Frozer (118) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick tan head leaves heavy lacing down the glass. Strong maple syrup aroma. Tastes chocolatey and coffee. Hard to taste any nut or pecan flavor. Has a relatively dry finish. Very easy to drink with excellent mouth feel.
radio_nowhere (816) - Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2013 12oz bottle from spring variety pack. Poured into English pint glass, reddish dark brown color with creamy tan head. Aroma of maple syrup, brown sugar, pecans, bread and caramel malt. Taste is the aroma adding some chocolate sweetness, light coffee, nuttiness and a hint of vanilla. Thick body, rich, creamy, oily and sticky. Much better beer then I expected, with SA’s flavored beers you never know.
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown with a large off-white head. The aroma is full of toasted malt, caramel and quite a bit of nuttiness. The flavor is better than the aroma. I get a good dose of sweet milk chocolate, as well as some strong maple syrup and vanilla notes. There is also some pecan flavor that comes through quite nicely. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
osu97gp (649) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark red-brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma of maple, nuts, and light coffee. Flavor of coffee with a lot of maple at the finish. Quite sweet.
mike67 (788) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with foamy beige head. Aroma is of bready, nutty malt, hints of hops and dark fruit. Body is full and smooth. Taste is toasted, nutty malt, maple syrup, chocolate, hints of earthy hops and dark fruit. Finish is medium, coffeeish. On a sweet side, but should be good with right food.
brenn79 (1519) - Idaho, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle- Pours dark brown to almost black with a light tan one finger head that reduces pretty quickly. Aroma is maple and brown sugar up front, it smells like a pecan pie with maple syrup drizzled on the top, very appealing. The taste is creamy, maple, and pecans, just like the label says, very very good. Body is a little thin, carbonation is medium. Overall I was massively impressed. The best in the variety pack by far, yet it is the only one that is not available in six packs around here, WTF. And by the way, this was totally a fall beer, yet it was released in the spring variety, whats up with that Jim!
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Part of the Samuel Adams Mix-pack - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a dark, russet-brown body with a medium-sized, wispy, faint ecru head. A thin spittle of lacing.
Smell: Toasted breadcrusts, toasted pecan additive, and roasted coffee beans, with a spritz of maple make up the nose. Smells more akin to an International Delight coffee creamer!
Taste: Pale malts with a toasty edge and a coffee grain note that blends into the pecan flavoring. Modestly sweet. Maple eventually gets overtaken by the coffee note and pecan flavoring. In fact, for me, this coffee/pecan kick just carries on through the finish and into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I had prepped myself for what was to be a flavored porter, though, I had hoped for something just a bit more restrained, if you will. Sure, it is better than those flavored Saranac porters, though!
SSSteve (3768) - - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. clear brown with a large beige. maple and crystal malt aroma with nuts. flavor has an emptiness from what the aroma. promised. there’s a note of caramel covered nuts. light bodied and creamy.
poisoneddwarf (1710) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from the Spring Variety pack. Pour looks more like a brown ale than a porter--it’s dark brown and looks ruby red in the light; has a receding beige head that leaves a little lace. Aroma consists of dough and maple syrup, maybe a little licorice; the nuttiness comes out after it sits awhile; also some wet river rock. Taste is sweet, nutty, delicious. Body is on the thin side, carbonation pretty high for style. Lip-smacking good.
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 New Rating for 2014 sampler. It has improved. Less sweetness. However, it still really lacks much character. Bland more than anything. Original rating follows. Bottle from the Spring 2013 sampler pack. There is a very dark, nearly black beer with a hint of ruby at the edges when held to light. The thin light khaki head was barely present on top. I am certain the name is influencing me, but I can certainly smell the maple and pecans. There is also some note of bubblegum and bread crust. This tastes like sweetened coffee with some maple thrown in for good measure. Notes of ashtray and hay also come through with each drink. Too sweet with little to balance.