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Nickel Brook Maple Porter | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,003
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
106
pDev:
16.91%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of EricVonStein
3.91/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of al_al1357
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bomber served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Purchased for about $9 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance - a very dark brown nearly black with a massive brown tan head. Crazy amount of head actually even on a gentle pour. No lacing left behind and small soapy collar lingers for some time.

Smell - some fine roasty notes, remnants of coffee and some maple syrup aromas shine through especially as the beer warms. Otherwise not a lot, maybe some smokey char aromas in limited quantities.

Taste - some thin malt flavours, some smokey flavours as well. No maple presence whatsoever on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel - excessive carbonation to the point it completely detracts from what is usually a smooth silky feel. Body is a bit thin yet strangely sticky.

Overall - a disappointment as the maple aromas don't translate to the flavor and the excessive carbonation doesn't make this a great experience either. It might be worth trying if it came in singles, but a bomber is too much carbonation for one sitting.

Edit - March 20, 2016. If you can get past the fact that maple isn't prevalent in this beer, it's a pretty dcent porter in own right.

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Photo of W_Des
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looked thin and black when poured in a snifter. No maple detected in the nose. Just some roast. No maple present in the body. What was supposed to be a maple porter just turned out to be a regular porter. Dissappointing.

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Photo of jmanion
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Simon212
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pmicdee
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nickelbrook Maple Porter doesn't look anywhere as viscous as the syrup with which it's brewed; various reddish and brown highlights illuminate the beer, lending bright clarity to its edges and bottom. The fact that its head fades furthers the impression of a fairly feeble recipe.

A question for Nickelbrook: how in all good consciousness can you advertise a beer as a *Maple* Porter when maple syrup has little to no presence whatsoever? Seriously. I can't smell it. I don't taste it. Are you sure you didn't use Denny's grade table syrup?

Real Canadian maple syrup is sweet, rich, and complex. This beer, however, is astringent, bland, and flat. Little separates it from mainstream commercial porters and our star ingredient is essentially undetectable. The body is feather-light. The taste plain as white bread.

The flavour doesn't develop further than mildly roasted barley. It's not convincing enough to evoke notes of chocolate or coffee and the aftertaste is so unmemorable as to make me lose all interest in taking further sips (truthfully I lost interest after the first couple). This isn't particularly bitter nor sweet - and a maple porter aught to be both.

If I were the brewer I wouldn't want this hitting shelves. Whatever they had envisioned on the drawing board for Maple Porter clearly didn't come to life as it satisfies neither maple syrup nor porter cravings. A shameful beer by all accounts, Nickelbrook has proven capable of so much more.

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Photo of MatChar
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Glorithm
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Could not detect maple in any way. That said, if rated as just a "regular" porter, this is still a good example of the type.
Had to knock it down a notch, due to the lack of said ingredient.

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Photo of Tyler_V2
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of boszormeny
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bulldogops
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Jeff8ham
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of NightINgale
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Docrock
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.84/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of Brody1714
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of TheHammer
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It's a porter, so it has a body as black as night. Well there is a slight dark brown tinge to it, but it's thick enough that you can't see the carbonation. Speaking of carbonation, the beer produced a half finger that did not retain very well but did produce some minor lacing.

Smell: It smells like a...maple porter...go figure. Seriously though, this beer as a bit more porter then maple as the dark coffee, charred wood and raisin smell pull the milder sweet maple scent into the background. Warming tends to bring out all aspects of the beer.

Taste: The light maple taste seems to just barely take control over the rich coffee like malt who slowly but surely take over as the bitter charred wood elements and a rich earthiness take over. However the maple puts up a valiant fight as it seems to reign in the harshness of the other aspects of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Remember how I said the maple reigned in the harshness, it's really present in the aftertaste as mild maple and milder notes of the rest of the beer are kept nicely in check even as you approach the bottom of the beer. The carbonation is a bit lacklustre though. It leaves a pleasant dryness to it, which honestly surprises me a bit.

Drinkability: It's on the heavier side of medium, but it's a solid sipping beer and settles down well. The harshness is subdued making it a refreshing experience not commonly found it porters, but the dry note stops you from guzzling like mad. Solid here.

Final Thoughts: All in all a positive experience, but I wouldn't say it's blown me away. However, it does seem to hint that the brewer knows how maple syrup in beer works, to which I can only hope to see if perhaps they will take a shot at a maple bock. I'd say give this beer a whirl, but don't expect your socks to be knocked off.

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Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Nickel Brook Maple Porter from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 106 ratings
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