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

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: 913 |  Reviews: 635
Photo of acrawf6
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out clear dark ruby brown color with a frothy tan head.

Smell. Nice amount of roasted and a little burnt malts, with bitter dark chocolate. I do get a little sweetness that is associative to honey, but i think this aroma a bit more dry than sweet.

Taste. More of the roasted and burnt malts. Chocolate characteristic is a bit sweeter than the aroma suggested. I suppose this is due to the honey added. Aftertaste is the worst part of beer in my opinion. Has a cheap or artificial chocolate flavor to it.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium/full and a bit creamy. Good level of carbonation and nice balance.

Overall, i think this is apretty decent beer. I can see how the honey in this one will come off as cloying with the addition to the other flavors, but i think in the mood, i really do like the sweetness contrasting the roasted flavors. The flavor in whole is pretty mild, making it a decent sessionable beer.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with July 07 drink by date. Pours a dark brown color with some red around the edges and nice clarity. It is topped by a two finger head that is both rocky and very frothy. The lacing that is left is very heavy with very nice rings.

The aroma has hints of sweet honey, nuts and roasted malts. The flavor is nicely spiced with hops and given a good amount of roasted malt taste. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy, but, this one is very drinkable.

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

I used to drink this years ago, and I haven't had it in probably 12 years, so it was a thrill to find it again.
OG=14 degrees plato, 192kcal/12 oz., 5.45% ABV. Brewed with Pale 2-row Metcalfe and Harrington, Munich 10, Caramel 60, Weyermann Carafa and Scottish Heather Honey. Hopped with Spalt Spalter, UK Fuggles, and East Kent Goldings.

Pours out to a clear, filtered dark brown, nearing black, forming a creamy light tan head with yellow accents. Retention is good, and lacing is average. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very English as one could guess from the ingredients...there is that ruddy soapy cardboardy nose I get from alot of English Ales, and I'm not particularly fond of, as well as honey when swirled and some buttery diacetyl (Wormwood?). Carbonation is fine and contributes to a smoother than anticipated mouthfeel, with a medium-dense body. The taste begins with wet cardboard, diacetyl, followed by a touch of honey sweetness and roasted grains in the middle. Earthy, mossy hops contribute a mild bitterness, and honey is left hanging in the aftertaste. The finish is a little harsh from the choice of hops. I can't get past the yeast....ugh, that damn diacetyl. Lingering notes of creme brulee crust (seared sugar).

Well, it has the potential to be a good beer if they used a different yeast and/or fermented it a bit cooler. Too buttery and cardboardy for me to enjoy. An interesting stab

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Photo of beace
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance is lighter than expected, reddish brown hues highlight the bottom and top of the pint I poured the bottle in. The head is light brown and not too thick, but does leave some nice lace. The smell is quite interesting... ghram crackers, honey jars, and a light maltyness.

The taste of this beer is where it really shines. There is a solid porter base to this ale, no traces of roasted barley and small hints of bittersweet chocolate. The honey character is present throughout the entire experince, it is really comforting throughout the finish. There is a subtle earthy hop note in the middle that slowly fades through the finish. This brew is very dirnkable and it goes down smooth leaving you wanting another.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with best before date of july 2007. Pours a dark brown with a one finger head, good longevity and good lace. Smells of slightly roasted malts, some faint chocolate, caramelized sugar and somewhat of a hop floralness. Decent roasted malt flavors with some slight sweetness fron the addition of honey. Roasted malt bitterness mixed with a hop bitterness in the finish. It could stand to be a bit smoother and creamy but still decent. A good American Porter.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had another Sam Adams, honey porter looked interesting though, with little head and barely see through appearence, I knew what I was going to sample. Nose was really vague, and yet, good coffee, sweet malt and the honey made itself known. Nice and appetizing. Mouth turned foul though, almost like a bitter cheap beer, but saved itself on the bitterness and the slight coffee aftertaste.

Well, this was a disappointment. In all respects, it tasted like a sweet, cheap beer. The honey was a distraction from the porter which I'd say was as average as Yuengling's but when you add the honey sweetness, it really detracted.

Not going to get this again. Tasted like a sugary Yuengling, and I like the Y! I don't like this.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown colour with a big creamy head that hangs out for a while before dissolves down to a nice lace and still leaving a good amount of residue on the glass all the while.

The aroma is sweet: honey, caramel, chocolate and more, plus it has a nice. Hops were non-apparent but this was to be expected for the most part.

The flavour hits all key points of the aroma in that sweetness from the three places noted before still rings true throughout, but there's a bit more earthiness here to cut through those flavours to provide for a nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and maybe a bit thin, even for a porter, but still good in the end.

It's nice to finally have the Honey Porter back. It's just as I remember enjoying it during it's initial run back in the mid to late 90's. Great to have this one around again.

