krf6 (8) - Jersey City, NJ, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2012 does not count
Not very heavy; complex flavor. Very enjoyable overall. Found it at Biergarten in Jersey City. Anyone see this available in a 6-pack? Deldeus (7) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2012 does not count
I was surprised and really happy to taste this beautiful maple porter from draft during my visit in NYC last week. I tasted loads of American craft beers. Many good, some ugly but this maple porter was the best of the whole trip. TheJestersBeer (2431) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2012
Pours more or less pitch black, with a firm brown head.
Rich, complex aroma, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, coffee beans, tobacco, leather, licorice, ashes.
Off-dry, medium to full bodied, medium bitterness, creamy CO2.
Rich, roasted taste, slightly smoky, chocolate, licorice, coffee beans, vanilla, ashes, earth. Hints of maple. Very well balanced.
(2012-06-13) FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle at North Bar, Leeds (Brooklyn and Nogne night). Pours a deep black, with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolates, maple syrup, touch of roastiness. Taste is similar, with the maple nicely underplayed - not sweet at all, just adding a really nice character to a generally savory porter. Medium body, medium finish. Seriously good - strongly subtle. bob_w (378) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2013
The cask version had a mildly roasty brown malt nose and an almost Ringwood yeast-like aroma -- a somewhat buttery nose. And in the after-taste, it was a bit sweet, yet still roasty, with a mild licorice note.
The standard version of the Porter had a hint of maple sweetness in the finish, mixing with a mild roastiness in the aftertaste. The non-cask beer had a more perceivable bitterness than the cask, while the cask beer seemed slightly sweeter and more full bodied, as well as a bit more tangy.
Also, it almost seemed that there was a touch more maple flavor in the standard carbonated version of the brew, and a more complex maple aroma in the cask edition -- interesting!
At one point we combined the cask and standard versions, and the combination of both yielded an expected balanced profile, however with the addition of a vanilla note in the aroma and flavor of the melding.
Either way, cask or standard, this is a beer in its own class and category.
Darkmagus82 (2303) - - MAY 19, 2014
Transfer from BA and reviewed on 2-12-12 -
Served in a chalice glass.
Appearance – Served a deep brown color with a tan head. The head fades giving some nice lacing.
Smell –The maple syrup is up front and potent with a bit of other sweet brown sugar aromas mixed in. While the maple aroma persists throughout the nose, some more roasted malts begin working their way in toward the middle and end of the aroma and round it out quite nicely.
Taste – Not as sweet as anticipated from the nose. A more roasted malt flavor of some barley and oat meet the tongue initially. A very light sweet brown sugar and maple come in toward the middle of the taste experience, but are much more mild then would be expected. The sweetness mingles with the maltiness toward the end laving a rather pleasant roasty maple flavor in the mouth at the end of the taste.
Mouthfeel – A good thickness with a very moderate level of carbonation. Fairly creamy and quite easy to drink.
Overall – A nice dark porter, with more subtle characteristics of maple sweetness. A good brew; not too sweet with a nice flavor and aroma profile.