Samuel Adams Honey Porter | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Honey PorterSamuel Adams Honey Porter

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.45%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of roddwolff
4.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once served in my bayern mug:

A: Matte black color, the foamy head is dark, long lasting and good lacing;

S: Emits malts with chocolate, toffee and coffee sweetened with honey;

T: Roasted malt with chocolate, toffee and coffee and a fund honey and banana, tastes like neapolitan ice cream;

M: Refreshing with a high bitterness, the bitterness is offeset with sweetness of honey but doesn't become cloying, the body is full;

D: another exceptional beer from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites from Sam. The color and aroma are very good on this one. The taste is very very good. It is not too complex but it gives you enough to keep you interested in. This is a very drinkable beer. The honey taste is faint but complementative as opposed to over powering.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color with decent head.

S: Mostly honey and roasted malt.

T: The honey and roasted malts dominate the taste.

M: Medium body, very smooth feel, not much carbonation.

D: Goes down smoothly and is quite filling, it's tough to put down more than a few. An overall excellent beer, by far the best I've had from Sam Adams yet.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very dark brown from a bottle into a normal pint glass.

You smell malt more than anything at first. Then both hops and honey. However, the honey aroma is earthy...not too sweet.

It has just the right amount of honey - doesn't taste too sweet. It actually tasted hoppier than I'd expect.

Mouthfeel - Feels fairly sharp and carbonated on the tongue. Didn't really expect that because malty beers are usually smoother to me. However, it's not a bad thing.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. In fact, the beer itself is quite dry, which almost makes you more thirsty. Therefore, it's easy to have 2 or 3.

Another well done brew from the Sam Adams crew.

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Photo of Murphey
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass with a good 2-finger thick head that was surprisingly light. Very dark amber color.

Smell - Pronounced honey smell had me passing the glass past my nose several times.

T/M/D - Sweet taste with a somewhat thick mouthfeel. Very drinkable - not heavy at all, and not so sweet that several could not be enjoyed in one session.

Overall - Another great effort by the folks at Sam Adams!

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First Porter I have ever tried so, really don't have anything to compare this to. Poured into a pint glass, Poured a very cola color, with a tan head that went away quickly. Moderate to no lacing, decent carbonation. The smell is this is of roasted malt, with just a hint of honey.The mouthfell of this beer is suprisingly light, given the color and overall look of this beer. The taste is the same as the smell, roasted malt sticks out, with a tinge of honey in the after taste. Overall this is a quality beer, but aren't all sam adams? I would definatly drink this agian, and want to try more porters for this one.

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Photo of oelergud
4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep ruby and mahogany body, almost opaque. Huge tan head with full range of bubbles. Great lace and retention.
Delicious dark earth notes with a good amount of honey-on-dark-bread smell. Faint but pleasant hop notes.
The honey is truly apparent in the taste, swirling among earthly grainy malts thick with the sweet, solid and dense sensation of dark, moist mulch. Some raisen and fruity tones. Roasted bittering aftertaste with a nut skin hoppiness.
Full body, good coating and a dry finish. Some residual sugars.
Highly drinkable, very delicious.


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Photo of hiikeeba
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up mahogany with ruby highlights. AThe creamy off-white head quickly dissipates to a thin layer on the top and clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet malt with highlights of honey. I know it's corny, but it smells like a cool autumn breeze.

T - Starts off with malt sweetness, with some roast malt and honey. Very slight hop bitterness. Finishes with a subdued roasty taste at the back of the the tongue.

M - Thick and creamy with a touch of CO2. Very smooth.

D - Extremely drinkable. Mild finish doesn't overwhelm the palate. As my dad used to say, "Tastes like another one."

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Photo of themilkman01
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(Disclaimer: this review is by a beer-newbie, for beer-newbies. Take into account that everything is this review is reviewed by a beer novice, and the writer hopes to appeal to, primarily, beer novices in their quest to find the perfect beer)

Sam Adams Honey Porter is an excellent beer that delievers great taste, very little bitterness, and a great overall drinking experience.

The appearance of the beer was good. It has a decent head when you get to the bottom of the bottle, but not when you pop the cap. This means you don't get beer all over the place, which is very convenient.

The smell of this beer was great! Very sweet, with the classic smell of beer, plus a hint of honey that almost goes unnoticed. It's not an overpowering smell, that is, you won't smell it immediately after opening the bottle. You have to get down and smell this beer, but once you do get a whiff of it, you'll love it.

The taste is also great. Not overly strong, there are a lot of different tastes that you'll be able to experience in your mouth. The best part? Almost no bitter taste! You can sip on this beer, you can chug it, and it's smooth as silk. Also, the after taste is very slight and not very bitter! This is a huge plus in my book ... as I hate drinking a beer and needing to eat something or drink something else to get the taste out of my mouth! The hint of honey is very subtle, you'll need to "look" for it ... but in the aftertaste you'll taste it a little bit more ... and you'll come to enjoy the aftertaste after a few sips!