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

Dark, thick and red. a offwhite head did not stick around very long, but was impressive in the pour. tight lace was left around the glass

Honey sweetness right away, the usual coffee smell of porter follows, slight malt in the aroma as well

tastes interesting, strong malt sweetness and bitterness at first. A thouch of honey follows and the bitterness and coffee finishes

mostly balanced, leaning slightly towards the bitter, very thick and syrupy, which is why I like porter.

A fantastic effort by Sam, this sounded so interesting I just had to pick it up in a sampler pack. I'd definately buy a six pack of this. I wasn't sure about blending the honey and porter flavors, but they pulled it off.

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Photo of cichief
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured very dark, like strong coffee, with a brown head of foam, which dissipated quickly. There wasn't a strong scent of anything, but it smelled sweet. The taste was very sweet, but the hops come through a bit on the finish. The beer is well carbonated, not too fizzy. The beer was alright, but not up to BBC's usual high standards.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an attractive dark mahogany with a rocky tan head and instant suction lacing. Nose is sweet malt with caramel notes and a little light chocolate. Perhaps a little oversweet but still okay; no honey to speak of.

Some roasted flavors and hint of coffee to join the dark malt flavors but none of the deep, strong coffee and chocolate I expect from a good porter. This just doesn't have the muscle I was looking for. Mouthfeel is fine but like the taste is boring and a little weak. Slight metal shows up as well in the finish. Overall a bit disappointing and closer to Sam's macro side of the family than its craft brew roots.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark garnet color that, when held to the light, looks to be pretty clear. There is a small 1/8" head that is pretty persistently hanging out around the edge of the glass for at least a couple minutes. There is a little lacing left on the glass after it gets done.

Aroma: Some roast and a slight chocolate. I don't really get the honey, but instead I get a pretty defined metallic note. There are some toasty notes to this beer that really remind me more of a Schwarzbier than a Porter. As the beer warms up a bit, there is a bit of a buttery note coming out that may be contributed to by the honey.

Taste: The flavor is pretty sweet and has a bit of a coffee-like impression that I didn't get in the nose. It has some acidity that burns the back of the throat a bit and almost gives a false impression of alcoholic strength. The buttery residual sweetness also gives the impression of honey. There are some floral hops here as well that enhance the awareness that there is something like honey here. The finish is pretty wet and lets the sweetness lead the way. There is some balance from the dark malts and the hops, but the malt is in charge in the finish leaving you with a mildly acidic flavor to linger.

Opinion: This is an OK beer. It doesn't suck by any means, but is not my favorite. I don't really like the balance in that it leaves you with some acidity and a bit of sweetness to linger while it doesn't really have the chocolate and roast that defines the Porter style. It is OK, but I would certainly pick up any number of other Porter beers before this one.

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

Came as part of an assortment pack (Brewmaster's collecton of beers). The Honey Porter is a great twist on a porter beer. Starts out sweet with the honey flavor and and alot of malt flavor. Finishes like a classic porter with a roasted charrred malt taste. This is a great beer. Very drinkable by itself or with almost any food. Not too heavy but flavorful. Never have been disappointed with any Sam beer, excepting the cranberry lambric of which I was not a fan. Keep up the good work.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Samuel Adams shaker glass. Best by August 2007. Appears the color of dark cola with two fingers of tan foam that leaves a nice lace on the glass. Smells of roasted, caramel malts, and honey. Tastes really sweet from the honey and malt followed with a slight hop bitterness. Medium in both body and carbonation. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a mixed six pack containing two bottles of each Honey Porter, Black Lager and Brown Ale for $7.49. Best before date June 2007 notched on bottle label. Poured into Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Huge craggy beige colored head with sticky lacing forms rings inside my glass. Medium size bubble carbonation inside a mahogony brown colored brew.

Smell: Malty molasses suggests both sweetness and bitterness. Burnt grains, but little, if any, scent of coffee.

Taste: Mild coffee bean with bittersweet molasses up front followed by slight nutty dryness and alcohol at finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with slight overcarbonation for my liking. Dry and a bit astringent at the finish.

Drinkability: Nothing overly special. I had different expectations for the honey in both smell and taste. While I will try this again, I won't be making a "beeline" to pick up a six pack.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a dark brown with hints of orange, light tan head that lingers through the entire glass, and good lacing. Although I could smell the honey immediately, I had to work at it to keep catching this aroma throughout. Toward the end, as the beer warmed, I could detect a hint of alcohol , which is strange at only 5.25%. Flavor was honey, roasted nuts and malty sweetness, good, but again very muted. Finish was pleasant, but nothing outstanding.

This was actually one of my favorites from Sam Adams to this point.

