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 (9388) - 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 (1636) - 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)
BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma is caramel, wood, honey, and raisins?...Flavor is wood, honey, pecans, caramel, and toffee. Medium body.
abemorsten (3495) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle at home. Black body with a two finger thick, rocky, light brown head. Distinct honey aroma with sweet liqorice and other roasted notes fully present. Sweet, roasted alcoholic and bitter with honey and liqorice present. Full bodied. Smooth. Dry finish. Rich and well balanced.
zombywoof (460) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thought this beer was a little too unbalanced. Too sweet and not enough hop for my tastes. I like a good porter but the honey just didn’t do it for me.
brnandersen (3083) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355 ml. bottle from the supermarket. Pours very dark red-brown, with a nice thick head that stays around for a while. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of a lot of honey and roasted malt, with some bread. Nice mouthfeel, creamy enough. Taste is a let down, nowhere near as good as the smell. Light hint of hops in the finish, the finish is dominated by the honey. This beer is somewhat one-dimensional: There is only focus on the honey, and not munch else. However this beer is cheap, anything else at this price is pretty poor, which makes this beer OK.
Rasmus40 (15948) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear dark red brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet and a little roasted malt but primarily honey. Flavor is rather sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. A bit light bodied. This porter lacks roasted malt, and the sweet stickyness from the honey is overdone. 120210