Maple Stout | Cannery Brewing Company

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Maple StoutMaple Stout

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Cannery Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The addition of natural maple brings this premium Stout a softer, smoother mouth feel and adds a touch of sweetness to balance the dark rich malts. It is a truly Canadian version of an old British classic.

Added by BDTyre on 12-02-2008

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Photo of imfinished
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased in a 650ml bottle. Pours black with a slim head. Smells strongly of coffee. Tastes quite a bit like coffee, as well, but with a subtle maple aftertaste. Ultimately, I was hoping for more maple, but it is quite delicious for what it is.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great webby tan cream over ruby black that speckles. 4.25
Sweet roast and smoke with definite wood and sugar i.e. maple - tasty nose! 4.5
Tar and char, treacle and Baker’s chocolate, and threads of candy sweet maple. 4.25
Chocolaty finish and clean linger.
Medium, creamy, round. 4

Nails the concept and then some. A mean black stout underneath, coupled with deep maple notes. Packs in lots of flavor for 5.5%, and 35 IBUs tidies up nicely. Top of Canadian craft. 4.25

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Photo of Olek4374
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from my store today after sampling the Sap Sucker from Fernie yesterday. They seem very similar, despite that one being a porter and this is, of course, a stout. I'll be referencing Sap Sucker a lot, since it's fresh in my mind, and is similar to this in many ways.

The beers both look nice, and this one has a good three fingers of brown head, although I noticed this faded away rather quickly. Sap Sucker looked like an ice cream float, and certainly wins the appearance battle.

One thing that this beer deserves a lot of credit for over it's maple BC brother is that it actually has a good bit of maple in the aroma and in the taste. The usual coffee aroma and taste of these sorts of dark beers is present of course, but this one really makes me feel like I'm having a cup of coffee with some pancakes. The aroma is akin to taking a good huff from a maple syrup bottle, and it's certainly something I'm glad is there. The taste is not overly sweet, although it is noticeably less bitter than Sap Sucker. The feel is very tingly, despite not having a whole lot of carbonation.

Very good beer, nearly equal with Sap Sucker, I'd say.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cannery Brewing's 'Maple Stout' @ 5.5% , an English Stout served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5

A-pour is almost black from the bottle to the glass with a small tan/off white head leaving a fine lace film along the pint glass after every sip

S-Maple Syrup , hints of coffee

Every time I bring the glass up to take a sip I'm hit with so much Maple almost Voodoo like

T-sweet maple start , somewhat bittersweet smokey finish

MF-medium carbonation , light/medium bodied

Ov-taste like it should be poured over pancakes , one and done for me , too sweet

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Jeffo
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received a bottle of this from kjyost in a recent trade. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 42

APPEARANCE: Pours out dark brown and yields a small, light tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring. Black body and no carbonation evident. A ring remains, leaving some light dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of maple syrup for sure. Very up front and forthcoming here. Vanilla, milk chocolate and a touch of roasted malts, but this is more about the maple syrup here. Pretty decent really.

TASTE: Falls well short of the nose. Well short. Much milder and the maple tastes artificial for some reason. Caramel and some milk chocolate accompany the maple syrup up front, moving into a mild and dry finish with some maple, vanilla notes and light roasted flavors. Very disappointing after having smelt this thing. Relatively mild and artificial tasting.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Not all that creamy on the palate, a touch watery, goes down alright and finishes slightly cloying. Not too bad, but a little too sticky here.

OVERALL: This is alright I guess. I understand what they were going for, and the nose on this one certainly worked, but the taste and palate didn't deliver. Artificial tasting, too mild and somewhat watery, this one ended up being a disappointment. Keep the nose and try to re-work the rest, as there is some real potential here. Thanks again kjyost!

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Photo of phishsihq
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cannery Brewing Company Maple Stout was brought to us by my wife's folks on their visit from British Columbia. The beer pours a deep, dark brown with some ruby highlights, and is capped by a thin tan head that leaves little in the way of retention and lacing. A strong syrupy nose is reminiscent of pancakes and sugar, very little else noticeable. Maple flavors dominate the pallet, at times sweet and mellow, and quite light for a stout. Medium-light in body, Maple Stout is also lower in carbonation. Who doesn't like pancakes and syrup?


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Photo of Kaibosh
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark molasses colour. Minimal head.

S - Immediate maple smell. Caramel, Mild malt, rich smell.

T - Maple! Notes of Coffee. Not a heavy taste for a stout. Starts off mellow but Finishes strong leaving a noticeable, but pleasant, aftertaste.

M - light for a stout. Not a lot of carbonation. Smooth feel. Gets sharper on aftertaste.

