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 zac16125
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Best before: July 2014

A: Opaque, very dark brown, some ruby hues when held to light. Just under 1 fingers width of light tan heads settles down fairly quickly to a thin film and leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Roasted malts, cherry cola-like sweetness, artificial maple syrup, nutty, heavy cream.

T: Roast malts and heavy cream, artificial cherry sweetener, nutty, bitterness, very subtle cocoa.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation appropriate, drinkability is fair.

O: Decent, worthy of a drink, but not something Id go to frequently. The sweetness comes off as artificial, and more traditional porter notes would be appreciated.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I normally go for strong stouts/porters in these cold winters, but I gave this a shot. It has the same dark black you would expect from any beer in this range. Just a little bit of foam in the top, nothing too fancy.

This beer has a gorgeous smell. It's so woody. The maple really comes through, and contributes greatly to the experience. The flavor is incredibly pleasant, as the bitterness of the beer is balanced perfectly with the wood flavors & maple sweetness. It has a medium/light body, which is still thick enough for me to enjoy as a "winter beer". The same can't be said for most beers in the ABV range! It's very smooth, and easy going on the palate & stomach, as it gets along with meat based plates.

I'm glad Sam Adams came up with this. I only wish they had it in more places. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Acquired as part of a "Spring Brews" assortment.

A - Very dark copper color with a light brown persistent head that gives way to decent lacing.

S - Pecan and maple with some malt.

T - Pecan dominates with a maple and malt finish.

M - Very rich with good carbonation.

O - Can anyone say "breakfast"? This is what I think IHOP would serve if they sold beer.

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Photo of whoahwhat
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Strong maple/malty smell, nothing special as far as looks or mouthfeel. The flavor started out nice, but the more I drank it and as it heated up a touch, the sweetness became too cloying to drink and borderline unpleasant. Would only recommend drinking promptly straight out of the fridge, I guess.

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Photo of wahnee86
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As the name implies, strong whiffs of maple and pecan greet you upon opening the bottle. Slightly sweet, the warm rich tones amplify an overall pleasant appearance. Quality taste reflected in strong caramel tones was only offset a little by - at times - too much sweetness.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown in color, with a decent head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Faint roastiness,toasted malt.
Taste-Toasted malt, short little stab of sweet maple marked with a nutty roastiness. Nice balance and flavor. A nice match for a slice of pecan or pumpkin pie,

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before JULY 2014 notched.

Pours out not the dark near black I have come to expect in a porter but more of a dark brown ale color, dark chestnut brown with maybe some hues of ruby red. Light biege colored head, average amount. Decent retention, only spotty lacing.

There's a definite roastiness to the aroma, more of that lighter brown ale roast rather than that deep burnt roast you find in big stouts. Comes off a bit metallic initially. Generally lacking big aroma.

Some definite maple syrup sweetness, again slightly metallic, nutty light brown ale type roasted malt. A bit of a pecan flavor. Toasted grain. Semi sweet finish.

Light to medium in body. Easy drinking.

On par with what I expected of a flavored Sam Adams brew. Maple and pecan could really be amazing if done well in a porter, but this is weak and a bit artificial.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams continues to set the bar for microbrews as far as I'm concerned (even though it's hard to think of them as a microbrew any more.) Nonetheless, this Maple Pecan Porter pours a beautifully dark Guinness-esque color while emparting a tannish head that has decent staying power and lacing all the way down. The nutty aroma mixes well with the hops and compliments the strong porter. There's also just about the right mix of malts, maple, hops (I wish I had more than two from the variety pack to partake.) Overall, a great beer. The kinda beer to enjoy slowly and in larger quantities than two...

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Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a creamy mocha head.

S: Maple, chocolate, coffee, mocha, sweet bready nutty malt in the nose.

T: Chocolate and maple up front followed by nutty malt then bitter dark chocolate in a very slightly tart finish.

M: Full bodied and a bit foamy, but smooth and sweet.

O: Worth a try . Interesting, but the nose is better than the taste. Recommended.

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Photo of csrbv
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with a thick, light tan head that dissipates slowly. The are aromas of malts and a little nutty from the pecans. The pecan smell is more intense than in some other pecan ales I've sampled in the past, which works well for this porter. The flavor is very pecan with hints of coffee and maple as well. The pecan is the star of the show here. The body is medium with light carbonation. This beer drinks very well and the finish is only slightly dry. This is excellent porter by Sam Adams, that I highly recommend!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Very dark black color with some cola hues coming through when held to light. Large tan-is head is very noisy, dissipates slightly quickly, and leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee malt aromas backed up by sweet maple and, of course pecan. A touch of grassiness in the background.

Taste: Begins chocolatey with a slight coffee bitterness, which sweetens to maple syrup/pecan pie (no surprise there). There is a touch of nuttiness and a very slight spice toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with balanced carbonation. Finish is slick.

