Maple Stout - Cannery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 15
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 12-02-2008

The addition of natural maple brings this premium Stout a softer, smoother mouth feel and adds a touch of sweetness to balance the dark rich malts. It is a truly Canadian version of an old British classic.
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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by Hornet2003:
Photo of Hornet2003
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed while listening to Corsten's Countdown #127. Jochen Millar, you're da shot.

Appearance: Thick jet-black. Very thick pour.

Smell: Strong sweet aromas of syrup and chocolate. A little coffee as well. This smells amazing.

Taste: Basically the same as the aroma. This is a sweet stout with a ridiculous maple element.

Mouthfeel: I really don't know what "mouthfeel" means but if I were to describe it, it would be scrumtralescent.

Drinkability: Low-ish ABV and an amazing flavour make this easy to drink.

Overall" I'm so glad we have brewers like Cannery in BC. Great Canadian beer, in the most stereotypical sense of the word. But they do it in a very complimentary way...

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was very pleased with Cannery's Blackberry Porter, so I was excited to find another of their offerings in the LCBO.

Poured in to a Duvel chalice. Dark, nearly black, with a half-inch of light brown head that dissolves into a thick ring.

Nose is sweet and roasty, with marshmallow, caramel, and yes, maple syrup. Smells exactly like how I've always thought a maple stout should smell, which is a big plus.

The taste is quite nice, and on par with the nose. Roasted mild coffee, caramel, vanilla, and maple syrup, a bit of toasted grain. Sweet, and enough of a maple flavor to identify it as a 'maple stout', without being cloying. Flavour could have been more robust - it's a little mild, like many an English stout I've had of late, and the sweetness pushes in to cola territory.

Thinner bodied for a stout, and the carbonation is a bit strong, but it coats the tongue well enough.

In my years of drinking ales, this is certainly the first maple beer that I've actually enjoyed, which I find strange. I mean, it sounds amazing on paper - I love beer, I love maple syrup - but somehow every edition of the style seems to fall flat. Now, this brew still could use some work - the body isn't quite right and lacks the depth of a good American stout or RIS - but nevertheless, it's an enjoyable brew that fits the season well (and provides a welcome change from all those pumpkin ales!)

Photo of chickenm
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650mL bomber. Pours a black color with a big creamy tan head that doesn't last. Really nice aroma of maple syrup, roasted malt, and coffee.. kinda smells like a pancake breakfast! The taste is more maple syrup, malt, and a little bit of bitterness. Medium bodied and very smooth. Leaves a nice maple aftertaste. The sweetness of the maple hurts the drinkability a bit and this is definitely not a session beer, but it makes a nice dessert beer. I really liked this!

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Being a big fan of a local brewery's efforts on the maple lager front, I had to give this maple stout a shot, from our neighbours in the Okanagan.

This beer pours a mostly solid black, with pervasive cola highlights, and two hefty fingers of densely foamy, thickly bubbly tan head, which leaves some attractive honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of maple syrup dosed pancakes, a further bready malt, a minor dark fruitiness, fresh-brewing coffee, and subtle earthy, leafy hops. Very much the Smitty's breakfast special aura. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, dark chocolate, cafe-au-lait, semi-sweet maple syrup, a bit of artificial vanilla, slightly musty, indistinct black fruit, and earthy weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, but at least present and clocked in, the body a barely decent medium weight, and a wee bit tacky in its smoothness. It finishes surprisingly dry, the sweetness sort of bleeding out of the maple essence, creating a certain bond with the lingering earthy, leafy hops.

Overall, a pleasantly tasty stout, with a variable maple goodness, and not too sweet. As much as I like the head-on maple assault of Amber's Sap Vampire, this one is much more judicious in its application of our national tree's effluent, and a very respectable addition to the growing Canadian maple-themed beer canon.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with red highlights in the right light. Thin head settles to an eggshell film fairly quickly.

Big nose with serious sweet beer aromas. Obvious maple off the top. Sweet chocolate serves as the malt backbone.

Aforementioned smells come through big on the tongue. Raw maple straight away melds well with nice milk chocolate. Comes to a close with welcome toasty bitterness, good coffee flavor.

It's tough to put out a good maple beer, given all the subpar offerings out there, but this manages to get all the flavours right.

Photo of Kaibosh
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark molasses colour. Minimal head.

S - Immediate maple smell. Caramel, Mild malt, rich smell.

T - Maple! Notes of Coffee. Not a heavy taste for a stout. Starts off mellow but Finishes strong leaving a noticeable, but pleasant, aftertaste.

M - light for a stout. Not a lot of carbonation. Smooth feel. Gets sharper on aftertaste.

O - one of my favourite stouts. Great beer. Not an overpowering stout, but great flavours.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a solid black with a creamy tan head that retained very well

S - rich roasty & nutty barley with the maple very present. I'm immediately thinking of syrup.

T - the rich maple sweetness is very apparent up front, followed by the classic stout roasted barley and coffee bitterness, with all flavours seeming to last very balanced on the finish. I'm really digging this.

M - smooth an chewy feel, a slight bitter sensation as well, and a litter lighter than I expected from a stout

D - the maple sweetness makes it very pleasant on the palate, left me craving the next taste like a desert does. Fairly easy drinking.

