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Saranac Maple Porter - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Maple PorterSaranac Maple Porter

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BA SCORE
81
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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009

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Photo of sendbeer
1/5  rDev -72%

Photo of dadonabike
1.7/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked this up in the winter sampler pack,

This beer looked nice, but not to style at all. It looks like a very nice (dark) brown ale. It looks nice and clear with the dark crystal malt the label claims but still seems too light colored for a porter. Nice head and lacing,

The smell was not good. Imitation maple. : (

The taste was not good. Imitation maple. : (

There are good qualities in the taste and smell; this would be a pretty good brown ale if it were not for the flavoring.

The same goes for the overall feeling for this beer it would be an OK beer with some good qualities if it were not for the awful fake flavor.

Photo of santanas95
2.11/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark brown, bordering black, but not quite there. Slight off-white head and decent lacing

S: I poured this into a nonic and walked across the room to rinse the bottle... and the aroma followed me. I was reminded of pancakes as a child. Upon returning to my glass, the maple aroma was all that I could discern

T: Again, I was brought back to my childhood, when a buddy and I realized that the Home Econ. kitchen had these flavored extracts that contained alcohol. One of them was maple extract. After 7th grade, I swore I would never touch maple extract again...I guess I lied to myself. There was a very slight perception of burned toast towards the back of the taste. Otherwise, I was assaulted by fake maple flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel that somehow managed to be overly sweet at the same time. I thank an unnamed deity that I don't have sugar issues.

D: I forced myself to finish the glass. It wasn't a horrific beer or anything, just overdone on the maple and residual sweetness and underwhelming with the lost potential to be a good beer. As is, I find it barely mediocre.

Photo of dsa7783
2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copped as part of a twelve-pack winter variety sampler... Certainly not your conventional English porter... Watered-down taste and flavor... Weak output...Few hints of maple if any in the overall flavor profile... Not impressed with this offering... I have often looked down on Saranac beers as macro in taste... Average stuff and not recommended...

Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.52/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Mickey's pint glass.

A: Poured a very clear amber brown color with hints of burnt orange and a thin veil of white bubbly foam which left little lacing. An odd looking porter to say the least.

S: Smells faintly of roast caramel and toffee malt with a slight herbal bitterness.

T: Flavor is very light and "fake sweet." By that, I mean the malts are weak and give little sweet character to the brew, but a thin syrupy maple flavor seems like an afterthought in the weak makeup of this "porter."

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied but still quite watery, so where does that feeling come from? Hmmm.

D: I had to move on immediately after one, but Saranac is smart like that. They give you two of a kind in each of these seasonal packs so if one brew is forgettable (i.e. this porter) you can mosey on to the next variety. This porter just has no legs to stand on.

Photo of mikereaser
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/23/09.

A - pours a very dark chestnut brown with 1/2 inch of tan foam

S - roasted malts, maple syrup sweetness

T - roasted malt, chocolate, maple syrup, dark sweet flavor, a bit too sweet for me, cola like flavor

M - good carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, syrupy

D - ok flavor, but no need to try again

Photo of Durandal_777
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of TheRuss9585
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of CHickman
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a 1/2 inch creamy beige head; smells of maple syrup, brown sugar, roasted malt, caramel, grass and some light hops, with the maple syrup being the dominant aroma. OK lacing that doesn't grab the glass too long.

Tastes like it smells, with strong maple syrup up front, brown sugar, roasted malt, caramel, grass, light hops, with the malt and syrup sweetness taking up the middle until a slight bitter end assumingly from the hops. It's very light for a porter and seems more like a brown ale, as it has a very smooth creamy feel on the tongue and slides down easy. The carbonation is very light, to the point of being watery. The aftertaste is a mix of vanilla, malty chocolate and once again the maple syrup. While the maple syrup is the foundation for this beer, and the maple syrup taste is not bad, it just seems to be overkill as the recurring theme doesn't allow the other ingredients to show off or add any flavor.

This beer is surprisingly light, easy drinking and goes down smooth, but it's a tad too sweet for my liking. It was OK and I'd have it again if it came in a Saranac variety pack, but I would never buy a six pack of this beer. Nice effort and experiment by Saranac, just not my cup of tea. It might be a good breakfast beer if you were out all night, but not a session beer.

Photo of Phigg1102
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.97/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful dark brown color, nice off white head to it with plenty of lacing. One of the more appealing pours I've seen in a while. The taste was a little disappointing for me. Has an alright mouthfeel but there's really nothing special taste wise about this one. Barely even a hint of maple and not much of the usual roastiness found in a porter. Drinkable, but not really memorable for flavorful for me.

