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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 Squelch
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark Red with a frothy thick tan head. Beautiful beer

Smell: Fruity esthers dominate aroma. Couldn't detect much hop aroma in the profile.

Taste: Great balance between malt, caramel, roasted, bitter and esteric flavors. Hop flavors are low which is the only reason it didn't get an excellent. Almost oatmeal stoutish in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy stoutish mouthfeel very pleasant. Sweetness makes this a heavier beer

Drinkability: Very fine beer. Would buy again. I could use a little more flavor hops though.

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

First of all, this is an exceptional expression of a grand ol' English style porter. Pleasant, rich, a touch of spice, softened with the heather honey--very nice.

This ale is quite thick and opaque. Very roasty-toasty and the richest brown you can imagine. The silkiest thickest cotton of a head. Pours the finest of the category, in my opinion.

Aromatics are quaint, reserved and subdued. Mostly burnt malt and aged leather. Brown sugar/caramel notes on the snozzy.

Again, solid and a rich complexity, softened (again) with the heather juice. Spiced dark chocolate.

Chewy, oily, coating and irresistible.

One or two, at bedtime. Several with steamed oysters and horseradish.

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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 dreadnatty08
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a bit of ruby highlights coming through in bright light. Plenty of tan head is produced as well giving a very characteristic porter look. Aromas aren't too intensely roasty, but they lend a coffee and chocolate note as well. A sweet floral note comes through as well, given to the EKGs as well as the honey. On the palate, things are much more roasty, however a higher than normal carbonation for an EP lends it a lighter body. The sweetness from the honey is borderline cloying for this style though as it should be a relatively dry beer. The finish is surely dry and bitter from the hops and roasted malts. Overall, a very drinkably porter, but I think it's a bit out of style with the honey and sweetness.

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

Poured from a bottle into a half chalice.

Appearance is dark amber with enough clarity to let the light through. Huge three finger whipped cream head that settles to a 1/2 inch cap of rocky foam. Sticky thick foamy lace all over the sides of the glass.

Smell is roasted dark chocolate, caramel malts and sweet syrup.

Taste is burnt coffee, strong malts on the front with a nice hop hit around the back of the tongue. Light smoke is present as well. Hops are not overdone and balance the grain nicely. Blackstrap moleasses are in there as well. There is a small strange tinge of wheat it seems like in there somewhere, on the end. Small alcohol warming which is very strange considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonated. Slight coating is left on the tongue.

Drinkability is nice, this one has that weird (for the ABV) alcohol warmth that may be my imagination, but I'm not sure.

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

Poured a nice dark brown with reddish highlights. White head left some lacing. Looks good.

Smells pretty good too -- lots of honey, as other reviewers have written, which isn't quite matched by the roasted malt characteristics. Burnt coffee, raisin, touch of cocoa. Like a weak porter with hella honey.

On the tongue, the chocolate characteristics come out more, and it's pretty tasty.

Drinkable, though a bit sweet for the style in my opinion.

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

Brewmaster collection--recommended to drink before the end of June. Today is 3/14/08 so Im in good shape there.

Nice frothy healthy looking head of dark foam sitting on top of a molasses color ale. Mild sweetness on the nose with some nutty elements. Taste is a somewhat robust porter style -dark roasted malts etc with coffee chocolate notes.There are muddy elements both in the taste and nose but they are fairly pleasant. The finish is nice and crisp which you wouldnt expect from a beer in this style category, Quite nice and more drinkable than you think when you first taste it.

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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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Photo of ewright
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A vigorous pour into a pint glass yielded 4 fingers of fluffy off-white head with good retention. The beer is a dark brown that shines clear when held to the light.

S: A mild woody aroma up front. Otherwise, a very subdued aroma.

T: Fighting past the foamy head, the beer has a light bite from the dark malts. Light hop spiciness shows up late.

M: Contrary to my expectations, there is only light carbonation (it must be all in the head!) to lift this beer off the palate. The dark malts offer a smooth texture that drinks easy.

D: This is a well rounded porter, even if the aroma is underwhelming. I could drink several of these and not feel overly stuffed.

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Photo of giblet
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

first off let me say this is a good beer. honey and sweet beers are not my favorite so i could not rate it higher. poured nicely with a nice creamy head. good lace in the glass. smells of sweetness. you can tell a sweet hint of honey and malt. if you like your beer on the sweeter side than give this one a try.

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of Seanish
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, dated best before jun 2008.

Appearance: Deep deep brown in color with a small head dissipates into a nice top. Great porter look

Smell: faint sweetness, mostly roasted malt. Maybe a subtle earthy hop aroma as well

Taste: Smooth as butter, roasted malt with honey butter that is. Initially light and crisp, in comes through with more toasted presence but never too heavy. Lingers with a slight hope bite, more like a pinch.

One of my favorite Sam Adams, and one of my favorite porters so far. Definitly want to try another brewery's take on a honey porter as well as attempt my own homebrewing.

At the least, just another reason why the Sam mix 12 pack is so great.

