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

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Samuel Adams Maple Pecan PorterSamuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy before 7/2013.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, toasted nuts, earthy wood, and some maple aromas that come out more as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with sweet praline pecan and maple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice maple and pecan aromas and flavors that work well together.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was the most excited about this of any beers in the spring mix. I wanted it to be better, because I just love maple, but it fell short of lofty expectations. pour is nice, medium density brown with a red glow when held to the light, and two inches of khaki head. the nose is really sweet, like breakfast syrup. the nutty vibe is amazingly fresh, roasty, and rich. unfortunately, the maple syrup taste like the artificial crap, not the lovely nectar the region is known for. its too sweet, brutally thick, and just not as pure is it probably should be. again, the pecan component is very well done, and is the saving grace of this porter. the feel would be great without all the residual sugar because the body is nice and full and the carbonation is pleasantly bright. I wish they would give this one a do over. too sugary to drink more than one of, and while I didn't dislike it altogether, the maple syrup part just didn't work out.

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Photo of brentk56
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a large tan head; nice retention and lacing action

Smell: Candied pecans with a hint of chocolate

Taste: Candied pecans, up front, with the maple building from start to finish; in the middle, there is a dusting of chocolate; the aftertaste features a grainy element; the maple just lingers on in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not much of a porter, this is more of a gimmicky beer (and not a very good one, at that)

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Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name makes it sound good, so I'm looking forward to it. Acquired as part of Boston Beer Co.'s Spring Thaw pack ($16 for a 12 pack at grocery stores in SoCal). 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are well above average. 5.60% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger khaki colour head of good cream, nice thickness, and very good retention. Body colour is a dark dull caramel brown. Semitranslucent; nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. The colour is a bit underwhelming, but otherwise it's par for the style.

Sm: Maple syrup, light roasted barley, chocolate malt, caramel, a bit of java/coffee roast, and delightfully evocative pecan nut. Pecan is a highlight here and comes through in a pleasant way, though overall it seems too sweet and malty for a porter. Some spice. A strong appealing aroma.

T: Maple syrup and evocative pecan nut. Biscuit and dark malts comprise the simple unobtrusive foundation. Some cream. Chocolate malts (not chocolate itself). A bit of coffee when I look for it. Overall, it's a bit too sweet and lacks the roasted character I look for in a great porter, but then it's not trying to be a great porter. I do love the pecan; it's a nice touch and works well with the maple. Well balanced and built for a simple macrobrew porter. I like it. No yeast character comes through, nor does any alcohol. I don't expect any yeast character in a porter anyway.

Mf: A bit overcarbonated. Smooth and wet, with a nice creamy feel that I always appreciate. Good thickness, though perhaps a bit overbearing on the palate for its lack of complex or truly deep flavours. It suits the flavour profile well in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom tailored to it.

Dr: Well priced for its quality. I'd have it on-draught. One of the nicer beers from Boston Beer Co. That said, it's not excellent and fans of truly great beers wouldn't be remiss to pass over this one. I'm glad I tried it, though it wouldn't be enough to convince me to buy the Spring Thaw pack again next year; I'd prefer a new offering. I can see why it's getting pretty good reviews from some. It scratches an itch, and there's a lot to be said for that. There are far worse widely distributed porters out there at this price point, but there are far better local releases for around the same price as well. I could drink this one all night.


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Photo of oline73
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a geek murky beer. The carbonation is a bit on the high side. Just a touch of maple in the nose. Not a particularly sweet beer. Some maple and pecan. Roasted malt bitterness need balanced. Good retention. This isn't something I need to revisit.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - An opaque, jet-black color with a one finger, light brown head. It left some sudsy lace.

S - Nice pecan aroma with a touch of chocolate and maple.

T - Pecan up front with some subtle maple sweetness. A touch of smoke and chocolate, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - This is a nice flavored porter. In general, I don't like pecans but it was good in this beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige tan head. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Taste of caramel, chocolate, and toffee. I pick up the maple syrup flavors. Kind of sweet. The pecan would be hard to pick up if I didn't know it was in this beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Ends a little dry with a lingering bitterness which I found odd.

Decent beer for the price. I'd drink more of it, but not something I'd regularly seek out.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a black body with some minor ruby highlights showing through. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace.

S - Brown, malty notes of molasses, nutty caramel, and a hint of maple.

T - Lots of dark sugar up front with maple and molasses. Some nutty malt in the middle and a finish of dark bread and more maple.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The pecan and maple are both readily evident and while I enjoy the maple character quite a bit it is really overly sweet and one dimensional in the end.

