Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Maple Pecan PorterSamuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter
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Porter - American
Ranked #1,061
Ranked #42,347
3.64 | pDev: 14.29%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams Maple Pecan PorterSamuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: maple, beer.
Appearance: dark brown, thin white head.
Taste: malty, ash, honey, nut,
Feel: a little flat,

Ok...maple is just right, but pecan is muted. Maybe that’s for the better as too much pecan would bitter this too much. Not very bold for a porter, but tasty enough.


Feb 14, 2017
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown with a hint of red and a nice tan head. It is a little lighter colored than most porters. It has a rich, nutty scent. There is a complex blend of chocolate, coffee, nuts, and maple with hearty malt backbone in the initial taste of this porter. In the aftertaste the maple flavor really takes over. The maple is definitely strong, but to me it is not overwhelming, though I think some would disagree. It has a very sweet finish making it a nice dessert porter similar to a chocolate porter. It is a little bit light and a little over-carbonated for a porter, however, I actually really like this and I think it is one of the better Sam Adams beers that I’ve had. It has a similar appeal to their chocolate bock, which is also one of my favorites. I think the maple idea is a really unique and interesting one that I think could be used for other styles of beer as well.

Jun 11, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown, amber, auburn, minimal head, yet a good amount of visibility with the color.

Aroma delivered in the maple realm. Toasty nuts.

Taste, good amount of maple to match the body. One of the more enjoyable SA beers. Mouthfeel is breakfast pancakes.

Dec 03, 2015
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Beer-Revelry from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly the best thing Sam Adam's has ever made. Sweet, syrupy and thick with heavy hints of maple syrup, meaty smoke, malts, almond, marzipan and touches of coffee and chocolate. Definitely want to drink this one when you're cold.

Jan 11, 2015
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Southside830 from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was a great porter. I appreciate drier more roasted porters with more hops. I can also appreciate a sweeter porter like this one. The maple syrup is easy to detect. This would be a great desert porter.

Jan 03, 2015
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WAbeerfiend from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Best by date of 09.02.2014.
Pored from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 02.04.14.

A: Black/red. Some see through. Tan head.

S: Caramel mostly, also coffee, chocolate, toffee.

T: Caramel, coffee, toffee are dominant. Pecan, chocolate, maple are there too.

M: Creamy. Very light feeling in the mouth.

O: This is like having a maple bar in drinkable form. It has maple syrup in it, according to the label, and you can tell. There's quite a bit of complexity too. This is a great porter.

Sep 24, 2014
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Lemke10 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3%

This pours a dark brown color with a foamy beige head. The aroma is very malty with hints of maple and pecan. The flavor is thinner than expected but rather interesting. There are some very nutty tones with just a touch of maple shinning through. Not my favorite Sam Adams brew yet has an interesting flavor for the ingredients.

Sep 19, 2014
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HuskerTornado from Arkansas

4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. Pours a deep mahogany color with reddish undertones. A tall tan head sits for a good couple of minutes before dissipating into a quarter inch thick and leaving some sticky lacing along the way.

Smell is of maple syrup, pecans, mocha, and sweet malt.

Taste of nice roasted malt up front with some brown sugar, maple syrup and pecans to follow, much like a pecan pie. Finish is a bit of mocha, very slight bitterness, and some smokiness as well. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich.

Overall, a very tasty porter when you are in the mood for something a bit on the sweet side.

Jul 15, 2014
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Gabriel_Vaughn from California

3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance nice and dark, little to no head or foam afloat.
Smells like a decent porter, faint, faint maple aroma. It is a fine touch. I am a fan of porters and stouts so this particular samuel adams has an advantage. It tastes wonderful. Again, the maple and pecan is quite faint in the taste, almost just a cane sugar note or something like this. Overall I rate this a 4.00
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Jul 08, 2014
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beerlust from Indiana

2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Slightly less than OK. I got it as part of a mixed seasonal 12- pack (I'm a sucker for mixed 12-packs to try out a few of a breweries' different offerings) , otherwise I tend to stick to IPA's and other hoppy types without really trying a broader range of a brewer's styles. So while I normally retch at the thought of a pecan/maple flavor beer, I tried it anyway. It turned out as bad as I had feared, with the taste being an artificial-flavor rendition of maple and (lesser) pecan. Turrible from Sam Adams. I still enjoy several of their other less bizarre flavors. It's very possible that I just don't appreciate this style of beer.

Jun 26, 2014
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utfiero from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Color- dark brown with ruby tint. Head- mocha creamy medium head.

Aroma- complex including maple syrup, pecan pie, and hint of coffee.