The mouthfeel of this beer is great. No carbonation feeling whatsoever, which is my biggest concern in a beer. I hate when you sip a beer and it burns your tongue from the carbonation. To me, that just makes me want to gulp it down and not savor the flavor of the beer. This beer won't do that, plus, as you move it around your mouth, you get a lot of excellent tastes, and no uncomfortable feelings.

The drinkability of this beer is excellent. Again, it's one you can sip or gulp. This could be your stock beer, it's one that doesn't get old very quick ... the only downside is the 5.25% alcohol average. For me, that doesn't give me a buzz until the third bottle or so, but, everybody is different ... it's a good social beer to have.

I definately recommend this beer to anybody who likes porters or honey. Both tastes are not overpowering, it's very well balanced, and that's why this beer novice likes this beer. It's a good "platform beer," that is, a good beer to start off with and keep around.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a mixed sixer from Shop and save. For $6.00 even just about. Cheap!

The porter thing is getting to me more and more. I am quite fond.

Color was a deep dark reddish brown. And it poured a thick head.

Smell was very light. What I kinda expected.

The taste is like a porter explosion in my mouth, coffee and rich flavor. The honey is a real parnter in this one. Works. (Originally my first taste was like WOW this is strong?! But then shortly afterword, It was like Mmmm nice.)

Mouth feel was medium. It was very nice and sweet. Smooth and easy. Not gagging.

Drinkability, well. Lets just keep it at this, it has won awards and deserved it. This is a great beer. One of my new favorites. This is only the second porter I have drank and reviewed, and its gonna be hard to top my SAM SMITH porter review. For the price its just as good as Sam Smith.

Worth a try definitly. If your into Porter.

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Photo of tomParis
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color, nice light fluffy head.

Aroma of toffee, honey, and toasted malts. Tastes like it smells, along with dark fruit and hints of earthy, flowery hops. Balanced with moderate hop bitterness.

Incredibly full bodied for a honey beer. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Although it tastes more like a brown ale than a porter, it is so delicious that I could care less.

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Photo of liquidnoise
4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised by this one. I got a variety pack of Sam Adams brews. After the hideous "Cherry Wheat," I thought I'd hate this one for sure. Im not big on anything fruity or sweet.

But this really shocked me. The honey actually helped the flavor IMO, and I can't believe I'm saying that. One of the best of the Sam Adams line for sure.

Poured slightly reddish brown with lots of head. Nice appearance, with the usual sam adams lacing.

Nothing stands out about the smell.

Taste was outstanding. The honey actually compliments the porter, unlike other fruity or sweet beers I've tried. Cough...
jw Dundees... Cough.

Drinkibility was a 4.5.

Sam Adams is really hit or miss with me. This one is a hit.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark brown with a slight red tint to it. It supports a thick, fluffy, light brown head that fades slowly, leaving a nice solid lacing.

This beer has a pleasent honey aroma to it. The honey is easliy detected, but it is not overbearing, or aggressive. It is subtle. It smells malty sweet. Some caramel notes are present as well.

This beer tastes like it smells. Subtle, but good honey flavor up front. It tastes sweet, with a nice caramel malty flavor.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a nice sligtly honey like aftertaste. It might be just a little thinner than I would expect for a porter. It is carbonated ok.

I think this beer would be a good session beer. While low in alcohol, it has a great flavor that I doubt I would get tired of. It is ashame that this beer is not more readily available.

Overall: Great beer. It would be better if they came in their own six packs instead of having to buy the mixed six pack.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the new Brewmaster's 12-pack. Black body with just slight ruby-red highlights with a half inch of tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a fair bit of lacing. Smells like malt sweetness and honey, though aroma is slightly weaker than I would expect. Taste consists of equal parts roasted malt and honey with a hint of alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel. Wow. This beer is fantastic. Easily a new favorite!

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

A: Awesome head retention on this brew. Leaves a substantial amount of lacing as it's being consumed, and is a beautiful dark chocolate color in the glass.

S: The nose on this brew is a wonderful blend of roasted malts and sweet honey.

T: Starts off with just a faint hint of honey and then fades to a substantial hopiness (for the stlye) of hops and roasted malts. Throughout the sip, the honey is present and provides good balance to the rest of the flavor. The only thing that I would say is just slightly off is in the beginning the honey comes through just a tad too sweet. However, this actually isn't a bad thing as the other flavors balance the sweetness out so well. This brew has one my favorite aftertastes, as it leaves a very nice honey flavor after the sip is completed.

M: Nearly perfect for a porter in my opinion. Substanital body, but not too heavy.

