Sugar House Maple Porter - Wagner Valley Brewery

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Sugar House Maple PorterSugar House Maple Porter

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Wagner Valley Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: UnionMade on 07-17-2002

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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by ElGuapo:
Photo of ElGuapo
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark brown pour topped in a thin lace of tannish foam. The aroma is very sweet with a big blast of maple syrup. Chocolate and roasty coffee touches combine to balance the aroma into a beautiful whiffer.

The body is pretty full and rich. Flavor is dominated by sweetness, but the maple syrup is much less noticable than it was in the aroma. It is still there enough to add its character. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy all the way to the bottom of the glass, and this one really needs to warm up a bit. The sweet flavors are a little much at times, but it is still a very drinkable beer. This is a nice one to try if you want a nice porter with a different character.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, label tells us to welcome warmer weather with "this full bodied robust porter" OK, I can do that...pours darkest shades of brown, with a typical dark tan head, leaving a nice smattering of scattered lacing, and sporting a nice sweet, maple nose. this is a silky/creamy smooth and tasty porter, notes of vanilla, maple, light smoke, cafe au lait and dry in the finish, this would do a great job marinating some BBQ chicken and/or washing it down...more high quality/classy brew from Wagner V.

Photo of pwoods
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks BeerTruth for this extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Good carbonation pop. 2 solid fingers of mocha head with decent retention. Pours solid black with no visibility. No lacing.

S: Woody scent and maybe a touch of smoke, yet completely subtle. Other than that, I can't pick anything up. After the head dies down, I can pick up some of the maple but still not easily detectable.

T/M: Sweet malts with a touch of vanilla. More wood and with just a hint of smoke. Only 6% but a bit of alcohol phenols come out in the finish. Getting a bit of a metallic and 'cleaning product' toward the end.

D: Easy to drink but just nothing too special.

Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery about a month ago. Tried it on tap there and brought a few bottles home.

A: The porter is a dark color that, on closer inspection, is black. No dark brown or full red, just black. A small head, less than a quarter finger, is just a thin band.

S: The nose is porter-rich, dark roasted flavors, with plenty of syrupy aromas to go around. I pick up maple, caramel, and butterscotch.

T: The darker porter flavors register first but quickly transition to maple syrup. The malts are roasted with chocolate and burnt toast. The maple syrup is sweet, accentuating caramel flavors (also syrupy). A roasted coffee flavor, soft, follows the syrup. The sweetness is a little thin, quickly losing its steam. The porter aspects pick up the steam in the finish, delivering darker malt flavors alongside the lingering sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is dark and sweet, roasted and sugary. While thin at times, the fullness does a good job carrying the weight.

D: Drinkable? Yes. Maple is always a strong addition to any ale. The contrast of porter darkness and maple sweetness is nice.

Photo of Jredner
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is roasty with mild smoky notes and sweet maple syrup filling the nose. Body is flat black and holds a slowly diminishing thumb thick mocha head. Fore is watery with some nuttiness and mild vanilla /molasses sweetness. Finishes is mellow and shallow with little else to remark on than some vague coffee/nutty notes and a mild creaminess. Just not getting it done flavor wise, but it is at least not offensive.

Photo of Murchmac
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown some lacing, not much head retention down the glass.

Smells like some hoppy log cabin maple syrup on johnny cakes flapcakes with vito.

Doesnt taste like much, some warming malts. Probably tastes like more to other people, I didnt get much out of this beer.

Good attempt, others might like it, the best part of this beer is the looks for me.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Well it's fairly pitch black yet the head is minimal just a 1/4 inch that settles to nothing.
S - Roasty malts meet maple syrup and dry sweetness. Hope it's balanced.
T - Well it's not overly sweet and very dry but seems balanced enough. Has some roasty edge bittersweet chocolates and again maple syrup. Not bad.
M - Medium bodied, somewhat slick easy to drink.

Overall after finding their doppelbock somewhat lackluster this porter is easy to drink and has maple flavors. Whats not not love?

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lovely cafe au lait head with a soft almost nitro-pour texture. Mostly black body with perhaps a shade of chestnut color at the bottom of the glass. Smell was rather bland with an almost lager like cleaness. No coffee or chocolate flavors in the nose to speak of. Taste was very smokey with an almost maple-cured bacon flavor with a harsh roasty flavor, like black coffee. Not very sweet or maple like except in the finish where there is a little syrupy flavor. Kinda a raw mouthfeel. Decent spring like beer, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of RollBounce
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark porter color, with light brown carbonation, muted nose, with cleaner and sweet dark roasted malts, hint of warm dirt as well.