Taste- Starts fairly sweet with maple syrup dominating, has good porter characteristics including deep roasted malt and touches of coffee and smoke, finishing with a lingering charcoal and pie taste. Like a pecan pie with a cup of espresso on the side.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted March 2013.

Jun 13, 2014
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mdfb79 from New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 05/22/14 notes. Had this on tap at The Waterfront Alehouse on 2nd Ave. in NYC. 16 oz. pour in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one to two inches of light tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks thick.

s - Smells of maple, roasted malts, syrupy sweet chocolate and sugar, pecans, burnt malts, and toasted malts. Light smoke. Decent nose, some definite maple up front.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, maple syrup, light nuts, toasted malts, light smoke, chocolate, toffee, and some sugar. A step up from the nose, not too sweet.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Thick and smooth, syrupy.

o - Overall a decent maple porter. Taste is pretty nice and it is easy to drin. Worth checking out once.

May 23, 2014
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before May 2014. Got this bottle from a friend last weekend. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark ruby red/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and sweet, it smells like maple, nuts/pecans, and roasted malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some caramel, chocolate, coffee and a bit of smokiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and creamy with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, and if you like sweeter tasting beers then I would recommend it.

May 11, 2014
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled tonight on 4/26/14. Had this before but that was back in 2012. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Sam Adam's pilsner glass.

Pours a deep rich ruby red-brown in color with a very thin off-white head. Some spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is of roasted malts, toffee, maple syrup and nuts. The taste is about the same with slightly more aroma of the above ingredients that the actual taste. Still great flavor for sure. Perfect carbonation for the type. No harsh or bitter aftertaste is noted.

Apr 27, 2014
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Bookseeb from Washington

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a dark ruby brown color supporting a thin dissipating head leaving fair lace. Smell of maple, coffee and dark caramel malts. Taste has the dark malts, flavor of coffee and syrup with a nice balance of hops. mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall a nice twist on a good porter.

Apr 24, 2014
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown color with some dark reddish hues when held up to the light, large amount of head that fades at a fairly quick rate, tons of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly roasted malt, touches of caramel and nutty aromas, slight metallic presence that throws things off though which is disappointing.

Taste starts out with a malty front, pecans follow with a good sized presence, finishes with a lingering caramel sweetness, not much of a hop balance so this porter may be a touch too sweet for some but it's not overly artificial tasting either, body is fairly decent with a slickness to it, soft but ample carbonation lend an almost creamy texture.

Apr 22, 2014
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shacawgo24 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Prune in color, very dark brown with ruby highlights. One finger of sandy head that dissipates fast. Spotty lacing that slides down slow like syrup does. A bit opaque in color, flat and dull. Could use some lighter brown swirled in there to contrast the dark. But the ruby highlights give the body some life. The head also stays until the last drop so more bonus points.

S-Expected maple syrup and pecans. More roasted nuts like cashew, Brazilian, etc. Oaky subtleties. Slight lactose. Cinnamon ice cream. Great smells but I wish they were more pungent and evident.

T-Brown sugar. Nutty. Syrupy. Slight smoke. Toffee. Hints of coffee & milk chocolate. Coffee roll. Like the smell, taste could benefit from being more of itself, bolder. I want more smoke, bitterness and sweetness.

M-Medium body. Low-high carbonation. Carbonation is below average leaving the body to fend for itself with a thin inky feel. But the touch of syrup helps, giving that ink an oily, slightly viscous feel on the aftertaste/after-feel. Gets a tad creamy with time so that's good. Tad more bitter & boozy too with warming.

O-Tasty enough. Needs more hops and malt even. Not enough bitters and sweets. Sips more like a Black Lager than Porter. Just build upon what is currently here and there you go. But nonetheless, a tasty beer you have to sip quick before flavor dies. Not a bad sampler to have two of in a 12-pack seasonal box.

Apr 16, 2014
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a slightly creamy beige head, slowly fading and some lacing. Aroma and taste of sweet malt, roasted caramel and some pleasant maple syrup flavor. Palate is a medium body, slightly creamy with mild carbonation and a bit sticky. Finishes with a sweet lightly roasted caramel and a bit of nutty pecan maple syrup ending. Overall a good drinking and flavorful brew.

Apr 12, 2014
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Reddish-brown pour with a healthy lasting khaki colored head that had a firm, whipped consistency. Good rush of visible carbonation climbs along the vessel walls. Thick, meaty deposits of lace adore the glass.

S: Fresh wet coffee grounds, dark fruit (black cherry skin), dry maple syrup, earthy tree bark and pecans.

