Kanc Country Maple Porter - Woodstock Inn Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev +21.8%
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.
10-30-2009 14:22:52 | More by mikesgroove
3.18/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
07-02-2009 04:15:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.45/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
02-11-2010 02:38:36 | More by jlindros
3.53/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
08-30-2010 23:32:40 | More by WesWes
3.63/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
05-15-2009 22:29:43 | More by jdhilt
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.08/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
11-09-2011 23:53:04 | More by mothman
3.08/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
08-18-2010 22:10:29 | More by ppoitras
3.63/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
04-18-2009 14:58:20 | More by Brad007
3.33/5 rDev +0.6%
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
04-18-2009 00:32:12 | More by johnnnniee
3.6/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
04-11-2009 20:55:35 | More by puboflyons
3.1/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
07-10-2010 01:24:20 | More by EgadBananas
3.63/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
04-05-2010 02:25:41 | More by lordofthewiens
4/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
09-07-2009 12:57:02 | More by tigg924
3.53/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
04-16-2011 20:45:39 | More by Bierman9
2.45/5 rDev -26%
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.
05-17-2009 23:24:45 | More by donkeyrunner
4/5 rDev +20.8%
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!
07-07-2009 13:21:28 | More by thekevlarkid
3/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
12-23-2011 01:13:24 | More by sholland119
Kanc Country Maple Porter from Woodstock Inn Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.