Maple Porter- Barrel Aged | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Maple Porter- Barrel AgedMaple Porter- Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerVikingSailor on 03-28-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by ONovoMexicano:
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour at Rattle n Hum in NYC.

Great head on this. Frothy, foamy, creamy. Pitch-black body.

Smells of plenty of bourbon. Vanilla and chocolate. Hints at maple, but with the bourbon being so present, it's hard to distinguish bourbon from maple.

There's a lot of bourbon on the flavor too. Chocolatey. Vanilla shows. Sweet sticky flavors mingle with the bourbon, again making it difficult to decide if I'm tasting bourbon or maple. Either way, this is pretty damn delicious. Plenty of tobacco and oak flavor too.

As far as the feel, let's put it this way, I drank my eight ounce pour in about 5 minutes. Far too easy to drink. Clean of any booze feel. Sweet but not overly so.

A lucky find on tap as far as I'm concerned. Quite good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of khoff5
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OompaMentor
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tinypalozza 3/24/2018

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Photo of Zonian1
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woodchip
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of glass_house
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a dark dark cola brown with one finger of beige head that leaves a solid collar with moderate lacing. Smell is unsurprisingly dominated by the maple. A bit of vanilla, dark chocolatey malt, and just a touch of bourbon there as well. Taste follows the aroma closely. Big maple sweetness, but it's natural and smooth. The sweetness is followed by a solid roasted malt profile with just enough coffee and semisweet chocolate bitterness to balance it out. The bourbon is relegated to a minor supporting role, but it does so admirably. It provides hints of heat and spice but never comes to the forefront. I enjoy a big boozy BA beer as much as the next guy, but I found the balance and subtleties in this one to be quite impressive. The body is medium with a slightly creamy feel. Not thick or chewy, but just heavy enough to support the flavors and coat the palate.

Bottom line--if you like maple porters/stouts, you'll love this beer. Incredible maple flavor with enough bourbon to keep it interesting. My only "complaint" would be the format, as 750ml is a lot of sweet beer for one sitting. But as long as you have someone to split it with, it's quite a treat.

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Photo of FalconOne
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wellsnb
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This beefy little dog pours a deeo
blackish brown with a beautiful head of light tan foam that settles down to
a thick ring and light layer with very nice sudsy lacing. Nose of bourbon,
dark fruits, black strap molasses, maple, and mellow bourbon. Flavors
exceed the nose with dark fruit notes of blueberries, raspberries, and maple
notes awash in black strap molasses bourbon. Nice mouth feel; medium full body,
medium carbonation, lightly slick and sticky, with a lightly warming and sweet maple
bourbon finish that is lightly dry and warming.

Overall, a solid little brew that is worthy of the Thirsty Dog moniker.


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Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClePaul
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark glossy black, with a half inch head foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells so so strongly of maple, just an unadulterated maple bomb. Ther'es a bit of chocolate syrup, and as the beer warms I get some roasted malt.

This is definitely a bit one-dimensional, the maple is the star here. It doesn't matter too much to me that it's one dimensional as that one dimension is so delicious. The maple tastes rich and authentic, sticky and creamy, with some nice sweet chocolate syrup, and just a hint of bitterness on the finish from the roasted malt. The bourbon is very subtle, soft, and lightly layered throughout. A little bit of oak would have made this even better.

This has a very creamy and rich mouthfeel, a good body for the ABV, with a normal level of carbonation.

A really excellent and surprisingly good beer here. Cheers to Thirsty Dog!

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Photo of Sabtos
2.17/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I started reviewing this oblivious to other reviews here and elsewhere, ignorantly optimistic of a special tastiness to come. If you want to cut to the chase, even though it was in the fridge for 7 months since release, it was infected. This isn't the first time this has occurred at Thirsty Dog. Where before I thought they were just a quirky bunch, at this point, I'm getting fed up and think they really need to do a better job of separating their clean brews from the others.

With a very gentle pour, the head on this was so massive I couldn't even see the liquid in the glass--it was a large Belgian tulip that holds about 16 oz. It was just a ridiculously massive 6 inch milky tan head leaving really sticky layers of lace, on top of a barely perceptible dark brown body.

Smell has some light, musty bourbon and cologne, peppery cedar, a hint of woody maple and vanilla, with some metallic cherry.

Taste is raspberry, creamy lactic acid, wine barrel, and woody cherry--there was no maple whatsoever. Such a let down in every way, except for the fact that--and I find myself saying this for the second time in a month--this unintentional sour was somewhat tastier than some exceptionally bad intentional sours I've had in the past.

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Photo of loganburgh
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zac16125
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thirsty Dog Maple Porter
750mL bottle into a tulip

A: Pours black with browning on the edges, a huge billowy light tan head builds then dissipates very slowly. 3.75

S: Aroma is roasty, heavy cream, subtle coffee and cocoa. I get essentially no bourbon or maple notes. But it hits all the notes of a standard porter. 3.75

T: Taste is herbaceous, roasty, cream, some cocoa on the finish. Subtle oak, otherwise no real bourbon characters. A bit of sweetness but otherwise no maple characters. 3.75

M/D: Mouthfeel is fuller bodied, pretty smooth, carbonation moderate, not sure what the ABV is but if it's high it's well masked. 3.75

O: Overall, it's a pretty good beer but I had fairly high expectations and so it was fairly big let down. 3.75

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Photo of Gregf51
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ohiovania
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AngusOg
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Josbor11
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A thinner looking beer from the pour. A Coke/Pepsi color and almost level of carbonation too. Sort of fizzy. Nice pillowing cream head. Solid retention with a nice remaining ring.

Smells like maple with a touch of chocolate.

This beer is the porn version of maple syrup. I feel like I am being physically assaulted by a maple tree. It is sweet, rich, and organic tasting. There is some noticeable vanilla, and some very subtle roasted malt as it warms. It has about as much bourbon presence as a Hoppin Frog beer - little to none. Objectively speaking, it is not really balanced at all.

The body is surprisingly creamy and silky based on the higher level of carbonation and lower ABV. I'm sure the syrup contributed. A little bit sticky.

I rated the taste to what I feel is closer to an unbiased score, but my overall score reflects how much I enjoyed it personally. I am a maple junkie and have been pretty consistently disappointed with the maple beers I have tried. This one did not. It is in your face. I had heard it described as a Jackie O's BB Black Maple with more maple and less bourbon. That is true, but to the extreme ends of the spectrum.

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Maple Porter- Barrel Aged from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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