JeanDuteau (9) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer poured as a nice black beer with brown tones. The head was huge and a) would not go away and b) just kept coming no matter how slowly I poured it. This really took away from the review of the beer because I could not get very good smell tests and I had to wait awhile or end up drinking foam (I couldn’t wait so I got a mouthful of foam).
When I could smell the beer, it had a nice sweet tang to it. It wasn’t really a maple syrup taste, but I am assuming that the maple brought the sweetness with it. It had molasses and a hint of chocolate to it which is what I expected from the Porter.
The taste was very nice - the dark malts were overshadowed by the sweetness and there was a taste of raisin that was not in the smell. Disappointingly, there was not a strong maple syrup taste to it which I was hoping for. The mouthfeel was nice other than when the foam got in the way.
DuffMan (5772) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
OOOOHHHH it’s that time of year again!!!! Beer Advent Calendar time! So this is a good start for a ticker like me-- a dark wintery brew that I have not yet rated and it has MAPLE SYRUP! Oh-oh-- the pour is dampening my enthusiasm: I need to pause about seven times because this beer is so gassy. Insanely carbonated. Once it settles down I can get a whiff of dark malts with woody undertones and an equally sweet/sour character. The palate is actually under-carbonated now that I de-gassed this creature. Flavours that are dominated by roast malt with a hint of sweetness, but not truly maple in flavour. The finish is woody, pithy dryness with a strange tangy quality that isn’t exactly sour but leans that way. Not foul, but not awesome either. Mostly a little strange.
Malbers (4) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013 does not count
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
No real maple upfront with the aroma, however very subtle on the palate. Pours with a big frothy tan head, so be careful on the pour. Overall, this beer is lacking as the caramel, and chocolate notes are subtle. This beer was disappointing and probably wouldn’t seek it out again.
RumRunner101 (545) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark pour with brown head. Aroma is quite roasted with subtle maple. Flavour has some sweetness, but not much maple flavour coming through. Finish is extremely burnt almost to the point of astringency.
slimspady (124) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Day 1 of craft beer advent calendar 2013. Dark beer with huge foamy head. Some malts and nuts. Not getting a lot of maple. Slight sweetness in the finish. It's not horrible but def nothing special.
gramity (1217) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Advent 01. Aggressive head. Nice dark roasty flavors. Not much maple. Good! A touch sour?
dresden (639) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dep brown pour with a huge frothy head. Aroma of malt, very feint maple. Taste is overly sweet, but lacking in maple somehow. Umm yeah it’s ok.
pintbypint (2269) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
341ml brown bottle. From Craft Beer Advent Calendar ’13. 6% abv on label.Very brown pour with a full dark brown head. Nose has chocolate, maple, molasses. Taste has dark chocolate, cocoa, roated malt, some weak maple sweetness. Chocolate/cocoa finish with a little bitterness and a bit of woody maple. Overall an ok flavoured porter, the cocoa notes are nice but it starts to get a bit hard to drink by the end.
presario (4419) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I guess Santa punished me for opening my Advent Calendar a few days early and gave me a lump of coal. Sweet and treacle and bad finish. Drain pour and wait for Dec 2.
CapFlu (4237) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Frothy off-beige head atop of a black body. Nose of ash, sweet malt and vegetables. Bizarre front... Somewhat tasteless before it melds into a sweet dirty taste. Not to my liking.