Tessic (816) - Brantford, Ontario, - SEP 20, 2012
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This porter poured a deep brown colour with a lacking, soapy head. Even after a vigorous pour... very little head. To the nose nose there are scents of molassass, light smoke, Melloids cough candies and brown sugar. First sip had a thin mouthfeel with flavours of smoke, burnt malt and spoiled maple. Finish is sweet and smokey. This is like most Nickel Brook beer, seriously lacking.
jksipa (200) - NEWMARKET, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a deep reddish black with a big pillowy khaki head that fades slowly leaving nice lace. Nose is toffee, coffee and chocolate with notes of vanilla and maple. Nice sweet start with some nuts and coffee with vanilla and a definite maple note balancing a slight bitterness.. Creamy slightly thin mouth with a lingering smoky finish.
Helsdon (52) - Toronto, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A 750ml bottle (with its fancy new graphics) bought from my local LCBO. A well done porter. Great rich smell of toasted malts, brown sugar and maple. Nice full fluffy tan head that slowly breaks down with lacing over a nearly opaque espresso-brown beer. The taste right up front with toasted malts, a touch of bitterness there, but the is a calm sweetness there to balance it out. Maple is mostly lost to me in the beer itself. A little vanilla, floating around there as well. While porters and stouts are really my thing, this one is well done, and worth a try.
Alanthebeerguy (118) - - JAN 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Basic porter. I could not pick up the maple taste and actually found it a little bitter.
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ljthiessen (166) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barley Brothers, Winnipeg. Dark pour with a nice head. Roasty, malty aroma, with a little maple. Normally I'm a little skeptical toward porters and anything with maple, but I was pleasantly surprised. Flavour is nice and rich, coffee and chocolate with subtle maple and a touch of smokiness.
bulldogops (1028) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #792 - Beer #1 of the Craft BeerAdvent Calendar - Dec 1, 2013.This porter was flat out delicious. Great start to the calendar and a great breakfast beer. Weak bubbly off-white head out of a espresso-mahogany pour.Not shy about the maple on the nose. Palate has lots of good roast malt notes, lasting bitterness, and a tinge of maple syrup sweetness. Good porter.
northropfrye (1949) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at barley bros. winnipeg. Roasted malts aroma. Sweet maple and ripe banana flavour with cocoa and coffee. Nice porter.
cards04 (1459) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good enough beer but I wish they wouldn’t have called it a maple Porter... The maple is no where to be found. Having said that there are some nice roasty malt and coffee notes.
JeanDuteau (16) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
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 (6164) - 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 (18) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
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.