Kanc Country Maple Porter | Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Kanc Country Maple PorterKanc Country Maple Porter

Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dark full bodied porter brewed with real maple syrup. Black patent malt character shows through in the beginning with a silky smooth finish.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-26-2003

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.06/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear brown with amber tones and a thin head and some lace. The aroma is of brown sugar and maple and notmuch else. The flavor begins with a root beer and molasses flavor with the maple syrup showing on the tongue in the finish. The maple grows stronger as it warms but fades rapidly. It's mouthfeel is light-medium. Woodstock Kanc Country Maple Porter is an okay beer, thin for a porter but okay. Slightly recommended.

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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The color is very dark amber. There is a large fluffy bubbly tan head that leaves behind a lot of sticky lacing.

The aroma has a good amount of sweet maple. There is a slight hint of spicy hops.

The taste is light in flavor and straight forward. There is just a soft touch of bitterness to keep this from being overly sweet. Notes of maple and chocolate are noted. This is not a roast-driven porter.

This is light to medium bodied. Nice sharp carbonation.

This isn't too bad. The price is definitely right. Still, I do prefer a bit more bitterness.

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Photo of davey101
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle with gold foil around the neck. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown clear body with a four finger high light khaki head. Pours with an almost cascading nitrogen effect. Some moderate lacing.

S - Nutty malts, caramel, sweet maple, and some hard minerals.

T - Similar to the nose. Nutty malts with a bit of maple sweetness. Some roasty bitterness in the finish that comes off mineraly and unpleasant. Watery and thin mouth feel with quite a bit of carbonation.

O - Ehhh. A boring porter with some decent maple flavors but an unpleasant mineral element happening. Not horrible, but I wouldn't seek this beer again.

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Photo of Streetcore
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear, medium brown to amber with a frothy mocha head, no lacing.

S-Sweet with a hint of maple and caramel malt.

T-More like a brown ale than a porter. Quite a bit of sweetness from the maple, some sweet malt. Need another flavor dimension.

M-Light to medium bodied, just a bit syrupy.

O-Pretty ok, but not really better than that.


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Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -26%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beige head. Decent retention with some lacing. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Tons of maple syrup and caramel malt. Very sweet and malty.

Taste: Maple syrup dominates the flavor. Very sweet and cloying. Some caramel, vanilla, and chocolate manage to shine through.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this beer was okay for the first few ounces and then it got worse. Way too sweet for me.

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Photo of Satchboogie
2.45/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours brown, kind of light actually, with a 2 finger light brown fluffy head. Leaves pretty good lacing. Looks a bit thin and light.

S: A little roasted malt, maple sweetness, brown bread. Smells like an overly-sweet brown ale more than a porter. Very sweet smelling.

T: There's just that touch of roasted malts in the front, but it almost disappears to the brown-bread like malt in the middle. A good bit of maple syrup and dark breads. Very light flavor that almost completely disappears between the middle and finish. The finish is slightly bitter and a little metallic. I actually think the flavor isn't that bad, but it's too light and more like a brown ale than porter. I don't feel like the roasted malts play much of a role in this.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel, not even medium. Way too light for even a modest porter. Fairly hight carbonation that fizzy all the way through the finish and lingers a bit with the metallic qualities, dry and bitter qualities. While the flavor is fairly weak, the mouthfeel is even weaker. Just way to thin and too much carbonation.

O: While this isn't really unpleasant at all, it also just isn't really a porter. The flavors are muted, roasted qualities practically missing, way too thin. As a brown ale, it might get a higher mark, but calling this a maple porter just isn't doing this beer justice. If this was something I homebrewed, I probably wouldn't want to share with others nor brew again.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap years ago at the brewpub itself, and thought it was super. Now trying it once more, from a 22oz bomber ($4.99). This being bottled at Shityard, I hope they left out the butter...

Poured into an imperial nonic, Kanc is a deep, clear chestnut hue. Carbo is plentiful and steady, and the head is a fine layer of tight, minuscule tan bubbles. Lacing is a bit on the light side, though. Maple is evident in the aroma, along with a touch of butterscotch (uh-oh!). The body is pretty much a medium, though there's a bit of an airy, prickliness present.

