brenn79 (1623) - 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 (4448) - 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 (3872) - - 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 (1818) - 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 (5133) - 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.
tnkw01 (1247) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Loved this beer. Had that slight maple and pecan and it was not too sweet. Nice brown color with a decent head.
Hangover (1079) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark red pour with a huge tan head. Aroma is of maple syrup and caramel. Thick, oily body. Lots of maple and chocolate. Very sweet. Caramel with a lot of nuttiness. Not too cloying but it’s still pretty sweet. Not bad though. Not as much pecan as I had hoped but it’s not too artificial.
sailracer (419) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The maple flavor hit up front very strong, but then mellowed (thankfully) as I got further into the beer. With the exception of the first few sips, this was a pretty good porter.
sfontain (824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from spring mix pack, Kroger, Bridge St. Dark barely-translucent brown; decent looking frothy brown head shows solid lacing and becomes a thin ring. Aroma -real- maple, malt, chocolate, nuts, dirt. Flavor similar but a bit less impressive; there is clearly real maple syrup in here. Medium body, frothy in the mouth, medium-heavy stickiness. I appreciate the real maple in this and it creates a nice flavor. If they’d make this beer a little more substantial on the whole this could be really special.
Butters (3895) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled as part of the spring thaw pack (which is imho the best mix pack that has come out from SA in a while). Clear dark brown pour with mahogany highlights and desnes sudsy khaki foam head. Nose is sweet and nutty and actually enticing. Fortunately, the flavor actually holds up pretty well. Big toffee and semi burnt chocolate notes, with a sweet nuttiness, that surprisingly enough does NOT verge on being vegetal. Earthy, roasty toasted finish. Pretty damn good actually.