ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 2/17/13. 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a one finger light mocha color that fades quickly. At least it leaves a nice collar of lacing on the glass.
S: Obviously, this comes off like a sweeter porter - not just from the prevalent (and decently executed, to be honest) maple notes, but also from the tones of chocolate, hazelnut, pecan, and molasses. Not much in the way of roasted qualities here. Itís sweet, but I honestly really like it.
T: Right from the start, a huge jolt of maple opens up the flavor profile. This big sweetness will give way to a slightly drier nutty finish. There isnít much depth - itís more or less just maple, nuts, with touches of dry chocolate to tie the two notes together - but whatís here is quite enjoyable. It becomes a bit cloying near the bottom of the glass, though.
M: The palate feel is a bit insubstantial in its texture, but this helps tone down some of the (otherwise) strong carbonation. Given its level of sweetness on the aftertaste, I could really use more body here.
O: A successful gimmick beer - this is a showcase for the maple syrup and pecan qualities, nothing more, nothing less. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but Iíd be lying if I said I didnít enjoy this.
trapped (558) - TURKEY - MAR 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with creamy beige head, caramel aroma, low carbonation, sweetish coffee beans taste, medium finish. Nice porter.
Bcoble003 (236) - Aiea, Hawaii, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smell of maple and spice. Taste of maple but not overpowering. Pretty smooth going down, not to carbonated.
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rumproasts (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Deep brown with small head. Exactly what it says it is. Strong aroma of maple and pecan. Flavors almost equally pronounced. Solid, but there doesnít seem to be much underneath the very pleasant maple and pecan.
ScipioA (193) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out looking ok, deep brown with a slight purple tinge and only a slight tan head. It smells like dessert, lots of chocolate and maple with a bit of coffee. Really interesting flavor, smoky malts up against a lot of sweetness. I donít really get much pecan out of this, maybe a hint in the aftertaste. Fairly thick, maybe a little harsh on the carbonation. Overall this is a good addition to the Sam Adams spring variety pack. Itís not exactly a traditional porter but still quite tasty, especially as dessert after a meal.
jbuskirk (273) - Holdrege, 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 (168) - 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 (530) - 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 (690) - 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 (527) - 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 (6079) - 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.