Review: Samual Adams Maple Pecan Porter

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Brewery: Boston Beer Company
Beer: Maple Pecan Porter
Style: American Porter
ABV: 5.6%
Character: Brewed with maple syrup and natural flavors added
Metal Connection: Macabre – Ed Gein

3-5skulls

Boston Beer Company or Samuel Adams as we all know it. What can I say about these guys? It’s a safe bet to go turn to a Sam Adams beer, and not be disappointed. They are one of the largest American-owned beer company. They have an impressive roster of specialty and season beers along with their year round selection. Here we have one of their seasonal beers, their Maple Pecan Porter.

I used my Rahr & Sons Cinco De Mayo 2012 pint glass for this one. The beer poured a near black, very dark brown color with a tan finger width head which retained throughout the session, leaving a very nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma reminds me of a home made pie baking in the kitchen. Strong scent of the maple up front mixed with a chocolate, caramel, and nutty tones. I’m telling you, this was a pie wrapped in a beer bottle!

The taste though was a bit thin compared to the aroma, but the same flavors were there as with the aroma. Taste of maple, but not overpowering, which was a good thing as some Maple beers I have had in the past over do it with the maple, and it becomes an undrinkable beer. The chocolate, caramel, and nutty flavors is where I think this was a bit thin, but still very enjoyable. I guess I was just expecting these flavors to pop as they did with the aroma. The pecan or nutty flavors of this beer seemed to be caused by the malts, as I see no indication that actual pecans were used in the brewing process.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin here as well. I think it needed to be a bit more bodied and smoother to really make this one a 5 skull winner. I will give this one a 3.5 skulls, as I will love to drink this beer again, but I will not go and kill over finding another bottle.

Musically, this one was easy for me to find a pairing. Sam Adams, as I said is a reliable beer company, making beer that is always generally liked by so many, including myself, so I turned to a band, that for me, has always proved themselves as a great band with every album they put out. MACABRE is this band, and I went with a classic song, “Ed Gein” from their 1987 EP release, Grim Reality. So overall for me this was an enjoyable experience, and I will love to kick back in my Garage of Beer & Metal (as I call it), blasting all releases by Macabre on shuffle, and drinking a Sam Adams Maple Pecan Porter. Cheers!

Serial Killing these beers, BeerMetalDude!

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