Maple Tap Imperial Maple Porter - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by puboflyons:
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
06-07-2014 21:06:05 | More by puboflyons
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev +0.6%
Appearance: 3.75 | Smell: 3.50 | Taste: 3.75 | Mouthfeel: 3.75 | Overall: 3.50
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
08-18-2014 00:12:12 | More by metter98
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
07-20-2014 03:46:35 | More by superspak
Maple Tap Imperial Maple Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.