Samuel Adams Sample B - Maple Pecan Porter | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Sample B - Maple Pecan PorterSamuel Adams Sample B - Maple Pecan Porter

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by suspect on 08-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 14
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

well i typed up a review for their oaked ale (which was the label on the bottle), but after tasting, I realized this is the Maple Pecan Porter. Wrong label, but damn good beer.

It pours a solid copper color with a 1 inch head into a SA pint. for a porter? no way.

Smells of maple sugar. candied maple sugar. slightly of pecans, but really just maple syrup/sugar. adjunct grains, but im not complaining.

The taste is amazing. I know candied maple sugar really dominates, but im not complaining. The maple sugar really isnt a bad thing. Yes its sweet, yes it tastes like maple syrup, but get over it. The pecans are really an afterthought and add a nutty flavor that kind of offset the sweetness i see. Basically, Pecan Pie in a bottle.

The sweetness is the mouthfeel. Feels syrupy in your mouth, yet not in a bad way.

Bottle this SA!

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Photo of wcintula
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a trumpet pilsner glass with a beautiful deep dark brown/black body with a light brown head, lacing sticks the whole way down. Smells sweet and sugary, after breath smells like maple syrup soaked pancakes, delicious. This beer is very impressive, I can't wait until it's bottled. Good stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of electrobunny
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown body with the slightest of ruby highlights. A finger of tan head that turned to a patchy lace. Aroma shows some toffee, touch of smoke, some nuttiness, brown sugar and definite maple sweetness. Flavor drops some nice sweet maple, brown sugar and caramel notes up front. I do get some soft nutty flavors that I'd say resemble pecan with a slightly earthy roasted finish that shows coffee and bit of smoke. Detect some dark fruit in the background as well like fig or dates as it warms. Chocolate also comes to mind. Mouthfeel was creamy with a slight viscosity that coated the palate well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Not a lot of bitterness balancing this one out. Sweet with some smokey/roasted flavors but enjoyable. Like an after dinner treat. Wish it had a little more bite on the end.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz pour, draught, Bulls Head Inn, Lititz, PA

These notes are from tonight, when tasted.

Poured by bartender into an American style straight sided pint.

Thick one finger head, which slowly reduces to a thick but thin cap. Totally black color. Tremendous lace, sticky, there is a ring for each swallow. It does not get any better than this.

The smell first hits you with a very nice roasted malt, then as it warms, out comes the rich maple syrup, followed by some light yeast. This is this brews weak spot, there should be more here.

Incredibly rich, full bodied flavors, of chocolate, malt, and maple syrup, with a decent crispness. No noticeable bitterness, though there is something here. None of this is overdone, and in fact this is a surprisingly dry brew. Perfect carbonation, not bloating at all. ABV though not known seems to be in the 5-6% range IMO. A nicely balance brew.

Long, rich malt, maple syrup finish (not sweet).

A totally different style of Porter, like nothing I have ever had, smooth as silk, rich and delicious. Never could find the Pecan, but this is not a fault really, there is a lot going on here in this brew.
A truly delicious drink and a very pleasant surprise from SA.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz. growler from City Swiggers. Poured into a pint glass.

Pour yields a 1.5 finger thick, frothy, off-white colored head with good retention. Beer is a dark, purple-brown. Lacing is thick and layered with great cling. A nice looking beer.

Nose is subtle maple, caramel, brown sugar, lightly boozy sweetness, and a touch of nuttiness. Moderately aromatic but well integrated.

Opens nutty. Some roasted malt smokiness mixed with maple sweetness. Brown sugar and caramel mix with a twinge of booziness in the middle. Sweet at the finish with more caramel and pecan shells. Finish is slightly bitter and nutty with a sweet, sticky, aftertaste. Refreshing, flavorful, and interesting.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth. Goes down slick and easy. Finish is accented with a slightly lingering and sticky aftertaste. Really drinkable.

This one was a really pleasant surprise. Nice sweetness balanced with just a touch of roastiness. Great body makes this one easily drinkable. Definitely one to look out for.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jmeyers78
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Vintage Estates "Beer School" in Boardman Ohio. ~8oz pour

A-Deep Brown, almost black with a 1/2" tan head

S-Roasty and very sweet maple.

T-Immediately get the typical porter malts. The maple syrup really comes through on the back end of this beer. Not sure where the pecan flavor is hiding in here but maybe it is hidden by the roasted malts

M-A little thin for my liking.

O-A nice change of for a porter but a little sweet for my palate. Something I could have once in awhile

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Photo of ucfalum08
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Yorktown, Beverage, Yorktown, NY ($16.99)

Pours super dark, near black, fluffy head, not a long laster, but leaves sheeting o'plenty.

Powdered sugar nose with some light chocolate and vanilla notes.

More tasty milk chocolate on the palate, and, no doubt, nutty in the finish. Moderate sweetness, but no near to the cloying level.

Better then decent with a chocolate/nutty dessert, or would work fine in a pork or chicken marinade

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle to Rock Island snifter.

A: Dark brown pour with transparent tawny and amber hues; pretty decent tan-ish head lacing.

S: Malty, sweetness, roasted & toasted grains, Maple wood, light hints of earth and vanilla. Cocoa?

T: Maple syrup notes emerge more here, blending with the other woody and nutty characters for an earthy sweetness. Toasted sugars, brown sugar, dark caramel, pecan and some other nutty flavors.

MF: Medium body with softer carbonation; fluffy, in the same way milk/lactose sugar stouts are. Pretty silky and velvety but not full-bodied. Some dry nutty notes as well.

O: Pretty decent; much like the Chocolate Bock this thing suffers from a similar 'artificial' essence to the flavors. Still, a nice porter.

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Photo of adamette
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. On tap at Ray's Place in Kent, Ohio during happy hour which made it just $4.50...great deal! Poured into a pint glass.

A Creamy light brown head over a pitch black body. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass

S Basic porter. I do not really pick up Maple or Pecan in the smell but that is is a good smelling beer.

T Very interesting tastes of sweet maple syrup balance the standard porter taste. Taste is a bit thin though. Nice, sweet beer although I do not pick up much Pecan taste.

M Nice and smooth like I like porters. 4.0

D/O Very good drinkability and overall a very nicely crafted beer. 4.0

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Photo of Knapp85
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

THis poured out as a very dark brown color. The head was pretty strong looking and tan in color. The lacing on the glass was pretty impressive I thought. The smell of the beer had some nice roasted malt aromas along with some maple sweetness. The taste was a little in the rusty metallic side untill it wamred up a little. Thats when the maple and the roasted malts kind of came out. The pecan is hidden in the aftertaste to mealong with some additional lingering maple. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, drinkable and yeah full bodied. Overall I enjoyed the beer quite a bit actually. I would drink it again.

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Photo of suspect
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown. Very clear despite its dark color. Aggressive pour leads to a full mocha colored fluffy 2-finger head that takes quite a long time to disappear. Lacing is thick and each time I set the glass down it creates a new ring of lace that sticks around forever.

S: Malt is the first smell to hit the nose followed closely by maple syrup, brown sugar and toasted malts. Some slight alcohol in the nose as well. No hops detected in the smell.

T: This one starts off nice and smooth with malts and slight bitter followed quickly by more and more maple syrup. At the end of the taste it really feels like I just took a spoonful of light amber maple syrup. The sweetness here is muted some and I appreciate the flavor. I don't really taste the pecan in this one although it's possible my palate isn't quite as sophisticated.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and coats nicely although it's a bit thin. Not the highlight of the beer.

O: This is a nice porter. One that I will get more of. It has a nice subtle maple flavor and the beer, overall, is very good and really drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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