SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a dark brown with black center and red edges. Head was finger creamy fast dissipating beige. Strong maple sugar aroma. Taste is sweet maple sugar, malts, and pecans in the finish.
HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. Pours a deep mahogany color with reddish undertones. A tall tan head sits for a good couple of minutes before dissipating into a quarter inch thick and leaving some sticky lacing along the way.
Smell is of maple syrup, pecans, mocha, and sweet malt.
Taste of nice roasted malt up front with some brown sugar, maple syrup and pecans to follow, much like a pecan pie. Finish is a bit of mocha, very slight bitterness, and some smokiness as well. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich.
Overall, a very tasty porter when you are in the mood for something a bit on the sweet side.
seymour (1659) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2014
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tasted at Jasonís anti-Homebrew-Club gathering. It poured a dark brown colour with weak beige foam. Smelled like a basic porter plus maple syrup and pecans, in a sorta artificial chemical way. Tasted even worse with diacetyl, cloying candy sweetness, fake-seeming nutty flavours, lacking any toasty malt complexity. Medium body, low carbonation, sticky, mushy, oxidized mouthfeel, unpleasant aftertaste. An interesting concept, but poorly executed.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark brown color with a decent khaki head. Very sweet nose full of maple syrup. Comes across as way too sweet to me and very one demensional with the maple running roughshod over everything else. The light roasted malts come out a little more as it warms. Not one I would return to.
Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
I really wanted this beer to stand to and be good, but as stated earlier, I have been very disappointed with Sam Adams....I hope the Utopia lives up to its legacy!
Jasond612 (281) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6/22/14. Last beer of the night sitting outside Heidi and Brian's. Maple was very present. Didn't taste pecan. Lil too sweet for my taste
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samsmith33 (575) - - JUN 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: maple, beer.
Appearance: dark brown, thin white head.
Taste: malty, ash, honey, nut,
Feel: a little flat,
Ok...maple is just right, but pecan is muted. Maybe thatís for the better as too much pecan would bitter this too much.
rjplumer (663) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild chocolate maple aroma with hint of nuts in background. Deep brown black color. Light film of a head. Mild bitterness with clean finish with a hint of cocoa.
steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice smell nutty dark roast. Very little head. Taste porter with chocolate notes, coffee, nutty guess the maple is in there as well. Full bodied nice hop bite in finish. Well put together similar to the long shot hazelnut brown of so long ago. Well done
bluejacket74 (1551) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle, best before May 2014. Got this bottle from a friend last weekend. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark ruby red/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and sweet, it smells like maple, nuts/pecans, and roasted malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but thereís also the addition of some caramel, chocolate, coffee and a bit of smokiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit syrupy and creamy with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, and if you like sweeter tasting beers then I would recommend it.