poisoneddwarf (1761) - 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.
Damico (2681) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours unclear dark thick amber with a creamy sandy colored head and a bit of a ring of lacing. The aroma brings toasted malts and fresh nutty maple as well. The flavor brings a brilliant blend of maple, caramel, nuts, and toasted malts that go down smooth on a lighter body.
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle -
Found in the Spring sampler pack, picked up at Costco for $22.99 a case. Not bad. Aroma is definitely nutty, like crushed walnut/pecan shells. A touch of alcohol also shows up. Subtle maple syrup also makes an appearance as does a Tootsie Roll pop with just a bit of root beer. It smells kind of sweet too, but it doesn’t come thru on the flavor.
I think with a bit more complexity and sweetness this beer would be great. Light sweetness brings out the maple/pecan flavors, but the porter notes are lacking a bit. It’s a pretty simple beer and done well. No complaints.
Lemke10 (826) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours a dark brown color with a foamy beige head. The aroma is very malty with hints of maple and pecan. The flavor is thinner than expected but rather interesting. There are some very nutty tones with just a touch of maple shinning through. Not my favorite Sam Adams brew yet has an interesting flavor for the ingredients.
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"A little on the thin side for mw, but not overly so. The body and flavor was light, though fairly complex. Sweetish malt, slight roast and chocolate. Definitely quaffable, which is what SA is good at. Would have liked more pecan, but that’s hard to do. Only in the aftertaste. Pleasant brew, though."
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Lots of maple syrup. A bit overly sweet. Decent base porter. Nuttiness was more noticeable in the aroma.
TECHNICAL: Drank 3/11/2013. Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark red was dark brown in the glass with an average, tan head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma contained moderate roasted and nutty malts; maple syrup and a hint of cherry. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly bitter and slightly sour. There was maple syrup; roasted malt, nuttiness, sour coffee, coffee, hints of chocolate and slight cherry. The medium body was lightly syrupy with fizzy carbonation and an ever so slightly metallic finish.
olliejobbins (936) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with thin caramel coloured head. Aroma is of maple syrup, toffee and malts. Really nice smooth taste. I could taste the maple syrup. I’ve never had pecan nuts or pie but this was definitely a bit nutty. Nice.
Darkmagus82 (1823) - - 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 (3660) - 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 (1473) - 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.