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 chefhatt
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice dark color to it, with nice brown head that last a while. I smell a hint of honey and malts. The taste is out of this world, not to sweet but has just enough balance of hops and honey to make it really taste like a good porter. Great mouth feel and is very drinkable. I can't wait to drink another one.

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Photo of silentjay
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another beer I haven't had in a while that I figured I should revisit and review.

pours a barely translucent deep brown with mahogany tinting when held up to the light. a mocha head forms, sticks around a few minutes then recedes to leave a decent lace on the glass.

aroma is dominated by the honey. some roasted malt and earthy hops (bottle says dry-hopped with east kent goldings) are hiding behind the honey and never quite make it to the forefront, unfortunately.

roasted malt and a bit of hoppiness make it to the palate before being "balanced" by the honey. Its a pleasant flavor, but I would have liked a bit more of a roasty character, though. what is there is a bit of molasses, some brown sugar and there is a definite hop spiciness and sharpness before the honey completely dominates the finish. The sweetness sticks around forever.

honey in the mouthfeel as well. carbonation is a bit low which works well for the style. medium bodied with a syrupy feel from start to finish.

actually goes down well. would be exceptional with some more roastiness, but if you don't mind a bit of honey its actually quaffable. I'm thinking of mixing the last half of this with another beer, but I wouldn't mind drinking the rest on its own either.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Honey Porter is another solid addition to the Samuel Adams canon. My good friend D-Lish said something I whole-heartedly agree with, "Sam Adams tastes like Sam Adams."

And it's completely true, though this version has a stronger malt aroma and sweet hints of syrupy honey that fill the flavor. It's pretty good, pretty flavorful, although nothing that will pop in the memory.

Mostly, it's got the Sam Adams finish, a sugary malt aftertaste reminiscent of the after taste of Coca-Cola. It also had a decent balance of midnight-dark amber and a nice head, and a light carbonated mouthfeel.

Again, no complaints about this solid session beer, although overall it's not particularly complex or even overly creative.

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Photo of sgaloob
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served refrigerator cold, 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Has more of an amber hue and is more translucent than many porters. Strong head at first, but dies quickly.

S - Smells malty. Can smell the honey. No indication of hops in the smell. Can faintly detect the "banana" aroma that is sometimes present in malty beers.

T - Nutty. Not nearly as malty in taste as it is in smell. The honey taste is very subtle, if present at all. Citrus finish perceptible. Balanced hops.

M - Smooth, but not too syrupy. Light, I don't feel like I'm drinking a loaf of bread.

D - Very drinkable. Would probably pair well with smoked cheeses, sharp goat cheese with a dollop of honey, or any savory but slightly sweet food.

Bottom line - Would recommend. Good dinner beer, in other words, enjoy it with a meal.

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Photo of aepb1
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with a generous off-white head and lots of lacing

S- Sweet honey malts, brown sugar, almost caramel

T- Sweet honey up front moving into an earthy hoppiness finish. A nice balance from start to finish

M- Creamy and decent carbonation

D- Nice feel and flavor very easy to drink

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Photo of jazer
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark beer with a foamy head that lasts. Very appealing in my eyes. A lack of scent is a drawback, I don't think I have a cold. My other gripe is the not so present taste of HONEY. I generally don't care for porters, but I do enjoy the flavors of this one. I have a hard time translating mouthfeel into a scaled number, so average it is. Could probably have a six-banger of these no problem, but with the Fall Harvest collection out now, it probably won't happen.

Recommended, not in the Fall.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this in six packs at a local store and wonder what a honey porter would taste like. Needless to say, I was quite surprised.

Pours an incredible dark brown. Amber hues could be seen when held to direct light, about right for a porter. Foam was two fingers width that slowly receded to just a little foam over the course of several minutes. Lacing was all that was left to look at, and lacing is huge in my book.

Aroma is dominated with notes of clover honey, accompanied with nice undertones of chocolate, toffee, and dark fruits. Brown sugar also gets a nice bump up from the honey, almost seems to be caramelized in a way.

Flavor starts out with nice heather honey in the front of the palate, along with brown sugar and molasses to boot. Moves away from dark sweetness and transitions to roasted earthiness and slightly bitter, almost herbal, English hops. The contrast of sweet and bitter is quite nice, like two sides of the same coin, and both with nice flavors to offer.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Lightly creamy with ample carbonation on the tongue pairs perfectly with the honey flavors.

