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Nickel Brook Maple Porter - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.51%
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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1/5  rDev -70.1%

byronic, Dec 05, 2013
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1/5  rDev -70.1%

pokerman, Aug 26, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

polloenfuego, Apr 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

seinfeldette, May 16, 2013
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2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a very fresh 6 pack, just bottled two weeks ago.

A - Very dark; almost opaque; looks a lot like cola.

S - Toasty; distinct but not overpowering maple aroma.

T - Very faint maple taste. Would have liked a little more maple flavour. Otherwise sort of bland with not enough roasted malt flavour that is typical of a porter. I felt like this either needed a robust maple flavour or at least a typical porter profile of roasted malts and it had neither. Disappointing.

M - A bit watery, not typical for a porter.

D - A drinkable beer, but not an enjoyable one. I wouldn't buy this again.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 22, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

rickfos, May 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

esto, Oct 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear dark color porter with a medium foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of maple and roasted malt are easily detectable. Taste is a strange mix between some lightly sweet maple notes with dry roasted malt. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Not bad overall but I am probably not the biggest fan of including maple in beer.

Phyl21ca, Oct 17, 2009
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

DamageCase76, Jan 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Brody1714, Apr 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

cfalovo97, Apr 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Docrock, Jun 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Westvleteren12, Dec 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

MylesMac, Jan 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

DaPan, Jun 22, 2013
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3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with an average size creamy beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - maple, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and feels creamy on the palette. There is actually quite a bit of taste going here, lots of sugar sweetness and lots of maple flavours. There are also notes of toffee and chocolate and some malts. The beer finishes with a very sweet maple and sugar aftertaste.

Drink - The beer was a little too sweet for my liking but it was still decent. However, I wouldn't seek it out again.

spinrsx, Dec 20, 2010
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3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at C'est What?.

Pours a slightly opaque dark reddish brown, almost black, thick tan head forms, settles down to a thin ring and leaves some lace chunks on the glass. Smell is alright, roasty and chocolate, toast, dark fruit, caramel, quite sweet, not a whole lot of maple character going on though. Taste is similar, no real maple at all, sweet, brown sugar and caramel, some roast, bit sweet and sour through the middle, a bit biscuit, nice roast, but not much else. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Half decent but wheres the maple? And not much of a porter at that.

Viggo, Oct 06, 2009
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3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with thin tan hean. Smell has some maple in it, but it could be through power of suggestion. More of the roasted malt coming through. Taste is similar with some sweetness, but I don't know if I would have identified the maple without being told. Still tastes fine for a porter though. Medium bodied.

kwjd, Jul 30, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint served at Highway 61.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby red highlights around the edges. Cream/cappucino couloured head, with the mildest of head retained and no lace. Smells of sweet maple, light roastiness and smoke with a hint of vanilla. Some mild chocolate here too. Taste is sweet as well, with some light chocolate but not complex by any means. Mouthfeel was a bit watery and thinner than I'd expect/prefer. Drinkability wasn't too bad, but had to wait a little while to finish this one, it was served freezing cold.

liamt07, Nov 15, 2010
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3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich, dark chestnut brown, slight copper hues, a very light tan head that settles to rings fairly quickly. It leaves nice lacing rings around the glass.

Aroma of caramel, toffee, maple sweetness, nutty, and fresh baked bread. Also, some very light raisins aromas. A touch of butterscotch on the nose. Nothing offensive, in fact it's rather pleasant.

The taste is sweet caramel and chocolate malt, some smoke, and a lingering buttered toffee sweetness. There is a decent noble hop bitterness across the tongue, hay-like balancing out the upfront sweetness. Not a lot of maple flavour though rich in sweetness. The after bite of yeast is a bit astringent. Finishes semi-dry, leaning towards sugary.

It has a medium to high carbonation, moderate body, it does have a slight acidity to it and the initial sweetness is slightly astringent, though could have just been my taste buds expecting something a little more subtle.
This would go well with a nice caramel bread pudding.

bartle, Feb 17, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

rogerdandy, Apr 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Mack, May 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Erik-P, Dec 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Cycle69, Mar 01, 2014
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Nickel Brook Maple Porter from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.