dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark red brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel and some mild honey. Medium bodied with roasted malts, chocolate, honey and some dark fruits. Finishes a little bitter. Not bad.
JWE (209) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate, honey and caramel. Not too much honey (good), but a bit boring overall.
_angst_ (3274) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ The Flying Scotsman on September 19. Pours dark chestnut brown with almost no head. Smell is sweet and includes molasses, raisins and lightly roasted malts. Taste is dominated by honey, malt and some burnt sugar. It all ends up in a slightly acidic aftertaste. Quite nice but a bit too sweet and not very complex.
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is decently complex with a strong honey flavor. Small spice notes and hops balance this beer well.
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A porter with a slight taste of honey, but not much. The scent is a little old ale style.
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Roasted malts complimented by sweet honey. Hops, too. To classify this as a porter is almost sacrilege, as it is still light as all the other Sam Adams beers. Shame.
nogov (121) - Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep deep cola colored, with big creamy lacey head. Nose is malt, coffee,and honey. They really did alot of things right here. Taste is wonderfully balanced: malt, coffee, pecans, brown sugar, honey, and a nice dusting of cocoa powder. They should be really commended for the balance they showed here.....a lesser brewry would’ve overloaded the honey with sophomoric enthusiasm. Here the honey is present, but by no means the center flavoring. Acts much more as supporting the porter instead of trying to compete. Well done. EDIT: I should add, this bottle is 3 years old.....so I think the aging played a part in this high score because checking my notes from years ago, I thought there was too much honey flavor. So age definitely improves this one.
Camons (7002) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Home. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, honey. Taste is malt, light coffee, honey. Medium body, soft carbonation. Might have been a little harsh on this one, since i dont really like honey. 310110
tfredvik (1297) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I tend to find honey flavours and aromas in beers I really enjoy, so I was very excited when I found a beer that actually contains real honey. A deep dark brown body with a reddish tint supports a light-brown head that soon reduces to a thin film. Good lacing. Strong malty, roasted aroma with lots of molasses, brown sugar, malt extract, strong coffee and, of course, honey. It’s almost a bit too much. A solid sweetness is followed by a very welcome medium bitterness: without the bitterness this beer would have been too malty sweet. Lots of honey in the flavours, but not the sweet gentle kind: this is a mean, dark honey. Also malt extract, brown sugar and coffee. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Good stuff, but I prefer my honey sweet.
[35.5 cl bottle, from SuperBrugsen, Brønshøj Torv, Copenhagen]
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very English, meaning it falls on the sweet, nutty side of porters, with no noticeable hop-influenced finish. Sweet, but not cloying, there is a pleasant roasted-malt center to this beer, yet I have no love for English hops, and Sam Adams has a tangy, bitter fade that might as well be sporting the Union Jack. (12/08)