Saranac Maple Porter - Matt Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev +17.1%
Had this beer with the Saranac winter mix. Really loved the strong, but not overpowering maple flavor with the slight bitterness of this winter beer. I would have really liked to have seen Saranac continue making this one. Great for enjoying on cold nights.
12-14-2013 05:59:46 | More by someoneintheroad
3.65/5 rDev +2.2%
A: Dark brown, but not quite black. Thin layer of white foam, it almost looks like a Coca-Cola. Lacing is pretty strong (white spots, not streaky).
S: Dark malt and caramel. Strong coffee notes. A vague hint of cream or vanilla.
T: Perhaps a hint of bourbon. Strong malt, some coffee bitterness but not too overwhelming. Maple comes through at the end. The sweetness is too artificial in flavor.
M: The maple flavor makes it nice and smooth.
O: Heavy in the stomach, but smooth on the palate. Drinakble, but there are better porters out there.
04-21-2012 22:17:44 | More by dananabanana
3.5/5 rDev -2%
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass
A - Pours a slightly used motor oil brown with bronze highlights. Only a few small bubbles rise to the one finger, tanish head. Head stays intact about halfway down the glass. Leaves behind a few splotches of lacing at the bottom of the glass.
S - Plenty of maple syrup smell with hints of chocolate and caramel. There are hints of earthy hops as well.
T - Maple syrup upfront. The body is ruled by chocolate and caramel malt with plenty of earthy hops. More earthy hop notes as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a chocolate chip pancake covered in way too much syrup finish.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
The last beer from the Saranac winter back I bought back east as an undergraduate a few years ago. Despite being a couple years old, this beer tasted about as expected - like an acceptable brown ale-to-porter with a heap of maple syrup added to it. I'm still on the fence about adding extraneous ingredients to beers as this came off a little artificial tasting. I'd drink it again if I stumbled upon another Saranac winter craft pack for $10, but it's not something I would seek out.
01-25-2012 05:30:51 | More by Bockrules
Saranac Maple Porter from Matt Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.