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

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Samuel Adams Maple Pecan PorterSamuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter

Brewed by:
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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Photo of BetterBeerPlz
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A real dark brown, looks almost opaque but with little lighting you see its brown color. Light tan head just under a finger's length settles quick after a sip or two.

Smell: Light maple woody scent. Chocolatey but light.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, with strong maple. Has a strong nutty feel that gets more potent after each sip .

Mouth: Almost a heavy carbonation, which is not bad at all, a little dry in my opinion with a light bitter chocolate feel to it.

Overall: Little sweet for a porter but nice finish. I can tell you this after dinner this brew is a maybe but to have it with dessert probably the best idea. Salud!

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Deep ruby-brown with a two-finger off white head. Small clumps of lacing.

S - Medium strength aroma of roasted grains, chocolate, and yes, some nuttiness.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts, followed by a big dose of "natural flavors added". Now, I WILL give this brew credit for delivering both maple AND pecan in the mid-palate as advertised. Sadly, it's tastes like an artificial additive rather than an extension of the brewing process. Hops nearly non-existant. Lots of graininess in the backend.

M - Lower side of medium bodied. Overly carbonated. Sort of a creamy feel at the end. A little bit all over the place.

O - A worthy try, but ultimately a little gimmicky. Not a great porter by any means.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of chickenflea
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Publix Supermarket - University Palms - 12 oz bottle - part of their ’Spring Thaw’ Variety Pak. Deep, dark brown pour, initially frothy khaki colored head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma has a brown sugar and maple syrup/butterscotch quality. Flavor is very pleasant. Nice maple accents, not cloyingly sweet, hints of baker’s unsweetened chocolate and the finish has an mild old-silverware tang. Medium texture, with a slightly thicker mouthfeel. I like this one very much.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of secondtooth
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First note: enjoyed this one at nearly room temperature.

Pours a deep, dark brown, with ruby highlights. Frothy head, and attractive lace.

Nose is roasty with a definite nutty pecan note. The maple is only hinted at.

Taste is more of the roasted pecans up front, followed by a sweet maple rush, followed up by more roasted nuts at the finish. I am impressed that I don't get any weird artificial tastes here. Kudos to Sam Adams for a quality taste impression.

Really an interesting and unique flavor profile here, and as I am a particularly big fan of maple, this is easily one I'd purchase again, given the chance.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown with a light tan finger width head. Fair retention.Good lacing with nice stick.

Smell - Hits on sweet maple aroma with lesser notes of roasted pecan nuttiness.

Taste - Predominant maple sweetness throughout. Brown sugar. Subtle hints of pecan hit mid-taste and into the finish, while ghostly notes of roasted chocolate malt come through in the aftertaste. Sips after sip eventually becomes a chore due to the cloying maple sweetness; like drinking watered down maple syrup.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with low to moderate carbonation. Kind of dead. Smooth in the very least.

Overall - Out of the Spring mix pack, I was most excited to try this one. Unfortunately I came away disappointed. Too much maple sweetness, not enough pecan and/or porter qualities. Drinks much closer to an oversweetened brown than it does a porter. Fair brew, and to Sam Adams credit they nail the bottle's description with decent accuracy, but they fail in describing just how cloying it becomes; it's just too rich to enjoy more than half the beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best before July 2013. This pours a mostly clear dark mahogany brown with a mid sized tan head with decent retention. The smells are quit nice, a load of sweet maple along with some pecan, roasted nuts, and toffee, seems like a fine dessert beer. The feel is medium. The taste is quite good, the maple gives this a slightly smoky flavor along with the nuttiness. Quite a tasty treat from SA.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of teromous
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown and black body, with a light tan fluffy head. Some lacing spots, but not much. The head stands well.

S: Roasted notes of coffee, slightly metallic, and maple syrup (very faint).

T: Lots of roasted flavor. I can taste the grain flavor, backed by some rich coffee-like espresso flavor. I get a hint of maple, but not much. The bottle label says "Maple Pecan Porter" but I don't taste any pecan. This is predominantly a roast-forward porter. It is a good robust porter though. Some maple syrup in the aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty dry but retains just enough texture not to dry out the mouth completely, and maintains a smooth dryness. It's slightly sticky, moderate grain bitterness, and is very easy to drink. It would be very easy to drink a few of these.

O: Overall I thought the beer was nice...for a porter. I got some maple but I felt it was buried behind the roasted flavors. I didn't get pecan at all. I felt robbed in these respects. It's not a bad beer by any scale, but it just didn't seem to work. I would enjoy drinking it as a porter, but I probably won't be buying it again. I can get nearly the same experience with any run-of-the-mill porter out there.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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