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

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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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Ratings: 914 |  Reviews: 636
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow, this is one robust beer for sure as the label states. Usually when you see flavors in front of porters they are kind of afterthoughts, but not this one! This one is full honey ahoy, almost too much I think. It's a very sweet porter so make sure you really like honey before you try this one. Luckily I do like the flavor, but I felt it was a tad overbearing. Also, this beer had some terrific lacing, very sexy for a beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've heard much about this beer, but only recently has it been distributed to Central Kentucky. Turns out to be a fine beer. A moderate to light Porter character shows light (Columbian) coffee, a hint of chocolate, mildly roasted grains and a lot of yeasty flavors from the fermentation. The body seems light, maybe toward Brown Ale proportions. The honey adds a subtle, underlining sweetness, perfumy aroma, and a delicate spiciness. Finishes a bit on the astringent side...seems to be typical of roasted grains in a lighter body. Otherwise a fine beer.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out black with brownish tints and tan, foamy, one-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled of honey and caramel.Quite sweet.

T - It tasted very sweet and buttery. The honey flavor was noticeable behind a strong roasted malt taste. There was also a mild spice.

M - It was soft and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good porter. It really has a unique blend of flavors with the honey, caramel, roasted malt and hop spice.

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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a burnished brown color with ruby highlights; the rocky head sticks well and leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Roasted tones compete with sweet honey; a touch of malted milk balls

Taste: Starts out with a molasses cake flavor with honey tones building by mid-palate; not a mead like honey but an unfermented honey aspect; after the swallow, there is a bit of a hop and coffee presence to tone it down, but overall, this beer is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just a bit to sweet for me; lacking offsetting complexity

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a 2 finger pillow top head. Good retention. Think lacing splattered about the glass. Color is a deep brown/dark mahogany.

Aroma is mainly malts, honey, and carmel. It is a very roasted smell to it.

Taste is very rich. A lot of honey and carmel. Very malty and overall, very flavorful. The aftertaste is of coffee. Unique twist to this beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Easy to drink. Leaves a slight dry aftertaste.

Overall, this was one of the first craft beers I had about 4 years ago and I loved it then and I still love it now. Very flavorful and pretty easy to drink. I highly recommend this amazing porter.

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3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Walls of thin, sticky lace coat the glass throughout the entire serving as you drain it, sip by sip. The tan head maintains a thin but solid surface covering; and the clear, deep mahogany body glows with a crimson and ruby cast.

Some honey is found in the nose, along with some almost scorched sugar and a whiff of gently vinous dark fruit, perhaps plums; and the honey returns much more solidly in the flavor.

It's not chocolatey, although there is an edge to it, but mainly it displays deeply caramelized sugar, a dark fruitiness, a smear of ceral-like graininess, and honey. It's mildly roasty, but coupled with the dark sugar even that seems softened. The honey comes and goes, appearing in different places... sometimes at the start, and often lingering into the finish. The bitterness is more than firm, solid but not bold, but dull, perhaps muted by the honey sweetness. It finishes kind of dull and muddied, with some sticky honey (that's not necessarily sugary, but coating, and with honey flavor), and a solid bitterness and some dark malt acidity. It's very nice upfront, but offers a sloppy finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first chance to try this beer,poured into my Red Oak pint glass a deep dark brown with some ruby-like hue when held up to the light a large fluffy 2 finger almond colored head atop that left multiple sheets of lace behind as it settles into a creamy mass.Rather light aromas some roastiness bitter chocolate and the heather honey lingers nicely,a tad thin and fizzy in the mouth but not distracting.Flavors start out mild but become fuller as it warms a bit lightly sweet and definantly roasty a real honey flavor profile shows in the appetizing finish finish .Not the most complex porter on earth but its drinkable and just sweet enough,I like it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black body with dark ruby highlights. Three fingers of creamy tan head with good retention.

S - Prominent, floral honey aroma. Rasins and malt. No real hop presence to speak of.

T - Mild roasted malts followed closely by strong honey character. Finishes with lingering honey, malt bitterness and just a hint of hops.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation.

D - The honey character in this beer is exceptional. It blends well with the darker malts and dominates the flavor profile of the beer. I can't see myself wanting more than one in a sitting but it is a very enjoyable beer.

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3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a thin, but foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin and even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, spice, a little chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste is sweet but not too sweet. The honey flavor is certainly there, but it’s not overdone. There are also flavors of roasted malt, dark fruit, spice and a touch of chocolate. This one doesn’t have the hoppiness that most Sam Adams beers have, but I think that’s a good thing for this type of beer. It also doesn’t have much of a chocolate or coffee flavor that most porters have either, which makes it a little awkward.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body but light for the style, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty so far as it’s something different, goes down easy, just a little bit filling, it’s a good beer but I prefer a little substance and a little more flavor when I go for a porter.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful rocky head with plentiful lace on the glass.

Wow, the honey smell is quite strong. I was expecting it to be far more subtle. Needless to say, it is sweet. There is nearly none of the typical porter smells.

The taste is completely different from the smell--lots of cocoa, little honey or sweetness. Enough hop to create a bitter finish with chocolate in the background. Very complex. Good body and carbonation.

I like this beer although I find the smell to be a bit deceiving from what you ultimately drink.

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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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