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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

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Photo of Freshie
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark caramel/amber color. With decent head.

Smells of very pungent honey, with some dark malt.

The taste is honey sweet all-around with rich malts permeating the background. Some spice as well, most likely from the hops.

The active carbonation lends to the bite and sweetness of the honey. Not the smoothest porter I have ever had but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep, rich mahogany color. Nice, tight tan head. Good aroma-theres a sweetness to it with an almost spicy or cinnamon air to it. Distinct metallic flavor upfront. Flavor fades to a sweet, slightly roasted tinge. Again I get a spiciness to it. Not a robust porter for sure. OK body. Overall a decent beer. Theres better out there-even from Sam Adams. Page says it's retired but I had thought it was rereleased due to popular demand.

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Photo of mclanem
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: I a dark traditional Porter, with a good head. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Smell: Honey Toffee, a weak scent a bit disappointing. can smell the malt

Taste: can taste the honey, very robust, a bit bitter on the end but still clean.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, enough to leave a fresher feel than other Sam Adams brews I like this part the best.

Drinkability: I would enjoy another, a great revival over all for Boston Beer Co. I would say it is worth a try.

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Photo of Jason
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sample from the "Beer Lover's Choice" vote. 12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

A- Dark brown with ruby highlights, great head retention as the lace leave a spiderweb-like trail down the glass.

S- Slight roasted malt, raw honey comb. Caramelized / burnt sugar.

T&M- Raw honey all throughout ... almost too much of a honey character. Full bodied and very smooth, lush mouth feel. Mild roasted malt flavor and mild on the hops, barely enough bitterness to balance. Finishes very sweet.

D- Not bad but not the Honey Porter I remember ... I am sure my tastes have changed but this one comes off a bit too sweet.

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

This is one they should think about bringing back... it aged incredibly well !!

Dark chocolate brown in color with a decent light brown head, good carbonation, and decent lace rings. Lightly sweet and moderately roasty aroma and flavor. Taste a touch of honey sweetness in flavor but nicely balanced with roasty malts. Medium bodied and smotth with a sweet and dry finish (if that's possible...).

Not so robust but nicely balanced.

Label states: "Robust Porter Brewed With Honey" & "Pure honey, roasted malts, and English Fuggles and Goldings hops"

Purchase before: 05/00 ('99' emb. on bottom)
Tasted: 12/15/05

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Photo of Gusler
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/11/02
The color a translucent mahogany with an average head, frothy and light tan in color, lace is a fine sealing sheet. Nose is sweetly malt, crisp and fresh, hints of caramel, start is sweet, top is middling in feel. Finish is brisk in its acidity, hops mild, dry aftertaste, “Porter” just barely, more like a “Brown Ale” to me.

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

I was in good ol' store 2-4 when I spied a single of this. I bought it, date unseen. Tasted awesome. Well rounded and rich. It was like a time capsule of what BBC used to be like. I went back to see if there anymore, but alas, there were not. The last soldier.

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Photo of zakery
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just tried this one yesterday... freshness date on the bottle said March 2000. It's been sitting in the fridge since Christmas 1999.

Over the years it has become more mellow and the flavors more blended. The smell is very rich of honey, roasted malt, raisins and dates. It used to be more roasted than it is, and it has become similiar to, say, Sammy Smiths Oatmeal stout with the addition of honey. Very delishious and yummy!

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

Presentation: 12oz bown bottle, notch denotes best before Jun 2000.

Appearance: Deep, rich dark brown in colour with a patchy foam tan head with nice stick and retention.

Smell: Soft smoke, roasted, caramel, chocolate, faint alcohol, raw honey and grain aromas.

Taste: Extremely smooth, even and medium-bodied. Nice malty depth and body with a semi-astringent roasted character, smoke, raisin, chocolate and buttery caramel flavours that join a quick hoppy bite with hop leaf feel. There's a thin layer of honey flavour, especially in the back of the palate, that creates a tasty lace of mild sweetness. The raisin and caramel flow into the finish, along with some lingering smoke. There is a wee bit of oxidation, but it's expected at this point and is hardly perceived.

Notes: Sadly this beer was discontinued by Sam Adams years ago. But, umm, okay, so this beer is 2 years old? It's true, I've been sitting on it for a while now, and to my surprise it has held up amazingly well! I kept it at a consistent 45F in my 2nd fridge, and prayed to Ninkasi every day -- must have worked.

SA Honey Porter was one of those Porters that got me into Porters. It was just solid, and very enjoyable. I truly miss this beer, and thought it to be one of Boston Beer Co.'s finest products ... to be able to sample this after it's death is a grand thing. I think I need some "Todd" time for a bit ...

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

Indeed this is another Sam Adams brew (along with the Scotch Ale) that is immensely missed, IMHO. I thoroughly enjoyed the robust body, coffee-like bitterness of this porter along with the subtle honey sweetness.

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