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Maple Tap Imperial Maple Porter - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Maple Tap Imperial Maple PorterMaple Tap Imperial Maple Porter

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-26-2014)
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
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3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 22, 2014
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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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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.
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22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, cocoa, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, maple syrup, woodiness, and toast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, maple syrup, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, cocoa, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, maple syrup, woodiness, and toast/yeast earthiness. Light earthy/woody bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, cocoa, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, maple syrup, woodiness, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, maple syrup, and yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Imperial English porter. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, maple syrup, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. I felt like the flavors should have been quite a bit bolder at this ABV, but it was nicely enjoyable overall.

superspak, Jul 20, 2014
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Maple Tap Imperial Maple Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
81 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.