Maple Stout - Square One Brewery & Distillery

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very good

23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 7.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Square One Brewery & Distillery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: Tone on 09-07-2010)
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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

more than good, this is brilliant, love the use of maple sweet against the black malt bitter. listed at 5% abv, its an easy drinker too. pours coal black, with a light brown to khaki head, sturdy and patient. the nose is not real maple syrupy at all, its much more like a normal stout, or maybe a milk stout. nose is as bitter as it is sweet, real heavy toast on the malt, vermont maple doing its thing too, and maybe even some oats. the flavor is awesome too, sugary but not overly sweet, woody and old, feels like it could be distilled down to a wonderful spirit. lots of black malts, maple only in the finish. as good as any sweet stout out right now. great mellow mouthfeel, mildly carbonated, huge body, drinkable beyond anything, and so balanced. i would call this one of the best stouts ive ever had, some weird milk/oatmeal style hybrid, you havnt had one like this, but you know you want it. perfect on an overcast early winter afternoon at the brewery.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.5 finger head with nice lacing on a jet black body. The maple comes through really well in the aroma with roasted malts and hints of coffee. Also has syrup and molasses notes, excellent. Flavor is also excellent with the maple syrup in the finish lingering late. Up front vanilla, milk chocolate and roasted malts prevail. Medium to full body and light to moderate carbonation. Best beer I had here. Well crafted with nice complexity and the maple syrup perfectly applied.

Photo of CSQ1111
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful, dark brown with a half inch of tan foam. Rich looking. A handsome beer served in a handsome glass. I wonder if these pint glasses are for sale? Yes, and you can even get one of their handy pint/coozy combos for only $6.50.

Smell - The maple is definitely evident. Mmmm, Maple, chocolate, coffee. This smells like the perfect compliment to Sunday brunch.

Taste - Yes, it tastes just like it smells. Roasted coffee, slight hint of dark chocolate and just a kiss of maple syrup. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - A little thin, but to be honest, it makes for a nice compliment to the meal. I chose the Irish Skillet which is two eggs over house-made corned beef hash. Anything any heavier may have been over-kill on the palate.

Overall - I highly recommend having this beer with Square One's outstanding Sunday brunch menu. It truly is the perfect compliment.

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of paxchristi
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer as part of a four beer sampler on a mild Sunday evening with friends from church. It was number four (the last beer in the line-up). This is a definite dessert beer, and I suspect that it would go amazing with a dessert that features brown sugar as an ingredient, as they use high quality Vermont maple syrup as the feature in this beer.

Appearance: The darkest of the beers in the line-up. It is obviously a stout and it looks the part. The head (of which I did not get to see), left a beautiful lacing down the glass that was about an inch thick.

Smell: It has a very pungent and yet pleasant aroma of maple syrup. It is not dominating but it is the most obvious aroma. It has other smells of lighter malts in order to bring out the flavor of the maple syrup. If you are into dessert beers, its quite excellent and exciting when you smell it for the first time; especially as a complement to dessert.

Taste: It is fairly weak for a stout as far as the "stout" effect. The maple syrup makes it sweet enough to where any additional strength would only clash with the dessert experience. And so, the malt complements the maple nicely. The nuttiness of the roasted malt is caramelized in the syrup. EXCELLENT! And so, its sweet without overly sweet. At times, it has an almost toffee smoothness to it without having a "sticky" or syrupy domination.

Mouth: One of the fears I had for this beer would be that it would feature the maple syrup to the extent that it would have a "sticky" feel in the mouth; that it would be almost overbearing. But it was not. It was smooth almost creamy in on the forefront but went down nicely without any sort of feeling of residue in my mouth. Nicely done!

Overall: It is a beer that I would recommend for anyone who wishes to finish their meal with a dessert type beer. Its could be classic if it has a niche or cult following in this regard. I will drink this beer again but it isn't a feature beer for sure. It isn't something I suggest you drink at the beginning of a meal unless you are there for dessert. Its a definite "finisher." Though I will admit that it surprizingly has a real drinkability to it, though it is not light by any means. Two pints would do me.

