. It went down pretty smooth. I could probably drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I think this is a pretty good beer, but it is certainly not great. I think its worth giving it a shot.

Jan 07, 2011
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PEBKAC from North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A couple bottles of this was left around after the holidays.The SA Brewmaster's Collection around Queens never seems to have the porter when I'm looking. BB December notch.

DFH pint glass. Absurdly cold.

Grade B maple syrup with cola highlights. Rigid couple inches of tan head(The beer sways, but it does not).

Smells like baklava with a dash of cocoa. Cheerios & a bit of brown sugar. Or maybe just malted milk with a spot of coffee.

Taste is just brown sugar added to a mild roast. It is not "robust". A bit of iron-y bitter greens trail on the finish & that's about it. As it warms, the honey comes forth more, but the beer develops a citric bite that I could do without.

Solid, foamy carbonation, maybe even creamy, but a bit thin for a porter. The alcohol melds well.

Pretty pedestrian, even for Sam Adams.

Jan 06, 2011
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Distilled10 from Michigan

3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A deep/dark brown color. A thin/medium size head, and leaves a nice lace.

S- Toasty. There is a mix of smells to this beer, a very small hint of honey, but it is quickly over come by other scents.

T- An 'earthy' chocolate taste, not too strong, but still has a bit of bitterness to it.

M- Mild/Medium body, as well as the carbonation.

D- Leaves a good layer/coat in your mouth, and in a sense keeps your mouth ready for more.

Jan 02, 2011
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washburnkid from New York

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Over two fingers of beige head. The porter is ruby and brown hues. The head is fluffy like a marshmallow, with wonderfully fluffy retention and plenty of lacing adorning the glass. Aromas are acidic at first whiff, with sweet chocolate and roasted coffee malts coming in to balance it all out. Flavors emphasize the heavily roasted malt. Biscuit malt expected from an English style porter, complete with the acidic coffee characteristics. There is a nice balance between the malt and hops, and the honey is undeniably present. There's high carbonation at first but it seems to mellow out with a bit of time and warmth...or maybe I twirled the glass one too many times? Nice residuals left behind from a rather light body. This is a pretty solid porter!

Dec 30, 2010
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nrbw23 from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown color with pretty small off white colored head. Head leaves some nice lacing behing.

S- Smell is roasty up front, dark chocolate and a bit of burnt toast. A bit of honey comes through but it almost leaves a more metallic smell than anything.

T- Taste is chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of earthy hop bitterness. Honey sweetness is here but kept in check by the roasted malts.

M- Medium in body and a bit on the lighter side of medium in carbonation.

D- Not too bad to drink and easy. Coats the mouth well and there is just enough to keep my interest.

Dec 17, 2010
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JMD from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown mahogany color with very small head that fades quickly. Leaves very little lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet toasted malt. Hints of honey, brown sugar and carmel.

T: Same as the aroma. Toasted malt, light hints of carmel and expresso. A sugary sweetness that follows but no pronounced honey flavor.

M: Medium bodied and a little thin.

D: This is a decent porter but nothing exceptional. Like many Sam Adams beers, the flavor is muted. These go down easy but nothing I would seek out again.

Dec 14, 2010
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rsgcwhite from New Mexico

2.41/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Purchased absent-mindedly near the end of its freshness date; this probably skewed my review. Tsk tsk, Manchester Wine and Liquor.

Pours dark with amber edges; a massive head of moderate thickness condenses unevenly.

The aroma is strongly molasses, honey, yeasty. More intense than most beers; a little over fermented. It smells thick, syrupy.

The near end of lifetime on this beer has taken it's toll - it's aroma is now too strong for me to appreciate the subtle nuances of its flavor. The honey flavor seems stronger than expected - this isn't exactly Bärenjäger yet, but it overpowers lightly roasted malts and citrus hop tastes that would otherwise make this a more consumable beer. The sweetness and dry finish are fine, but something isn't right; the balance is off.

The honey flavor makes this beer seem like a porter with a bad aftertaste - I appreciate the boldness and innovation of the Boston Brewing Company, but this is just not my beer.

Mouthfeel is initially sweet and creamy, followed by a strongly dry aftertaste.

One day, I will try this again - until then, I will not look at honey-laced things the same way. I'm avoiding the sugary condiment aisle in the Supermarket for about a month.

Dec 01, 2010
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vfgccp from New York

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark chocolate amber. One finger of creamy head that held with some nice retention.

