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

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Samuel Adams Honey PorterSamuel Adams Honey Porter
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Samuel Adams Honey PorterSamuel Adams Honey Porter

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.45%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

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Photo of Gatch
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found it in a six-pack, which was surprising.

Dark, typical porter hue.

Smell was of raisins, roasted malt, and slightly honey.

Taste was a bit light. A medium body for a porter. Not watery, but not too flavorful. Ample honey taste though. Along with dried fruits.

Mouthfeel, again, a bit light. Honey and roasted malt showed on the palate.

I could definitely have a few. The medium body was disappointing, but helps its drinkability. You should try it without hesitation.

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Photo of Baileyuk
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out of the bottleinto an English Pint Glass. Had a good head but it faded fairly fast. Lacing was good, it faded a little but it was still present throughout.

S - Honey mostly, followed by malts. There is a strong alcohol smell.

T - Alcohol smell is present but much more mellow than I was thinking it would be. I think part of it was the sweetness from the Honey. Honey is very dominating.

M - Smooth feel, medium to heavy bodied for a porter.

D - Not too bad. I could do another one for sure. Improved more as it warmed and left me open to another.

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Photo of gboy515duo
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pint Glass.

A: The honey porter had a dark body with a 1-finger creamy beige head that made the beer look like candy. It pours beautifully and keeps it's head throughout.

S: A hint of honey that shines through the thick chocolatey/coffee smell of the porter.

T: a milky sweet porter that hits your entire palate. Has hints of chocolate, as suggested by the smell, but it's a pleasant taste rather than one that might overpower the beer.

M: the feel is creamy and smooth and has almost no bite

D: This is a great beer to sip all night long. It goes down easy so you could easily drink a few of them, but why would you want to? This is one to savor.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best before August '07; brewed with English hops, Scottish heather honey, and dry-hopped with English Goldings. Served in an SA Double Bock tulip, it pours dark mahogany at the bottom, and near black on top, with light carbonation, and a finger of khaki head that compacts, then slowly subsides into the (unfiltered?) body; however, the head never disappears, and leaves loads of lacing on the glass. On the palate, there are roasted and lightly charred malts, hints of coffee and green/spicy hops that eventually emerge, bringing with them a slowly-increasing bitterness. The body is medium, quite smooth - almost feeling conditioned - with medium carbonation and finish. Overall, a pretty solid effort, but it is more mellow than I'd like. It beefs up as it warms, but a more robust brew would be ideal. Still, a unique brew that I'd definitely revisit.

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Photo of mbutter1997
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a brownish hue and 1+ finger of brown/tan head.
S: Aroma of honey roasted malts, sweet with light hop character. A unique aroma that is quite pleasant.
T: The hops have a nice spiciness, backed by deeply roasted malt and a touch of honey. The honey is far more present in the nose than the palate. Comes together quite well.
M: Medium-full bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.
D: This is a good solid beer. There is not as much sweetness as I expected and that's definitely a good thing. I would certainly recommend this beer.

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Photo of WJVII
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a deep chocolate brown color with a light hint of amber color. This beer has a decent 3/4 inch head that is a nice cream color. The initial smell is of mild coffee and roasted malts with light hints of chocolate. The taste is medium bodied, slight carbonation with strong tones of coffee and mild hop balance. Nice combination, don't taste the sweetness one would expect with "honey" in the title, but a nice brew. Once again I am impressed with Sam Adams, truly "a patriot and a brewer"!

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Photo of GimpyCane
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured dark brown with a thick three finger beige head, leaving behind a small amount of lace.

S: honey upfront, followed by a mild roasted malt, nutty and caramel scent. Didn't get much hops, honey covered any hop.

T&M: medium body, smooth, crisp with a slighty fizzy carbonation ending. Once again honey upfront in taste with a roasted malt, nutty and almost citrus ending.

D: could drink this brew all night, nice and simple with lots of flavors.

Overall, this well balance porter rocks. The honey shine through without taking away from the style.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful dark color, when put up to a light, it has a ruby & amber tint. Looks like a glass of coke.

Smell: You can smell hints of honey coming through near the end.

Taste: If you like honey, then this is what you'll be getting along with the porter.

Mouthfeel: The honey leaves that sweet aftertaste....which in my book, is excellent.

