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Mary's Maple Porter (Brewmaster's Series) - Brooklyn Brewery

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Mary's Maple Porter (Brewmaster's Series)
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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BEERchitect on 01-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 220 | Reviews: 61
Reviews by Brent:
Photo of Brent
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice old-school aspect to this porter. Poured very dark, deep brown. Malt profile is on the sweet side. I did not detect much of a distinct maple flavor, but there was a caramel note, with hints of dulce de leche. More roast in the malt moved in toward the finish. The ETOH did not stand out in the flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Guden
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- looks like a really nice porter with a very deep nearly black body and a nice off white head.

S- honestly the smell I very subdued, a little roast and ash but no maple.

T- like the nose this seems like a fairly mild porter with a little chocolate flavor and what seems to be roasted barley coffee character. As it warms a bit of hot alcohol and sweetness show through that could be from the maple but it's hard to tell.

M- fairly thin in body and low in carbonation, nothing to get worked up about either way but it drinks well enough for a basic no-frills porter.

D- this beer is a mediocre porter at best and an awful attempt at using maple at worst. If it was not called a maple porter I never could have even guessed there was an unusual ingredient much less that it was maple. Very underwhelming though in no ways unpleasant.

Photo of Billolick
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

32 ounce growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours basic black, dark tan head, initially hige, slowly going to a thick film and leaving respectable larger bubble lacing.

Sweet malt nose.

Sweet and malty porter, some moderate roastyness. Notes of vanilla, but not getting much if any of the advertized maple. Sweetness continues and continues, where is the drying and balancing hop component? anywhere?

Ehh, not my favorite and yet another disapointment in this "brewmasters series" of oddball and dud beer after oddball and dud beer...c'mon Brooklyn... this is getting kinda lame..first concoction and now this tame, sweet and on the lame side porter...puzzling...def would not go for this one again, with so many tasty, balanced and enjoyable beers out there and readily available

Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).

Nice opaque near black body but almost no head.

Excellent aroma is fairly complex but moderately, at most, strong.
Hints of maple here unfortunately only appear in the taste as vague sweet notes. Mildly sweet but enough to make this seem best as a dessert or after dinner beer.

Near full body with medium (slightly too high?) carbonation.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig.

A: Pours a nice deep black color with a small mocha colored head on top. Quickly reducing to a thin layer on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Lots of typical porter aromas, lots of roast and a slight sweetness. It is not over the top maple, more earthy with hints of maple and a little caramel and molasses.

T: Sweet upfront, and again, very earthy. The maple is not in your face, but adds nicely to the overall flavor of the beer. Roasted malt and a little bit of vanilla.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not bad, but was hoping for a bit more maple to be honest. It was a decent porter on its own, but a bit more maple I think would have been nice.

Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black pour, some lacing, pitch black with a tan colored foam.

S - Very nice scent of maple syrup, chocolatey malt, and english toffee.

T - Solid tasting beer, with a contrast of robust malt and sweetness of maple candy.

M - Smooth, felt heavier than it was, and a pleasant sweet finish.

O - Liked this alot. A nice surprise from Brooklyn.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at wfm Columbus circle- poured a black color with a small beige head; very little retention and no lacing.

Smells pretty sweet- definitely get a little maple along with chocolate malt.

Tastes very sweet- like maple syrup, almost sickeningly sweet. Alcohol also very apparent not in an enjoyable way.

Mouthfeel was also lacking- a little top syrupy without the appropriate carbonation to back it. I won't get this again.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler imperial pint. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger beige head that subsided to a minimal amount almost instantly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, bread, subtle sweet syrup, and a hint of coffee. The flavor was of roasted malt, subtle coffee, buttery, bread, and spices. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really wasn't impressed by this one too much if I am completely honest. With a name containing Maple in it, I really went into this one expecting to be blown away by the maple presence. Sadly this was not the case... It did have notes of it in the aroma, but that was about it that I picked up on. Definitely not bad, but also definitely not the best I've had from the style.

Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a standard porter brown color with wispy beige head that settles into a light ring.

S. the aroma is light for a porter. Some toasted bread and toffee notes. A bit of coffee.

T. The taste is of a toasted pumpernickel. The malt is a buttery toffee flavor I guess some maple. There is a tart grape thing going on. Solid roast for a porter but needs a little more earthy flavors. Tartness kills the flavor a bit.

F. The feel is moderate. On the dry side with some sour notes. Balanced. Drinks well.

O. Solid porter not great. A bit too dry.

Photo of benetoh
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a growler from Joe canals in Lawrenceville, NJ

Decided I had to get it, just because I know all of my friends woukd want to try, regardless of how good it was.

A: opaque dark brown. Tan head that didnt last long, but it was from a growler that wasnt cMompletely filled.

S: not a ton going on here, a trace of maple, nothing else

T: mild maple taste. Most of my friends were hoping for more maple flavor. Barely noticeable hops, a little bit of chocolate malt.

M: a little heavy, but not as thick as a fullers porter or brooklyn bcs.

O; definitely worth trying, just don't expect a dessert beer. Relatively easy drinking. Try this if you are looking for something a little different thats not extreme.

Photo of Louski
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap poured into Standard Pint Glass

Appears a dark brown with a very thin head. Smells sweet with hints of caramel, maple sugar and malt. It was not as sweet as I expected which was a little disappointing, but the flavor was still good and hung in my mouth for a while. The thinness of this beer (as opposed to a stout) made it an easy drink that would make a nice dessert to a heavy meal.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce (I think it's 16 or close to it) mason jar/mini-growler purchased from Party Town earlier this morning for $2.75. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like maple, roasted malt, and chocolate. It tastes like roasted malt, caramel, maple, chocolate, and some dark fruit. The flavor also has more bitterness than I was expecting, but with that being said I still thought it was still tasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, I wouldn't mind trying it again.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, almost black color. Head was a nice mocha color. Aroma has a nice rich maple note with some cocoa powder. The taste is more chocolaty, with a subtle maple note. Average. Its more lighter bodied and thin. Decent carbonation.

Overall, a nice porter.

Photo of jsanford
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at the Distiller in Savannah, GA

Pours a darkest brown with a thick, creamy khaki head. Nice aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Not really getting any maple character. Taste is similar to the nose, no real maple flavor, just chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied, a touch thin, with a smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation. Overall a decent Porter, but nothing special. Just wish I could get some maple in here.

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass). It poured with a thin dark beige head that eventually died down, leaving lacing and a small patch of bubbles on the surface along with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of maple and lactose in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a bit sweet and has flavors of maple and lactose.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste of this beer but the flavors seem to resemble more of a milk/sweet stout compared to a porter.

Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Light black one finger head that does not stay around for long.

S-Maple, a tad bit of roasted malt with some vanilla and spice.

T-Maple dominates, some vanilla, although for a porter it could use some more roasted malts.

M-Light, thin, watery with little carbonation.

O-One of the better experiences I've had with a beer where Maple dominates. Some more roasted malt would have been nice.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into mason jar at Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford, CT.
Pours a thick oily-looking amber brown with a bit of tan head.
Smells of roasted sweet chocolate, malts, and slight sweet syrup.
Taste is of sweet chocolatey malts and mild syrup/sweet sugar. I really do not taste the maple, but I do taste something sweet.
Overall, I thought this was a great brew. Smooth, full of flavor, and easy to drink. I am not sure id like a more direct maple flavor...this was very good as is.

Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice black color with a medium bodied medium sized tan colored head that laces the glass a little on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet maple, some roasted malts, hints of caramel in the nose as well.
T: Tastes of sweet maple, roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, and a little bit of dark chocolate in there as well.
M: Feels rich, smooth, perfect amount of carbonation, a bit heavy, warming.
D: Overall a really nice porter which was pretty sweet and a nice mix of flavors.

