Nickel Brook Maple Porter | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Maple PorterNickel Brook Maple Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
nickelbrook.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A fragrant, dark ruby porter, brewed with a blend of six malts, toasted barley and infused with pure, dark Canadian maple syrup. The result is a complex mixture of roasted malt and maple syrup flavours and aromas.

Nickel Brook Maple Porter is a unique Canadian interpretation of an ancient classic!

18 IBU

Added by pootz on 04-04-2007

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Ratings:
101
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of Boo-urns
4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noxious26
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special edition 341ml bottle via Pootz poured in a pint glass.

Almost looks more like a brown ale. Chestnut brown with a 1/4 inch beige head on the pour. Head settles to a thin cap.

Aroma is more like a porter though. Roasted and toasted malts, syrup sweetness (presumably the maple), subdued earthy-woody tones.

Roasted malts jump out right off the start. Then fade slightly into a tight prickly carbonation rush. After the rush, a woody, earthy, nutty quality comes through and pushes ahead at the finish. Some smokey-peaty qualities in the background. Mildly bitter roast malt finish with a little char.

Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Carbonation feels like tiny sharp little thorns on the tongue.

A very unique experience. Unlike any beer I've had before. Quite complex and layered. Attributes come to the foreground in varying degrees as it warms. Shares some qualities with a porter, and some qualities with an american brown ale. Styles be damned! Who says something as interesting and tantalizing as this has to fit a guideline?

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to pootz for sending me this special, straight-from-the-tank, unfiltered sample.

Pours a lovely colour. dark but still a bit transclucent. The colours of autumn in southern Ontario, deep red with a bit of copper and orange when held up to the light. Medium-high carbonation keeps a nice bit of tan lacing even though it didn't produce a massive head. Smell is very unique. The maple aroma is very deep and heavy and earthy, much like maple syrup should smell, but surrounding it is a great roasted malt aroma with a woodiness that brings to mind fire and boiling maple sap and fresh baked goods. Vanilla tones are there as well, with an anise like aroma sneaking in the back.

Taste starts out with a bit of roasted caramel malt, almost charred tasting. The woody tones really come through and compliment the very light maple flavour. I was afraid that this would come off too sweet, but there's a bit of lactic sourness to keep it in check, and the roasted bitterness helps a lot as well. There's a quality that I would almost call herbal about it, but it's closer to the way the air tastes in the middle of a deciduous forest. Very earthy and leafy. Metallic note in the finish. Carbonation is medium and the body is medium-thin. I could drink this in spades, but on just the right evening, when a chill pervades the air. Octoberish I'd say. Maple Porter? You might as well just call this one "Canada", it embodies everything I love about the Canadian autumn, and it does it so unpretentiously. A real treat that I hope to have again someday.

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4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from the bright tank at the brewey prior to kegging...and from unfiltered bottles 3 weeks later

Tapped a hazed deep burished copper-cola color with ruby highlights and a wonderful frothy mocha cap...lasted well and laced well.

Aromas are subdued but complex...light toast, maple, hay, smoke, and some woody-earthyness.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

Starts with a flash of maltiness then the other flavors take you right away into a collage of nutty-smoked maple tastes while the hops rigidly maintain a tight cedar bittering....finished clean with the smokey maple and hops creating a unique marriage on the palate tending to a biting drying....slight metallic and bready after taste.

Remarkable...and it’s definately NOT sweet as you’d expect...this is a unique hybrid with a porter-like character and profile but with the "charred" astringency swapped out for cedar bittering and a lovely smokey-nutty- maple decernment that just works well in this malty ale with the dry finish.

Oh and did I mention its very drinkable?

Bravo to the brewer on this one...an experimental brew that works well

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4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LaGuarns
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsolutely
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up at the LCBO yesterday, so assume this to be part of the 2013 release. Other than getting extremely frustrated removing the wax, would rate this beer (and Nickel Brook in general recently) as exceeding expectations.

