I know its getting warm and I’m really trying to make the beer reviewing transition from stouts and porters to lighter beers to review like pale ales and perhaps some lagers. Still, I had this bottle of Samuel Adams Honey Porter sitting in the fridge and it really called to me tonight for some reason. Ever get that?
Anyway, I think Sam Adams generally makes some good beer so lets see what this honey porter is like!
As expected, this beer is a really dark color that is difficult to see through. As you can see in the picture, it creates foamy brownish head that reduces quickly to a foamy coating on the surface of the beer. There’s some lacing but not too much.
While the honey porter is typically dark, I was able to see some ‘stuff’ floating around in there. Don’t know what that is but I imagine its something, don’t you? (That’s a trick question!)
The smell of this beer is really off the hook! You have no problem picking up on the honey that is in the brew, and honey is by far the most noticeable aroma to me. Don’t drink this stuff out in the woods, some bears might come after you!
This 5.5% ABV American Porter is pretty big on the roasted malt flavor which dominates the taste more so than the Scottish Heather honey, but the honey seems to sweeten the flavor just enough to balance out the malt. According to the label, Sam Adams used English Golding hops to ‘dry hop’ the beer. Not sure, but this leaves a dry and bitter aftertaste that I wasn’t overly crazy about and It left my mouth feeling sticky. There was a little bit of a hop bite in the taste as well. I think Bob might call this beer ‘chewy’ and there was a little bit of carbonation in the mix as well in spite of my fairly aggressive pour.
So while I enjoyed the overall flavor of the honey porter, I wasn’t thrilled by the aftertaste or the mouthfeel. I think this is a beer best enjoyed with some food rather than by itself like I had it, but I’d still put forth that this is a very interesting and different type of beer.
Have you tried this beer? What did you think? As you can see in the picture below, The Brew Club members Heather and Liz were somewhat puzzled by this beer. Hey Liz, nice computer monitor. Is that from 1986?