Drinkability is good. Easy to enjoy in a session, or as a after dinner sipping beer, this brew has quite a lot to offer to anyone's palate.

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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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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a very dark brown, nearly black...some light seeps through, but not a whole lot. Head is 3 finger, a very light brown...nice and puffy. Lacing is fantastic, all the way up the glass.

S- smell is pretty heavily honey based, but I'm getting hints of roasted malts and...cola? Yeah, a little bit like a brown ale in there. Interesting

T- its REALLY sweet, but I should have expected that from something called HONEY porter. Aside from the sweetness...getting some smokiness and the roasted malts...but dear god, that sweetness just lingers...its really unappealing

M- feel is ok. Low carb, not a lot of body...pretty easy drinking. BUT RAWR ITS A DARK BEER! Please. Its thin.

D- don't think this one is for me. Waaay too sweet...

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Honey Porter | 330 ml. | 5.45% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: American Porter
Glass: Snifter

Opaque dark brown with a light khaki head. Decent lacing and retention.

Clean roasted malt, raw Scottish honey comb, caramelized sugar, soft floral notes.

Citric hops smack against a semi-sweet roasted malty base. A thin layer of honey comes through. It is laced with lemon, sugary, and floral. It ends robust with a semi-acrid, mild, coffee-bean finish. The honey notes add a spark of eccentricity, but taste processed rather than natural.

Medium bodied, unusually high carbonation. A bit too lively for a stout in my opinion.

Carbonation is a bit much, honey seems too slick on the tongue. Otherwise it works well.

Would I get it again?:
Yes, but not for a while. It's a standard porter with a twist, but not a knock-your-socks-off experience. A good stand-by porter but not for special occasions.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Nice dark mahogany color. Light tan head that isn't all too substantial. Sparse lacing at best.

S: An intense smell of honey dominates the nose. I'm really having a hard time picking anything else up. The type of honey used does smell quite inviting.

T: More honey on the tongue up front with moderate bitterness in the finish. There is some sweetness here but it balances nicely with the bitter finish. I expected more roasted malt and I'm not getting much. Perhaps a touch disappointing to not get some more roasted flavor.

M: Fairly light but it does coat your mouth a bit. Somewhat high on the carbonation with lots of tiny bubbles.

D: I could spend an afternoon drinking these. I love honey and have been known to dip a spoon in the jar and eat it straight. It's not my favorite Sam Adams brew but it's certainly worth trying and I would buy it again.

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Photo of gboy515duo
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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 tykees88
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark black with off white head that is about 2 fingers. Good lacing left.

S- Strong malts, some smokiness only a little though. I could smell the sweetness from the honey.

T- It was a little disappointing, I wanted/expected more of a honey taste in this, but instead was surprised by a hoppy finish.

M- Slightly thicker, but overall decent

D- It could be drank in a couple at a time. Probably not going back for it, but wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with little light penetration. A few bubbles line the inside of the glass showing its well carbonated. The head is beuitfully off white that is very dense and leaves good lacing behind.

The beer is plain in its aroma. A little bit of strong coffee is really all I picked up!

The taste turns things around though. At 1st theres some malt sweetness, perhaps from the honey with burnt malt and a good amount of hops rounding out the finish.

My only disappointment is the metallic taste that you 1st taste in the beer. After a few sips, its gone. Perhaps it warms a bit or it breathes a bit and disperses the metallic flavor. Not bad at all.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.25/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown opaque with medium foam. Lacing evident. Lightly sweet smell, notes of coffee and honey. Eveyrthing seems to be in order.

So, this is my view, but I thought it tasted awful. Sickly sweet - like someone had dumped honey into an otherwise bland porter. Maybe I just like honey less than the average person - but this was overload. The taste was more than I could take - half the beer was dumped.

Sorry, Boston Beer! I am typically a big fan of many of your products - to me, this was a swing and a miss.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amberish brown with a lot of red and tan a tan head. Good lacing.

S: Underwhelming notes of roasted malts, and some definite malt sweetness.

T: Really sweet and toasty amounts of malt. Can taste that sweetness of honey, really a nice balance of bitterness and sweet malt.

M: Nice and creamy, smooth, low carbonation but works for a medium body.

