Kanc Country Maple Porter - Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 83
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 9.85%
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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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.06/5  rDev -38.5%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
2.45/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours brown, kind of light actually, with a 2 finger light brown fluffy head. Leaves pretty good lacing. Looks a bit thin and light.

S: A little roasted malt, maple sweetness, brown bread. Smells like an overly-sweet brown ale more than a porter. Very sweet smelling.

T: There's just that touch of roasted malts in the front, but it almost disappears to the brown-bread like malt in the middle. A good bit of maple syrup and dark breads. Very light flavor that almost completely disappears between the middle and finish. The finish is slightly bitter and a little metallic. I actually think the flavor isn't that bad, but it's too light and more like a brown ale than porter. I don't feel like the roasted malts play much of a role in this.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel, not even medium. Way too light for even a modest porter. Fairly hight carbonation that fizzy all the way through the finish and lingers a bit with the metallic qualities, dry and bitter qualities. While the flavor is fairly weak, the mouthfeel is even weaker. Just way to thin and too much carbonation.

O: While this isn't really unpleasant at all, it also just isn't really a porter. The flavors are muted, roasted qualities practically missing, way too thin. As a brown ale, it might get a higher mark, but calling this a maple porter just isn't doing this beer justice. If this was something I homebrewed, I probably wouldn't want to share with others nor brew again. (1,483 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.52/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of MisterDeeds
2.88/5  rDev -14%
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. (1,192 characters)

Photo of scottum
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark brown with a tan headskie. Some notes of maple come through, but not enough to write "maple" on the bottle in my opinion. The brew is however well balanced and grew on me as I drank it. Still, it is quite lacking in body for a porter and I doubt that I will try another. Once again, Woodstock Inn disappoints me. (327 characters)

Photo of shanem
2.97/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Looked like a dark red ale more than a porter. See-thru ruby/copper color with an inch of white head that disappeared very quickly. No lacing at all

S: smells like sweet sweet malt with tiny bit of maple in the background, no bittering aroma at all

T: kind of empty in flavor for what I was expecting. has a bit of a sweet maltiness and maple flavor does come out more as it warms

M: Very thin feel for a porter and leaves an odd buttery coating

D: nothing really appauling, and nothing overpowering so it is drinkable, but I probably won't get another (559 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear, medium brown to amber with a frothy mocha head, no lacing.

S-Sweet with a hint of maple and caramel malt.

T-More like a brown ale than a porter. Quite a bit of sweetness from the maple, some sweet malt. Need another flavor dimension.

M-Light to medium bodied, just a bit syrupy.

O-Pretty ok, but not really better than that.

HV (349 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle with gold foil around the neck. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown clear body with a four finger high light khaki head. Pours with an almost cascading nitrogen effect. Some moderate lacing.

S - Nutty malts, caramel, sweet maple, and some hard minerals.

T - Similar to the nose. Nutty malts with a bit of maple sweetness. Some roasty bitterness in the finish that comes off mineraly and unpleasant. Watery and thin mouth feel with quite a bit of carbonation.

O - Ehhh. A boring porter with some decent maple flavors but an unpleasant mineral element happening. Not horrible, but I wouldn't seek this beer again. (633 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown glass twist-top bottle. No date.

Appearance: Poursa nice dark brown/red, like stained cherrywood. Two fingers of creamy tan head leaves some lacing.

Nose: Smells like musty maple and oak. A little pure maple aroma in the back ground, but it's really funky/mossy smelling.

Palate: Medium- to light-bodied with a nice crisp finish. Some tasty maple notes, some black licorice notes. Not overly sweet, hops tamper the edges out. Finish has some "green" notes and isn't very clean.

Notes: Not great, but not awful. Just won't be having this again. (558 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this bomber up randomly in RI for $4.99. Poured into glasses. Dark brown in color, but held to the light, it's actually quite red. Fairly large white head. A nice looking beer. Did not get a lot in the smell department, maybe a faint whiff of cinnamon. Taste was barely above average. There was no real porter flavor at all, most just a sugary brown ale. Smelled and tasted a bit too much like a homebrew beer. Very thin for a porter also. I was expecting a bit of something "different" here, but Woodstock just didn't pull it off with this one. Too boring to considering buying or drinking again. (604 characters)

Photo of muttyd
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep brown, near black pour with a thick tan head.

S - Smells like breakfast. Huge maple/sweet aroma that masks the roasted malt profile. Little to no hops. This one is all malt.

T - Maple syrup upfront, followed by roasted malts, slight coffee/cocoa, and burnt hops. As the beer warms up, each sip begins to leave a slight astringency that kind of throws off the sweet roasted/toasted malt & maple flavor.

M - Body is rather thin & watery, but still slightly chewy. As mentioned previously, it finishes with a mouthwatering astringency.

D - Not bad for less than $5, but I was hoping for a bit more. (608 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber split with BA CheckMate purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a dark brown crystal-clear body with nearly an inch of khaki-colored head. Butter dominates the aroma big-time, with slight hints of maple in there too. A mix of butter, maple, and a slight toasty character characterize the flavor almost equally, though none are particularly pungent. Roastiness provides a bit of astringency to a beer that already isn't particularly drinkable. Aqueous and on the flat side. Not too impressed by this one I'm affraid. There's a slight dark chocolate quality to it, which is mildly pleasing, but there are many other porters that I'd choose over this one. (664 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 22 oz. bomber.

Pours a deep, deep amber brown, relatively easy to see through. Lots of bubbles through the chocolate-milky colored head. Head disappears pretty quick.

Lots of malt sweetness in the smell, or perhaps maple sweetness. Either way, has a nice sweet smell, and malty. Also, just but a hint of roastiness in the nose.

Something seems off in the taste, but I can't quite place it. There's some maltiness, not so much on the roastiness, and then there's what must be the maple. The flavors don't really seem to mesh well. Also, there's quite a bit of sweetness -- a good kind of sweet, in that it doesn't have that make-my-teeth-feel-skuzzy quality, but still a little sweet for my liking. I will say that as this brew warms a bit, the flavors do actually start to be more in harmony with one another -- I guess my fault for serving a tad too cold.

Mouthfeel is a little slick. Almost feels like water in my mouth. Usually looking for something more substantial feeling in a porter. Drinkable enough, but I'm not clamoring for another.

I remember this beer as one of the first ones I really had and loved, but that was on tap at the Inn over a year ago. This is my first time revisiting it since. I'm not sure if my tastes have changed that much, if the beer is that much better on tap, or if it's because it's contract brewed at Shipyard, but I'm definitely not blown away by this beer as I once was. I'll for sure have to go back to the brewery and find out! (1,515 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The color is very dark amber. There is a large fluffy bubbly tan head that leaves behind a lot of sticky lacing.

The aroma has a good amount of sweet maple. There is a slight hint of spicy hops.

The taste is light in flavor and straight forward. There is just a soft touch of bitterness to keep this from being overly sweet. Notes of maple and chocolate are noted. This is not a roast-driven porter.

This is light to medium bodied. Nice sharp carbonation.

This isn't too bad. The price is definitely right. Still, I do prefer a bit more bitterness. (578 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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Kanc Country Maple Porter from Woodstock Inn Brewery
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