Darkmagus82 (2054) - - AUG 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-16-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance- Pours a deep brown color with a cream colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving a medium level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is a mainly sweet, being a mix of maple syrup and toffee with light roasted malt and chocolate notes as well as a nutty aroma.
Taste – The taste is as the nose would predict. It begins with a roasted malt and chocolate and brown bread flavor and a big sweetness of maple syrup and brown sugar up front. The sweeter and bready flavors last throughout the whole taste and are joined by a nutty flavor more toward the middle and the end of the taste. In the end the combo of flavors leaves a sweet and lightly roasted nut flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and the carbonation level is average as well . A bit of a thicker body may have been better for the roasted, maple and nutty flavors of the brew, but overall it wasn’t too bad as the thinner body did make it a bit easier to drink with all the sweetness.
Overall- A little too much sweetness and not quite enough roastiness in a porter for me. Not really my fave of the Sams.
SHIG (4013) - 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 (1707) - 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 Jason’s 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 (631) - - 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 that’s for the better as too much pecan would bitter this too much.
rjplumer (718) - 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