Photo of abrand
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in a pint glass from the tap

Pours a deep brown almost black color with a nice tan head that leaves lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate, sweet molasses, roasted malts and hints of coffee. Pretty good smelling beer. Taste is very smooth and quite good. Plenty of sweetness on the palate with a nice roasted coffee finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat sticky. Overall this is a pretty easy drinking stout with good complexity. A nice balance with the sweetness and the bitterness from the chocolate/coffee.

Photo of StLThrash
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had as part of a sampler for my birthday dinner @ Square One this past Saturday. 6 ounce sampler glass.

A - Dark, chocolately brown with minimal tan head. Slight lacing.

S - Lots of yummy maple syrup. Definitely the best use of maple that I've had in a beer. Lots of maple up front, with a little chocolate and roasted malts. Smells like you could pour this right on a pancake or waffle!

T & M - Creamy mouthfeel, again with lots of maple flavor up front with some chocolate / roasted malt. This would be a great introduction to someone who is afraid of drinking a dark beer. Perfect carbonation and finishes crisp and clean.

Overall - definitely the best maple beer I've had. If my 2 year old wasn't acting a fool causing us to leave early, I was going to get a growler of this to go. Good reason to go back.

Photo of maximum12
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped open this growler with reluctance - we'd allowed it to sit far too long in the fridge, since Unclejedi dropped it off at Darkness Day, & I was afraid we'd ruined a perfectly good 64 oz. of beer. But I had a tasting & it seemed a good way to start the night.

Popped with a satisfying hiss, so far, so good! The pour looked normal, deep, dark brown with a chilled, sprinkled snow head. Smell is possibly the most accurate, best maple smell I've experienced on a beer - just like pure, heavenly maple syrup, fresh & ready to pour onto a Belgian waffle. Absolutely fantastic.

Have no fear, this beer is good! Very nice maple punch in the forefront, followed quickly by a hard, almost rabid snap of roast (these are a few of my favorite things...), that harshes my mellow ever so slightly. That's it. Simple & direct. Smooth & easy to drink, but the roast & maple clash a bit, reducing the amount of this I'd want to swill. However, a non-craft-brew afficiono stood like a momma goose over the growler, & we gave her the last 16 oz. or so to take home & consume.

Very good beer with an outstanding nose. A beer for those who like roast, syrup, or both. And the growlers last, too!

Photo of martinsd15
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this brew for its drinkability. It had a nice dark color (minimal head) and full-bodied mouthfeel. The taste was sweet (the maple was very apparant). Not overwhelming though. I would recommend this to stout lovers and, for the sweet flavor, people who have not tried many stouts before. This is an excellent seasonal beer to order at Square One!

Photo of UHRHAN
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown with a quarter inch head.Transparent brown/ black with hardly any light showing through. Beautiful strong maple smell. Good roasted flavors with a hint of maple in the after taste. Good mouthfeel and easy to drink. Very good easy drinkable stout.

Photo of CMW
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a small off-white head.

S - Maple syrup is the first thing you notice. My wife said it smelled like Waffle Crisp cereal. There is also some burnt malt and chocolate notes.

T - Sweet upfront as the maple flavor comes through. I didn't catch the typical stout flavors of roasted and burnt malt, chocolate, etc.. until the aftertaste but they were there.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth velvet feel.

D - I had no problem with this and could have had many more. The sweetness is very strong but not overbearing.

Photo of birchstick
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours black like a stout with a huge chocolatey head

S - smells of chocolates, burnt malts / coffee, and a lot of maple syrup

T - follows the nose perfectly. Sweet, chocolaty malt gives way to burnt coffee that is rounded out by a some sweet vanilla loads of maple syrup. The maple syrup really stands out and works wonderfully. Delicious stout.

M - medium bodied with a silky mouthfeel. Pretty solid for a stout.

D - great stout here. One of the better improvisations in the stout world that I have tried. I would definitely recommend this one if you stop by Square One and it's on.

Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and great lacing. Smells of strong maple syrup, slight roasted malt, slight sweet malt, coffee, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of maple syrup, slight alcohol, oak/woodiness, slight roasted malt, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and feel.

Maple Stout from Square One Brewery & Distillery
88 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.