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Part of the Beer Loverís Choice 2011.

Samuel Adams is bringing you Maple Pecan Porter. A nutty syrupy porter that just reeks of New England.
Sweet New England maple syrup and a distinct pecan note define this balanced porter. The roasted character of our blend of malts complements the maple sweetness with hints of coffee and chocolate. Reddish-black in color, this full-bodied brew has a sweet and slightly nutty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Part of the Samuel Adams Mix-pack - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark, russet-brown body with a medium-sized, wispy, faint ecru head. A thin spittle of lacing.

Smell: Toasted breadcrusts, toasted pecan additive, and roasted coffee beans, with a spritz of maple make up the nose. Smells more akin to an International Delight coffee creamer!

Taste: Pale malts with a toasty edge and a coffee grain note that blends into the pecan flavoring. Modestly sweet. Maple eventually gets overtaken by the coffee note and pecan flavoring. In fact, for me, this coffee/pecan kick just carries on through the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I had prepped myself for what was to be a flavored porter, though, I had hoped for something just a bit more restrained, if you will. Sure, it is better than those flavored Saranac porters, though!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3906) - - FEB 23, 2013
bottle. clear brown with a large beige. maple and crystal malt aroma with nuts. flavor has an emptiness from what the aroma. promised. thereís a note of caramel covered nuts. light bodied and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1871) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 22, 2013
12 oz bottle from the Spring Variety pack. Pour looks more like a brown ale than a porter--itís dark brown and looks ruby red in the light; has a receding beige head that leaves a little lace. Aroma consists of dough and maple syrup, maybe a little licorice; the nuttiness comes out after it sits awhile; also some wet river rock. Taste is sweet, nutty, delicious. Body is on the thin side, carbonation pretty high for style. Lip-smacking good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 New Rating for 2014 sampler. It has improved. Less sweetness. However, it still really lacks much character. Bland more than anything. Original rating follows. Bottle from the Spring 2013 sampler pack. There is a very dark, nearly black beer with a hint of ruby at the edges when held to light. The thin light khaki head was barely present on top. I am certain the name is influencing me, but I can certainly smell the maple and pecans. There is also some note of bubblegum and bread crust. This tastes like sweetened coffee with some maple thrown in for good measure. Notes of ashtray and hay also come through with each drink. Too sweet with little to balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tnkw01 (1286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle. Loved this beer. Had that slight maple and pecan and it was not too sweet. Nice brown color with a decent head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1087) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Very dark red pour with a huge tan head. Aroma is of maple syrup and caramel. Thick, oily body. Lots of maple and chocolate. Very sweet. Caramel with a lot of nuttiness. Not too cloying but itís still pretty sweet. Not bad though. Not as much pecan as I had hoped but itís not too artificial.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sailracer (424) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle. The maple flavor hit up front very strong, but then mellowed (thankfully) as I got further into the beer. With the exception of the first few sips, this was a pretty good porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (832) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2013
12 oz bottle from spring mix pack, Kroger, Bridge St. Dark barely-translucent brown; decent looking frothy brown head shows solid lacing and becomes a thin ring. Aroma -real- maple, malt, chocolate, nuts, dirt. Flavor similar but a bit less impressive; there is clearly real maple syrup in here. Medium body, frothy in the mouth, medium-heavy stickiness. I appreciate the real maple in this and it creates a nice flavor. If theyíd make this beer a little more substantial on the whole this could be really special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3939) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Sampled as part of the spring thaw pack (which is imho the best mix pack that has come out from SA in a while). Clear dark brown pour with mahogany highlights and desnes sudsy khaki foam head. Nose is sweet and nutty and actually enticing. Fortunately, the flavor actually holds up pretty well. Big toffee and semi burnt chocolate notes, with a sweet nuttiness, that surprisingly enough does NOT verge on being vegetal. Earthy, roasty toasted finish. Pretty damn good actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3385) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle; poured a dark cola brown with a very light brown head. Aroma of earth, coffee, dirt (in a good way), with hints of nuts. Flavor had more sweetness and mineral qualities than the flavor. The after taste was very nice and lingered; some more sweetness in the flavor. Some nice complexity; syrup, nuts, caramel, and roasted malt/coffee. A good beer.

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