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Nickel Brook Maple Porter - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
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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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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.73/5  rDev +11%
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!

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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1/5  rDev -70.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

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4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of decimator
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

Photo of korguy123
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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.

Nickel Brook Maple Porter from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.