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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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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 AlphaFireX5
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz goblet. Bottle was clearly notched with a July 2008 freshness date.

Appearance: Poured a deep opaque brown with a ~1.5cm light creamy tan head that disappeared quickly in the wide mouthed goblet. When held up to the light, there were very slight mahogany hues around the edges. A sticky lacing lined the glass.

Smell: Barely discernible smell of slightly burnt malts, with a touch of sweetness.

Taste: Initially comes forth with bitter burnt malts, but mellows and smooths out with a touch of raw sugar and honey sweetness, both very light. Finished bittersweet. As the beer continued to warm it got smoother, with the bitterness and sweetness melding into practically a uniform flavor which failed to impress.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with an oily, medium to medium-heavy bodied mouthfeel. Left a long lasting coating in the mouth.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, and a fairly straight forward, uncomplex beer.

Notes: Sadly disappointed, as I had heard good things about this beer. This was, to me, a fairly one dimensional beer that didn't excite me in the way I hoped it would.

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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 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 EagleAg
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark, appears black, when held up to a light a deep brownish red color is very apparent. Nice creamy head with some tall peaks. Lacing up and down the entire glass. Very nice looking beer.

S- Good malt flavor, sweetness becomes more apparent as you take a deeper breathe. Honey becomes very apparent. Hops are not very apparent but it is there. Somewhat of a smokey fragrance. The honey gives a nice sweetness and gives this beer a greater complexity.

T- Taste is rather smooth. Hops are not very apparent until the end. It finishes dry and the overall taste is heightened by the sweetness of the honey. Strong roasted malt flavor.

MF-Good overall mouth feel. Rich beer, somewhat creamy, and a moderate amount of carbonation. the carbonation helps cut through some of the creaminess of the beer.

D- Good drinkability. Not really overpowering. Could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of Quesadilla
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle.Best by Dec.2009.Poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance - Solid Puffy head,dissipates into a comfortable and static thin layer of bubbly goodness.Almost black,but noticeably dark brown.

Smell - Honey upfront,but not too much.It's THERE,but doesn't block the coffee and dark malt smells of your classic porter.Under all of this,the hops provide a solid backbone and makes for a very pronounced sweet/bitter scent.

Taste - Subtle honey,obviously not to clog the taste buds.Refreshingly hoppy,and thankfully not an alpha acid blast.The malt flavors are traditional,very well balanced and...do I taste oats?

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Smooth and silky,very easy to drink and quite refreshing thanks to the generous amounts of hops.

At last,this is one great porter that is quite balanced and blends so well.Damn,my glass is already empty.

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Photo of PorterTockMan
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours well with a nice foamy head. I instantly noticed honey aromas from the glass, followed by floral hops. The color is deep brown as a porter should be. The first sip is chocolately and bitter and nicely balanced by a light honey flavor. Not as heavy as most porters. Feels light and creamy. As it warms the honey really shines through, the last sip is pure sweet honey with a light bitter chocolate aftertaste. My favorite from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Perno
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice opaque dark brown, full head with lots of colors refracting off the light.

Smell - Mostly roasted coffee at first but after letting the head settle and giving some agitation, the honey smell came out with bells on! I think I'm getting a hint of walnuts or almonds in there as well. The smell was my favorite part of this beer.

Taste - Slightly sweet, almost like a savory molasses flavor. Very pleasant. A good bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Lighter and smoother than anticipated, which is good by me.

Drinkability - Have one more sip in the one I poured in my Guinness pint glass, definitely looking forward to #2. Smooth and tasty, a pleasure to make the acquaintance of this beer.

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Photo of JCS
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer came off a little brash. Was impressed by the roasted effect that I experienced on the smell and on the aftertaste, but it was almost a little too much. In a nutshell, I'd say that it definitely looks better than it tastes, but its definitely not a bad beer. Just mediocre.

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Photo of tomasolivares
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: nice head with retention. 2 fingers or even more of head. it is a dark beer with some red tones on it. a lot of carbonation or at least that is what it seems. I thought it was clearer. Surprised about the color.

smell: you can feel a variety of hops. smells like a strong bitter beer. aggressive malt.

taste: the first thing that I felt was the bitterness. I think a lot of the honey flavor was lost during the carbonation due to the date I had it. I'm still amazed about the head. A lot of after-taste. I thought it was going to be a little lighter in flavor but its pretty heavy. It has some flavor of wood on it. A very complete beer.

Drinkability: Maybe not perfect but its fine..

Very Nice Beer.. Cheers!

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