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 Bowdoinbeerboy
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours very little head and a deep amber, almost black color.

Smell- Smells smoky with a hint of chocolaty sweetness.

Taste- Roasted nuts, choclate, caramel, very earthy and delicious.

Mouthfeel- Clean on the palate.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, one of the best SA iv ever had.

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Photo of apratsunrthd
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - super dark brown, nearly opaque with a nice thick head and beautiful lacing

S - dark and nutty --super inviting

T - very nice. Can't really taste much honey. But as a straight porter, very admirable.

M - again, nice. Buttery, good fizz.

D - I could go through a sixer of these pretty easily. Pretty good.

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Photo of Steaks
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I managed to find a six-pack of this guy and promptly destroyed it. You can smell the hell out of the honey scent and taste it a bit too. Goes quite well with grilling out. I'd say this guy is the absolute best of all of sam adams normal beers. Just outright delicous.

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Photo of notown
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that I love this beer.

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights with an off-white head.

Subtle aroma of coffee and biscuit with some honey. Medium body and mouthfeel. Not a whole lot of roast and the malt complexity is at a minimum. The complexity comes from the honey.

It is not your typical porter, but it is a great beer and a wonderful porter.

I enjoy porters but sometimes the roast can be overdone, however in this case it was a little underdone. I am not complaining, it is a smooth drinking porter with a complexity brought out by the honey and what seems like a simple grain bill.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I remember first having this beer in the mid-1990s, and was very disappointed when Sam Adams stopped producing it. I thought that among its newer products of that time--Honey Porter, Cream Stout, Cranberry Lambic--the Honey Porter should have stuck around. I was extremely pleased when I stopped by the local purveyor and saw several six-packs of Honey Porter. My recent sampling in a standard pint glass was a good reminder of this fine porter which, as many Sam Adams products, develops a nice but not too frothy head, and tastes very smooth.

This is a good, easy-going porter. It is a very dark brown, rich with roasted chocolate and caramel flavor but not overbearing, and smooth to drink. Some might find the flavors or the roasted aroma a bit strong, but I found the balance to be just right. This is a very good beer to follow up on a good meal, but difficult, in my opinion to match with a particular meal. Great to have while relaxing on the porch.

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Photo of JDK
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark amber color with a 1/2" tan head that quickly disappeared.
Medium lacing with some lingering.
Very light smell, nothing really stood out.
Medium-light mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation
Excellent Porter, not at all heavy like most. Mild spice with a touch of honey, not sweet at all. I could drink several of these at a sitting.
My drink of choice is a nice hoppy ale but I thought this is very good and definately worth a try.

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Photo of malcontent
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chocolate brown although not the black that I typically look for. Thin layer of head dissipates within minutes.

Top-notch aromas of bitter roasted malt kissed with a generous portion of honey. Honey grows even more intense as the beer warms some.

Bitter chocolate kick starts with a roasted then sweet body taking over. Sweetness is unmistakably honey prior to hints of marshmallow and coffee surfacing. Spicy hops wind things down for what is a pretty darn good brew.

Mouthfeel is full (although not creamy per se) with plenty of tannic dextrins. The sweetness limits drinkability a bit but overall it's such a well-made beer that it can be overlooked. Great offering from SA. Should be a year-rounder...

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours into the glass a very dark brown hue with a nice thick tan head that slowly simmers into a medium head with some good lacing. It has a very sweet, roasty aroma that reminds me of a mixture of chocolate and coffee. It has a nice medium feel to it that’s really smooth and semi-sweet, and has a nice sweet aftertaste that’s hides a mildly bitter kick as it hits the back of your throat.

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Photo of Mumps
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very beautiful beer. Nice dark brown color. The smell of the honey shows through. Taste is extraordinary, with the taste of the heather honey blending well with the traditional porter flavor. Mouthfeel is nice, very smooth and palatable. Overall, a very nice beer to sit and relax with some friends with.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An old style brought back by Sam Adams in the mix packs. Pours dark brown, almost like a dark ale rather than a porter. Smells sweet with some smokiness? Taste really nice, not too much like a porter but a not too sweet scotch ale, a hint of bitterness, maybe some honey in there too. Good mouthfeel. Overall I really like this, I was expecting this to be way too sweet but it isn't, really nice flavor. Should be a regular instead of a mix pack special.