Drinkability: Great taste that will have you telling your friends to, "try this out".

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear dark brown with a medium head.

S - Nose is some honey, toffee and caramel. Light coffee and dark sugar, fruit and molasses.

T - Heavy molasses/dark sugar flavour and a healthy dose of sweetness. Good balancing bitterness and a touch of coffee. Some honey character in the background.

M - Smooth, medium-light body and medium carbonation.

D - Good dark brew for sessioning.

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Photo of magine
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Head settles to a lace island, some decent lace.

Brew smells of roasted malts, honey, spice.

Brew tastes creamy and has a great balanced mouthfeel. Roasted malts and is complimented by a slight honey flavor - just enough and not overdone. Pick up caramel and slight chocolate flavor. The honey taste is different from any other I have had before in a brew. The brew has a dry slightly bitter aftertaste and mouthfeel. I can really taste a big roasted malt flavor here. This beer is very well crafted.

This is a great honey flavored brew, very easy drinking. At the same time a good brew to relax and enjoy. This is very much sessionable and "case worthy".

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Photo of skomahon
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I heard from friends that they enjoyed this beer at the International Beer Festival in Providence, so decided to try it.

Pours with a nice light head, dark body, taste is not overly sweet, smooth. Not the most complex beer of all time, but pretty good for a major microbrewery like Sam Adams. Definitely would buy again, especially when looking for a nice beer to relax with or drink with a meal.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with a 1/2" tan head that retains well. Head is both fizzy and fluffy in texture.
Somewhat subdued aroma of chocolate, honey, and an earthy smell.
Nice flavor that is heavy on the roasted malts with just enough honey like sweetness to give it excellent balance. The honey is not too sweet (which I feared), nor so subtle it's not noticable. Good earthy bitter finish. Nice job Boston Brewing on this one.
Good medium bodied mouthfeel.
Overall a good tasty, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Marked 'best fresh by'...oooh...two months ago. Well here goes.

Pours a deep deep brown color, hints of mahogany red when held to light. Lacing is gorgeously sticky, head settles nicely to about 1/4 inch.

Smell is of sweet (quite possibly the honey) chocolaty malt, piercing sting of hops comes in.

The beer initially presents with roasted chocolate malt flavor, and is capped with a bite of hops. Wonderful 1-2 punch. The honey was only really noticeable in the first few sips. However, I wish this was maltier, with a bit more roasted taste. Beggars can't be choosers though. All around solid.

Mouthfeel is not bad, but just lacking. The hoppy finish is pleasant and dry, but the malty flavors really have to be swilled around to come out strongly. For a porter, the body/feel is even a little too heavy.

Overall, a solid porter. Not amazing, but very good. Sam Adams does the job again. The honey taste might put people off from drinking a lot of this, but it is a little heavy to do that anyway.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown, with a solid white head and fairly nice lacing. Nose is strong on caramel, chocolate, prunes, coffee, and roasted malt. All over the place really, and in a good way. Taste is a touch more straight-forward, but still good: lots of roasted malt, breadiness, and light prunes. Body is medium, a little thin for a porter, but the carbonation is solid. Overall, this one's a good beer, one I'd definitely have again. It's fairly well-suited as a porter for newbies.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown-black with a billowing tan head that gradually settles to a lasting cap and nice lacing. Beautiful!

The first smell that hits me is raisins, chocolate, and roasted malts. Alcohol is noticable... honey not so much.

Nice reasonably complex taste of smoky malts, raisins, semi-sweet chocolate and honey with a touch of hops for balance. The honey sweetness is there but tempered by the other flavors. Very smooth... very tasty!

Mouthfeel is good and chewy but maybe on the slightly over-carbonated side.

Drinkability is hard to fault... flavors are complex enough to keep you interested but not too strong to slow you down. My first porter and the best SA product I've tried so far!

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Photo of kbeals
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured ino a 16 oz. pint glass. Pours out very dark, though not completely opaque. About two fingers of head that lasted throughout the session. It also produces excellent lacing.

S- Tons of rich honey notes and dark roasted malts. Not overly complex but really inviting.

T- Sweet up front from the honey, once again a lot of malts with a bit of hoppy bitterness to finish it off. No taste of alcohol to this one.

