otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark browns with black inclinations – that moment just before night covers the world. Lovely crema head fades into a thin collar bordering a carefree puddle. Swirls with no lace.
Maple and dry earthen nutty Swiss chocolates. Dark stone fruits. Smooth and creamy. Freshly picked cherries in the middle, the darker the better.
Maple and cherries amidst a moist soft chocolate cake of decadent award-winning proportions. The mouthfeel is like velvet – divine. Cream and dark stone fruits in the middle with delicate maple accents. Rustic finish with campfire smoke and burnt wood. Slowly grows some bakers chocolate in the breath as she warms up. Silken.
Made with maple from Mary’s Maple Trees, this Brewmaster’s Reserve from the classy gents and dames at Brooklyn Brewery was liquid sophistication and gentility. Dark wooden rooms, tendrils of cigar smoke, a snifter of Mary’s Maple Porter, and life is indeed good. A newbie of sorts to the craft beer world, Mary is in no way new to beer and her attention to quality and detail I feel and tasted will bring another level of awesomeness to Brooklyn Brewery.
chinchill (1269) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).
Nice opaque near black body but almost no head.
Excellent aroma is fairly complex but moderately, at most, strong.
Hints of maple here unfortunately only appear in the taste as vague sweet notes. Mildly sweet but enough to make this seem best as a dessert or after dinner beer.
Near full body with medium (slightly too high?) carbonation.
b3shine (4233) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a translucent cola with beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of dark malt, very mild maple syrup, and a touch of roast. Tastes like it smells with more maple. Average on the palate. A little thin, but not bad.
LoFi (1516) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Porterfestivalen 2013, 2011 vintage.
Almost black with a light brown head.
Aroma: syrup, toffee, chocolate.
Taste: sweet with toffee, soft roast, light fruity, milk chocolate, licorice.
Tastes nice, probably too sweet for some people though.
Nisse666 (3677) - 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 (7330) - 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 (5310) - 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 (2086) - 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 (6811) - 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 (2569) - 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.