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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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Ratings: 914 |  Reviews: 635
Photo of Std73
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Lang44
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Spidey13
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Honey Porter pours a clear, dark brown/black with very nice garnet highlights when held to the light. A thick, sudsy, tan head covers the glass in lace. The swell is basically some sweet roastiness with a hint of spicy hops. The taste is sweet, roasty and smoky with some raisin notes in there. There is a bit of hop bitterness at the end, with a lingering aftertaste that makes my mouth water after about 30 seconds post-sip. A nice, medium mouthfeel rounds out this very drinkable porter.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Dark reddish brown, nearly opaque. Frothy light tan head with nice retention.

Smell--Toasted malts, faint coffee characteristics.

Taste--Not as robust as it smells. Actually this is a pretty mellow porter. Definitely not as dry as most porters. Sweet undertones make this an interesting beer.

Drinkability--Because it is a more subtle porter than most, this is a very drinkable beer. Probably a good introduction to the style for someone who isn't overly fond of strong tasting beers.

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Photo of MDekker
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon pouring I get a dark ruby brew with a nice head - this is one of the darkest Sam Adams I've ever had. Good lacing on the glass as it goes down. The aroma is of molasses and roasted notes. Good. The flavor is more grainy, with a little dark chocolate, and a sweetish bitter finish that lingers a bit. Pretty creamy in the mouth, solidly carbonated. For the most part, it went down pretty easy, too. This is another decent SA offering - not the head of the class, but well done.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

this beer pours a lovely dark brown with a deep ruby tone against light. nice billowy tan head that has staying power.

aroma is mostly toasted malt and a hint of the bitter hop character that awaits.

taste is very pleasant deep-roasted malt with a hint of sweetness from the honey followed by a rather spicy bitter hop presence. delicious!

mouthfeel is a bit thin for my taste but nothing to get upset about.

drinkability is exceptional.

overall, a very enjoyable porter, the honey is a nice touch, hops used to good effect in this one.

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Photo of rodney45
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of the last remaining light of a cold fall day, very dark ruby red. Toasted cream head, with light carbonation. Smells like baked bread and syrup with a punch of crystal malt up front. Taste is very good for the style. Toasted barley, dark chocolate, and a variety of malts dance all over my tongue. Some note the hop characteristics, but I dont really get anything more than some holiday spice out of them. Not all that heavy for a porter, with a nice mouthfeel. Very drinkable, and a good representation of the style. Not all that sweet initially, but it has a good dry and sweet linger that has a unique ability to keep me wanting more.

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Photo of selecter70
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a great porter, but a decent ale with nice flavor. It poured a dark ruby brown with honey light coming through and a decent but thin beige head. The aroma was of roasted malt & sour lemon with a hint of weak honey. The flavor was likewise with some hoppy kick, and a crisp refreshing mouth-feel, although a bit too carbonated.

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Photo of daythree16
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin head that fades quickly leaving a little bit of film on top.

Smell is primarily caramel and chocolate. Not much roasted aroma here. Taste is pretty sweet as well with some semi-sweet chocolate and caramel with a hint of roasted malt.

Smooth, full bodied and very drinkable, but definitely not my favorite porter. The Holiday Porter is way better.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. brown Sam Adams bottle. Brown and gold honey porter logo with the Sam Adams brewer patriot on the front.

Apperance - Pours a dark brown with a 2 finger clumpy whitish brown head. As I drank the beer there were rings of head left around the glass at each level I drank.

Smell - Not as strong as I had hoped. A faint malty, honey, coffee smell is all I could pick up.

Taste & Mouthfeel - A smooth, malty, honey taste define the body of this beer. Touch of coffee comes through, as well as that familiar bitter bite at the end. Sweet but not overpowering.

Drinkability - Not a great Sam Adams brew, but it holds it's own. Worth a visit a couple times a year or so just to remind yourself. I nice little treat on winter nights.

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Photo of PrimScrewhead
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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 andrewborstein
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Riccymon
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a reddish tint from the bottle with a beautiful finger of brown head. A decent amount of lacing makes this a great looking porter. The smell also comes in above average, with toasty, charred malt notes.

After a great porter look and a great porter smell, I was let down by a below average porter taste. First up was malt and a mix of honey sweetness, and my first few sips tasted metallic. Subtle hops and a medicinal flavor come in toward the finish. Mouthfeel is not as full as I'd prefer, and the medicinal sweetness leaves my mouth a little sticky--not terribly pleasant.

As I didn't enjoy the finish this beer has, I don't consider it terribly drinkable, and I probably won't buy it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of shererjt
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, deep ruby red color. Highly carbonated with a very large, thick head. Probably somewhat overcarbonated. Nose was subdued with rich malt, chocolate, and not much in the way of hops. Nice, just wish there would have been more of it. It did come out a good bit more as it warmed. Earthy, sweet smell. Medium body. Honey was apparent up-front. Lighter on the roasted and chocolate malts than I would have guessed it would be. Had a bit of tartness in the finish. Some hop flavor was there too, but it was subtle. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both pretty decent.

