otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark browns with black inclinations – that moment just before night covers the world. Lovely crema head fades into a thin collar bordering a carefree puddle. Swirls with no lace.
Maple and dry earthen nutty Swiss chocolates. Dark stone fruits. Smooth and creamy. Freshly picked cherries in the middle, the darker the better.
Maple and cherries amidst a moist soft chocolate cake of decadent award-winning proportions. The mouthfeel is like velvet – divine. Cream and dark stone fruits in the middle with delicate maple accents. Rustic finish with campfire smoke and burnt wood. Slowly grows some bakers chocolate in the breath as she warms up. Silken.
Made with maple from Mary’s Maple Trees, this Brewmaster’s Reserve from the classy gents and dames at Brooklyn Brewery was liquid sophistication and gentility. Dark wooden rooms, tendrils of cigar smoke, a snifter of Mary’s Maple Porter, and life is indeed good. A newbie of sorts to the craft beer world, Mary is in no way new to beer and her attention to quality and detail I feel and tasted will bring another level of awesomeness to Brooklyn Brewery.
Iphonephan (6724) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Max’s in Baltimore. Pours a clear dark cola with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate. Flavors of smoke and maple. Medium bodied.
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAY 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
chinchill (4762) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).
Nice opaque near black body but almost no head.
Excellent aroma is fairly complex but moderately, at most, strong.
Hints of maple here unfortunately only appear in the taste as vague sweet notes. Mildly sweet but enough to make this seem best as a dessert or after dinner beer.
Near full body with medium (slightly too high?) carbonation.
b3shine (8675) - Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a translucent cola with beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of dark malt, very mild maple syrup, and a touch of roast. Tastes like it smells with more maple. Average on the palate. A little thin, but not bad.
LoFi (1714) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Porterfestivalen 2013, 2011 vintage.
Almost black with a light brown head.
Aroma: syrup, toffee, chocolate.
Taste: sweet with toffee, soft roast, light fruity, milk chocolate, licorice.
Tastes nice, probably too sweet for some people though.
Nisse666 (7067) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Porterfestivalen 2013, Göteborg
AP: dark brown body, frothy dark brown head
AR; , dark chocolate, sprity
F: fizzy, marole syrup, flat dry, a bit burned caramel
gnoff (10072) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at "Göteborgs Porterfestival" 2013. November 16.
First tried it by myself and rated it, then also sampled it from pitchers during a tasting with Garrett Oliver the same evening. As of Garrett this was a 2011 vintage.
Very dark brown to black color, dark brown head. Sweet, grainy, malty scent. Sweet, malty, chocolate taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Draught House. Brown pour with a tan head. I get some nutty and toffee notes in the aroma. The flavor has some light maple as well as some nuttiness and toffee. There is also a hint of grape in there. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capones. Pours a deep dark brown color with a thin, dark tan head. Smell is chocolaty and nutty, with nice roasted malts. Sweet malts up front with a faint bitter twinge, a bit of nuttiness near the end, with more lingering malty sweetness. Slick and sweet with a creamy body and moderate carbonation.
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The taste starts out with sweet flavors of maple, nuts, caramel and coffee. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is good for the style and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.