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

Mary's Maple Porter (Brewmaster's Series)
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%

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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 01-30-2012)
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Photo of SouthernBuckeye

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brooklyn Brewery

A - Black pour, some lacing, tan colored foam.

S - Light scent of maple syrup and chocolate malt.

T - Solid tasting beer, with a combo of robust malt and sweetness of maple syrup.

M - Smooth, went down easy.

O - Enjoyed this beer the most of the ones I got to try while visiting the brewery. Bros say this is 7.2% ABV, but the board at the brewery said 7.5% ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 02:30:22 | More by SouthernBuckeye
Photo of erosier


4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2012 09:54:34 | More by erosier
Photo of DapperGrowler

District of Columbia

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

I tried this beer on tap at Meridian Pint in Washington DC.

A: this beer was a dark brown color with light head retention.

S: Malty / sugar / very faint maple syrup smell.

T: Slightly bitter on the front of the pallet; sweet, maple syrup taste on the back of the pallet.

M: Not as heavy as I expected when I ordered this beer. Great mouthfeel and nice malt taste.

O: This was a solid beer. I would order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 04:30:51 | More by DapperGrowler
Photo of socon67

New York

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 02:12:32 | More by socon67
Photo of xenjoiii

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Black Sheep Ale House - poured into a tulip.

A - Poured jet black with a dark tan head.

S - A collision of roasted coffee, malts, and subtle maple syrup. The aromatics of this beer are fantastic.

T - A nice balance of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. The maple is well hidden, and provides a nice sweetness to the beer; however, as the beer warms up the Maple notes slowly emerge.

M - Extremely smooth.

Overall, I was very impressed by this beer. I'm always intrigued by brews that incorporate maple syrup. What I really liked is that the Maple is there, but it does not overpower/stand out among the other aspects of this brew. I thought this was well balanced. I would most certainly drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 16:20:21 | More by xenjoiii
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2014 00:02:04 | More by chinchill
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 18:50:45 | More by Brent
Photo of angelogarcia3

New York

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this porter beer at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY. It pours dark black with a thin dark brown head. Sapsuckers pours this beer in a medium weizen glass. On the nose we get aromas of chocolate, and maple. Our first sip we get hints of maple and almost a syruppy thickness. But the flavors of chocolate, a slight sweetness, and roasted malts bust through filling the mouth with flavor an excellent beer to have with barbecue steak or ribs.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 02:49:43 | More by angelogarcia3
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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-21-2012 21:19:58 | More by bluejacket74
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice glass.

Appearance – Served a deep brown color with a tan head. The head fades giving some nice lacing.

Smell –The maple syrup is up front and potent with a bit of other sweet brown sugar aromas mixed in. While the maple aroma persists throughout the nose, some more roasted malts begin working their way in toward the middle and end of the aroma and round it out quite nicely.

Taste – Not as sweet as anticipated from the nose. A more roasted malt flavor of some barley and oat meet the tongue initially. A very light sweet brown sugar and maple come in toward the middle of the taste experience, but are much more mild then would be expected. The sweetness mingles with the maltiness toward the end laving a rather pleasant roasty maple flavor in the mouth at the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – A good thickness with a very moderate level of carbonation. Fairly creamy and quite easy to drink.

Overall – A nice dark porter, with more subtle characteristics of maple sweetness. A good brew; not too sweet with a nice flavor and aroma profile.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 01:37:46 | More by Darkmagus82
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New York

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

From 06/22/12 notes. Had on tap at Amity Hall in W 3rd St in NYC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of maple, roasted malts, chocolate, sweet dark fruits. Nice maple up front.

t - Tastes of sweet maple, molasses, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, toasted malts. A little sweeter than the nose, pretty nice again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice beer; pretty much exactly what I was hoping it would be. Maple comes through strong in the nose and taste, as do porter notes. A bit sweet, but I liked it quite a bit, and would like to have it again, though probably not more than 1 in a night.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 15:33:25 | More by mdfb79
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Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 01:41:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer nails the aroma in my opinion but falls flat on flavor, served in a snifter at Churchkey in DC. Beer is brown with a haze and a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is maple pancakes, bready, sweet, syrup, trees, nice.

Beer is sweet but thinner than expected, no roast really at all, hard to tell what kind of beer this is, the maple flavors are well integrated into the overall malt backbone but there is no bitterness from roast or grain or hops or anything, no flavors on the finish at all. Interesting but not a repeat.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 04:36:22 | More by drabmuh
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 19:12:33 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 00:18:13 | More by DrDemento456
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Blue Tusk and was served in a pint glass.
Almost pitch black in color, with nice dark ruby red hues along the edges.
One finger dark tan colored head that dissipates slowly.
Aroma had nothing more than sweet maple notes coming through. On the nose, this porter was almost one-dimensional in a way.
Taste on the other hand was very pleasant. Nice sweet notes upfront affirming the presence of maple in the beer. Towards the middle there is a nice balancing act between the maple and chocolate notes. The finish is perfectly bittersweet. The sweetness of the maple is definitely not overwhelming. Very tasty and very easy to drink. Not a lot of lacing along the edges, but with every swirl a nice dark tan colored layer of bubbles surfaced.
In my opinion, this is a really good porter. Mellow yet flavorful and very easy to drink. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 02:11:24 | More by CaptDavyJones
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3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured nice and dark with some lacing. Nice maple smell, along with toffee, maybe coffee smell.

