Sap Sucker Maple Porter | The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey

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Brewed by:
The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by orangesol on 10-20-2013

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by sulldaddy:
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3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a cold growler into a pint glass after picking up some growlers for sunday football.
The beer pours a deep mahogany with rich garnet highlights. Beige head of about 1 cm foams up and sticks around for a little bit.
The maple aroma is HUGE right on the pour. Lots of maple dominates the nose, like syrup on pancakes in the morning. I dont get any roasted malt or chocolate like I expect from a porter, but the maple is there and its appealing.
Firsts sip reveals a smooth textured average body with fine yet tingly carbonation.
Flavor is maple right away, not sweet maple, but more of the rich deep character from real maple syrup. I dont get too much malt quality here, maybe a little roasted notes but this is a maple beer through and through.
No hints of booze and I dont find hops in there either.
It is a very drinkable beer and the maple is good, not just a sweetner.
I would like to see a little more complexity on the beer but I do enjoy drinking this one. Some roast or chocolate or some other porter notes would balance the beer a little. A good one, but dont expect a typical porter going into the beer.

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Poured into a custom shaped glass: color is brown, amber edges; head is light tan with fine bubbles and 1/4 inch top; head dissipates to a top.

Smell is odd, a bit muddled with some maple, some roast, and some lactose(?).

Taste is similar to the aroma - odd - maple, cocoa, and heavy lactose like flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp, well carbonated and lingering sweetness.

Overall - there is just something odd with this brew - the flavor has some maple but there is another heavy dose of some adjunct sugar - maybe it is the maple but it reminds me of some milk stout flavors. Porter like flavors are lacking with just a touch of chocolate and roast.

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this beer tastes somewhat amateurish to me, like its not all that well made, but because of the strong maple aroma and flavor, even if its not as authentic as it could be, i kind of like it. super sugary and syrupy nose, maple sure, but almost too concentrated, not pure maple syrup, maybe something else with it, maybe an extract or something to get it this potent. the base is too light for all the flavors, not enough dark malt bitterness to balance this out, and not really enough other flavors happening, its super one dimensional on the whole. it could use more carbonation too, gets a bit heavy with all the sugars, but still, i sort of dig all the maple in it. my first beer from these guys is nothing too impressive, and if you strip the maple out of here, this might not even be passable as a decent craft porter, but its hard to tell and a lot of its flaws are covered up by a flavor that i really like. ill have to wait until next time i am in the area to try more of their stuff, but after this one, i am not too confident in these guys...

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Sap Sucker Maple Porter from The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey
3.56 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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