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Kanc Country Maple Porter - Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Kanc Country Maple PorterKanc Country Maple Porter

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
A dark full bodied porter brewed with real maple syrup. Black patent malt character shows through in the beginning with a silky smooth finish.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-26-2003)
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a root beer into a Fuller's pint glass with more of a bourbon-red color. Head is a little faint on the initial pour; at the front it looks like a nice root beer head; it goes quickly yielding a few English style wisps.

It's more of an ESB vibe than a Porter vibe - there is that slighty metallic English malt. I'm told there is patent as well; sure, why not? Not much in the middle though. Definitely a grassy hop profile. In short, very inert. Maybe a little maple sweetness.

Well, the taste profile brings out a deeper, nicely-roasted malt backbone. Toasty rather than tannic. Definitely has a bit more meat on the bone; the maple imparts a creamy soapy sweetness.

Palate feel is a little more lively than expected, so that's a pleasant surprise. It definitely drives a sweeter, less tannic, leathery carbonated profile, but there's some depth that's interesting. On style? Maybe not. But it's enjoyable. I think the maple helps round out a broad yet strong mildness.

Y'know, I won't seek it out but it drinks quite well.

IBUnit63, Oct 22, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A red/brown color with a small, almost nonexistent, tan head. Not much aroma, mostly some sweetness, maybe a bit of roasted malt. The taste came through better. Maple syrup, smoky caramel, and some hops. A little too sweet for me, but not too bad a porter.

lordofthewiens, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of MisterDeeds
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First, let me make note that this business of wrapping the top of a bomber in cheap loose tin foil HAS to go. It looks cheesy, and they rarely even stay on the bottle, so it's not doing anything to help the beer inside. As much as I hate peeling foil that is stuck around the the neck of a Magners bottle, that is the only way to do it (if you must).

Pours like a combination of a brown and red ale. Colors ranging from light ruby at the bottom,to a nice brown up top. Looks thin for a porter, but the head is a nice fluffy tan.

Not picking up any maple in the aroma. More malty and caramel-like, sort of like an American Octoberfest.

Tastes like it looks and smells. More like a brown ale than anything else, but the caramel and sweet malts of the Octoberfest style are in there as well. At the back of the surprisingly thick finish, there is a hint of the maple kicking around with slightly bitter hops.

This is not a terrible beer, I would even go so far as to say it is pretty good,it just doesn't seem to me, that it should be called a Maple Porter. Maybe I like Maple Syrup more than the next guy, but I just got excited to try a maple porter, and this didn't really live up to it.

MisterDeeds, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that receeds quickly, dark brown, clear when held up to the light

Smell: maple and toasted malt

Taste: A heavy dose of maple that becomes more subtle through the body of the beer, caramel malt, notes of chocolate and coffee towards the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium light body, medium carbonation, a bit sweet for the style

Drinkability: I like this and couple have a couple especially in colder weather. The first sip is a big taste of maple, but what I love about this beer is the taste after the first impression. There were a lot more flavors balancing than I expected. It got way more complex as I was drinking it. I think this is less in your face than Tommyknocker's version and will look for this again.

tigg924, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Sinnian
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Sinnian, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All but black and opaque, reddish highlights at the edges with a sizzling soda pop head that rises up a little and then noisily pops down to nothing.

Aroma of caramel and toffee, smells sweet.

Rich flavor of darkly roasted malt, root beer and licorice, some smoke and woody notes. Hints of marshmallow and ouzo. Not picking up any maple flavors.

Thin mouthfeel, but slick and syrupy, needs some body. Finishes tannic.

Tasty, but lacking body. Could use more complexity. Does not seem like a porter.

far333, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of jefftuck47
3/5  rDev -9.4%

jefftuck47, May 07, 2013
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Trashcat, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A super-dank ruby-amber color, smooth and even topped bubbly head with total coverage. not bad.

The nose is sweet and sour, with sour grapes, toasty malts, the maple syrup comes over with a sour, sweetie-candy edge. kinda strange. mild tangy heat...lingering.

A very malty and robust porter, roastie malts makes this right but the maple syrup seems to make it more sour and funky than anything else. The balance comes in a good dose of peppery hops and dry earth in the back. The flavor's seem seperate instead of a nice melding of flavor's, they struggle to come together slightly. Herbal root beer pops out later on.

A good effort, but it just doesn't really come together. A tough one to get right for sure!

GratefulBeerGuy, May 09, 2010
Photo of EBeckett3
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

EBeckett3, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of 906Beard
3/5  rDev -9.4%

906Beard, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle. The label gives dual credit to the Woodstock Inn Brewery and Shipyard Brewing in Portland, Maine. Shipyard may brew this under contract. Sampled on April 11, 2009.

A - The pour is like the color of pure maple syrup but not as thick. It was a dark brown with hints of ruby red and adequate clarity. It was not as dark as most Porters. There was a short-lived beige head and lacing.