D: It's really solid and a pleasure to drink. Maybe my favorite Sam Adams product. Quite light for a porter, and very refreshing.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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 azorie
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was so happy today to find that Total wine is now carrying this in 6 packs again. I used to drink this long ago, and its been missing for years from this area except in brew-master packs which I REFUSE to buy.

A: a reddish brown in color in the sunlight, poured the beer at 45f in a mug semi hard and got a nice creamy off white 2" head.

S: I detect honey in the nose. earth like mushroom musk and coffee and and dark chocolate. some hops, nice malt backend.

T: I taste darkroasted malt, dark caramel, dark chocolate. Scottish heather honey and earthy English hops (Fuggles, East Kent Goldings). ok that was off the label kind of silly but i guess its true. Some musk and the hops are nicely balanced with the honey backend.

M: very creamy and light and airy. smooth and no after taste.

D: easy to drink this 1 its a winner. Time for my 3rd one!

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Photo of Mardukk
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with substantial mocha lacing and a small quickly dissipating head.

Smells of roasted malt with a touch of sweet honey.

A smooth tasting mix of roasted semi bitter dark chocolate tasting malt with a hint of hop bite in the finish. The honey makes an appearance with the hop bite, smoothing out the rough edges making this a very drinkable porter.

Medium body with medium carbonation and no offtasting flavors make this a very drinkable porter.

Another very solid offering from SA.

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Photo of Fnerk
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Samuel Adams often seem to brew beers that are really good,but just short of great. This one is such an example.

Appearance - lovely dark brown with ruby notes, pours a two-finger head with a hint of tan in it.

Aroma -swirling the glass I smell chocolate and raisins, quite pleasant, not strong, yet not subdued either. Quite nice.

Taste - It's pleasantly sweet, but I'm missing the chocolate I've come to expect from truly great porters (e.g., Fullers London Porter). The honey is overwhelming and throwing the beer out of balance. Hop bitterness is a tad on the light side which gives the overall flavor a cloying sweetness. But nothing terrible :).

Mouthfeel - quite nice, manybe a tad ovecarbonated. Also just a tad syrupy.

Drinkability - I could put down maybe three of these at a time, making it somewhat less than sessionable.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was interested to try a style from Sam Adams I hadn't tried before.

Poured a dark brown cola, very small light brown head, little retention.

Honey definitely stood out in the smell, along with more typical porter smells of nuts, chocolate, and coffee.

The taste: Mild hops, rich nuttiness, sweet honey. A fairly mild taste, on the sweet side from the honey but not overly so.

MF: Smooth, creamy, low carbonation.

D: Pretty good. I wasn't super excited about it, but enjoyed it enough. I ate some dark chocolate with it and thought that was really nice.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007

Resurrected as part of the Samuel Adams Brewmaster's Collection, this is a nice twist on the somewhat elusive Porter style, and it employs Scottish heather honey for a unique flavor profile. Let's explore.

Rich, dark brown with faint, shimmering ruby hues around the edges. A fluffy, creamy, sticky, tan head laces the top. Clean, malted aroma, with soft floral notes, raw honey, a touch of roastiness, and molasses in the background. Smooth-ish mouth- feel upfront, broken by a lively carbonation. Citric hops smack within, with some near-lime and rind characteristics. Malty base is not overly sweet. Robust and moderately roasted with a semi-acrid, mild, coffee-bean finish. Honey notes are woven throughout the entire experience, dominating at times, but not overpow- ering. Some dry, dark chocolate and molasses lurk in the complexities. Bone-dry, leafy, powdery finish.

Nice to have this one back. For paring, chocolates would be easy, so we recom- mend taking a risk and enjoying this one with some Mexican food. We think you'll find the match to be perfect, especially with spicier dishes or mole sauces.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +7.6%
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 ujsplace
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized wine glass.

Pours a deep, dark, brown liquid that shows deep amber around the bottom of the glass. The head is creamy off white that is about an inch thick initially, but subsides to a thin, whispy layer. Some lace clings to the sides.

Smells of big sweet honey - almost as if I am smelling honey in a jar.

Tastes initially of sweet honey and caramel malt that is quickly balanced with a nice hop bitterness.

Medium and creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation levels...

This is a very good honey porter. I would be happy with a case of this stuff. Easy drinking and there is just enough honey - it not overdone at all.

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Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.69 out of 5 based on 913 ratings.
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