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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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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 8
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:
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(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 01-30-2012)
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Photo of BF1977
1.93/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was looking forward to this one. I love maple syrup. I love porters. And I love Brooklyn. Wow, was I disappointed. This is probably the worst Brooklyn beer I ever had. I guess I was looking for something on par with Intesified Coffee Stout. This is not it.

It looks great, the smell has a hit of maple, the taste is just a hodge podge; almost medicinal. I don't taske English Porter at all and the mouth feel is thin. I'm not sure it's even worth finishing the bottle. So sad.

BF1977, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of zhumphrey
4/5  rDev +9.3%

zhumphrey, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of NickyDee21
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

NickyDee21, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of jdeni
4/5  rDev +9.3%

jdeni, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of albertjr21
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

albertjr21, Feb 25, 2012
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.

DrinkSlurm, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

mctizzz, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

rhhjr, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of jhughes23
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

jhughes23, Feb 20, 2012
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.

mdaschaf, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

claspada, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

picked up a 16oz fill of this about an hour or two ago.

a - poured into my brooklyn snifter. poured a fich black with a thin cream colored almost white head. head was milky and hung out for a bit slowly bubbling away.

s - rich roasted malts with a glaze of maple. the porter char is pushed in the sweet maple direction giving it an almost milk stout smell. roasted chocolates.

t - whoa...that's interesting. the flavor seems to be a bit of an identity crisis. it is drinkable, but not good.

m - the porter char is swallowed by maple tingle.

o - overall, this is just weird. i love a good english porter, but the addition of the maple seems to push the flavors and feel in the wrong direction. i guess, this is what i should've been expecting, but a maple porter sounded so great, but in retrospect, probably not the most wonderful idea...at least not for my taste buds. i do appreciate the experimentation and will continue to support the brewmaster reserves and if you ever wondered what a maple porter would taste like, this is it...but perhaps you should second guess wondering what a maple porter would taste like...ick.

my wife seems to dig it so she'll finish this one for me.

cosmicevan, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
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

sulldaddy, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

liquorsuit, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

hoppymcgee, Feb 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

PorterBoy14, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

joshtrich, Feb 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

whartontallboy, Feb 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

Ralphs66, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

KornWallace, Feb 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

tripledbrew, Feb 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

crashoveride, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

Darkmagus82, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Brianito
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Brianito, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of DapperGrowler
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.

DapperGrowler, Feb 11, 2012
Mary's Maple Porter (Brewmaster's Series) from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.