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Attractive dark mahogany brown. The usual luxurious Sam Adams head and carbonation. Interesting smell; nutty, burnt sugar, and a little metallic.

Certainly quite strongly flavored with the nuts and syrup. Quite drinkable. The maple flavor is distinct but not overdone. Rather sweet. Thin bodied, and the malt is not so dominant, but that mapley sugar flavor stands out. OK, it's pretty good for a funny flavored beer but the aftertaste is dirty hops and something scorched.

This is quite a novelty but I can't see drinking it again. From the Spring mixed twelve pack purchased at Albertson's supermarket in San Diego. So that means I do have one more to drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of the Samuel Adams Mix-pack - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark, russet-brown body with a medium-sized, wispy, faint ecru head. A thin spittle of lacing.

Smell: Toasted breadcrusts, toasted pecan additive, and roasted coffee beans, with a spritz of maple make up the nose. Smells more akin to an International Delight coffee creamer!

Taste: Pale malts with a toasty edge and a coffee grain note that blends into the pecan flavoring. Modestly sweet. Maple eventually gets overtaken by the coffee note and pecan flavoring. In fact, for me, this coffee/pecan kick just carries on through the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I had prepped myself for what was to be a flavored porter, though, I had hoped for something just a bit more restrained, if you will. Sure, it is better than those flavored Saranac porters, though!

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours mahogany with a finger of tan head. Very good lacing, so-so head retention

S: Maple candy & coffee

T: Follows the nose, a touch of roastyness too, a slight bit of sourness on the edges, but also a touch off taffy too. Caramel infused mocha as this warms, some vanilla at the edges. Finishes sweet with faint mocha notes

MF: Light body with slight carbonation

I enjoyed this, I bet it would go great with a doughnut or some bacon. A touch more body would help this immensely. I would buy this as a stand alone sixer

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of stakem
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle into a matching Sam Adams sensory glass. Big thanks go to Eric for gifting me with a couple bottles form this new seasonal variety pack. The brew appears brown in color that displays some polished clarity without being held to the light. Some ruby to mahogany coloration is seen around the edges and a frothy 1.5 finger of khaki head rests atop. The cap slowly fades leaving a wall of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma has suggestions of minerals initially that fade to a bit of maple sweetness. A very mild amount of roasted grain character imparts some traces of chocolate and coffee also through the nose along with a hint of citrus hops to contrast. There is almost a birch or root beer essence also emitting from the glass. When swirled some hints of sulfur emerge.

The flavor of this brew starts off with almost a hint of root or birch beer coupled with traces of minerals and a bit of carbonic quality. A sweetness is present tasting like artificial coffee flavored syrup and maple with a faint grainy nutty aspect. There is very little roastiness about this brew and the aftertaste has a hint of bitterness coming from a flavor of herbal hops. As the brew warms up, this gets a sort of cola feel about it which reverts to my initial impressions of birch or root beer.

This is a lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is hidden quite well but I gotta admit that the flavor profile here is a bit of a train wreck. For something described as a pecan maple porter, I didnt get much pecan or maple flavor and this was more like root beer or birch beer than a porter. It lacked any significant amount of grain quality and seemed to be just too artificial tasting. Not a fan of this one.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sammy A has another good one in the maple pecan porter is a decent beer and I'm glad to have a chance to try it. The beer pours a near opaque ruby tinted deep deep amber. The beer is lacing quite nicely with a creamy slight off white head. The scent was the weakest of this beer...I wanted more...hints of sweetness and malt. The taste was pushed by sweetness the pecan was a bit slighted. The mouthfeel was light to medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall a taste ey to drink porter...nice job!

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Photo of tdm168
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brown with some reddish hues; a big, soft, pillowy, brown head that has really good retention

S - maple, nutty, faint coffee, sugary

T - nutty, caramel, coffee, maple, sugary, faint roast

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This was a nice addition to the spring mix-pack. It has a really solid flavor profile. It's rich, complex, deep, delicious. Not only is this incredibly flavorful, but it has great drinkability as well. I probably won't buy the mix-pack again, but I certainly wouldn't turn this down. I truly enjoyed it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Samuel Adams Mix-pack. 12 ounce bottle, with "Enjoy before" dating notched onto the label.

Pours darker brown, dark khaki head, stays nicely and leaves behind thinner blobs od stick.

Maple, cafe au lait and nuts in the nose.

Sweeter porter with more maple, more lite coffee and sugar coated nuts on the palate. Sweet yes, but not too sweet, with just a hint of dryness provided by the late to the party hops.

Not my favorite style, but this one is not bad...

