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Sugar House Maple Porter - Wagner Valley Brewery

Sugar House Maple PorterSugar House Maple Porter

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%

Brewed by:
Wagner Valley Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UnionMade on 07-17-2002)
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Reviews by RollBounce:
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 16:05:12 | More by RollBounce
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-12-2014 19:12:42 | More by Paul68
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

04-06-2014 23:03:42 | More by StrangerTides
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-19-2013 02:51:49 | More by BillRoth
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-09-2013 14:53:00 | More by AndrewBV
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-27-2013 04:13:56 | More by muletrane
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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 02:14:22 | More by DrDemento456
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-11-2013 23:51:19 | More by mendvicdog
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-09-2013 19:12:26 | More by gwiedman1
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New York

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 04:52:39 | More by Gwalchgwynn67
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-10-2013 15:52:56 | More by brentblack1
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-29-2013 19:36:32 | More by VaporDome
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

11-03-2012 01:45:05 | More by Freggs
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-10-2011 03:29:59 | More by rab53
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-25-2011 22:05:19 | More by whallgren
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-17-2011 21:17:01 | More by tclapper
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 01:40:01 | More by akorsak
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint on 2/22/10. Thanks to FooFaa for giving me a bottle of this to review.

A - Poured an oily black liquid with deep garnet and ruby hues around the bottom edges and a sparse, creamy tan head that diminished into a thin ring, then literally nothing, save for very little spotty lacing.

S - Roasty and malty yet sweet with hints of brown sugar, molasses, caramel and maple syrup. Traces of licorice emerge in the background.

T - Malt is sweet and doughy akin to fresh baked molasses cookies. There is also an underlying roasty coffee presence throughout, although the sweetness prevails as notes of maple syrup, caramel and brown sugar intrigue the palate. Finishes with a slight hint of bitterness akin to real (black) licorice and faint tobacco notes.

M - Medium bodied with a somewhat syrupy texture and fair amount of carbonation, resulting in a pretty robust mouthfeel overall. Finish is bittersweet on the palate with an emphasis on the sweet.

D - Solid introduction to this brewery that has recently come into radar range (thanks FooFaa). I'm anxious to try the Oatmeal Stout soon, which is on deck. While this didn't blow me away, it was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 01:13:16 | More by ffejherb
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 17:55:46 | More by ZimZamZoom
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, with an inch and a half thick chestnut brown head that quickly drops leaving a thin uniform lace.

Espresso fills the nose, quickly followed by more dominant maple sugar candy and some bittersweet chocolate.

Begins sweet with mild wood, molasses, cappuccino ,and beef broth, finishing with a lingering, mild bitterness.

Smooth, with hidden alcohol, soft carbonation and a medium body.

Easy drinking for easy living, somewhere between a session and a lawnmower beer. The bottled version is less impressive than what I tasted on draft at the brewery.

Date consumed: 2 August 2008

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 21:46:34 | More by SLeffler27
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 04:01:58 | More by HopDerek
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 16:46:26 | More by Gavage
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3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 07:08:18 | More by Murchmac
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2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 04:58:17 | More by pwoods
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3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 18:53:13 | More by mobud
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Sugar House Maple Porter from Wagner Valley Brewery
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