M- Smooth with little carbonation. Medium-heavy body, about what you would expect from a porter.

D- Definitely drinkable, a great example of a porter and the honey is definitely intriguing to say the least.

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Photo of bort11
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a large hefe glass. Rocky tan head that leaves some specks of lacing on the glass. The glass was a little spotty. I think the lacing would have been better if the glass was cleaner. Color is like a Coke, with lots of carbonation sticking to the inside of the glass.
Smell is a smooth roasted malt with some cocoa and toffee notes. Taste is mildly chocolate with the honey well represented. Slight burnt bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and slightly creamy. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of bark
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is black with a brown edge; the high firm brown head is airy.

The smell is sweet with notes of fine honey and roasted malt. Hints of nuts and coffee. Rich and luxurious.

The taste is fresh with mild notes of roasted malt (nuts, coffee, and toffee) and an elegant honey flavour. It is milder in the aftertaste, leaving room for a surprisingly bitter flavour with some sour hints. Some sweet honey, hints of bitter herbs and butterscotch.

The carbonation is mild yet fresh. Very small bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

One of the best honey flavoured beers I have had. Love the bitterness in the eftertaste.

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Photo of Winter
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with auburn highlights visible at the bottle of my pint. Tan creamy head. The aroma consists of roasted malt, caramel, a hint of honey and it also has a mild fruitiness to it. The mouthfeel is full-bodied. Roasted malt with flavors of toffee and caramel to add some sweetness to it. Honey follows midway. Spicy hoppiness emerges toward the back and lingers into the finish. Very nicely done.

I was very impressed with this one. It almost makes me want to run out and get the 12 pack that contains it and the other goodies (Scotch Ale, Black Lager) in it. Perfect set of offerings for the winter time of year.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my SA Sensory Pint. Enjoy before August notched on the label. Poured an opaque deep brown, almost black except for the deep ruby highlights when the light hits the base of the glass. Tremendous tan head cascaded over the side of the glass after the initial pour finally settling into a solid layer of foam leaving behind lots of sticky residual lacing around the top 1.5 inches of glass; lacing during the session was copious, but watery and did not adhere well to the glass. Honey and malt in the nose as well as a trace of coffee. Taste is similar to nose; however, coffee flavor reveals itself as a little burnt, but not overpoweringly so. Honey nicely co-mingles with the malty backbone concluding in a slight hops bitterness at the finish. Decent mouthfeel, good consistency, but a little too much carbonation across the tongue. Much more drinkable than I initially anticipated. Initially thought the honey character might be too cloying, but definitely does not come across as so. Flavors are very well-balanced.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Very nice and very dark brown with a nice tan head.
Sm. Malty with some honey? in there. A bit of hops.
Ta. Coffee to start, then a bit of chocolate, balanced sweetness, and a nice soft finish.
Mf. Full and smooth, nice carbonation.
Dr. Very good. Goes down way easy.

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Photo of dirtsocks
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice dark brown color with around a finger of head into a Guinness glass i stole from my roommate. Slight lacing left in the glass and the head dispersed quickly. The smell of roasted malts was nice and the taste is quite pleasant. It feels good in the mouth and goes down smooth. I could defiantly drink a few of these.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown color. Poured a half finger off-white head that dissipated to an even skim. Lacedin thin sheets.

S: Definitely honey up front. Coffee and earthy notes follow. Faint chocolate and peppery hops.

T: Dark bitterchocolate and caramel. Honey and sharp bitter hops. Nice balance in the finish.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Creamy and smooth. No aftertaste; very balanced.

D: Very easy to odrink; not hot and cloyuing like some honey varieties.

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Photo of chilidog
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was glad to get a chance at this brew through the special release pack.

It poured a nice dark ruby brown. Good tan head, fluffy with good retention and lace. The aroma was roasty malts and toffee.

The taste I thought carried more of the porter as the base. Toasted malts, toffee, burnt breads and alittle smoke. Under-tones of the Honey, brown sugar and caramel sweeten the beer.

I thought it was done well. Not bitter,not to sweet, sorta like a good bakers chocolate. The honey aids the mouthfeel by providing a smooth slick feel. That aids the feel and appeal for the use of the beer with or without a meal.

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Photo of beerSexualizer
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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