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Sap Sucker - Fernie Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Since it set off on its maiden voyage from the brewery back early December 2010 - perfect timing for December festivities and those thirsty needs that generally accompany the season of good will, it hasn't stopped. Our deliciously dark & robust Porter, with a delicate but flavourful touch of maple syrup. Favoured by the educated craft beer drinker, looking for a uniquely rich & flavourful product, it’s popular with consumers, beer bloggers & judges!

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 12-20-2010)
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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber, a souvenir from lovely Invermere, BC's cute little gov't booze dispensary.

This beer pours a clear, deep, dark cola hue, the kind where the brown seems to only refract from the black - there are also dimly glowing bronze edges. A two finger, thickly foamy and bubbly pale beige head gives way to an uneven patchwork of splotchy lace as it slowly fades to (near) black.

It smells of roasted biscuit and slightly meaty caramel malt, maple sugar candies, dry coffee beans, and earthy, musty hops. The taste is semi-sweet, crackery caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, a further cafe au lait sweetness, mildly sugary maple, some leafy, weedy hops, and a rather slight alcohol twinge.

The carbonation is quite soft, just a trilling frothiness, the body medium-full in weight, fairly smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes still sweet, but in a reserved, non-diabetes-provoking manner, an edge of dry sap, hop, and booze warmth all aiding in the successful balancing effort.

A pristine, first run of the day analogue of a beer, for the style. With the hops and lactic sourness at a minimum, which usually means a cloying yard sale, this beer rises above such matters, leaving one with a sense of serene, recently tapped natural splendour. A bit wanky? Sure. Ever more tasty - you bet your sore ass and legs, it is.

biboergosum, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's not that long ago that maple syrup expensive around here, but now they're making beer out of it!

A: Black with a light tan head, good retention, excellent lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee, roasted nut, brown sugar, hints of maple syrup.

T: This is a good robust porter, with some maple flavour. Very well done, plenty of flavour, and it works... but I'm not sure it's for me. Roasted coffee; very dark, almost burnt caramel; roasted nut; treacle; woody; hint of maple; good bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderately full body has a light acidity.

D: A decent drinker.

Derek, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass mar2 2011

A looks like cola and I can just see the shitload of bubbles in the glass, a nice big tan head even after a gentle pour sits there forever and leaves lots of unorganized lace no complaints here

S subtle maple, faint raisin and coffee, pretty nice here too maybe even a little coco

T everything I smell but with some molasses, a little sweet but well within my level of enjoyment

M thin for the color but plenty of bubbles give it some life

D very easy too drink and great for this cold ass night in Calgary, nice flavors in a brew I could session

by far the best brew I've tried from Fernie Brewing, pick one up if you get the chance

wordemupg, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers again to joemcgrath27 for hooking me up with this from his BC haul.

A - Pours almost opaque with a dark, dark ruby red hue, finger of soapy mocha head with decent retention and some fine sticky mocha lacing.

S - Dark cocoa, sweet maple syrop, burnt sugar, and touch of espresso on the finish. Very delicious on the nose.

T - Very tasty maple porter. Sweet maple syrop and burnt sugar with dark cocoa and milk chocolate that linger on the finish with a touch of espresso. The maple flavour is not as strong as Cannery's offering, but is still detectable. Nice chocolate and espresso malts on this one, keeping true to the porter style. A light leafy hops flavour also peaks through as it warms.

M - Nice medium bodied ale that goes down smooth, though finishes a little too dry with a bit of a chalky feel.

D - Overall a very tasty porter. Not quite as flavourful as Cannery's Maple Porter, but the porter flavours on this one are nicely complemented by a hint of maple. Worthy offering to any porter fan, and I'm glad I was able to try this one.

andrenaline, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

schopenhauerale, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - near pitch black, two fingers of mocha head that retained at one finger with consistent sticky lacing
S - very roasty malt, light maple, coffee, and black licorice
T - strong roasty malt dominates, sweet maple, light coffee bitterness and a light hop note
M - smooth and medium bodied with a lightly bitter finish
D - the maple is well balanced by the rich malty flavour, a great winter treat

joemcgrath27, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Kmat10, May 22, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a gift from my aunt that my brother brought back on a recent trip to their place in Surrey.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a cola brown with some deep cherry-red hues. Good sized ecru head that has some good lacing on it.

Smell: Maple sugar, dark syrup as it warms but that's pretty much it. The aroma hovers around and is a bit hard to grasp.