Not stellar, but a nice, accessible porter. The honey is a pleasant addition and not terribly overdone, though if you let the beer warm up enough to enjoy the aroma, it can become a bit much.

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Photo of FrankK
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of semihobo
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from mixed pack dated Dec 07.

Petite tan head with great staying power on top of a near-black body, yum yum. I'm further impressed with the curtains of foam that hug the glass like a good belgian before fading.

Smells of sweet minty milk, with a bit of burnt chocolate. The hops account for the mint and have a spicy herbal note as well.

One taste and I know this is right up my alley [disclaimer: I'm friends with many a sweet beer]. Gentle, approachable, sweetish dark chocolate with some bitterness and a strong hops finish. Very rich and creamy, the honey and the hops unite with great results and the malt (not very roasted / burnt for the style) keeps it grounded. A slight grassiness lurking about stops this brew from being perfect. Hops become more dominant as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. Very low carbonation, just some slight tickling and then it's dead. Builds on the sweet milkiness.

I usually think "burnt" or "coffee" when it comes to porters... this mixes hops and honey on the porter canvas. A hit.

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Photo of dickieb
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown in color with an average tan head. The smell is faint and of sweet burnt malts. The taste is bitter at first with allot of dark malt flavorings, but eventually leads to some sweetness and a noticeable amount of honey towards the end, with the last bit lingering being a residual bitterness. Feels pretty carbonated, so the mouthfeel is not to light, and the drinkability is pretty good. This is nothing I would go out of my way for, but a good change up beer in the mix pack.

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

Part of the Brewmaster's Collection 12 pack. Best before August 08.

Pours very dark with a full, dense head. Nearly opaque. Some ruby shows through. Head retains better than on most other Sam Adams offerings. Leaves walls of lacing down the side of the goblet, and remains for quite some time. Exceeded expectations.

Initial burst of sweet honey and vanilla. Dark malts are underneath that with some spicy hops typical of BBC's other beers. It actually does not smell too roasty, and is lacking depth and some typical porter scents.

However, roasty dark malts dominate the flavor. More than a hint of smoke. I've had much sweeter porters than this before. The honey doesn't show up that much, but it does lend some sweetness, which is helpful considering how there's not much in terms of caramel or chocolate. Hops are on the spicy side here. Overall, nice balance. Honey is strong on the finish, along with some spicy hops and coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Carbonation is not intrusive. Pretty creamy and smooth. I like it.

I wasn't crazy about this beer when I had the first one in the pack, but I enjoyed the second one quite a bit more. I bumped up my scores half a point across the board. I would go for another if I had one. This has been my favorite out of the beers in the variety pack. I'll keep an eye out for it in the future. Recommended.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - Sam Adam's glass, cellar temp
A - The honey comes through nicely in the aroma (I am not sure I would have identified it without the label). Also some nice roast malt.
A - Dark amber with just a bit of haze. Three fingers of light tan head.
M - medium body with light to medium carbonation. Nice creaminess from the head.
T - The sweetness from the honey is definitely present but it is not something that jumps out at you. This is a great beer that also has a smooth honey sweetness. Sooth roast and some chocolate - like dipping a chocolate chip cookie in some light coffee.
D - Nice full bodied porter with some light sweetness. This goes down smooth.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam rarely makes a bad beer. This one is good too. It is a smooth, clean, sweet beer as expected by the name. Strong malts, light on the hops, pours clear brown/gold. Moderate head which lasted a while with light lacing. Smelled like sugar and cookies (? weird, but not unpleasant) Another good beer from SA - drinakble, but for a similar taste with more character, try a Moose Drool.

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Photo of porterman66
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Murphious
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of sraimondi
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

July 2008 best by date. Poured into a pint glass. I am reviewing this beer as a Specialty category beer re: BJCP guidelines, as the addition of honey in the recipe moves it out of the American Porter category, IMO.

Even tan head which dissipates quickly to a filmy head. Some minor lacing. In light, a dark ruby color, not exactly on the porter style, but quite nice.

Honey does come through in the nose, with a nice roasty profile as well. Some sweet chocolate also. No detectable hops in the smell.

The taste does include some honey sweetness at the start, but a nice hops bite hits quickly which balances things out, although a bit more hops in the finish; which I liked.

The feel was fairly rounded but a little thin for a porter, but not a real issue. Pretty good.

Overall a very drinkable beer, the honey is there but BBC has done a good job of balancing this one out with some real hop character, which is often lacking when brewers use honey. Very sessionable, IMO. One of my recent faves from BBC.

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Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 914 ratings
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