Overall: This beer provided no surprises- everything you'd expect from the name of the beer is exactly what you'll taste. A good beer, though. Another solid offering from the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a moderate head and decent lacing.

Smell: Dark malts, maple, and pecan.

Taste: Dark malts, maple, pecan, and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smokey aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. The maple syrup sweetness assaults your tongue at first, but the rest of the flavors begin to emerge once you recover. Nice combination of ingredients.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Pours black, with a bit of brown where the light is able to get through. It poured a one finger head, and leaves moderate lacing. All in all, pretty solid.

Smell: Definitely a molasses smell, a bit of cocoa, and oddly enough, a hint of alcohol. That to me, is rare for a Sam Adams. The smell unfortunately dies off and it's hard to enjoy after about halfway through.

Taste: I'm guessing it's the pecan, but it gives off a bit of a wood taste. There is also a bit of the cocoa bitterness, and a very subtle sweet finish.

Feel: Medium carbonated, as well as the body. Definitely feels like a nice solid porter.

Overall: Well done. I didn't even realize this was in the variety pack and got excited to try their iteration of a porter. Pretty outstanding. Nothing puts it above and beyond any of the others I've had, but it's definitely not bad in any category. If I had had this blind, I wouldn't have guessed Sam Adams made it. They should try making more dark beers. Have the nerve to sell it in six packs man!

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Photo of tigg924
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, hazy, brown in color

Smell: maple, pecan, and cocoa

Taste: follows the nose: maple, pecan, and cocoa

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall: Not bad, but I have had better offerings from both the maple and pecan perspective. The maple shows up at the end of the beer, but does not shine all the way through. I think having this flavor a bit more present, would make me enjoy this more. Not a bad beer, but certainly disappointing and one I would probably pass over.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Deep dark mahogany body with a cappuccino head that dissipates to a thin wake. Spotty lacing grab the sides.

S: Burnt maple syrup, stale coffee, liquid smoke, and roasted candied pecans.

T/M: Taste follows the nose but brings chocolate, loads of vanilla and plums. Taste is similar to kahlua. Silky medium-full body with a kiss if carbonation at the end.

O: Rich and decadent concoction of maple goodness, coffee and chocolate. The nuttiness brings out the natural flavors to compliment the sweetness. Sweetness almost breaches the point of cloying but holds back.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with an effervescent and brief head. I can tell by the pour that the body is thin.

They nailed the maple pecan namesake. Nutty and sweet, distinguishable maple syrup.

The taste is watered down and not nearly as robust as this flavor combo should be. Nutty, maple syrup, light roasted malt.

Body is thin with moderate carbonation.

The name sums it up.

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

Appearance - It is a very dark brown in color, with a bubbly tan head.

Smell - It is a nice roasted dark malt smell with the maple syrup, pecan, and chocolate.

Taste - It is really sweet at the front with the syrup and dried fruits, then the smokey/roasted malts come towards the end. Finishing with the pecan flavor. And the aftertaste definitely reminds me of pecan pie.

Mouthfeel - It is a good-bodied beer, not much carbonation.

Overall - It is a really good beer.

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Photo of ale1
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

pours a decent 2-3" head
appaearance - dark ale looking stuff

nose - some roasted barley and some dark roasted
taste well kinda like not that great and still going what are they are trying to do
save your pennies and move on this stuff is poor

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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 Weston19
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark copper color with a red hue when put up against the light. Has a half finger head with good lacing and retention.

S: Very sweet. The smell of maple syrup comes almost immediately along with the nuttiness of the pecan. You can really pick up the roasted notes from the pecan. Reminds me of a pecan pie.

T: It's truly a great variety of flavors that come at you at once. You get some roasted bitterness at first followed by a heavy taste of sweetness from the maple syrup. The beer ends with some pleasant bitterness. Nice complexity.

M: Medium-full bodied beer with moderate carbonation and slight dry finish. Can't picture myself having more than one of these at a time.

O: The beer is awesome and has great flavors that work well with each other. It has the sweetness of maple syrup and the bitter roasted notes that you expect from a porter and pecan notes. The only downside is that it's a very unique flavored beer and the sweetness from the maple syrup can become overwhelming if you have more than one. If, however, you choose to have one to relax or just to taste it, it's so worth it.

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

A: Reddish brown with a huge bubbly head and great lacing

S: Lots of candied roasted pecans with subtle toffee, maple, and brown sugar; it smells sweet but the aromas seem to balance each other out fairly well

T: Of course lots of pecan and maple syrup but the malt backbone isn't as dark and roasty as I'd like in a porter; this almost tastes like a roasty brown ale; I like it but I just wish it had a bit more umph to balance the sweet pecan and maple

F: A bit thin overall; okay mouth feel--I just wish there was more body

O: I'm glad the maple pecan doesn't overwhelm and become cloying but I wish there was more roasty malts and overall body

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Photo of tmm313
4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Blackish brown, with ruby hues. Impressive creamy 2 finger head with good retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Uh oh, this one's trouble. Dark chocolate, coffee, a little cream, just a touch of dark fruits, slight char, and pecan flippin' pie! Georgia boy is happy.