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by April, 2013:

Pours ruby brown to black with a lasting, thin, off-white head. Ample lacing sticks.

The smell is of maple syrup, chocolate, roasted coffee beans and a hint of pecan. Robust.

The taste is of maple sweetness balanced by roast. Chocolate and a hint of coffee keep the maple from becoming overbearing. There is a pecan nuttiness in the fairly long finish.

It hits full-bodied with a sweet aftertaste - but not too cloying or sticky. A pretty rich brew.

This is a solid porter with maple syrup and a touch of pecan. Pretty complex. Great aroma followed by a delicious taste. The sweetness doesn't overwhelm.

I'm thinking this brewery really knows how to make a porter, but the only two I recall having are in variety packs (this, and the one for Christmas time - which is a great one).

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, ruby-brown coloring with a thin, filmy, surface coating of off-white head. Aromas of rich roast and subtle smoke, maple sweetness, and a coffee backbone. Flavors are roast initially, with a sweet blend of maple cream and nutty rich following. A subtle mocha backbone adds to the sweetness, but also provides enough of a bitterness to keep the beer balanced. Smooth in mouth, the dryness of the coffee combats any cloying characteristics. Roasty, sweet aftertaste with a smooth, clean finish. This is a well put together Porter, with a good combination of sweet characteristics that work well within the style.

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, nut, sweet malt, hint of yeast, slight hop, slight dry hop, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, dry hop, hint of hop, slight nut, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, blend, but slightly cloying in sweetness.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Deep amber color bordering on brown. Clear but very dark.

SMELL: Malty and doughy, sweet smelling, with hints of espresso and chocolate .

TASTE: Nutty and roasted flavors upfront giving way to some cocoa and coffee. The maple flavor comes out more in the finish. Rich coffee and Hazlenut cream. Just a hint of chocolate. Sweet but very drinkable.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied, smooth and well carbonated. Has a great balance and is very flavorful.

OVERALL: This beer is on the sweet side, but it tastes very good. Maple, nuts and roast is just a winning combination. Re-released in the holiday mix pack, this beer is easily the standout from that assortment, which also included a hoppy lager and new Belgian white.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep red-brown hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence (only visible when held up to the light). Head is a finger of pillowy tan foam with decent retention. Good stuff!

Smell: very sweet and nutty with plenty of maple, caramel and toffee character in there as well. Good, and definitely as-advertised, but a little bit over-the-top for my taste.

Taste: very much like the aroma, with the same big sweetness and big maple/toffee character. Bitterness is relatively low, but it does help balance out the works a bit. Tasty, but still too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation. Silky smooth from head to toe; I like it!

Overall: good, but sweet. If you are in the mood for a sweet dessert beer, this could be for you. The sweetness isn't cloying or sickly or anything like that, but it is just a bit more than I'm looking for in a porter.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Khaki head sticks around for a bit... decent lacing... the brew is dark brown with some garnet highlights near the stem end of my glass.

Nose delivers on the name's promise, plenty of maple and pecan... a bit of chocolate rounds things out.

Flavor is shows more traditional porter notes with cocoa and a bit of dry roasty malt.. but again, the maple and pecan are the big players... I sorta like how the maple plays with things, but the pecan seems like something that should be in a cordial.

Medium bodied with a lighter carbonation makes it seem a bit syrupy which actually jives with the flavor profile IMO.

Well made, but not my thing in the long run.. Probably the only time I will buy it.


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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration notch of June 2014. Sampled on January 10, 2014.

It has a handsome looking mahogany brown pour with a short-lived off-white head and pretty good clarity.

The nose has a good Porter character with that twist of maple and pecan. A bit of smoke. Some decent dark malts. Enticing.

Mostly medium body.

The malts come forward in the taste but the maple is quick to penetrate the senses with the pecans more behind the pack and still a good smoky quality. Mildly bitter.

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Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet with a smoked malt aroma and a fair scent of smoke. Other scents are caramel and nut. Faint maple detected.

Starts out bittersweet with a very strong patent malt taste upfront. Strongly bittersweet. Maple and caramel flavors but I just can't detect all that much more from it except a burnt sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just average. The bittersweet flavor just isn't balanced enough.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a tan colored head.

S- The aroma is sweet maple syrup, roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

T- The taste is very sweet up front with more of the maple syrup flavors along with a smooth nutty finish. It is good, but the sweetness does become a little overwhelming at some points.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I enjoyed this beer more than I thought I would. The flavors really go well together. However, the sweetness limits the drinkability for this beer. It is not something that I would want to drink more than one bottle of in a single sitting.

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