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Kanc Country Maple Porter - Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 85
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Woodstock Inn Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-26-2003

A dark full bodied porter brewed with real maple syrup. Black patent malt character shows through in the beginning with a silky smooth finish.
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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 85
Photo of Cooker_stp
4.45/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured silky black with a decent 1/2" head

Smell - sweet hints of maple syrup come through in the aroma.

Taste - the smell of maple syrup had an excellent follow through in the taste. Sweet but not to sweet.

Mouthfeel - the aftertaste of the maple syrup ligers slightly and the cheewiness of porter comes through after the sweetness.

Overall - the was a very good maple porter. Definite taste of maple in this beer, unlike other maple porters I've had in the past. Probably only negative was the twist off top. (530 characters)

Photo of CheckMate
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
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! (383 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber bottle this beer was a very dark copper color with some garnet highlights that could be seen when held up to the light. The two finger sandalwood-colored head retained as a collar and left lacing in curtains. The aroma was very sweet, maple, vanilla, caramel, light toasted malt and a hint of alcohol. The flavors were quite enjoyable and sweet, a strong maple presence, roasted malt, some doughy malt, chocolate a touch of sweet tobacco and hints of coffee in the semi-bitter finish. Exactly what one would expect of a maple porter and a great example of a porter in general, dark, multi-faceted and robust without being as blackened as a stout. The mouthfeel was smooth though it left a slick on my tongue, the body was full and the carbonation medium. If you like sweet, dark beers you have to try this one! (826 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of Boppar
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Biederman's.

A: Dark brown, one finger of tan head which quickly subsided to good lacing.

S: Rich roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, coffee, maple syrup.

T: It opens smooth and rich with sweet malts. The maple syrup introduces itself mid-palate and is well-executed both in terms of timing and delivery; although there is a distinct maple taste, it is neither overwhelming, nor cloying. The finish is abrupt and earthy.

M: The mouthfeel is slick and medium-bodied with brisk carbonation. It has the mouthfeel a porter should have, which is nothing special.

O: I enjoyed this beer. The maple complemented the rich notes of the porter without feeling forced. Of the flavored porters I have had, this is among the better. It is fairly sessionable, as a good porter should be. I downed two without much of a struggle. (843 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a deep mahogany color with a creamy tan head that lasted the duration. The sweet smell of the maple season, fills the nose with great pleasure. The hop aroma is light, could have been a little better. The maple is the king of this brew. The robust malts mixed very nicely with the maple. I can not wait to brew up one of my own brews with maple sap and no water.

Cheers (389 characters)

Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear deep amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hint of a maple syrup nose. Flavor has subtle maple hints but mostly a typical porter with roasted coffee and chocolate. Contract brewed by Shipyard for Woodstock Inn. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. (379 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color, lacking any true blackness though in color, smallish head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell has a strong robust caramel malt aroma with a touch of sweetness, not picking up much of the maple character though.

Taste is similar to the nose with a strong caramel malt presence, a slightly different sweetness hits the mouth and is likely contributed from the maple without imparting a strong maple flavor, seems more likely to have used maple sap instead of maple syrup since that aspect is not overly strong (considering it's roughly a 40:1 ratio from sap to syrup, it takes quite a bit of boiling to bring on the maple intensity), soft but ample carbonation provides a nice smooth body without being overly sticky. (754 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is smooth and roasty with the sweet aroma of maple syrup showing up in the nose. The maple makes it a bit sweeter than a normal porter.

Taste is sweet upfront with a bit of roastiness as well. Carbonation seems a bit high.

Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy from the carbonation. A bit of maple lingers and it's followed by a mild roastiness. Could be a bit thicker as well.