Flavor has some light, maple-induced sweetness and some subtle caramel. Not overly porterish, I don't get any choco or roasty notes anywhere. Seems more like an old ale type of bier. Some butterscotch is detected, though it's at an acceptable level (whew!). There's a little bit of flowery action at the finish, which is a touch dry. So, is this what I remembered? Not by a long shot, but I don't know if it's because of time and changing tastebuds, or the Shityard influence. I may try it on tap in Woodstock if I get the chance, but I don't see another bottle in my fridge any time soon.


look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Boppar
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Biederman's.

A: Dark brown, one finger of tan head which quickly subsided to good lacing.

S: Rich roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, coffee, maple syrup.

T: It opens smooth and rich with sweet malts. The maple syrup introduces itself mid-palate and is well-executed both in terms of timing and delivery; although there is a distinct maple taste, it is neither overwhelming, nor cloying. The finish is abrupt and earthy.

M: The mouthfeel is slick and medium-bodied with brisk carbonation. It has the mouthfeel a porter should have, which is nothing special.

O: I enjoyed this beer. The maple complemented the rich notes of the porter without feeling forced. Of the flavored porters I have had, this is among the better. It is fairly sessionable, as a good porter should be. I downed two without much of a struggle.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted malt scent along with a bit of caramel malt sweetness, and of course maple syrup. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry, caramel malt flavor with some roasted notes and a mild maple syrup taste. The maple syrup character isn't too intense. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a rather tame maple porter. It's more like a brown ale with some maple sweetness.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at Middlebury Discount Beverage, Middlebury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the clear coppery brown brew. Head falls gradually, with good lacing. Aroma is an odd artificial sweetness. Taste begins with a moderate maltiness, then finds the same vague yet fake-seeming sweetness in the middle, and comes on late with a rounded bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay as well. Not all that I hoped for, unfortunately.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scents of cocoa, vanilla, and maple. Ruby brown and clear body. Malty nose gives way to a surprisingly balanced, bready, and roasty taste from black patent malt, with a moderate level of bitterness. Caramel sweetness with maple undertones as well. Finish ends semi-long. Medium carbonation with a silky, light body; a tad tongue drying. Hops only impart bitterness. Malt sweetness switches abruptly to roast and tingling bitterness late in the taste.Overall an easy to drink, simple and decent robust porter.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Many thanks to papollo for giving me the chance to try this!

Ive seen some light porters, but this was a bit too light. This would work well for a standard brown ale. Fairly heady, off white, and does a little sticking around. It's definitely a bit below average on the look.

Smell was next to nothing at first..actually, a bit metallic if anything. After the head dissipated, strangely, thats where the aromas started to show. There was faint maple sweetness with a hearty malt background. It was a fairly pleasant aroma, but it took a minute to show up and it was just not predominant enough.

A bit of sweetness and malts. but the maple wasn't very predominant. It's not bad at all, but the flavors just don't stand out enough.

Too thin, bottom line. The bottle claims a full body, but no where near. They could get away with medium possibly.

Drinkability is middle of the road. No where near heavy on the palate but just isn't flavorful enough.

Theres a decent maple porter in here, it just needs some refinement.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A super-dank ruby-amber color, smooth and even topped bubbly head with total coverage. not bad.

The nose is sweet and sour, with sour grapes, toasty malts, the maple syrup comes over with a sour, sweetie-candy edge. kinda strange. mild tangy heat...lingering.

A very malty and robust porter, roastie malts makes this right but the maple syrup seems to make it more sour and funky than anything else. The balance comes in a good dose of peppery hops and dry earth in the back. The flavor's seem seperate instead of a nice melding of flavor's, they struggle to come together slightly. Herbal root beer pops out later on.

A good effort, but it just doesn't really come together. A tough one to get right for sure!

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Photo of scottum
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark brown with a tan headskie. Some notes of maple come through, but not enough to write "maple" on the bottle in my opinion. The brew is however well balanced and grew on me as I drank it. Still, it is quite lacking in body for a porter and I doubt that I will try another. Once again, Woodstock Inn disappoints me.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at a local beer store. Sounds good. Let's see...

A: Burgundy colored with a tiny white head that slowly fades to a lace atop the brew. Doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Nothing special.

S: All i get is a slight boozy oaky dark fruit maple scent. Decent.

T: Watery booziness with hints of caramel mixed on the backend. Eh.

M: Does not leave much memorable on the palate. Ok.

D: Goes down very easy because it tastes like water. So, for the wrong reasons.

All in all, this brew sounded so much better than it ended up being. Not worth your time. So many better attainable brews in the style. Don't bother!

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Kanc Country Maple Porter from Woodstock Inn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 98 ratings