Photo of Etan
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Brooklyn Brewery tasting room.

A: Rich black with prominent brown hues. Tan head.

S: Nice smooth nose of raw maple and brown sugar. A little chocolate and coffee roastiness underneath.

T: A good dose of piney hop bitterness is most prominent. A barely noticeable hint of maple sweetness, along with some chocolate and lingering roastiness.

M: Creamy.

O: I wasn't expecting such a pronounced hop bitterness in the flavor profile, and I was expecting more maple. The hops hid much of the sweetness that should have been going on in the flavor profile. Disappointing.

Photo of lurpy1
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Crunchy's East Lansing. Consumed by the pint.

Pours a nice deep brown with beige head. Very appropriate for a porter.

Problem. This is a maple beer, purportedly, but there's no maple getting in my nose. Put out an APB for the maple? What we have here is standard, mild, unprepossessing porter smells. Roast, malt, some chocolate, bit more hop than expected. But no maple.

Taste is not unpleasant, but disappoints. Again, maple is AWOL. And the porter flavors come up a little short. Not really a great underlying porter. Roasty, but that's about the end of the story. Likewise, I found the body thin.

Sigh. Very hard to get enthused by this beer. I regard Brooklyn as rock solid, but I was let down by this beer. Not bad, not recommended.

Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of brystmar at our most recent tasting.

Pours motor oil black with a minimal dark tan head, recedes to a thick film and leaving some bubbly lacing.

Aromas begin quite sweet and roasty simultaneously with a hint of vanilla bean as it warms. Maple and molasses flavors emerge as it warms but the espresso/acrid roastiness is present throughout.

The tastes begin quite sweet and malty for a porter, some moderate roastiness. Notes of vanilla, but not getting much if any of the advertized maple as there was in the aroma. Just honey sweet and acrid and roasty. Not bad just not what I was hoping for.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation, but that could just be the growler aspect. The finish is initially sweet and cloying but the bitterness and molasses emerge more as more and weighs on the palate.

Overall I appreciate the effort to include/infuse maple flavors in this beer but it fell a little flat for me. Too sweet and acridly roasty with not enough balance from either base malt, caramel malt or even hops. Not as bad as the Concoction or the Companion but a far cry from their past Brewmaster's Series releases like Detonation or Blast.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a pint of this at the Blue Dust in Homestead.

A - Color is a deep dark black hue with only a mild lace of mocha colored head that quickly dissipates to a mild bit of lace throughout the glass.

S - Well that's a surprise I can smell the maple! Along side of this is residual sugars, caramel, and roasted toffee. Smells sweet.

T - Well the sweetness could be confused for maple syrup. Mostly sweet and sugar like with levels of roast. It was pretty good for a beer brewed with maple syrup.

M - Slick and sweet with a creamy body. Pretty nice.

Overall it was sweet, roasty, and had mild levels of maple. Pretty good.

Photo of david18
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Not a bad porter with a pretty balanced variety of flavors.

Appearance is a dark porter with a red hue. Head was not very big but did stick around for a while and also left some lacing behind.

Aroma was of dark malt, dark fruit and sugar.

Flavor was well. A great mix of fruit, toast and sweetness. A little bit of hops as well.

An overall good beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/2/2012 at Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, caramel, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of maple, nuts, caramel and coffee. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is good for the style and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice porter to drink for a long time.

Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark brown, letting some light through, little ring off khaki head. Scent is muted and contains notes of roasted grain, brown sugar and muddy earth. Taste is developed a bit more with roast being joined by notes of cocoa, brown sugar and light molasses provide a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied, needs some more heft. Overall, a pretty bland lightly sweet English porter, little showcase of maple.

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Mary's Maple Porter (Brewmaster's Series) from Brooklyn Brewery
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