D: Very drinkable, but not something I would want to drink several of all the time as this is defenitely a "sipping, slow down and appreciate it" kind of brew. Not just the taste, but I even found myself stopping to smell the beer a couple of times as I was consuming it because of its awesome nose. I used to not drink Samuel Adams, and I heard this used to be one of their beers they brought back. I am damn glad they did, a wonderful porter I will continue to enjoy.

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Photo of obs20
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice thick quality to it. It's the kind of beer I can sit and nurse the glass. It has a really nice malt and honey aroma, and a balanced taste. However, I found it a bit too thick to serve with food. Drinkability is what I found lacking in this brew.

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Photo of greywolf
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

as a big fan of sam's beer i have to say that once again i was impresed with this beer thier are only a few of sam adams i do not care for but thats just me of course i will say that to me this beer out does it self in drinkabitly,like other beer that i just drank,,i did not fully apreacte this beer untill i started to enjoy them and not just drink them...if you are a sam adams fan,then this in my eyes should be at the top of your list to try....

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Way back in the early 90's, Samuel Adams Honey Porter was one of my regulars. It's back after being unavailable for almost 10 years.

This porter is dark brown with a dense, frothy tan head. Lots of thick lacing on the glass. Sweet roasted malt and caramel aromas as well as hints of honey waft up from the glass. Sweet and roasty in the mouth. Light honey in the finish balanced well with the hops (East Kent Goldings according to the bottle). It's got a smooth mouth and a lightly roasty aftertaste.

It's back and as good as ever. It's gong to be one of my regulars again. Amen. Recommended.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may be Jim's best beer after the boston lager

A- dark brown with the off white head and some nice lacing

S- some roasted malts with honey overtones

T very nice sweet up front with a roasted porter after taste. There is a surprising amount of complexity in this beer.

M balanced as all SA products ussually are

D- an easy drinking porter with surprising complexity I will be going back to this one again and again One of my favorite porters.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a browned ruby with a thick tanned head that forms a plateau in the middle with craggy steps going all the way down to where the head forms a uniform elevation. Leaves thick, frothy milk-like, raised lacing all over the glass. Aroma is of raisins, dates, plums, figs, chocolate, honey, nuts, bread, molasses, herbal hops notes, and faint coffee-like roastiness. Flavors starts off more along the lines of molasses and dried fruits. As it moves on toward the middle, chocolate comes out a tad, and by the finish, it is much more prominent, leading on into the aftertaste. Also, by the middle, I pick up some moist perique tobacco. The finish brings on roasted flavors and herbal notes from the Goldings with a pleasant and mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little richer than medium in how it sits on the tongue, and the carbonation is pleasantly present, but, thankfully, remains very mellow and creamy. Excellent porter. I'm kind of surprised Sam Adams managed to pull it off this well.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A near-black with tan layer of foam. Dard brown through the edges.

The aroma is ooooh so roasted malt goodness. Smells of malts, caramel, and honey control the smell of this one.

The flavor is roasted malts paired with honey. Leaves a sweeter taste than I'v known in other porters where hos are more plentiful Brewing with honey makes this one a unique porter.

The mouthfeel has a strong, solid mouthfeel. Not heavy bodied, but damn close. Mouthfeel is just what I would expect, and want, from a good porter.

Nice drinkability on this beer. This is probably the best of the Sam Adams sampler pack I pulled it out of.

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Photo of bob3701
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite brews. I had not had this in a while (so many beers so little time) and was happy all over again at my first sip. Deep dark brown color with a light tan head. The honey sweetness is very evident in this big malty beer. Makes it smooth and silky in your mouth. Very subtle underlying tastes of coffee and chocolate. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown with a ruby tint to the color and a tan two finger head and a mild lacing to the finish. smell is roasted malt, coffee, with a mild honey coming through. taste roasted malt with coffee honey finish. mouthfeel is medium, good blending of flavors and just right carbonation to match. i was very doubtful about this one thinking the honey would be over powering or be weak bodied but its a very nice beer and its on my buy again list.

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Photo of CrossArmant
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in the Same Adams Brewmaster's collection six-pack. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass, it poured a beautiful opaque almost black color with just the right amount of head. It was sweet with the honey with the deep malt flavor of the porter. Probably one of the best beers I've had, odd since it's from one the bigger names in beer. I absolutely just love it.

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Photo of botham
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a rich chocolate brown with a sizable tan head that remains for a few minutes. ruby red highlights give this one a great appearance. moderate lacings on the glass

smell is distinctively sweet, with notes of roasted malts, honey, caramel malts, and a bit of chocolate, all above an earthy and grainy base. good complexity here.

taste is sweet, with caramel malts dominating, and notes of honey, black malts, and some chocolate here as well. roasted malts are more prominent upon finishing, leaving the aftertaste with a burnt character.

mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with a creamy texture. goes down very smooth.

drinkability is good. this is a full flavored brew that is put together magnificently. another Samuel Adams classic. cheers!

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