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Nickel Brook Maple Porter - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

Nickel Brook Maple PorterNickel Brook Maple Porter

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.76%


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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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:54:31 | More by TheHammer
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dreamchaser

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A solid sweet porter. A little disappointing in the mouthfeel - weak and watery - but holds up the bargain in terms of nice balance of maple notes and more traditional roasted coffee and soft malt. The nose really carries the chocolatey malts in it but disappear in the flavour, which is a little washed out. Very drinkable for this reason - no flavours really stand out.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:50:53 | More by dreamchaser
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JeanDuteau

Alberta (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Like others reviewing around this time, I am reviewing this as the Day 1 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

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.

The taste was very nice - the dark malts were overshadowed by the sweetness and there was a taste of raisin that was not in the smell. Disappointingly, there was not a strong maple syrup taste to it which I was hoping for. The mouthfeel was nice other than when the foam got in the way.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 05:18:12 | More by JeanDuteau
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, day 1 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Under the cap: 'Penny for your thoughts, nickel for your thirst'? Kind of weak, that.

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.

It smells of musty dark chocolate, molasses, astringent black licorice, semi-sweet vague maple syrup, a bit of woodsmoke, and a hint of warming alcohol. The taste is much more rounded, and um, good - roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, cold coffee, oaken vanilla, dark fleshy fruit - figs and department store raisins - a rather understated sour wooden maple essence, especially given the order of the words in this beer's name, an unfocused leafy bitterness, and further subtle booze notes.

The carbonation is bit out of control, what with the literal eruption of rising head when any sort of aggressive pour is attempted, yet the effect on the tongue is limp and ineffectual, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a hint of tattered creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, still chocolaty and fruity, and tempered by a mildly sour mustiness.

Not a bad porter, really, the soft sourness actually pleasant enough. However, we all be jonesin' for some sweet, sweet maple, and well, this just doesn't deliver on that promise. Maybe it all wafted away back to Mrs. Butterworth's joint whilst this bottle was stricken in that big box o' beer these past number of months.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 06:08:56 | More by biboergosum
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

O: Totally drinkable though the mouthfeel isn't super appealing to me, but not much to reflect upon. Glad I got to try it though!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 05:44:20 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by a friend. From notes.

A - Poured black with a one finger beige head. Film of retention and no lace.

S - Maple, some boozy raisins, chocolate. Quite sweet.

T - Roast, much lighter maple character, nice sweetness, dark fruit, boozy raisins again.

M - Light carbonation, medium to full body, nice dry finish.

O/D - Pretty well put together. Nice maple character while not being over the top. Easy drinking with a modest ABV. Nothing mind boggling, but worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 20:24:40 | More by tbeckett
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown (almost black) color to it. It has a nice mocha head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of maple syrup, caramel, chocolate and some nuttiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some maple syrup, light caramel, a hint of chocolate and some nuttiness. Fairly watery.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 00:10:42 | More by SebD
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6%.

That must have been the toughest wax I've ever had to get through. Hope it was worth it.

A - Poured a dark brown to black with a thin beige head. Head quickly vanished. No lacing.

S - Toast, smoke, some coffee, somewhat burnt, just of tad of maple syrup in the background.

T - Brown sugar, caramel, a touch of maple, toast, coffee, bitter finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, sticky, syrupy, crisp to dry finish.

O - Not as much maple as I was expecting but that actually didn't hurt the beer. Overall is still a decent porter. I think that wax cap was pushing it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 05:03:34 | More by decimator
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep brown with a ring of tan head, light lace as well. Smell is of sweet maple, roasted malts with a bit of vanilla, chocolatey with some coffee and bittersweet notes as well here. Taste is of coffee and mild roast, chocolate, lightly sweet as well as a bit astringent, for a maple porter the maple goes largely unnoticed for the most part but is lightly noticeable, coffee grinds in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, fairly light-med body. Not quite good enough to warrant a $10 price tag but still has a decent drinkability, however I can't say I will be coming back to this anytime soon though.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 19:59:06 | More by peensteen
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into snifter.
Red wax top, special release for this spring. Re-branding or improved recipe?

Opaque black/dark brown pour. Dark ruby red around the edges up to the light. Zero head, just a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is non-existent.

Heavy coffee aroma up front, licorice and some bitter dark chocolate. Maple syrup is mostly subdued. It smells like a standard porter with a TINY bit of maple and a little smoke.

Chocolate, some smoke, a touch of molasses, some bitter coffee the tiniest bit of maple and something that resembles toothpaste or mouthwash... Maybe the Easter turkey is messing with my taste buds...

Light body, normal carbonation.

This is okay, it's nothing spectacular. When I see wax I assume there is something more than normal going on inside. I think the price and presentation don't reflect the beer. I'll revisit when the bottle hits room temp.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 19:02:17 | More by korguy123
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up at the LCBO yesterday, so assume this to be part of the 2013 release. Other than getting extremely frustrated removing the wax, would rate this beer (and Nickel Brook in general recently) as exceeding expectations.

Pours a near-black with ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. Large coffee-coloured head disappears fairly quickly, but still an attractive beer. Aroma of roasted dark malts with the faintest hint of wood earthiness and maple in the background - don't think I'd have picked up on the maple if it wasn't sold as a maple porter. Nice roasted malts with chocolate and caramel elements in the flavour, which is well balanced and has decent depth. The finish is more abrupt with a quick transition to a relatively simple bitterness, but overall a pleasant beer. Would love to try it on tap – or anywhere without the wax.