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Photo of horshack7
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12 ounce bottle pours a very dark brown to black with slight amber hues. The head is thick like a a milkshake and mocha in color. Nice lacing as the head reduces.

Aromas: Stong hints of malts as well of honey. HInts of chocolate malts and dark roasted coffee.

Taste: Slightly crisp mouthfeel at first sip then it smooths out to almost silk. Lots of chocolate notes with sweetness notes from the honey. Hints of dark roasted coffee and roasted hops.

Notes: This one is a great way to get one through a winter night.Cheers

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black color with some dark reddish hues when held up to the light, decent light brown/white head and lacing.

Smell is mostly malty, some nuttiness to it, there is a faint hint of honey but it is pretty subtle.

Taste is of roasted malt, the honey is only slightly more noticeable in the taste than the smell, not overwhelming in honey though and a bit disappointing, the sweetness is balanced nicely by the bitterness though.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice black into my Sam Adams beer glass with excellent two finger head and plenty of lacing. Looking at the beer in the glass is darn near perfection.

You can smell the honey in this brew, particularly after the beer has warmed a bit.

Taste is smooth and crisp with a hint of honey, but not what I expect in a porter. I enjoyed drinking it, but if I want a porter, this isn't the drink for me.

Mouth feel is very good as most Sam Adams products. Good finish.

Very drinkable, I could go for another right now.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a nearly perfect clear dark black but has some deep deep red highlights so not entirely black. The one and a half inch bead is tan and sandy and fades away into a frothy loose quarter inch cap with some sticky lacing down the way, nice. Not too much lacing but it is there.

S: Honey is there to be sure, but tucked away nicely into the background of a nice and nutty toasted maltiness.

T/MF: Creamy creamy creamy mouthfeel. Honey is here but not as strong as in the nose, solid toasted caramel and chocolate malts with a nice bitter hop oiliness that leaves the tongue nice and slick. Well balanced, complex and tasty, what more could you ask for in a beer.

D: Nice, solidly crafted in every direction sweet and mellow and easy drinking, a very nice offering from Sam Adams

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

This porter was served in a beer mug and poured a deep brownish black that was still partly transluscent against light. It had a one-finger brownish-white head.

The smell was subdued and gave hints of roasted malt and a touch of hops. The taste had a rich and robust roasted body with well blended malt and hop flavor. There was a touch of sweetness in the taste as well, but where the honey flavor really came to center-stage was the aftertaste. It was pleasant and not over done. The consistency was medium/thick and the carbonation was medium.

This was a nice porter all around and a very drinkable beer, even for it's roasted body. The honey flavor is a nice and subtle touch. Glad I tried it!

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Photo of PhageLab
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pislner glass.

A - Deep, dark brownish coloration, near black, with a thin layer of brown froth. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.

S - Sweet aroma of brown sugar, maple syrup, and toasted malts.

T - The sweetness to bitterness ratio has a near perfect balance. Chocolate malt body with hints of smoke and honey. Pretty decent overall.

M - Medium body, smooth, creamy texture, good carbonation level, slightly bitter residue left on the tongue.

D - Pretty good overall, and a well put together brew. I'd have another no problem, definitely worth trying.

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

I got this one in the Sam Adams Brewmaster collection box.

Pours a dark brown with some reddish hughes with a tan head that was about one finger thick and faded in about a minute to a ring around the glass. I let the beer warm up a little and the smell of honey was stronger as the beer warmed. There is also a little roasted coffee smell in it. A nice honey start with a little spicier finish. Good mouth feel with a bit more carbanation in it when i drank. It is a very drinkable but is a little filling. Overall i enjoyed it

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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 ricchezza
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Coke Classic-esque color with a thin head.
Sweet malty aroma.

Taste is coffee, roasted malts. Hops are subtle, but do have a presence lingering in the background.
The honey is balanced perfectly. Not too sweet - just right.

This is a very well made, very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of AlphaFireX5
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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 bashiba
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with nice ruby highlights, and a huge rootbeer float like head. Great lacing all the way to the bottom.

Smell is lightly sweet with a bit of cocoa.

Taste is on the bitter side with a nice bit of dark burnt malts, a light bit of honey and al ittle vanilla with a cool slightly minty and piney finish.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit oily, leaving a long lasting coat.

Ok,a little bit out of balance on the hops end of it, just a bit to tart and bitter than i would want in a porter.

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Photo of jph424
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a light tan colored 3 finger head. Head has great retention and leaves a beautiful lacing as it disipates.

S - Caramel sweetness, spiciness, and a bit of alcohol

T - Very smooth. I taste caramel, honey, and a very delicate hop kick

M - Light/Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A little thin for my liking.

D - Very drinkable. Couldn't use as a session beer however because I just can't do that much sweetness for very long.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color with decent head.

S: Mostly honey and roasted malt.

T: The honey and roasted malts dominate the taste.

M: Medium body, very smooth feel, not much carbonation.

D: Goes down smoothly and is quite filling, it's tough to put down more than a few. An overall excellent beer, by far the best I've had from Sam Adams yet.

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