Flavors of dark chocolate covered blackberry, hazelnut, and dark malts. Sweetness is there from the maple and really does a great job in the finish of the beer.

Overall; Goes down smooth for the style. Will be stocking up for the fall.

Photo of aracauna
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a boomer. The beer didn’t foam in the bottle, but once it hit the glass, it exploded into a light tan head. Very stiff and meringue-like once it settled down. Very dark brown didn’t let much light through at all. Overall a very attractive beer. Slight creosote in the aroma along with molasses. The molasses carries into the flavor with a very slight bit of smoke backing it up. Ok, but overcarbonated.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I am sampling this brew at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours a pitch black color and a fluffy tan head foams up about 1 cm and fades to an edge layer gradually.
Aroma is sweet like brown sugar and maple syrup. I get a little whiff of alcohol as well. I sniff deeper and detect rich mocha scents and also a nice bit of smoke quality. Wow impressive nose I think!
Fairly thick body and small rolling carbonation combine with a very smooth texture for one hell of a drinkable beer.
Flavor is very satisfying! The first bit is mild chocolate sweetness which flows to some earthy hop character and some coffee notes. The finish is a nice smoky aftertaste. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and was surprised by some of the other reviews. I will definitely buy this again if I see it!

Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a nice 2" caramel colored head.

Smell: loads of maple and roasted malts come through. A bit of earthiness is lingering in the background.

Taste: roasted malts, prunes, caramel, bits of chocolate, and a mellow maple syrup flavor that works quite well by not being overbearing. Mild bitterness and some earthiness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is laced with roasted tones and maple syrup.

Drinkability: decent porter that has a nice flavor. Personally, more than two of these would be enough in a session.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooo this baby pours dark, no ruby edges here, and the thick dark tan head says stout. No matter, it looks great even after the head fades to a film. Yup, still black though.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, chopped fig, hints of vanilla and maple. Taste is chocolate and roasted malt, some vanilla, mild EKG hop spice that fades to a real nice bitter chocolate finish. A very tasty porter.

Smooth and creamy, medium bodied and easy to drink. A great beer any time of year.

Photo of mobud
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A- Dark brown with very little head.

S- The roast malt smell has light coffee and a faint sweet aroma.

T- Burnt coffee with a sweet syrup follow-thru.

M- This beer was very thin. Not the strong backbone that I have found in most porters.

D- Not for me. I have had this on tap and have enjoyed it, but something was lost in the move to bottles. I will try at a later date to see if it was the batch or if it was me.

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick brown head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an intense black roasted aroma which boasts of chocolate and patent malts. The scent of maple syrup is weak, but noticeable. The taste is good. It has a rich dark flavor with a bit of maple sweetness . It goes down thick, but finishes dry and smooth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine porter. It is full of flavor and good mouthfeel; a good drinker.

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with moderate tannish head. Smell is notable for roasted malt, coffee and somr light traces of maple syrup.
Taste matches the smell with a moderate dark fruit sweetness also thrown in the mix.
Finishes very ceam, with more traces of the maple syup showing threw at the end.
A nice easy drinkling beer, buta a bit too sweet for more than one.

Photo of John
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spring seasonal brew available March - June. Rich, dark, a bit smokey/peaty with a hint of maple syrup and molasses. Substantial body. A hint of hop bitterness finishes it off. A welcoming brew...sort of like your favorite spot on the couch.

Photo of CBFanWish
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hands down, the worst porter on the market. I hate being so mean towards a regional beer, but it's just that bad. It looks the part, but the aroma and taste left something to be desired. The smell was of absolutly nothing. I had my nose buried in the glass and could find anything. The taste was of a syrupy medicine. Absoutly revolting. I will never pay money for this again. By the way, there is no way this is a baltic.

Photo of lpayette
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance- A very good looking porter. Pours heavy and very dark brown. A decent amount of head- I'd say just right for a porter. Good lacing, but the retention could be better.

Smell- Peat-smoked malt, molasses, fuggle hops?, milk chocolate, just a hint of floral aromas with subtle suggestions of orange peel. Wasn't impressed initially, but the smell grew on me.