Pours a near-black with ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. Large coffee-coloured head disappears fairly quickly, but still an attractive beer. Aroma of roasted dark malts with the faintest hint of wood earthiness and maple in the background - don't think I'd have picked up on the maple if it wasn't sold as a maple porter. Nice roasted malts with chocolate and caramel elements in the flavour, which is well balanced and has decent depth. The finish is more abrupt with a quick transition to a relatively simple bitterness, but overall a pleasant beer. Would love to try it on tap – or anywhere without the wax.

Well done, Nickel Brook.

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Photo of ZachT
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Pmicdee
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like some of the other reviews, I don't detect too much maple, but it's a very good beer nonetheless, maple or no maple. Tastes better out of a can than out of the bottle for some reason

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of mpolewan
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery 473ml can for around the $3.00 mark. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a huge brown head that lasts forever. Wouldn't go away, just kept pouring on top and only foam left at the end

S- Metallic.

T- Nice chocolate and coffee flavor. There is some maple but not much. Has a lot of complexity using a lot of different malts and good bittering hops. Enjoyable.

M- Creamy going down. Light porter on the tongue.

O- Nice brew. Has some great characteristics like chocolate/coco along with the light tongue but that metallic scent kind of did it in a bit

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew went well with........ Bratwurst and sauerkraut. Heavy on the pepper and get this one in the cast iron skillet!

Enjoy

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Photo of Mack
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EricVonStein
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep black brown with a lofty cafe head that sticks to the glass like a spider web. pretty thing to look at.

smoky and charred on the nose, sweet black liquorice, a hint of maple sugar but only a hint. A little earthy at the end.

On the tongue everything is amplified, nice roasted and charred smokey flavour on the front, a mix of coffee grounds and sweet bbq. A bit herbal and plenty earthy at the end. Finishes clean and dry with a waft of smoke lingering.

Nice med to full body with a clean feel. Only issue to note, and really the only thing not to lke about this beer, is the high carbonation level thats not expected at all in a porter. The carbonation comes off to stingy on the tongue and gets in the way of letting the rich flavours roll over the tongue.

Overall a very nice porter even though the maple reference is completely misleading as its hardly present in a an obvious way. But great smoke, sweet bbq and malt balance that will make me a repeat customer.

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3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO (2014 edition), served slightly chilled. I've had more than a few maple beers over the years, but there are very few that I have bothered purchasing more than once.

Pours an opaque brown-black cola colour, topped with nearly two fingers of fluffy, frothy tan-coloured head. Decent retention; it takes a fairly long time to wilt completely away, leaving a spongy pattern of lace behind on the glass. Looks great, with the malts being the more prominent aspect of the aroma. Roasted malts, toffee and maple syrup are all detectable, with a light touch of coffee and dark chocolate.

It didn't take me long to fall in love with this one - this is a yummy, balanced porter that drinks a lot lighter than the abv might suggest. Dark malts are the focus, with notes of baker's chocolate, caramel and molasses accenting the roastiness. A touch of raisin also comes through, with the maple syrup sweetness seemingly content to remain in the background. Nice bittersweet finish, with chocolate alongside some licorice and vaguely smoky notes. Medium-bodied, with a luxuriously smooth feel on the palate.

Nickel Brook's Maple Porter is a solid dark brew, with the maple syrup providing a pleasant sweetness that should make this an accessible, enjoyable option for many consumers. I'm not real big on the format - this would be fine as a sixer or in cans - but as far as Ontario-made sweet porters go, this is a very enjoyable option that I'd consider returning to again.

[Updated Mar 21 2016]

Now available in tallboy cans! The aroma is candy-sweet nearly to the point of cloying, the maple is not particularly potent (in either the aroma or flavour profile), and overall I don't think I'm enjoying this as much as I did two years ago. I still feel that this is an above average porter by Ontario standards, but I also feel that I kind of overrated it a little last time. However, the $3 can is a much more tempting purchase than the old $9 bottle, so there's still a good chance that I'll be buying more of this than I usually would, in the end.

Final Grade: 3.84, a B+.

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3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Nickel Brook Maple Porter from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
3.48 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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