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Photo of Tuey13
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head with good retention. The smell of sweet honey and caramel dominates the aroma. The taste was definately honey with strong caramel hints and even a light smokiness that permeated throughout. This is a very drinkable porter that I could session anyday. Hopefully some sixers are in the future for this brew!

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Photo of BassAssassin
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep reddish purple. Thick, off white head dissipates quickly, but leaves nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Honey! Also, some roasted malts and a hint of hops.

T: Aroma is a good indicator of the taste. Honey flavor is quite strong. The roasted malts and slight hop bitterness help temper the sweet honey. Finishes sweet.

M: Full bodied and round. Carbonation perfect for the style. Smooth.

D: Tone down the honey and this might be great. However, as it is now, one or two glasses are enough. Worth a try.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown with a very thick head.

S - Sweet and malty with definite honey notes.

T - Malty with some coffee like flavors that are balanced by the sweetness of the honey.

M - Full, but not chewy.

D - Very nice. Smooth enough for enjoying multiple beers in one sitting.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. The liquid pours a very deep brown color with a finger of tanish head over top that sits nicely after the pour. The beer is very clear and there is a lighter carbonation working out of solution. The aroma brings a strong honey sweetness backed with a lighter toasted maltyness. Not a whole lot of porter going on in this aroma if you ask me. It almost smells a little underattenuated from the honey sweetness. Taking a sip I find a strong honey character, a mild toasted to roasted character, finishing with a moderate bitter that is a bit astringent. The aftertaste is a little solventy due to the astringency. Mouthfeel is light with a light carbonation, leaving a little to be desired. It is just very watery feeling. It finished a bit drying as well that accentuates the astringency. Overall, I am not as impressed with this as I would have expected to be. It really strikes me more as a brown ale with a major honey character. The astringency is not nice. I would pass this one over again.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown/red appearance, when held to light it is see-through (bad sign). Head is light brown and fades to a film. Lacing is average.

S - Sweet caramel malts. Kettle corn like sweetnesses as well.

T - Sugary sweet light malt flavor. A hint of bitterness and a sweet bready finish.

M - Thin consistency, carbonation bites.

D - This beer is way to thin to be a porter, it's too carbonated and I prefer a darker malt character. A lot like other SA beers...completely misses it's mark or just leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of pgenius
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Really dark brown, borderline black with a nice off-white/tan head that sticks around for a while

S - Fresh sweet honey with a trace of roasted malts. Im a big honey fan so the aroma was a plus for this brew

T - Really big sweet taste, good flavor of honey balanced with bitterness from the malts, interesting

M - Full bodied, a tad bit too sweet though

D - I could see myself having another one of these. Its a pretty good brew

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

Poured a deep amber/ brown, creamy 2 finger tan head with good retention.
Aroma was sweet smelling, dried fruits, chocolate notes.
Taste: some plum,hint of chocolate, nicely hopped but well balanced
Mouth was a bit creamy, and chewy..finished smooth.
Drinkability: This is a very interesting brew, I really enjoyed it...I'd say good call!

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

Brown 12er, FBFTEB June 07.

Dark ruby brown, clear. Moderate carbonation. Mild-moderate 2 minute head, smooth foamy.

Sweet and tart, fruit-like. Honey is prominent. Malt: nut, ripe sweetness, light roasted chocolate, tad grainy. Hop: floral and herbal, mild spice.

Medium bodied. Lots of honey. Malt: roasted chocolate, nut, quite light. Hop: floral and herbal, mild bitterness. Honey balances it out, the malt is definitely mild. Creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Finishes fairly dry and tart.

Enjoyable taste, nice and sweet. Really grows on me.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: dark, dark brown with hints of black. Nice cream colored head with mounds of rocky-like foam. Sticky lacing rung around the top of the glass.

Smell: sweetness smell of honey along with caramel and slight toasted malts. Also I detect a slight hop presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: bursting with honey and sweetness but lacks in overall taste. I always like the husky malts and coffee flavors of a good porter. Malts are present but take the back seat in this beer and a coffee flavor is ever so sutle. I must admit that it is a soothing beer, smooth and rich with a dry malty finish.
Nice carbonation and overall mouthfeel. It is drinkable but only in moderation as due to the sweet, sweet flavor.

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Photo of mynie
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby chestnut wood with a giant, soft white head. Really a wonderful pour. The head looks like a cloud and it doesn't go away.

Smells lightly of grain and very intensely of honey. Almost like a mead. I don't know if I'm gonna like this...

And I don't, at first. The honey is waaay more intense than I'm used to. But I take a few more sips and get used to it and it turns out this is actually a damn fine brew. Starts out up front like a very dry mead, big roasted porter grains in the middle and a nice spicy English hop finish. All three stages are clearly defined and each wonderfully compliments the last.

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Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 50.3% out of 100 with 913 ratings
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