Taste- This is a surprisingly good and balanced mix of flavor. Flavors of chocolate, peat-smoked malt, molasses, mild hops, and a bit of maple syrup meld together seemlessly.

Mouthfeel- full-bodied, lots of flavor, good moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- One of the most drinkable and enjoyable porters I've had. Exceeded my expectations.

Photo of UnionMade
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Thanks Mikeys01!
The beer pours a resiny, opaque black, a modest topping of sandy foam sticking around for a while.
The aroma is laden heavily with roasty, charred malt and an underlying sticky maple sweetness. Hints of cocoa and coffee. Really quite nice, showcasing the goodness that is dark roasted malt. Fairly mild hopping, mostly overpowered by the roasty sweetness. Quite a full aroma, at least, if its not straying too far out of your normal porter's range.
The flavor opens with a surprisingly tame roastiness, the bitterish, burnt roast mostly domesticated by the layer of maple syrup that lacquers each sip. The aroma suggests a much bolder flavor. Espresso, cocoa, and an even-toned maple sweetness throughout, a dash of apple fruitiness, meandering down into a mildly hopped finish. More of the bitterness is provided by the roasty char, although there is a lightly floral hop tinge. An aftertaste of coffee and maple, not unlike a flavored coffee. Sparkly carbonation, with a medium body tending towards the lighter end.
A pretty solid porter, tending towards the sweeter side. Actually kind of stoutish, with a pervasive black malt astringency. The maple adds a nice touch, lending a mellow, earthy sweetness that's a fine match for the black malt flavors. I could do with a slightly more robust hopping in the finish for a little extra "oomph", but this is just fine. I could drink a couple in a sitting, but this isn't something I'd want every day.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my pint glass.

A - Very dark brown letting little, if any light through. Head if half an inch deep and tan in color. Foam vanishes rather quickly leaving no lacing.
S - Sweet aromas of molasses and caramel. Traces of roasted malt and alcohol.
T - Just like the smell, the taste is on the sweet side. I'm getting notes of brown sugar, toffee, fading into cocoa and bittersweet coffee. Can't detect any maple syrup to speak of.
M - Leaning towards heavy with a medium amount of bubbles.
D - Any one that enjoys a porter every now and then should try this beer. Above average offering that I would drink again.

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very interesting brew, but definitely only for a limited niche. The porter is smoked for sure, and there is an underlying sweetness, but there is a hamhock background, as if this was smoked not in a maple sugar house but at a Tennessee hog farm. In any event, this porter pours a deep ebony with a thin dark tan head. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The aroma and the taste, beyond the salted bacon taste is malty, but indistinct--definitely nutty.

Photo of mentor
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by eyedrinkale as part of BIF33. Thanks for the opportunity to try this unique beer. Pours a half finger of tan-brown head over a dark liquid. Just a fine edge of red-brown when held to light. Smells caramel andblack patent sour. Some roast,butoverall sweet with a creamy character. Coffee and chocolate with some burnt toffee notes.

Tastes roast with a wonderful rounded caramel. Hint of smoke accompanied by a black patent sour. Dark caramel, bordering on scorched. Nutty and maple. Md-thick body and piercing fine carbonation on the tongue. Thick and sweet. The finish is woody and dry on the front of the tongue, but sticky sweet on the back of the tongue. IMO, a touch too sweet and not much maple character. The beer was well balanced between the roast, sour, and caramel. The woody and burn was an interesting touch.

Wow, a year since the last review of this beer. I wonder if this is no longer produced and was aged by eyedrinkale. I wouldn't be surprised.

Photo of HopDerek
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with some orange and light brown highlights around the edges. Two fingers of mocha head has some moderate retention and leaves a little lacing. Smells of smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, coffee, and caramel. Tastes of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, roasted malt, oranges, floral hops, coffee, and light smoke. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth and sweet with a nice roasty and bitter finish. Great flavor and balance, a good porter that is easy to drink.

Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Half finger of creamy foam with decent retention. Color is a jet black with hints of red around the edges. Aromas of toasted malt and maple syrup. Maple is not noticeable on the palate except as maybe an ever so slight hint of sweetness. All smokey and mildly sweet.

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Sugar House Maple Porter from Wagner Valley Brewery
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