nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2013
The aroma is definitely nice with toasted malt, maple, nuts, chocolate, and coffee but rather weak. The appearance is brown with a small head. The taste is a little like the aroma with an astringent bitterness. The palate is smooth. Overall it’s nice but not great. If only it tasted more like the aroma! SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours a nutty brown color with a small egg shell head. Nose is thick maple syrup, maple candys, light toffee. Palate is sticky, clingy, coats the molars, thick. Flavors of maple syrup, sugar, toffee, caramel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone scarletfire65 (1531) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle from Spring Variety Pack. Deep brown pour with amber highlights. Aroma of nutty toasted pecans, maple syrup, root beer, burnt sugar. The flavors mirror the nose, with some black coffee, charcoal, and woody hops also present. Nicely balanced - sweet maple on the finish, but not cloying at all. Good job, but not sure I would call it a Spring Seasonal (even though it was released in January). Should have waited for fall.
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours a dark cola brown with some ruby red on the edges with a thin light tan head. The aroma is full of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a slight nuttiness. The taste is roasty with some smokiness, chocolate and sweet in the finish, there is some nuttiness but not much and if there is maple syrup its only adding to the sweetness not so much the flavor. Overall this is a tasty brew, I won’t mind drinking a couple of these. Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle from the Spring sampler. Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of maple. nutty notes, bitter coffee, faint hops. The taste is roasted malts, maple, bitter coffee, burnt sugar, bitter hops. Medium bodied. Decent.
User134089 (1644) - - JAN 3, 2013
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: VONS in Grantville, Calif. (San Diego)
Price: $13.97 w/ card ($17.99 regular) for the Spring Thaw Variety 12-pack
Misc.: Label said to enjoy before June
Poured a very dark brown color with 1-2 fingers of khaki tan head that initially lasted for a long while. Minimal lacing on the sides. OK retention, but nothing extraordinary.
Smelled maple syrup, pecan (not just because of the name), caramel, honey and roasted walnuts.
Tasted similar to the nose with maple syrup dominating. Also got pecan, toffee, honey and roasted walnuts. Slight bitter notes of coffee and chocolate, but not overwhelming.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Soft (below average)-to-average carbonation. Surprisingly abrupt finish.
A nice change of pace. Certainly good and I’d definitely have it again. airrick2003 (872) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Appearance: really dark amber ish brownish color, clear, large beige head
Aroma: coffee, roasted malt, strong aroma,
Taste: dry and subtle at first, then a strong roasted malt and coffee flavor hits,
Palate: a bit of c02 burn, a hint of coffee aftertaste
Overall: a pretty good beer, intense flavors but not very complex
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pours dark brown topped with a thin light brown foam. Aroma is strong with nuts and chocolate. Taste is nutty and heavy with maple. This beer does not disappoint. Worth buying the sampler to try this one. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Sampled on 6/9/2012. This porter pours a medium dark brown color from the tap. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, caramel, maple and sweet. A medium bodied porter. The malts are chocolate and coffee, with a touch of maple and nutty. The hops are earthy and floral. Touch of pecans at the finish. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Very drinkable. The finish is a touch sweet. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Appearance: deep mahogany with garnet and ruby along the edges. Khaki head lingers with lace. Swirls creamy with more lace.
Nose: pecans and chocolate covered nuts – notably on the dry side in a good way. Flaky crust underneath much like sophisticated cookies. Maple syrup in the middle. Maple covered pecans and turtles. Candied apples.
Palate: medium weight and lightly mouth-coating before finishing dry. Chocolate up front, delicate middle, pecans and maple in the back. Chocolate truffles and turtles in the breath. Subtle sweet smokiness slowly emerges in the middle.
Final Thoughts: an entry in one of Samuel Adams annual home brewer contests where the winner has their beer brewed for them by the Boston Beer Company. Sadly, the Maple Pecan Porter was not the winner even though in my opinion and many others, it was the better of the two Sample options.