Photo of elricorico
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in the glass with a solid two fingers of foamy tan head. Head steadily recedes but leaves its mark in plenty of lacing.

Smell is an interesting mix of maple syrup sweetness and roasted malt. Maple hits first, but the stout qualities aren't beat down entirely. The mix of aromas gives something of a root beer sweetness to the aroma, but it also makes me want pancakes.

Sweet and smooth flavoured, with a long lingering maple finish that becomes just a bit acidic at the very end. Roasted malts can be noted through the front half, and are semi-sweet.

Medium bodied with carbonation just a touch sharper than I expect for the style. Not bad, but could be fuller and smoother.

If you like maple, check this one out. I seriously am craving pancakes now. Not so much stout character gets through, but maple is a pretty strong flavour to compete with.

Photo of Stocean1
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a one finger head - little retention with some lacing - a black crude colour

S - plenty of maple, molasses, and coffee

T - follows the nose with a bigger maple presence - some bitter hops - the maple reminds me of a maple candy but not overdone - sweet

M - medium body with plenty of carbonation - bitter but good for the style

O - a very nice maple stout and I had no difficulty sucking back this bomber (i.e. not too sweet) back.

Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep brown, almost black with a half finger of tan head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Dark roast coffee, maple butter. A little vanilla and molasses.

Taste. Roasty malt, coffee and maple with a little acidity. Lingering vanilla and maple. Really nice stuff.

Mouthfeel. Close to a medium body with medium-strong, fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall. I really like this stuff and could go though a lot of it pretty quickly. Feelin' like a canadian stereotype here, but ya ...maple and beer done well? Canuck heaven.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium black color stout with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry roasted malt notes with some notes clear notes of maple which are surprisingly quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by loads of maple notes with well balanced sweetness and some dry roasted notes. Body is a bit thin for style with some very good carbonation. Very interesting experiment with maple notes being clearly identifiable and some well balanced sweetness. Not sure I would have this often but well brewed nonetheless.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kjyost for this bottle. Finally got to drinking it.
Poured in to Founder's tulip.

A - Poured black with one finger of light brown head that quickly disappeared.

S - Sweet maple syrup up front, some light roasted malt and chocolate notes in the background but the maple definitely dominates.

T - Sweet maple syrup, roasted malts and brown sugar. Although the maple dominates, the beer is not cloyingly sweet like many maple syrup based beers tend to be.

M - Light to medium body, light carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this one. The best maple syrup beer of the few I have had.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. The aroma of maple was potent and gorgeous as I popped the cap off and took a quick sniff straight into the bottle.

Opaque black in appearance, tall tight spongy light beige head. Loose patches of lacing.

A sweet yet balanced maple aroma on the nose, light roasted malt in the background.

The flavour is much more balanced between the sweet maple up front, which melds into a dry roasted bitterness on the finish, somewhat similar to a flavoured coffee. In fact it's more of a dry coffee aftertaste that lingers than any maple character.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side od medium-bodied, and more carbonated than is expected for a stout, or at least lacks a roundness and softness in texture.

A decent dry stout in its own right, although a bit rough around the edges all the same, while the maple character nearly disappears as it warms, remaining present as an underlying yet enjoyable sweetness more than a distinctive character. I didn't necessarily rate this high, yet I still have a soft spot for maple, and still commend Cannery for the effort.

Photo of findango
5/5  rDev +29.9%

- small but clean maple smell
- very nice coffee and maple flavours

Photo of papat444
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to kjyost for this one. Shared with my wife last night.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: Lots of head, 3-4 fingers, with a dark tan color and a texture that is very puffy. Body is solidly opaque and brown.

Smell: Intense and awesome! Syrupy maple mixed with maple fudge.

Taste: Mostly maple fudge with reminiscence of dried maple syrup. Quite sweet though never cloying. Ends with a bit of bitterness. I found though that it didn't live up to the aroma. I would have liked a more pronounced presence of maple to match the smell.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation a bit too prickly. Otherwise, it feels comfortable. Could be more smooth and the body doesn't warm well has it feels more thin.

Drinkability: Yeah, i like this pretty good. Would be nice to have better access to it.

Overall: Awesome maple aroma and a taste that while good, doesn't quite live up. It is still tasty and worth your while to check out.

Photo of spinrsx
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a large fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, maple

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly thin/watery. I can taste chocolate and malts mixed with some roasted nuts and coffee. There is also some vanilla flavour and not as much maple taste as I expected based on the scent. It finishes with a chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

Overall – The beer has a great maple scent, but it needed more in the taste department. It actually reminded me a little bit of a vanilla coke. I'm happy I gave it a shot, but I'd buy something else next time.

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, split with my girlfriend. 650ml into some pint glasses.

POurs almost black with some dark cola around the edges, tan head is thick and produced immediately. Loads of carbonation requires several attempts at the pours, but settles to a nice cap. NOse has alot of maple, dark and milk chocolate with more of a darker leaning. Hint of coffee. Taste is milk chocolate dipped in maple syrup, some caramel and vanilla notes; finish is a bit roasty. Mouthfeel is relatively light, and highly effervescent - offputting initially, but swirled it down to a more manageable level. Sweet, but expected for the advertised flavour profile. A decent stout that I could revisit, but the carbonation needs to be toned down quite a few notches.

Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cannery Brewing's 'Maple Stout' @ 5.5% , an English Stout served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5

A-pour is almost black from the bottle to the glass with a small tan/off white head leaving a fine lace film along the pint glass after every sip

S-Maple Syrup , hints of coffee

Every time I bring the glass up to take a sip I'm hit with so much Maple almost Voodoo like

T-sweet maple start , somewhat bittersweet smokey finish

MF-medium carbonation , light/medium bodied

Ov-taste like it should be poured over pancakes , one and done for me , too sweet

prost LampertLand

Photo of TCgoalie
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This black crude has a moderately sustaining head with bits of lacing on the sides...not bad.

Smells of milk chocolate, maple syrup, and a hint of coffee.

The maple syrup pleasantly blends with chocolate and a coffee like bitterness. The balance is good which can be difficult with maple flavors.

This is not the most exciting in the mouth. Somewhat sticky in the end and thin to medium in feel.

I believe this is a good solid stout. I'm a sucker for maple beers, so I had to give it a try.

Photo of bryehn
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a small tan-coloured head that doesn't leave much lace, but sticks around as a thin collar throughout the glass.

Smells of maple syrup, molasses and coffee. A roasted malt note gives off a bread-like quality and grainy hops can also be found.

Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee. The sweet maple syrup flavour really comes through on the tongue and in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery, but smooth and creamy on the tongue. Bitter coffee and slightly syrupy aftertaste.

Quality stout that has enough maple flavour to be noticed, but isn't overpowering or too sweet. Could use a bit more body, but is quite drinkable and smooth as it is.

Photo of jrenihan
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with a good-sized tan head.

Smell is FULL of maple. Also vanilla. The reviewer who said 'maple fudge' is dead on. A bit of coffee. The maple smell is overwhelming and quite sweet. Maybe it is because maple is not super-high on my list of favourites, but I find the smell a little much. Very pungent.

Taste still has a lot of maple but not quite as heavily as the nose. Coffee is present as well. Roasted barley. Generally tastes like maple candy. Fairly sweet.

Beer is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, quite smooth.

This is a maple-heavy beer. For a maple lover, probably very good. Not being one, I don't think it is a great beer. Certainly delivers what it promises.

Photo of Methodd
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

650mL bottle poured into a mug, filled to the brim.
Appearance: Very dark, almost black. Fluffy tan head that never seems to completely dissipate.
Smell: Thick and heavy. Maple, molasses, mocha.
Taste: Sweet maple, mildly bitter hops, coffee. I think the maple is a bit overdone but the coffee flavor seems to balance it out a bit.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation for this brew is good. Goes down smooth. Medium to heavy body. Big maple after taste.
Drinkability: Winter time only, I’d say. Not what I’d call a refreshing drink. After 650mL of this stuff I’ve had my fill for a while. I think of this one as more of a novelty to be had once in a while.

Photo of potterface
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark but not black. More like a really dark amber. Good head, nice lace.

S-Maple. Maple syrup, maple candy, everything maple.

T-Maple! A sweet maple fills the whole tongue then fades into a stout-y bitterness but with a really light and smooth finish. The maple is definitely there but it doesn't overwhelm or become cloying.

M-Not as heavy as I expected. Almost more like a porter. Feels great rolling around the palate with just enough bubble to lift the flavours off the tongue.

D-Very drinkable. If you don't like maple (like me) you may be pleasantly surprised. It gives a sweetness, a bitterness, and a heavy lightness. It's quite well-balanced, with a ton of maple but not so much it hides the beer. Very tastey. Would pair very well with a big, hearty beef stew. Or Chili!

Photo of Tford
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours almost black with a little, light coloured head.

S: This smells strongly of maple syrup; coffee and hops can also be smelled.

T: The initial taste is all maple; I could pour it on my pancakes. The maple subsides and a hoppy coffee takes over to leave a slightly bitter aftertaste

M: Medium-heavy body with a fair bit, but not excessive, amount of carbonation. It lacks crispness but is still very smooth.

O: This is the Canadian of flavoured beers; everything about it has a strong maple presence. It is one of the better maple stouts I have tried because, although it tastes strongly of maple, I don’t find it overly sweet. Definitely recommended for maple-lovers.

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice thick head of lightly tanned head which dissipates leaving a nice line of lacing.

S - Maple, peat, and coffee grounds. The sweetness of the maple comes off the top, followed by a coffee scent with a scotch peaty finish.

T - Maple, molasses, leather, and bitter espresso beans. This one is very sweet, and I stress VERY. A bit of a cafe mocha flavour to it, this one is jam packed with flavour.

M - Goes down quite smooth, not overly carbonated, and is nicely balanced.

D - Delicious, but more of a dessert beer than anything. A little too sweet to be sessionable, but a very nice beer at that. Would highly recommend this to anyone as it is surprisingly delicious!

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Maple Stout from Cannery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.