T: Sweet, dried maple syrup and coffee for flavor. Toffee and caramel sweetness chimes in with some smoked earthy, lightly burnt bitterness. Pecan and chocolate malts combine with a rich coffee presence along with some dark fruit skin. Earthy bitterness, soil, roasty fade off the tongue.

M: Chewy, oats, lush body, mid-range carbonation with an lingering earthy bitterness.

O: Overall nice flavor, sweet dried maple-coffee really hits the intended mark. Easy drinkability. Intriquing and different.

Apr 04, 2014
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Ohiolager from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adam's Maple Pecan Porter 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date marked as a notch. i prefer a printed date.

pours a very dark red brown almost black. i can see light through the glass. a two finger tan-white creamy head. gives way to decent lacing. not great but good.

smells like a porter should. with hints of maple and pecan. coffee and chocolate linger behind the foreground.

the taste is surprisingly good. kind of bitter at first with coffee and chocolate. finishes with a bitter-sweet maple pecan taste.

mouth feel is pretty light. but most porters are. carbonation is great. the carmel feeling clings to your mouth and grabs a hold. again SA brews towards the low ABV side, but i have no complaints.

overall a good porter. the maple and pecan are unique. but are very subtle and pick up at the end. the coffee over powers the chocolate which is out of balance. but i was impressed with SA and this porter. its no game changer, but a good quality porter. i would buy it again but, my go to porter is and always will be Edmund Fitzgerald. cheers!

Apr 02, 2014

3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. Nonic glass. Pours dark brown in color, with mahogany tints to the light. Tan head leaves a thin layer on top as dissipates. Some lacings are left. Aromas of sweet roasted malts, caramel notes, hints of syrup & dried nuts as well as coffee & chocolate hues. Flavor profile -as expected from aromas- displays caramel & roasted notes, chocolate & coffee infusion touched by herbal sweet syrup. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Silky palate & dried mouthfeel. As it warms, maple syrup increases & lingers into a sweet finish in combination with arising dried nut sensations. Sweetness reaches the edge of cloying but slightly roasted notes & nuttiness hold it back. Interesting Porter that makes me miss a hot Pecan Pie!!

Mar 24, 2014
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter is only offered in the spring sampler pack as far as I know. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this American porter certainly has the syrup viscosity of a quality brewed porter. A creamy, walnut brown had appears with equally thick and creamy lacing. I really like that aspect of this brew.

I can smell the maple syrup mentioned on the label, as well as a dash of coffee. Yum!

The sweet maple taste is instant, but balanced out by black coffee and chocolate tastes also. This is a delicious porter and brew in general, goes great with a clove cigar! Pleasant aftertaste of caramel.

Mouthfeel also is an outstanding 4 with JUST the right amount of stickiness and thickness for a porter, according to my personal palate. Knockout job here!

Overall I give this a well-deserved 4.5. From the brown head and great scent, I knew I was in for a treat. And right I was! The taste's combination of maple,coffee,and chocolate is bar none in my opinion.What a tasty trio! I will certainly buy this brew again.

Mar 22, 2014
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RJLarse from Washington

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Spring Brews variety pack. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a garnet red color, translucent, with a thin frothy beige head.

Smell is a faint sweet maple syrup aroma.

Taste is a sweet maple, coffee and chocolate flavor up front, with a mild bitter nutty finish

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying.

Overall a decent porter. Not sure it's great spring selection. IT would be tasty at Thanksgiving, or as a winter ale.

Mar 16, 2014
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this in my basement. Don't know how it got there or how long it's been there. Thanks for that you, whoever you are.

Clear ruby brown with a thin beige head. Smells like maple, roast malt and pecan. Tastewise there's not much porter in the maple pecan porter. I get the pecan and a nice, mildly smokey maple sweet finish. I'd like a bolder, roastier porter base though.

Sorta gimmicky, this is bordering on Sea Dog territory.

Mar 16, 2014
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Tuey13 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown that lets some light through and a thick, creamy tan head.

The smell is Maple syrup and nutty Pecan... a little roasted coffee on the nose as well. Smells like Pecan Pie with a cup of coffee!

The taste starts with a nutty, chocolate, and roasted coffee bitterness followed by the sweet maple syrup. A little hint of vanilla there too on the back. Very delicious.! I thought the flavors intensified beautifully as it warmed... they were somewhat muted straight out of the fridge, porters and stouts should always be warmed a bit in my opinion.

I was impressed by this Sam Adams offering.. I only wish it were available in six packs as I would by it often during the season.

Mar 04, 2014
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