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Photo of JamesS
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle with a wonderful head, trailing up as good as any other porter I've seen. It has a really interesting dark color, with a nice light, caramel overtone, making it a bit lighter than other porters. Wonderful smell, coffee-like with a hint of sweetness, although it seemed more like a sugar than a honey sweetness. It's taste erased any worries on that issue, though. Wonderful porter taste, dark, thick, and coffee-like, with a hint of chocolate and caramel, along with a nice sweet, honey-like aftertaste. Goes down fairly smooth.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown bottle poured into pint glass. The color was very dark brown with some red coming through. The pour produced a perfect 1" head that lasted long but eventually settled down to a 1/4" frothy cap.

The aroma was of sugary sweetness with some malt lingering in the background.

The taste was excellent. For me, a dead-on Porter. Nice and rich with balanced sweetness. The malt taste comes through nicely. Hints of caramel and honey.

Mouthfeel was also spot on for the style. Good carbonation on the light side... very little bite. Nice and rich.

Drinkability is great. I could enjoy this all day. Highly recommended.

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Photo of VTaler
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark maroon color. A ivory white head that stuck around for a while. Overall nice appearance

S - Honey and floral hops. Nice smell

T - First taste is the sweet honey but it's not overwhelming which would make this beer sweet. The honey stuck on throughout the entire taste. The hops did not come on till later. A verywell balanced beer. The honey excellently compliments that hoppy and malty porter taste. Overall a sweet but not too sweet beer.

M - Nice, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Note much carbonation but that was a good thing

D - I had a few of these but that's all I could have. You start to get sick of the honey after awhile

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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 MikeInIowa
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have recently went from having no porter beer experiences to the point where I am now indulging in this unique style of joy. A new world has made itself known to me, and I, being the explorer that I am, jumped into this new world with both feet and untethered.

Case in point: Samuel Adams Honey Porter. YUM!

Look: Inviting deep chocolate appearance, which was surprisingly transparent (I saw my fingers through the glass), and it possessed a beautifully sustained, light-brown or tan head and an intricate lacing that forms concentric foam rings as on the walls of the glass as the beer recedes. Terrific!

Nose: Lightly nutty and hoppy aroma sweetened nicely with a hint of honey scent.

Taste: Fully-loaded hops with the light taste of coffee that is, perhaps, softened by the sucrose in the honey. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this beer was very low in bitterness. An added plus.

Mouth: Creamy mouthfeel.

Drink: Above-average drinkability, but with a slight aftertaste, which was the reason for the one-point deduction.

But overall, a nice beverage.

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Photo of Zachb4au
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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

This is a great beer from the brewmaster sampler pack.
Appearance is great with a nice thick head, and some good lacing.
Smells delicious, dry malt with a nice sweet honey flavor. No real hops to speak of.
Taste is a bit lighter than the smell but good. The hops come through more and the honey is not as noticable. Mouthfeel is good, a bit lighter than I like in a porter.
Drinkability is great

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Photo of Icedogs
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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 pcsnyder
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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

Picked this 12oz bottle up as part of a "Brewmaster's Collection".

I've tried various 'Porter' brews in the past, and havent been overly impressed. But i figured i'd revisit the style, as by beer tasting experience has expanded greatly since then. I'm glad i did.

Pours a deep mahoany color. I'm sure if i poured it into the appropriate glass, head retention would be much better, but in my globe glass, the head settles fairly quickly to form a collar around the glass with some foam settled in the center of the glass. Smells absolutely beautiful. Honey and toasted malt flavors are pronounced, but not overpoweringly so. Just the right amount of hop bitterness, and honey taste to complement it. Slight drying mouthfell, but nothing that would deserve any lower of a score in that department. Very easy to drink, not like any porter i've had in the past. This brew is singlehandedly responsible for removing the words "I hate porters" from my vocabulary. VERY WELL DONE!

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