Samuel Adams Honey PorterMarch 1, 2007
Red/brown color with a vast, fluffy head. The big aroma is dominated by honey and roasted grain. Sweet honey coats the tongue balanced by a sudden burst of hop bitterness, with dark grain and coffee notes. Smooth, honey-led finish with good balancing bitterness from hops and dark grain, with hints of chocolate and coffee.
- Roger Protz
Another friendly expressive head. Invitational aromatics summon one to imbibe. The honey is there along with great roastiness in the malt, and the balance is finely honed on the palate. It all comes together in a beautiful way. The Golding hops in this bring the malt roastiness and the honey to a fine finish.
- Fred Eckhardt
Quite honeyed on the nose — even more than I would have expected — with some background chocolate and black licorice. The honey’s flavors are more evenly positioned on the palate, along with black licorice, dark chocolate, darkly toasted multigrain bread and fig. And a roasty, dry finish keeps the beer from being too sweet.
- John Hansell
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style.
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
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