Well done, Nickel Brook.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 21:36:57 | More by hopsolutely
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the Rib & Craft Beer Festival in Kitchener, ON. There were a decent number of Ontario breweries there, and the turnout was actually pretty big. Luckily I got there early and could actually get beer at will without having to wait in line.

Tap into a 4oz taster glass. Had a couple samples.

APPEARANCE: Pours a relatively large, medium thinner looking, mocha colored head with good retention. Head eventually fades and leaves some clingy lacing on the glass. Body is black with no carbonation evident. A film and ring remain until the end leaving decent lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Definite maple syrup on the nose. A touch of dark malts and caramel in there as well, but this is more about the burnt maple syrup aromas. It is slightly one dimensional, but it is decently done and not overpowering.

TASTE: Follows the nose, but is a touch watery. Maple syrup is there with some caramel and dark malts, but it is a touch empty though the middle. Aftertaste is much more impressive, with some bold and lingering sweet maple syrup, caramel, and a touch of hop bitterness as balance. Finish is quite good really, but needs a little more balls through the middle to make it really memorable.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Good feel here.

OVERALL: I had never heard of this brewery before the festival, but I think I ended up going back to them the most. For me, this was definitely the most interesting brew there, as there weren’t many stouts or porters at all really, but it wasn’t the most enjoyable per se. A beer well worth checking out, and a brewery I’ll probably pay a little more attention to now if I can.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 09:44:27 | More by Jeffo
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 20:16:18 | More by kwjd
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bartle

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 23:34:53 | More by bartle
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 01:51:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 02:44:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
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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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special edition 341ml bottle via Pootz poured in a pint glass.

Almost looks more like a brown ale. Chestnut brown with a 1/4 inch beige head on the pour. Head settles to a thin cap.

Aroma is more like a porter though. Roasted and toasted malts, syrup sweetness (presumably the maple), subdued earthy-woody tones.

Roasted malts jump out right off the start. Then fade slightly into a tight prickly carbonation rush. After the rush, a woody, earthy, nutty quality comes through and pushes ahead at the finish. Some smokey-peaty qualities in the background. Mildly bitter roast malt finish with a little char.

Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Carbonation feels like tiny sharp little thorns on the tongue.

A very unique experience. Unlike any beer I've had before. Quite complex and layered. Attributes come to the foreground in varying degrees as it warms. Shares some qualities with a porter, and some qualities with an american brown ale. Styles be damned! Who says something as interesting and tantalizing as this has to fit a guideline?

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 03:50:51 | More by Noxious26
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2010 15:26:07 | More by spinrsx
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 17:18:34 | More by liamt07
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 14:58:35 | More by Viggo
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the brewery. Black with some white bubbly head. Maple aroma followed by mollasses, although the molasses dominates the taste. Above average mouthfeel, somewhat sour, and more carbonated than their usual lineup. Sweetness with no-frills mollasses.
Had on cask at The Rhino and it was a decent porter. Nicely drinkable.

Serving type: cask

03-08-2009 21:56:27 | More by Sammy
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Victory Cafe. It'd be great with their weekend brunch!

A: Dark, cola-colour with a light tan head; some retention & lace.

S: Big, BIG maple aroma, with underlying hints of nuts, chocolate & bread.

T: Big maple flavour with a light, pancake-like, breadyness. Hints of nuts & chocolate. Slight sweetness with a balanced bitterness.

M: Slight sweetness but it's well-attenuated with a dry finish.

D: Initially it's really enticing, but a glass was certainly enough.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2008 00:28:01 | More by Derek
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Volo.

Very dark mahogany body with a creamy tan head, that lasted very well, and put down some nice spots of lace. A touch too light for a porter, but pretty nonetheless. Sadly, a promising start is derailed by a bland aroma...there's a faint sweetness and a bit of smoke, but not a lot is coming through. What does is nice, but it really needs to be amped up a lot for this to rise beyond the mediocre.

The maple in the flavour hits up front, but thankfully the roasted malts are the main player - I think maple is nice to add, but not to dominate. The malts are medium roast and have a lightly sour coffee grounds flavour to them, and there's some smoke in there too. The appearance of the smoke is interesting; its an element I've come to associate with the addition of maple, an ingredient that often seems to morph into a completely different flavour altogether. Medium body and carbonation neither wows nor dissapoints. If anything, I think something creamier may have worked better here.

Overall, a solidly unspectacular porter that was enjoyable to drink, but not enough to return to.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 20:59:25 | More by bobsy
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from the bright tank at the brewey prior to kegging...and from unfiltered bottles 3 weeks later

Tapped a hazed deep burished copper-cola color with ruby highlights and a wonderful frothy mocha cap...lasted well and laced well.

Aromas are subdued but complex...light toast, maple, hay, smoke, and some woody-earthyness.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

Starts with a flash of maltiness then the other flavors take you right away into a collage of nutty-smoked maple tastes while the hops rigidly maintain a tight cedar bittering....finished clean with the smokey maple and hops creating a unique marriage on the palate tending to a biting drying....slight metallic and bready after taste.

Remarkable...and it’s definately NOT sweet as you’d expect...this is a unique hybrid with a porter-like character and profile but with the "charred" astringency swapped out for cedar bittering and a lovely smokey-nutty- maple decernment that just works well in this malty ale with the dry finish.

Oh and did I mention its very drinkable?

Bravo to the brewer on this one...an experimental brew that works well

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2007 20:24:50 | More by pootz
Nickel Brook Maple Porter from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.