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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Added by Ford on 12-28-2012

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Reviews: 168 | Ratings: 850
Photo of deciding39
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a rich, oily black-brown with deep blood-red hues when held to the light. A tight one-finger head forms and slowly recedes, leaving a ring with some good lacing and a nice thin layer of foam with good texture.

S: Aromatic brown sugar and chocolate malt. Some nutty, woodiness in the nose that blends with a hint of earthy hops hiding at the back.

T: What starts as an expected porter taste of sweet caramel and toasted dark malts quickly shifts to a flavor a little more complex, with notes of brown sugar and maple. The finish is nutty and only slightly bitter, just enough to cut through what would otherwise be an overly-sweet start.

M&D: Smooth and on the heavy side of medium-bodied, the carbonation is moderate and provides a needed lightness on the palate. While I have to give credit for keeping the beer remarkably well-balanced for what I expected to be a sugar bomb, I imagine I could only handle two at most before the sweeter flavors would become cloying.

Pleasantly surprised by this one. I admit I was afraid this would be a little one-dimensional and overly-sweet, but was surprised by something that is sufficiently complex and balanced. This actually tastes quite familiar to me...porter is always a holiday mainstay for me, as are Swedish nuts. Sam Adams basically took both of my favorite winter flavors and conveniently combined them for me. My only gripe is that this really feels like a Winter beer and would have been well-placed in that mix pack. It strikes me as a little bold and heavy for Spring...but then again, with several months until anything resembling Spring here in New England, I've got plenty of cold weather left to enjoy this one!

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Photo of Amish_Ambush
2.84/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

What is this in the Sam Adams spring variety pack? Maple Pecan Porter? Yikes. I am as skeptical as a browns fan during a coaching change. Let's see what we got here:

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown. Can see through the glass without holding it up to the light, Off white head dissolves into thick lacing.
Smell: Maple obviously.
Taste: Coffee, maple, nut with slight milk chocolate note. Tastes a little syrupy with a slight rusty aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, While I wouldn't call this watery, it is missing a little something. Perhaps by design but not up to snuff when compared to high quality porters.
Overall: Not impressed with this offering. It's not Cranberry lambic bad, but I can't think of another Sam Adams beer that this beats out. Maybe it is on par with the winter lager but.... eh.

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Photo of Kromes
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark brown with ruby edges and a finger's width tan colored head that laces the glass.

Roasted malt and maple syrup aroma. Also some pecan in does resemble pecan pie with the extreme sweet and nutty aroma.

Initial flavor is of roasted malt and then the maple flavor kicks in. There is a touch of pecan in there, but it's tough to tell with the strong maple flavor. Very sweet, bordering on cloying.

Medium feel with good carbonation to fill it out.

Flavors here are as advertised, if you are a fan of maple and pecan then this would be a good beer for you. For me it was a bit too sweet. Tough to finish a whole beer.

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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 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 Suds
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Interesting combination. This beer is dark, brown, and is capped with a tan head. Delicate lace. The smell is interesting and assertive: lots of pecan, backed by a maple sugar cookie with pecans. The taste is sweet and just a bit smokey. Sugar...lots of sugar. It boarders on being too sweet. The beer is balanced with a nice roast and slight bitterness. Full body. Interesting, but not as appealing as I trout it could be.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. July 2013 notched on the label.

A: Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger off white head. Disspates in a few minutes leaving some nice lacing. Light gets through a solid inch of the beer.

S: Maple syrup hits the nose immediately. You can get a nuttiness in the background.

T: With the aroma on this the flavor is a little lackluster. It is a little sweet and not as much maple syrup comes through. More of a chocolaty nuttiness.

M: Average body, not too thin for a porter. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall not as good as I had anticipated but overall not bad. Isnt something I would seek out again and not really the highlight of the mix pack. Reminds me of their hazelnut brown ale.

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Photo of scvance
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a thick, very creamy, tan colored head. Excellent retention and lacing. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee, and maple. Taste is similar, there is lots of dark roasted caramel notes up front with a coffee like bitterness. This fades to a mild sweetness of maple syrup, and finishes with a nice clean and crisp taste. Medium carbonation, full body. This beer is pretty easy to drink, however its slightly off balanced towards the sweet side. A little too much syrup flavor for my tastes I think. Also the mouthfeel is slightly oily from the pecans I would imagine. Overall a decent beer to try, definitely better than most.