Photo of Fnerk
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

While the recipe for this beer has potential, the result is syrupy and heavy, giving credence to the notion that even the best recipe ideas can go south if the beer is allowed to boil down too much.

Appearance - pours a rich dark brown with a long-lasting head and good lacing on the glass.

Smell - Yum. Chocolate. Maple. Everything is as advertised but one gets the sense that from here on out everything will be too much.

Taste - and so it is. The chocolate, while possessing a fine taste, is cloying, and is not balanced with the other malts in the beer. Backing off on this a tad and allowing the other malts to mingle would have gone a long way in balancing this brew out.

The maple is also overdone. There should be just a hint here.

Mouthfeel - again, heavy/syrupy, rather than creamy. The carbonation is really quite good, there just needs to be a lot of it to cut through the syrup.

Drinkability - I could only get one down, and this is actually a good-tasting beer. While seemingly a paradox, this beer is an example of how less is more can often work with beers of this style.

Photo of rxthree
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the Saranac Winter Sampler poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. I am really looking forward to this one. I love porters and this is surely a different twist, "with Natural Flavors".

Appearance is a bit lighter than most porters, brown with red hues. Acceptable head, but no lacing to speak of. After a few swigs though there's some nice lacing clinging to the glass.

Aromas are sweet, toasted malts and maybe a little sweetened coffee. I guess the sweetness could be a maple smell, but I'm unable to say for sure. But, upon the first sip, now I can say for sure; it's maple, sweet and sweeter. They really nailed the maple flavor. There's some coffee and toasted malts in the background that want to show themselves upon warming. The sips are bittersweet, or more precisely uber-sweet and a hard to find bitterness. I would have preferred quite the opposite, but that's a subjective call, and I want to give them credit for trying. And if you like the the idea of a sweet maple-flavored porter this could your thing. Frankly, the word cloying crossed my mind. The mouth feel is on the thinner side, but not really what I would call watery.

The last English porter I had was a Taddy Porter, arguably the quintessential English porter, and frankly there's no comparison. But as a novelty it's quite drinkable particularly if shared with another or two. I can't see drinking another immediately afterwards.

Photo of VTaler
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with a small head that leaves a nice lacing. Suprizingly light for a porter.
S - Maple, hops, and roasted barely. It also has a bit of a caramel smell
T - First taste is that of sourness. Next taste is a caramel/roasted barely flavor, followed by the maple. It is surprisingly bitter for something called a maple porter.
M - very fizzy with a medium mouthfeel
D - Not that drinkable

Overall I did not like this beer. When I saw maple porter it sounded like something amazing but I was very disappointed.

Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper tinged chestnut with 1 finger+ of cream colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Maple syrup and not much else...

T: Maple syrup, a touch of caramel with leafy & a bit of metallic hops up front. Dryness & a touch cloying sweetness dominate as this warms, not falling in love with this. Finishes with slight astringency & more fake maple sweetness & a bit of roastyness shows up too late to save the cause...

MF: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks okay, but between the thinness & the fake flavor I'll pass on this one next time...

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brown, light for a porter - weak looking - but, it does have a mapleish-colored look and a nice, creamy white head that stays and leaves lacing.

Smells more of an English nut brown than a porter - nutty, slight roast - with a touch of maple syrup. Nice enough, though. Fairly mild.

The taste is sweet - sticky maple syrup dominates - backed by caramel, nuts, some chocolate. A touch of English hops (Fuggles and East Kent Golding, as per label on the neck) give some slight spiciness and dry balance, though it remains sweet throughout and lingering. Sticky sweet maple syrup lingers well into aftertaste.

It's on the weak/watery side for a supposed "robust" porter. Maple syrup hangs on for long time considering how thin it is. A tad more thinness or bubbles and it would fall apart. It does have enough body to "pass" but that's about it.

Weak, but "different" and not "bad". The maple, though balanced slightly, does dominate, but really, in the end it does get tiresome after the bottle is done and it's just too sweet without much body or depth. Still - if you like maple syrup it's worth giving it a shot.

Photo of mklinger
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. A very thin head developed that dissipated remarkable quickly. Color was a brown with deep red highlights. It was very clear, but lighter that I would prefer my porters.

Aroma and taste were both all about maple without much else going on. It's not that there were any flaws with what else was going on; it's just that it was all kind of bland. The maple aroma and flavor tasted so strong it had to come from artificial maple extract.

The only thing I will say was that it went down smoothly and was easy to drink because it was very cleanly brewed making it pretty drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Saranac Maple Porter from Matt Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.