Taste: Underlying maple syrup. At first, a slight metallic tinge. Not really sweet. It's got a bit more maple as it warms but still find it a bit lacking.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth & creamy with just enough carbonation. Body is full but loses a bit as it warms.

Overall: Maple is there but carries a slight bitterness as opposed to being sweet. I'm on the fence with this one. I love my maple syrup and to me, this one didn't quite measure up.

papat444, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of BDTyre
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had several Fernie beers before but for whatever reason I've never reviewed them.

Dark brown-ruby appearance with a thin, creamy tan head. As with all maple-based beers I've had, there is a slightly sour presence to it despite the maple sweetness. The malts balances out the sournesss.

Good sweet maple taste. Malts, caramel and a hint of coffee. Slight;y sour aftertaste. I figure this is from the maple; though this is probably one of the better maple beers I've had in terms of flavour.

Decent mouthfeel, maybe a bit on the thin side. A nice, sweet dessert beer and one to be sipped.

BDTyre, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of ZachT
4.25/5  rDev +13%

ZachT, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fernie Brewing's 'Sap Sucker' @ 5.5% , an American Porter served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is dark brown with some ruby red highlights along the glass edge which holds a good sized off white/tan head leaving a spotty lace in the pint glass

S-smells of burnt/smoked maple syrup

T-sweet tasting burnt/smoked maple syrup

MF-medium carbonation , medium body , tad thin , super sweet on the palate

Ov-one & done

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of DamageCase76
4/5  rDev +6.4%

DamageCase76, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Shadman
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Laughing as I purchased this...what's next...Tim Horton's Coffee Beer...

Nice and Dark...light has it's work cut out here to penetrate the blackness..Nice rich tan head, gobs of lacing..

I get more mocha coffee than maple, but there is a slight overhanging sweetness to the aroma.

Mocha coffee defintitely leads the pack, some slight sourness followed by a rather large blast of maple sugar sweetneess. There's enough bitterness from hops to keep it interesting and one dimensional.

Decent body for a porter, carbonation is well done

A bit on the sweet side, But still the best effort grom this brewer by far.

Shadman, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +6.4%

FadetoBock, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +6.4%

fizzyted, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of EskimoDave
5/5  rDev +33%

EskimoDave, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of CrazyMike
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black appearance with a reddish tinge to it and thick brown head that slowly settles down. This reminds me of a root beer float. Excellent lacing. Smell is very sweet with a hint of roasted nuts and coffee.

Maple syrup is very evident in the taste, picked up brown sugar, coffee, caramel and roasted nuts. Very dark and flavorful taste overall. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter with a lingering syrupy taste.

Very tasty and sweet porter, maple syrup porter is as good as it sounds and has my list of favorite porters. Highly recommend.

CrazyMike, May 02, 2011
Photo of artemh
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

artemh, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of SnatchyMcPants
3/5  rDev -20.2%

SnatchyMcPants, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of souvenirs
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Why don't we have more maple beers? Now, I'm sure I won't like this one as much as Whislter's Chai Maple Ale, but it looks pretty good. Super dark with an inch of cocoa-coloured head. Aroma of cocoa, and only a hint of maple. Damn, I was hoping for more.

More importantly, how does it taste? Sweet, kind of smokey, nice roasted flavours, cocoa, sweet coffee... but I'm barely picking up any maple. Still, it's an enjoyable porter. If I want a beer that tastes like maple, I guess I'll stick to Whistler. Too bad it's not available all the time.

Very smooth. Easy to drink.

souvenirs, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of Dawkfan
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pour is a deep dark brown with red tinges. 2 fingers of a khaki colored head that drops a respectable amount of lace.

S- Roasted malt, brown sugar and molasses. The maple syrup is faint, but comes out the more it warms. Also some espresso in the mix.

T- I'd like this to be a little more robust. Follows the nose pretty good, but with some milk chocolate as well. There's some bitterness but it's got a nice clean finish.

M- A little thin for the style, but seems fitting with the milder flavors. Carbonation is low-medium, it manages to remain smooth.

O- I enjoyed this one, I'm not huge on maple syrup but it really added a nice touch.

Dawkfan, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of KeeganRohovich
3/5  rDev -20.2%

KeeganRohovich, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Ericbeech_87, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of Ratman197
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, milk chocolate, light maple, light carmel and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodie and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, maple, cocoa and light carmel with a smooth lingering maple finish.

Ratman197, Nov 23, 2011
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Sap Sucker from Fernie Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.