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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 silverking
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, it pours a dark brown/red with a nice tan head with very nice lacing. To me it smells a little bit like teryaki Sauce. Looking past that it does carry aromas of chocolate. There is also a bit of maple, but I detect no pecan. The taste is chocolatey with some coffee, but the finish shows signs of maple syrup and pecan with a bit of wood. The hops are almost undetectable. It is a bit overly carbonated for this style of beer, but the mouthfeel definately gained some body from the addition of the maple syrup. Its good, but not great.

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Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a frothy brown head into my glass. Makes sense as it is brewed with maple syrup.

Notes of pecan and maple in the nose. Almost predictable but still a great stab at the style. Creative in a way.

Ditto on the taste. Pecan with the sweetness of maple. Wonder where they got the syrup from? All it says on the bottle is "New England maple syrup", which is quite vague.

Unfortunately, mouthfeel leaves a lot to be desired. It's bland, barely there. Just an edge of sweetness.

I bet this recipe could be replicated with VT maple syrup and a solid malt base. It's just too thin.

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown color, nearly black. The tight cream colored head is short and settles into a light ring.

The aroma starts off with the sweet maple and transitions into the nutty pecan. Nicely done and not artifical. There is some lemon and tea notes that I pick up in traditional porters as well.

The flavor starts off with some pretty strong woody notes; damp wood and bitter bark. This transitions into the roasty husky nutty pecan flavor. Interwoven is the sweet maple which helps lead to an overall pecan pie flavor for the beer. The maple is sweet but there is enough bitterness to balance. The malt is of brown bread and also has some tea like flavors. Again nothing artifical.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Finishes slightly dry and a touch bitter.

Quite impressed with this beer. You can really pick up the maple and pecan flavors but its done in balance. You can either drink a few of these or use it as a dessert type of beer. Good job.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: VONS in Grantville, Calif. (San Diego), on Jan. 3, 2013
Price: $13.97 w/ card ($17.99 regular) for the Spring Thaw Variety 12-pack
Misc.: Label said to enjoy before June

Poured a very dark brown color with 1-2 fingers of khaki tan head that initially lasted for a long while. Minimal lacing on the sides. OK retention, but nothing extraordinary.

Smelled maple syrup, pecan (not just because of the name), caramel, honey and roasted walnuts.

Tasted similar to the nose with maple syrup dominating. Also got pecan, toffee, honey and roasted walnuts. Slight bitter notes of coffee and chocolate, but not overwhelming.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Soft (below average)-to-average carbonation. Surprisingly abrupt finish.

A nice change of pace. Certainly good and I’d definitely have it again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maple Pecan Porter pours a black color, with a very small lacing head. There is a strong smokey pecan aroma. The taste is on the sweeter side, strong maple flavors, with hints of a nutty pecan, on a smokey malty backbone. Good full flavor and easy to drink. Overall a very good blend of different flavors.

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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 akuczero
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is very dark with a mocha head. Malty, sweet smell. Very Nice lacing. Just like the smell this is a very sweet beer. Taste like pecan pie in beer form. Has a thick mouthfeel. Overall a beer I wouldn't mind trying again but not something I would look for again.

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

12oz bottle purchased as part of this year's Spring mix pack. Pours a black body with ruby red highlights and nearly an inch of light tan head. Dark chocolate and espresso notes comprise the aroma. Flavor reminds me of dark chocolate covered espresso bean, with caramel and nut notes. Medium in body and carbonation. Not bad, albeit a bit on the sweet side to my taste.

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Photo of Ford
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a 14 oz tulip style glass.

I'm a big porter fan, so I was glad to see this in the Spring Thaw pack. Two bottles of Maple Pecan Porter were included.

Has a great dark brown color to it. MMM... I smell maple and pecans... two things I love.

Taste was right on the nose. Plenty of sweet maple and nutty pecan in there. I love this beer. It's up there with the many great porters I've had. I wish I could buy an entire six pack of it. (I do prefer Porters with more of a coffee note, but this is a great one without it)

I'm a big fan of this beer and would love to see it hit their normal lineup. Not sure if it's going to be a seasonal or rotator.

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