jrob21 (2166) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the porter. Maple here is a little muted and I don’t think I would have recognized it if it wasn’t in the name. There is a bit of tang and sweetness though working throughout a nice smooth porter. Faint roasty malt and touch of bitterness on the finish. A nice drink.
Nisse666 (3540) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Porterfestivalen 2013, Göteborg
AP: dark brown body, frothy dark brown head
AR; , dark chocolate, sprity
F: fizzy, marole syrup, flat dry, a bit burned caramel
gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at "Göteborgs Porterfestival" 2013. November 16.
First tried it by myself and rated it, then also sampled it from pitchers during a tasting with Garrett Oliver the same evening. As of Garrett this was a 2011 vintage.
Very dark brown to black color, dark brown head. Sweet, grainy, malty scent. Sweet, malty, chocolate taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.
Mora2000 (5127) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Draught House. Brown pour with a tan head. I get some nutty and toffee notes in the aroma. The flavor has some light maple as well as some nuttiness and toffee. There is also a hint of grape in there. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capones. Pours a deep dark brown color with a thin, dark tan head. Smell is chocolaty and nutty, with nice roasted malts. Sweet malts up front with a faint bitter twinge, a bit of nuttiness near the end, with more lingering malty sweetness. Slick and sweet with a creamy body and moderate carbonation.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The taste starts out with sweet flavors of maple, nuts, caramel and coffee. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is good for the style and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.
shrubber85 (6505) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Ash, maple syrup, and chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown with moderate head. Sweet maple and caramel malt, and mildly bitter herbal hops flavor. Fairly strong alcohol finish. Nice - a bit boozy.
queenholly (2409) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Light coffee, and sweet roasty malt aroma. Dark brown with a small beige head. Earthy roasty malt, sweet maple, and peaty flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.
BVery (5127) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Happy Gnome. Very dark and thick looking pour with a light brown head. Sweet aroma - chocolate and maple syrup. Palate is medium, maybe even just a touch thin, but fine. Taste is sweet but not cloying. Nicely done.
bob_w (291) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The cask version had a mildly roasty brown malt nose and an almost Ringwood yeast-like aroma -- a somewhat buttery nose. And in the after-taste, it was a bit sweet, yet still roasty, with a mild licorice note.
The standard version of the Porter had a hint of maple sweetness in the finish, mixing with a mild roastiness in the aftertaste. The non-cask beer had a more perceivable bitterness than the cask, while the cask beer seemed slightly sweeter and more full bodied, as well as a bit more tangy.
Also, it almost seemed that there was a touch more maple flavor in the standard carbonated version of the brew, and a more complex maple aroma in the cask edition -- interesting!
At one point we combined the cask and standard versions, and the combination of both yielded an expected balanced profile, however with the addition of a vanilla note in the aroma and flavor of the melding.
Either way, cask or standard, this is a beer in its own class and category.
boxofrane (1670) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 Draft. Pours pitch black with no head to speak of. The aroma is full of maple syrup. The taste has a ton of chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup, coffee, really nice.