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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: 4
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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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

TheJollyHop, Aug 06, 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 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 scottum
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

scottum, May 08, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

steve8robin, May 08, 2010
Photo of muttyd
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

muttyd, Apr 19, 2010
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 HopHooligan
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

HopHooligan, Mar 09, 2010
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 MrHurmateeowish
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Mar 04, 2010
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
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 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 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
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 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 thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

thekevlarkid, Jul 07, 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 morebeergood
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

morebeergood, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

JimmieFrisbee, May 27, 2009
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 jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

jdhilt, May 15, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

SFLpunk, May 05, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Brad007, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of shanem
2.98/5  rDev -10%
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

shanem, Apr 18, 2009
Kanc Country Maple Porter from Woodstock Inn Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.