Taste: Typical, yet powerful, Porter flavors of dark chocolate and coffee up front. Midway, the Pecan Pie pops out pretty aggressively and is followed by a little bit of smokiness, dark fruits, and light dark chocolate bitterness. Excellent balance.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with nice crisp carbonation. Finish leaves a slightly sticky, yet dry, sweetness behind.

Overall: If you love Porters and have a sweet tooth, this one is for you. Part of me is really scared that Sam Adams may stop making this beer. I only had one bottle and have craved a second ever since. This would never leave my refrigerator if it were available in 6 packs.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep amber in color, verging on black, with a fairly large tan head, which retains well, and scattered patchy lacing.

Aroma: Bitter cocoa, maple syrup, and to an altogether surprising degree, pecans dominate the aroma. The pecan notes are more prominent than in any other beer I have had.

Taste: Opens strong, with lots of maple and pecans, atop a classic porter base. AS the taste progresses, the pecans and maple dominate, wit the porter offering roasted coffee and smoke notes., and bitter chocolate Towards the finish, the maple rises to dominate the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and fairly full, with a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A really creative take on the American Porter style. Although this is a Spring seasonal, it seems very appropriate for Autumn, with its superb use of maple and pecans.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Sweet New England maple syrup and a distinct pecan note define this balanced porter. The roasted character of our blend of malts complements the maple sweetness with hints of coffee and chocolate. Reddish-black in color, this full-bodied brew has a sweet and slightly nutty finish. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American Porter with maple syrup and pecans added. Available exclusively in the Samuel Adams Spring Variety Pack 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Signature pint glass. Served north of 59ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy tan foam head over a deep brown body with mahogany-amber highlights, very high clarity. Retention is slightly above average, the lacing is light and streaked. Carbonation is plentiful and energetic. It's a visually pleasing beer. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of coffee beans, unsweetened baker's chocolate, maple syrup, nuts and earthy hop resins come forward amongst a mildly sweet bready caramel and pale malt base. Fortunately, the maple isn't overdone in the aroma, and the other factors are limited in their strength. The nut aroma provides a natural bitterness to round out the subtle sweetness. Mild buttery pecan notes don't impede the high appeal this beer has, and contribute to the depth. Potency is medium+. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor is fuller and a touch sweeter than the aroma gave off, but manages a decent balance. Most notable is a more pronounced maple, coffee bean and cocoa syrup malt base, the dominating malt flavors in this beer. This follows with a mild earthy hop resin and a mellow roasted pecan extract, the latter growing in presence as the beer warms. The balance is decent despite having a much heavier body than earlier predicted, it is also a touch sweeter than the aroma gave off. There are no cloying characters, the maple is done just about right, but the pecan character is a bit subdued or perhaps even misused, leading to a lesser bitter agent and a slightly moister finish than expected. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture has a mild syrupy thickness, is slick, oily and carrying a mild carbonation presence, slightly creamy- not quite as creamy as I'd have liked for the thickness of the flavors within. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter, but relatively close. Body is medium-high for an American Porter, medium+ overall. It's another porter that comes off a bit too heavy for its own good, quite filling. Alcohol presence is low. Semi-dry nutty finish. 3.75

(Overall) While the flavor was very enjoyable, it was quite heavy and certainly in favor of sweet maple and chocolate character. I was a bit let down by the pecan inclusion, which was shallow at best, not really utilized well into the flavor, it came off as more of an extract. I'm hoping that Boston Beer Company can keep a lot of that character and make this a touch lighter and more drinkable. I couldn't see this being a great adaptation for a 6 pack's session appeal, but it would make a great pairing for an equally bold sweet dessert. There's little here to get overly frustrated at, so I can't dismiss a recommendation from this one. Give it a try if you like heavier-bodied, sweet dessert-style porters and you shouldn't be too disappointed. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter

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Photo of artdob
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought the seasonal pack precisely because it included a maple pecan porter. How could I not buy this?

Pours perfectly. Fantastic tan head over a dark cola colored porter. Lacing evident as the foam recedes.

Aroma is a bit light though the main flavors as noted on the label clearly come through.

Right on the first sip, the maple and pecan are undeniable. There is a slight roastiness underneath, as is common in most porters I've had. However while that roast characteristic usually is a bit much for much taste in porters, I really like how it is balanced in this beer.

If this was available as a stand alone purchase outside of the seasonal pack, I would be buying this in greater quantities. Bet it goes great with pancakes.

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