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: 97
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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: 97 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +10.8%
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 ...

Photo of jmdrpi
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

Almost black. Sweet aroma, taste is also on the sweeter side. Maple overpowers any roasty flavor. Thicker

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of SABERG
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Translucent brown, light carbonation, very little lacing.
S - Harpoon ale yeast, tinges of caramel sweet, chocolate malt with some fruity esters.
slight alcohol not offensive.
T -The taste is of an English porter, light bodied and sharp edged. The maple adds a slick sweetness. This could easily be an English northern brown ale. The flavors are muddled some.
M - Light body, moderately carbonated, so the mouth feel can seem thin. I like the edges in the finish.
O - The beer is interesting, the maple adds to sweetness. The body could be rounded up a little. Harpoon does many things well and this could be improved on.
I will set a bottle aside and revisit in the fall.


Photo of JamesBondGA
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

I didn't taste even a hint of Maple syrup flavor at all. Very disappointed in this beer.

Photo of Bierman9
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Snagged a 22oz bomber of the 2014 version of this yesterday at The Beer Store (Nashua - $6.00). Chilled out on the 'Zebo deck today with this one....

Poured into a Sammy Perfect Pint glass, it was a very dark amber. It was clear, with a bit of garnet also glimmering.... Head was creamy and a mocha color, lasting quite well at 1/4" at the pour, slowly ebbing to a fine layer covering the brew. Lacing was pretty good, with some foam sticking to the glass quite nicely. Aroma was lovely, with caramel and maple notes wafting about. The malty aspect was top-shelf, and there was a smidge of roasty-ness also present. Body was medium to medium-plus, and it had little in the way of prickliness.

Flavor? Verry nice! Luscious malts are present, with caramel, brown sugar, and some maple tickling the palate. Has a bit of roasty choco, and it's a little nutty as well. Throw in a touch of brown bread with a suggestion of floral hopping.... Unlike previous reviews, I found the ABV quite well hidden here, and I also can't figure the negative waves (Moriarty) on this one... I quite enjoyed it!! Prosit!!!

4.09/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

I wanted a little more from this one, but I have a real maple problem, in that I can have it with everything and its never enough, I just love it, so I wanted this to be more maple driven than it is. also darker, it looks and drinks a lot more like a big brown ale than a big porter, lacking roast and chocolate malt character. maybe on purpose, allowing the maple to be more forward, but I think its thin and too light on the grain, not really a porter in my book. maple character is more like a real light amber, not raw and sappy, its light and watery sweet. more roast on the barley would balance it better, but it has a strange lasting sweetness instead. under carbonated too, but not unpleasant in a style that is supposed to be allowed to warm up some. its a well made beer, but the recipe could use a few tweaks I think. thin in body is a problem for me, not as autumnal as I want it to be, but a nice beer from harpoon, definitely worth what they ask for it, but probably better as a sharer.

Photo of ksimons
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-a dark chocolate/cola color with two fingers worth of creamy looking head

S-chocolate and caramel, and a bit of roast as the beer warms, but not much maple

T-soft chocolate and caramel, bit of roast, and a small amount of maple sweetness in the finish

M-creamy, medium body, light carbonation

Overall kind of weak but picks up a bit as the beer warms, very subtle flavors

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter glass.
Very dark brown in color with a reddish amber hue when held up to the light. Pretty decent head that dissipates quickly and solid lacing present along the glass. Aroma is faint on maple but there is some smoke and a kind of sweetness too. Tastes of smoke, possibly a little oak, some earth tones, but the maple is kind of absent to me. This porter is for sure an imperial: thick, smooth and warming occurs from the 9.1 abv content. The mouthfeel is pretty good though there is a kind of cough-syrup like consistency that is kind of a detraction from anything faster than sipping. Overall I thought Harpoon had a pretty good attempt at this porter. Personally, I wish there was more maple flavor and aroma. It's not too sweet; just subtle.

Photo of mick303
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Maple tap. Bomber bottle into a tulip glass, colour is an inky black, light film and tan lacing.

S- an interesting herbal and roasty combination, black licorice, hearty maple character, caramellized brown sugar, hazelnut coffee. A bit sweet overall.

T- start is quite herbal with upfront licorice, anise and creamy nuttiness, subtle maple syrup character pervades with some sweetness. Lightly tannic coffee flavours, but quite a minimal roasty flavour, the dark malt is there more with an earthy character rather than much bitter or roasty notes. Smoky maple and sweet caramel notes with earthy coffee. Does develop a bit better to take off some of the sweetness, as it warms more licorice comes up, along with a woody maple dryness.

M- full bodied, with a smooth gently carbonation, this drinks well under the abv, coating caramel and maple sweetness take off a lot of the roughness, ending is a bit bitter, tannic and lightly earthy.

Overall an approachable and drinkable porter, but it never really came together. My main issues were the strongly sweet French vanilla hazelnut latte character, in general it was too sweet and caramel flavoured, maple syrup was evident but didn't really add complexity to an already sweet porter. Quite a creamy body. Not a bad beer, but has higher potential.

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Maple Tap Imperial Maple Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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