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Kanc Country Maple Porter - Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 86
Avg: 3.34
pDev: 20.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 86
Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
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!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.52/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of shanem
2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
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

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
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

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Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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.


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Kanc Country Maple Porter from Woodstock Inn Brewery
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