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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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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.45%
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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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Sammy, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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
Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

biboergosum, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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
Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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
Photo of Derek
3.63/5  rDev +8%
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.

Derek, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
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
Photo of spinrsx
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

spinrsx, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.63/5  rDev +8%
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.

tbeckett, May 20, 2013
Photo of bobsy
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

bobsy, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of kwjd
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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
Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jeffo, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

schopenhauerale, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Molson2000, May 09, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3/5  rDev -10.7%

DaPan, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -10.7%

cfalovo97, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of peensteen
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

peensteen, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

paulish, May 30, 2014
Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Kmat10, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of pootz
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
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

pootz, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of SebD
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

SebD, May 04, 2013
Photo of deonreds
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

deonreds, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

hopsolutely, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

TerryW, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of ZachT
4/5  rDev +19%

ZachT, Dec 02, 2013
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Nickel Brook Maple Porter from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.