MetalNHopHead (1202) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Maple Pecan Porter. Thatís quite a name, isnít it? "Pecan" isnít particularly surprising since many porters advertise their inherent nuttiness. Maple, though? Frankly, I wasnít sure that Samuel Adams was going to pull off that combination. But they did, and itís awesome. This ale isnít very heady and has the brownish-black body of a porter, but it has a slight amber hue. Aroma has the expected roasted malt smell, but with a brilliant maple scent that is just plain mouthwatering. In this porter, the taste of coffee, though present, takes a backseat to syrupy sweetness, rich chocolate, and subtle nuttiness. Itís something different from the usual porter, and in this case, thatís a great thing. Samuel Adams makes some solid dark beers, but this one stands out as one of the best.
Slubgob (286) - West Hartford, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Intense maple nose over standard porter n describes taste as well, with some pecan thrown in.good idea and flavors compliment each other but the maple needs to be toned down by about half.
SpongeRuiner (1089) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks HisBoyElroy. Not the biggest fan of the brewery but this one was on the better side. Really has all the flavors named. Not a ton of overall flavor though.
monk191 (1606) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great, unique beer. Pours a deep red-brown with a tan head. Smells like maple syrup and a bit of nuts. Taste is maple sweet to start, with some chocolate, and then a lot of pecan in the finish. Very well balanced and a great aftertaste. Had in the bottle.
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yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a taster pack on a business trip to Toledo, 2/25/2014. 12 fl oz, 5.6% a/v
Pours dark chocolate brown, with aromas of maple syrup, nuttiness, chocolate, caramel. Taste is much the same, very maple syrupy, a note of pecans as well. For my taste, the maple syrup overwhelms the rest of the flavours. Palate is cloyingly sweet.
Very flavorful beer, just not my cup of tea.
DuffMan (8915) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Medium brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet nutty chocolate and male cookies. So sweet, I dreaded the first sip, fearing extract flavours. But happily I was wrong. This is certainly a sweet porter, but in a balanced way, with dry roast in good proportion to the maple and nut flavours. Very nice actually. On a side note-- I recall being put off by the aroma of Sam Adamsí Cherry Wheat, but being similarly surprised at the balanced palate. These guys know what theyíre doing.
radagast83 (6754) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at my friends wedding. Aroma is some light maple syrup notes, sweet malts, some light nutty and toasty notes. Flavor was sweet maple, coffee, molasses notes. Malts. Pecan notes. I want to knock it, but it really wasnít that bad at all.
coyforce (684) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This porter is pretty good. Taste is caramel and roasted malts. I do not detect much maple in this brew but the pour is a nice dark color.
HighlanderOne (1161) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle. Maple and pecan dominate aroma, with a hint of licorice. Dark mahogany with tan head. Flavors of burnt malt and root beer with the maple and porter in back. Thankfully the maple porter is not overwhelming. Hints of coffee and brownie as well. Pretty good.
dfinney23 (2576) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big maple aroma and taste with faint roasted malt and nuttiness. First swig was great but the cloying sweetness was overwhelming by the end.