Tasted a little sweet, caramel, toffee, not so much maple. It had a very full body.

Overall this could be a desert beer. Was above average, but nothing incredible.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 14:12:25 | More by righthereisay
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3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: no head on a jet black body.

S: white wine and Chardonnay notes with a mild sweet and smokey background note.

T: Smokey, sweet chocolate and light maple with a licorice and milk chocolate finish.

M: light to medium carbonation and light to medium body. Oily on the palate.

Overall: Very interesting porter. One of the more unique porters. Not a huge fan of licorice notes. A good one to try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2012 01:11:52 | More by kylehay2004
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3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at gulu cafe in Salem ma, served in a pt glass

A: served with very little head that dissapates rather quickly, no lacing, dark dark brown cola colored almost black.

S: a hint of booze and maple, over dry milk chocolate, caramel and coffe notes, this beer smells delicious, a vague vanilla note in there as well, the only negative thing I have to say about the aroma is that i wish there was more of it, more thick, more pungent.

T: dry chocolate with wet notes of booze, vanilla and caramel, a bit of roastyness in there as well, very complex and very delicious. Not nearly as sweet as i expected, if anything it's on the dry side, I really enjoy this. The alcohol note is unexpected out of a 7.2% brew but I feel like it fits in perfectly.

M: dry on the finish, slightly cremy and easy drinking, the only thing is, and I know this is a porter, that I wish it had a bit more heft to it, then this would have been awesome! It also had high/medium carbonation.

O: I really liked this, a dry Mapely porter, with a nicley complex flavor profile, and a nice drink ability, not what I expected, but not dissapointing either. Give this one a whirl if you get the chance for sure.


Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 01:12:03 | More by PeterIngemi
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 01:44:47 | More by Louski
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-26-2012 05:40:08 | More by benetoh
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a very dark brown body with a very slim, tan-hued head.

Smell: A sniff of chocolate-glazed donut frosting. A sniff of maple-glazed donut frosting. A sniff of fairly easy-going breakfast blend coffee.

Taste: Sweetish darkened maltiness with tastes of chocolate frosting, maple, smoked vanilla pods, and a far-off hint of dried plums. Earthy, scantly leafy hops with a low bitterness imparted. Small pinch of heat at the end of the nearly roasty, maple-hinted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel overall.

Overall: Happy to have tried this one and it’s a far cry better than the last couple of Brewmaster’s Reserve beers I’ve had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 18:27:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a draft of this brew at Delaney's during a fun lunch break with my wife!
Served in a stemmed tulip glass.

The beer is dark cola brown with some creamy beige head of about .5 cm that fades to a edge layer fairly rapidly upon arrival.

Aroma is sweet malt with brown sugar and as expected maple syrup, but not overwhelmingly cloying or maple, just enough to let you know what youve got in your glass. No hops and nor booze on the nose of this brew.

First sip reveals what the nose advertised with sweet malt featuring brown sugar and some maple syrup, maybe a bit of roasted malt and some caramel as well. Again not really any hop profile here. 7.2%, really? no hints of that fact!

The beer is easy to drink with fine gentle rolling carbonation and a silky smooth texture. Body is average to a little thick but I wouldnt call it robust.

Tasty malt lovers brew with no flaws and not cloying and using maple without thinning out the body too much.
Nice brew that I would try again.
ABV is

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 06:19:13 | More by sulldaddy
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North Carolina

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

Served on tap at Waterfront Alehouse in New York, NY

A: Pours a jet black with hints of amber in color with a half finger tall beige head. The head reduces over time but a layer of bubbles across the entire beer remains. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Sweet with hints of maple, molasses, and caramel.

T: Sweet roasted malts, maple syrup, molasses, and caramel. Sweeter than most other English porters. The maple flavor is not as pronounced as I had hoped for but is slightly enhanced as the beer warms.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: The alcohol is well hidden but this beer was a bit of a disappointment for me as I wanted a little more maple presence than I got. It was pretty easy to drink and enjoyable. Paired well with the food I had at lunch, jerk pork and venison chili.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 16:38:32 | More by dbrauneis
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 2/7/12.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a really dark brown color. There is a little more than a finger of tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass. The nose has some roasted malt and coffee. There are some aromas of cherry, chocolate, and some vanilla. The taste follows. It starts off with some roasted malt flavor. There is some maple sweetness that almost seems to turn into a dark fruit and cherry flavor. There are also some flavors of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a very mild hop presence. There is some lingering roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit behind on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. The body is actually a little thinner then I was expecting, but it is still nice. There is some sweetness, as well as some roasted malt that helps it achieve a nice balance. Also, there is just a little bit of hop bitterness on the back end, just a little bit. This has good drinkability. I would had no problem having a few glasses of this. The flavor is nice and it goes down smooth. Overall, I think it is a solid beer and a nice representation of the style. I just wish there was more maple flavor going on. I recommend trying it out, I would get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 19:31:27 | More by JizackFH
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Mary's Maple Porter (Brewmaster's Series) from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.