S - The malts are the first sensation in the nose and despite being brewed with maple syrup, there is little in the aroma that suggests that. It's there, but more in the background.

T/M - Fairly average mouthfeel but not quite as heavy as the typical Porter. The primary flavor starts bitter and sour (tart maybe) with the secondary taste being somewhat hopped. The sugar in the maple syrup must have burned off during the fermentation to give that extra boost of alcohol. But the maple tends to creep up on you after a few sips. Eh, it wasn't bad but it didn't blow me away.

puboflyons, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of CheckMate
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH shared with BA member MrHurmateeowish. pours a dark clear cooper color with a half inch of off white head. scents of maple, and dark chocolate. tastes of maple, hints of dark chocolate, and malt. Light carbonation medium bodied. first sip invites another. not overpoweringly sweet like i was expecting, which was good.

Cheers!

CheckMate, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Many thanks to papollo for giving me the chance to try this!

Ive seen some light porters, but this was a bit too light. This would work well for a standard brown ale. Fairly heady, off white, and does a little sticking around. It's definitely a bit below average on the look.

Smell was next to nothing at first..actually, a bit metallic if anything. After the head dissipated, strangely, thats where the aromas started to show. There was faint maple sweetness with a hearty malt background. It was a fairly pleasant aroma, but it took a minute to show up and it was just not predominant enough.

A bit of sweetness and malts. but the maple wasn't very predominant. It's not bad at all, but the flavors just don't stand out enough.

Too thin, bottom line. The bottle claims a full body, but no where near. They could get away with medium possibly.

Drinkability is middle of the road. No where near heavy on the palate but just isn't flavorful enough.

Theres a decent maple porter in here, it just needs some refinement.

EgadBananas, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.05/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear brown with amber tones and a thin head and some lace. The aroma is of brown sugar and maple and notmuch else. The flavor begins with a root beer and molasses flavor with the maple syrup showing on the tongue in the finish. The maple grows stronger as it warms but fades rapidly. It's mouthfeel is light-medium. Woodstock Kanc Country Maple Porter is an okay beer, thin for a porter but okay. Slightly recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem that I was able to pick up recently. I have really been killing these New England beers I have to say. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 10/29/2009.
 
The pour was spot on and nearly perfect as far as I could tell. Rich dark brown in color with a huge billowing tan head that just would not quit. Nothing really ever faded or settled down, instead it only seemed to get thicker as the session wore on dropping tons of lacing along the way. Rich sugary aroma here, hints of maple sugar with nice touches of caramel and coffee flavors all kind of comingling. Some nice touches here of roasted malts now as we roll into the profile a bit more. Really nicely done I have to say. As it warms some nice touches of caramel start to come through rather nicely and I have to admit it was very pleasant. Easy and smooth flavor, quick and easy feel on it and a really well done finish leaves this one really just impressing me from top to bottom.
 
Overall a very solid porter, sweet but well balanced and very smooth. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day.

mikesgroove, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of NickBeery
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

NickBeery, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of ColdOneKev
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ColdOneKev, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.45/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this at the brewery and almost got in a fight with our server because he wouldn't admit to bringing me the wrong beer. Turns out he brought me the right beer, it's just a really lame porter.

Clear chestnut color with a large tan head. Decent lace and retention for awhile. Good pour, doesn't hold. Way too light for a porter.

Has a damp earth smell remeniscient of peat in a wimpy Scotch ale. Hints of maple syrup, brown sugar and mild roast malt. Way too thin.

Tastes of earthy, smokey maple syrup with a mild roast malt tang in back.

It's a porter without much porter flavor, look or smell. I don't have a problem with a beer that reaches outside a style but this doesn't really have anything to hold it together. Seems like an experimental homebrew.

donkeyrunner, May 18, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of maple, caramel, coffee, some roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts, as the name implies, with a strong maple syrup sweetness and background flavors of caramel, nuts and coffee. The malt character is hearty but a bit thin for the style. There's a mild hops presence that brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, the name says "Porter" but the maple flavor provides some brown ale qualities, overall I think it's just a mediocre beer at best.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at Middlebury Discount Beverage, Middlebury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the clear coppery brown brew. Head falls gradually, with good lacing. Aroma is an odd artificial sweetness. Taste begins with a moderate maltiness, then finds the same vague yet fake-seeming sweetness in the middle, and comes on late with a rounded bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay as well. Not all that I hoped for, unfortunately.

ppoitras, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of msondel
4/5  rDev +20.8%

msondel, May 31, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Mikeynas
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Mikeynas, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this as part of the Central New England BA meetup #1.

Lots of maple, and I mean tons! Bright fruit, and lots of sweetness, like creme brulee. Some smoke and dark malts, caramel malt specifically, with a light body. It was a decent beer to try, some porter flavors, a little smoke, but the maple really came out, and it was just too sweet for my tastes.

jlindros, Feb 11, 2010
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Kanc Country Maple Porter from Woodstock Inn Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.