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Maple Tap Imperial Maple Porter - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-26-2014

The subtle character of roasted malts complement the sweet flavor of rich maple sugar in this hearty porter—a true taste of New England. Maple Tap maintains a smoothness that belies its hearty base. Sweet nutty aromas of dark sugar are balanced by earthy Willamette hops in this rich porter.
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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw,


The bottle is simply stamped with 2014 on the bottle neck.

Appearance: Slips out a very dark brown body with a full-on, foamy, beige-hued head. Near nil lacing.

Smell: Maple syrup coated dark malts, a decent whiff of tangy fruitiness followed by singed breadcrusts, smoky ash, and a thin sliver of dried herb.

Taste: Dark malts, ashen tinged, hinting of chocolate, caramel, and layered in a fair amount of maple syrup. Moderately sweet. Dark fruitiness. Nutty, toasty at the mid-point as some lightly herbal, subtle hops and their incorporating bitterness temper the initial sweetness. Minimal alcohol presence beyond some appreciable warmth and a lil' sting on the swallow. Sweetish, maple-roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Near-on velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: A fitting imperialized porter fixed up with a dose of maple syrup.

More User Reviews:
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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2014 22oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet.

Pours orange-brown, very dark but not quite opaque, with a small and only partially durable head. The feel is more lively and reflects more carbonation than suggested by the appearance. Near full bodied with some warmth and slight harshness from the alcohol.

The aroma is sweet, with a suggestion of maple syrup, and nutty. These also describe the flavor athough there is ample bitterness to leave the bitter-sweet flavor seeming just slightly sweet. Some nice notes of dark fruits and dark bread. High ABV is too obvious; this might well benefit from some aging.

O: likely one of the best from Harpoon Brewery.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.04/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. 2014 batch. Sampled on June 7, 2014.

It is a handsome looking beer that's for sure with its deep dark brown appearance leading up to a modest off-white head. Almost black actually. But the head fades after a moment.

For a maple porter, Imperial or otherwise, I was hoping to get more maple on the nose. I did not get much of that. I did get dark sweet malts and booze however. I really had to sniff it to find the maple.

Medium to full body.

The maple makes a better appearance in the taste but it is still very low profile considering what this beer is supposed to be. Still a bit of booze, which means I want to drink this 9.1% ABV beer slowly. Maybe Harpoon was trying to be subtle. If that was the case they were successful.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.08/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black when viewed afar but upon closer inspection when held up to a bright light it is clear dark garnet red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving gentle dashes of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet, nutty malts are present in the nose along with hints of roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with sweet flavors of nutty malts and bits of maple; hints of roasted malts are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is deceptively drinkable considering its strength—any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste and the only giveaway is from the sweetness. I thought it could have used some more in the way of roasted malts to balance off the sweet nutty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was not cloyingly sweet and seemed to mostly hit the mark. Alcohol level was deceptive and this beer met my expectations on all levels. This beer was best at cellar temperature or just below.

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good...I disagree with others in that I feel the high alcohol % was wrapped up well. The sweetness was also counterbalanced by a nutty/ unnameable bitterness...I do't know...I liked it...Wish I could present a more well constructed and technical review, but I have been enjoying this all day ...

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Maple Tap Imperial Maple Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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