S - Mild. Toasty with some sugar and light dried fruits.

T - Malt, toast, molasses, and just a touch of smoky bitterness. Slightly watery aftertaste.

M - Body is a tad light, but there's enough there to hold the beer together.

D - Very drinkable. None of the characteristics are harsh or overbearing.

Nov 28, 2010
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a foamy, long lasting, tanned head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and hints of citrus hops. Medium, tangy body. Flavor of dark fruit, coffee, chocolate and hints of honey. Medium, balanced finish. Tasty, easy drinkable porter.

Nov 23, 2010
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Samuel Adams tick found at my local place. Beer might be a bit old since it expires in December 2010. Pours a nice deep black amber with a nice inch of head. The smell is mostly honey but it smells like bitter malty honey. The taste is something getting used to. At first I was offput with the strong coffee and chocolate taste of a porter with sweet malty honey but it grows on you. By half glass it starts bitter porter, sweet honey. with a hoppy finish. Mouth-feel is light but moderate due to the bitterness of the porter. Drink-ability is decent but I didn't really enjoy having to get used to honey in my porter. A smooth light beer.

Nov 22, 2010
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arboristfish from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep black color, with a slight amber hue to it. The beer smells of malty. The flavor is what id expect from a porter. Dark roasted malt character, im not picking up really any honey. The mouthfeel is medium. I dont find this beer drinkable. Ive had this beer several times and havent been able to develop a taste for it. I just dont find it well balanced.

Nov 16, 2010
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SkunkWorks from New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: dark brown with dark red highlights. The head is about a finger thick and is tan in color. The head forms a thin layer of tan foam on top of the beer as I work my way to the bottom of the glass. There's no lacing left.

Smell: a little sweetness from the honey but more dark malt than anything. Like everything from Boston Beer Company, the aroma is fairly subtle.

Taste: dark malt lends some coffee and dark chocolate flavors. The hops are also fairly noticeable. Its sweet but I can't pick out the honey very well.

Feel: medium bodied. Its a little too carbonated for my liking but otherwise its fine.

Drink: I could have a few of these if I wanted, though I probably wouldn't want to.

Overall, its a solid effort by Boston Beer Company but its far from my favorite porter. Boston Beer Company tends to play it safe with their beers and this is no exception. Worth a try, especially since its pretty easy to get, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one. Cheers.

Nov 15, 2010
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3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fairly clear dark amber brown color with a thin fizzy tan head. Smells of bitter coffee and some honey malts, with a light hoppy zing. Tastes is light and flavorful; classic earthy porter taste with an uplifting honey and hop finish. Finishes pretty clean without a lot of lingering flavor, some noticeable adjuncts though. Light for a porter, pretty thin body with just a little too much lively carbonation. Mediocre drinkability, just not my first choice for American Porter. Too zippy and light and superficial.

Nov 13, 2010
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is rich brown color with some reddish tinge to it. The ½" tan head soon recedes to a ring and a layer of foam. The foam leaves some sticky patches of lacing and a few scattered speckles. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam on one side of the glass with widely scattered spekles of lacing on the other for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma has a rich scent of roasted malt that has a fair amount of dark chocolate in it. There also seems to be a bit of an earthy character here but it is well integrated and stays in the background.

Taste: The flavors have a nice toasted malt character with some definite coffee and dark chocolate. There is some honey-like sweetness balanced by the bittering effect or either the hops or the dark roasted malt. Having had several bottles of an Heather Ale the last year the residue of that flavor left behind by the fermentation of the honey stands pops out even though it is well integrated with other flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with some persistent gentle carbonation. The finish is medium length, begins in dark semi-sweetness and trails of to some heather and some earthy bitterness that sit there in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: This seemed to go down quite nicely but that was in part because of trying to tease out the aroma and flavor components. As a drinking beer I'd be happy to have this one again and will take advantage of the opportunity to do so, but, that said, I'll also not go out of my way to track this one down or add it to my shopping list.

Nov 09, 2010
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projectflam86 from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep dark brown color with a thick coffee foam head that leaves great lacing.

S- A bit of roasted malt in the nose with some sweetness. Not as much aroma as I had expected.

T- Wave of roasted bitterness initially with a sharp metallic tang in the finish. The flavor seems to open up a bit as it warms.

M- Smooth and slightly creamy with ok carbonation.

D- I think I was expecting a little more but still a decent beer.

Oct 30, 2010
Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 918 ratings