Not bad. Still quite drinkable. I just wish it was thicker and a bit more roasty. (532 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (993 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scents of cocoa, vanilla, and maple. Ruby brown and clear body. Malty nose gives way to a surprisingly balanced, bready, and roasty taste from black patent malt, with a moderate level of bitterness. Caramel sweetness with maple undertones as well. Finish ends semi-long. Medium carbonation with a silky, light body; a tad tongue drying. Hops only impart bitterness. Malt sweetness switches abruptly to roast and tingling bitterness late in the taste.Overall an easy to drink, simple and decent robust porter. (508 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted malt scent along with a bit of caramel malt sweetness, and of course maple syrup. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry, caramel malt flavor with some roasted notes and a mild maple syrup taste. The maple syrup character isn't too intense. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a rather tame maple porter. It's more like a brown ale with some maple sweetness. (550 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap years ago at the brewpub itself, and thought it was super. Now trying it once more, from a 22oz bomber ($4.99). This being bottled at Shityard, I hope they left out the butter...

Poured into an imperial nonic, Kanc is a deep, clear chestnut hue. Carbo is plentiful and steady, and the head is a fine layer of tight, minuscule tan bubbles. Lacing is a bit on the light side, though. Maple is evident in the aroma, along with a touch of butterscotch (uh-oh!). The body is pretty much a medium, though there's a bit of an airy, prickliness present.

Flavor has some light, maple-induced sweetness and some subtle caramel. Not overly porterish, I don't get any choco or roasty notes anywhere. Seems more like an old ale type of bier. Some butterscotch is detected, though it's at an acceptable level (whew!). There's a little bit of flowery action at the finish, which is a touch dry. So, is this what I remembered? Not by a long shot, but I don't know if it's because of time and changing tastebuds, or the Shityard influence. I may try it on tap in Woodstock if I get the chance, but I don't see another bottle in my fridge any time soon.

Prosit!!

3.53
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.45/5  rDev +3%
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! (716 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev +3%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this at the Waterbury Village Market yesterday morning on my way to the Lawson's 6th Anniversary celebration in Waitsfield. The price was right ($4), Woodstock's Pig's Ear Brown Ale is one of my personal favorites, and I'm still hopeful to find a maple infused beer that actually has a maple taste.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.

a; Brown to black with plenty of clear ruby when seen through light. An inch tall off white head receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Vaguely sweet.,

t: Dark fruit with some hop bite. Slightly bitter finish.

m: Light to moderate.

o: The added maple syrup from a local supplier appears to have mainly neutralized the porter's usual dark roasty malt, coffee and chocolate flavors. The net effect is different and drinkable but leans more to Belgian dark fruity esters than maple flavor. (880 characters)

Photo of HopHooligan
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours decently out of a bottle, small head at first...dissipates and leaves spaced lacing around the glass. Deep dark color of brown and black.

S- Large roasted malt smell, with a maple background with a caramel note afterwards.

T- Brilliant maple taste upfront, a little more disappointing with the finish. Came through as a nutty earth taste with hint if hops.

M- Medium to light body, average carbonation. Crisp taste overall

D- Overall easy to drink, the name porter is misleading. Taste more like sweet brown ale. At 6% I wish this came in a 6 pack, it would be a nice beer to bring out to a party. (611 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this today at the local for the first time, I figured what the heck its Friday.

Pours a dark brown with robust red highlights when held to light, Bubbly off white head sticks around for a bit. Smells of toffee, sweet malt and lots of butter. Taste is grainy malty sweet, maybe a faint chocolate or maple if I strain. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Nothing objectionable here, but nothing spectacular either. Missing are any roasted flavors. I taste no maple either. One and done for me (510 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at a local beer store. Sounds good. Let's see...

A: Burgundy colored with a tiny white head that slowly fades to a lace atop the brew. Doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Nothing special.

S: All i get is a slight boozy oaky dark fruit maple scent. Decent.

T: Watery booziness with hints of caramel mixed on the backend. Eh.

M: Does not leave much memorable on the palate. Ok.

D: Goes down very easy because it tastes like water. So, for the wrong reasons.

All in all, this brew sounded so much better than it ended up being. Not worth your time. So many better attainable brews in the style. Don't bother! (624 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beige head. Decent retention with some lacing. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Tons of maple syrup and caramel malt. Very sweet and malty.

Taste: Maple syrup dominates the flavor. Very sweet and cloying. Some caramel, vanilla, and chocolate manage to shine through.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this beer was okay for the first few ounces and then it got worse. Way too sweet for me. (475 characters)

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Kanc Country Maple Porter from Woodstock Inn Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.