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Nickel Brook Maple Porter - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Maple PorterNickel Brook Maple Porter

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77
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 19.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A fragrant, dark ruby porter, brewed with a blend of six malts, toasted barley and infused with pure, dark Canadian maple syrup. The result is a complex mixture of roasted malt and maple syrup flavours and aromas.

Nickel Brook Maple Porter is a unique Canadian interpretation of an ancient classic!

18 IBU

(Beer added by: pootz on 04-04-2007)
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Reviews by trevorwideman:
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to pootz for sending me this special, straight-from-the-tank, unfiltered sample.

Pours a lovely colour. dark but still a bit transclucent. The colours of autumn in southern Ontario, deep red with a bit of copper and orange when held up to the light. Medium-high carbonation keeps a nice bit of tan lacing even though it didn't produce a massive head. Smell is very unique. The maple aroma is very deep and heavy and earthy, much like maple syrup should smell, but surrounding it is a great roasted malt aroma with a woodiness that brings to mind fire and boiling maple sap and fresh baked goods. Vanilla tones are there as well, with an anise like aroma sneaking in the back.

Taste starts out with a bit of roasted caramel malt, almost charred tasting. The woody tones really come through and compliment the very light maple flavour. I was afraid that this would come off too sweet, but there's a bit of lactic sourness to keep it in check, and the roasted bitterness helps a lot as well. There's a quality that I would almost call herbal about it, but it's closer to the way the air tastes in the middle of a deciduous forest. Very earthy and leafy. Metallic note in the finish. Carbonation is medium and the body is medium-thin. I could drink this in spades, but on just the right evening, when a chill pervades the air. Octoberish I'd say. Maple Porter? You might as well just call this one "Canada", it embodies everything I love about the Canadian autumn, and it does it so unpretentiously. A real treat that I hope to have again someday.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 02:16:34 | More by trevorwideman
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look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO (2014 edition), served slightly chilled. I've had more than a few maple beers over the years, but there are very few that I have bothered purchasing more than once.

Pours an opaque brown-black cola colour, topped with nearly two fingers of fluffy, frothy tan-coloured head. Decent retention; it takes a fairly long time to wilt completely away, leaving a spongy pattern of lace behind on the glass. Looks great, with the malts being the more prominent aspect of the aroma. Roasted malts, toffee and maple syrup are all detectable, with a light touch of coffee and dark chocolate.

It didn't take me long to fall in love with this one - this is a yummy, balanced porter that drinks a lot lighter than the abv might suggest. Dark malts are the focus, with notes of baker's chocolate, caramel and molasses accenting the roastiness. A touch of raisin also comes through, with the maple syrup sweetness seemingly content to remain in the background. Nice bittersweet finish, with chocolate alongside some licorice and vaguely smoky notes. Medium-bodied, with a luxuriously smooth feel on the palate.

Final Grade: 4.0, an A-. Nickel Brook's Maple Porter is a solid dark brew, with the maple syrup providing a pleasant sweetness that should make this an accessible, enjoyable option for many consumers. I'm not real big on the format - this would be fine as a sixer or in cans - but as far as Ontario-made sweet porters go, this is a very enjoyable option that I'd consider returning to again.

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Appearance: It's a porter, so it has a body as black as night. Well there is a slight dark brown tinge to it, but it's thick enough that you can't see the carbonation. Speaking of carbonation, the beer produced a half finger that did not retain very well but did produce some minor lacing.

Smell: It smells like a...maple porter...go figure. Seriously though, this beer as a bit more porter then maple as the dark coffee, charred wood and raisin smell pull the milder sweet maple scent into the background. Warming tends to bring out all aspects of the beer.

Taste: The light maple taste seems to just barely take control over the rich coffee like malt who slowly but surely take over as the bitter charred wood elements and a rich earthiness take over. However the maple puts up a valiant fight as it seems to reign in the harshness of the other aspects of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Remember how I said the maple reigned in the harshness, it's really present in the aftertaste as mild maple and milder notes of the rest of the beer are kept nicely in check even as you approach the bottom of the beer. The carbonation is a bit lacklustre though. It leaves a pleasant dryness to it, which honestly surprises me a bit/

Drinkability: It's on the heavier side of medium, but it's a solid sipping beer and settles down well. The harshness is subdued making it a refreshing experience not commonly found it porters, but the dry note stops you from guzzling like mad. Solid here.

Final Thoughts: All in all a positive experience, but I wouldn't say it's blown me away. However, it does seem to hint that the brewer knows how maple syrup in beer works, to which I can only hope to see if perhaps they will take a shot at a maple bock. I'd say give this beer a whirl, but don't expect your socks to be knocked off.

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This beer poured as a nice black beer with brown tones. The head was huge and a) would not go away and b) just kept coming no matter how slowly I poured it. This really took away from the review of the beer because I could not get very good smell tests and I had to wait awhile or end up drinking foam (I couldn't wait so I got a mouthful of foam).

When I could smell the beer, it had a nice sweet tang to it. It wasn't really a maple syrup taste, but I am assuming that the maple brought the sweetness with it. It had molasses and a hint of chocolate to it which is what I expected from the Porter.

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This beer pours a solid, brown-tinted black, with muddied basal cola 'highlights', and a teeming tower of over-effusive, frothy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves some Mediterranean grotto lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

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One of the ones who is drinking this tonight thanks to the Beer Advent calender. This was the inaugural beer from the box.

A: Jet black with huge, unrelenting head. Frothy light brown head. Normally I can gauge the darkness of the beer by looking at the edges but the head never goes away so that option's out. Reduces to a thick skin after a little while and never goes away. Lacing doesn't stick though.

S: This might be the highlight of the beer for me. Chocolate, some coffee (like a cafe latte), raisins, a bitterness I can't quite place, and somewhere back there a maple-vanilla sweetness. To my relief, I already know this isn't a maple-bomb at this point.

T: Chocolatey coat to start and a maple, brown sugar build towards the finish. I don't know, not a lot to report really. It's pleasant enough but not a lot to talk about. I think I've been spoiled by the richness of big-ABV beers but this just seems a little deflated.

M: It's thin but what reduces my vote here is the carbonation is just too high for the style in my opinion. In a saison sure, but in a porter I want pretty gentle carbonation and I feel like this is crackling on my tongue which is kind of not working for me.

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Nickel Brook Maple Porter from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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