O - one of my favourite stouts. Great beer. Not an overpowering stout, but great flavours.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/8" tan coloured head that collected around the edges of the glass over cola coloured liquid.

S: Maple syrup and toffee malt dominate the smell profile.

T: Maple syrup, toffee malt, and toasted malt dominate the taste profile. Quite sweet.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Quite drinkable, but on the sweeter side. I honestly think that others have rated it lower than what it deserves simply because the brewery is not well known. After tasting CBS a few days ago, I would say this is a decent maple stout.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 6/1/12

A very dark cola with a two finger dark tan head that retains pretty well leaving a few patches of lace

S smokey maple with some chocolate covered raisin and toffee, the nose is very maple but I can't decide if its natural or fake maple smell, either way
it smell great

T some faint dark dried fruit to go along with what I smell, the maples a little toned down and there's a faint nutty aspect

M thinner then expected but it has enough bubbles to liven things up, leaves a burnt maple flavor for an aftertaste

O I'm sold on this one, smells great and pretty solid in other areas. there's room for improvement but a good beer nonetheless

I'd drink it again so that says something, I like finding unexpected gems from obscure breweries and this one fits the bill

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ricoch3t for picking this one up for me.

A - Aggressive pour only produces about a finger of head which is on the darker side. Body is very dark with a hint of red when you get a chance to see through it.

S - Yes there is strong maple here. More of an artificial, sweet type maple you would find in a donut. Also some dark fruit, prune. I can't get over this maple smell, just dominates and is fun to take in.

T - There is a hop flavor in here that covers up a bit of the maple which is good because the maple would have been too much based on the aroma. Sweet maple is there and quite nice.

M - this is the downfall of this beer. Carbonation is good, but body doesn't stand up. I want more and it's not there.

O - If you like maple like I do, then your best bet is to just smell this beer all night long. The mouthfeel just ruins it. Still a good beer that is very drinkable, but could be so much more.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with red highlights in the right light. Thin head settles to an eggshell film fairly quickly.

Big nose with serious sweet beer aromas. Obvious maple off the top. Sweet chocolate serves as the malt backbone.

Aforementioned smells come through big on the tongue. Raw maple straight away melds well with nice milk chocolate. Comes to a close with welcome toasty bitterness, good coffee flavor.

It's tough to put out a good maple beer, given all the subpar offerings out there, but this manages to get all the flavours right.

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Photo of exodus1369
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just about no head on this, the color is... BLACK can see no light at all on the other side of the glass. Smells very sweet, malt and maple tones. Taste just about the same. Sweet with a light taste of maple. Goes down well with a crisp after taste. Very good beer, very recommended.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kjyost for this bottle. Finally got to drinking it.
Poured in to Founder's tulip.

A - Poured black with one finger of light brown head that quickly disappeared.

S - Sweet maple syrup up front, some light roasted malt and chocolate notes in the background but the maple definitely dominates.

T - Sweet maple syrup, roasted malts and brown sugar. Although the maple dominates, the beer is not cloyingly sweet like many maple syrup based beers tend to be.

M - Light to medium body, light carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this one. The best maple syrup beer of the few I have had.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily, inky black - opaque even when held up to the light - with minimal coffee-coloured head. A thin mouthfeel, not as creamy or silky as I expected from the pour.

Aroma of roasted malts with coffee and chocolate, but a defined maple scent. The in-mouth taste is well balanced and enjoyable with standard roasted and toasted malt elements, but the finish is overwhelmingly one of sweet maple syrup.

Believe this to be a well made beer, but uncaramelized maple flavour isn't one I'd personally choose, so will probably not purchase again.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with a good-sized tan head.

Smell is FULL of maple. Also vanilla. The reviewer who said 'maple fudge' is dead on. A bit of coffee. The maple smell is overwhelming and quite sweet. Maybe it is because maple is not super-high on my list of favourites, but I find the smell a little much. Very pungent.

Taste still has a lot of maple but not quite as heavily as the nose. Coffee is present as well. Roasted barley. Generally tastes like maple candy. Fairly sweet.

Beer is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, quite smooth.

This is a maple-heavy beer. For a maple lover, probably very good. Not being one, I don't think it is a great beer. Certainly delivers what it promises.

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Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the leaves start turning red and orange that means it's time for the beer to start turning black again. Maple Stout looks hearty, its opaque body showing next to no colour (perhaps only a sliver along its base). Even its head is dense; where there is not thick clumps there is at least thin mist. It looks like an overcast sky veiling a full moon.

The aroma is a fairly decadent, bittersweet blend of maple and coffee-ish roast malts. The sugary maple could almost be mistaken for honey by those unfamiliar with it, although a true Canadian should be able to identify the sweet, woody, nectarous sap, even though it is evenly blended into the smoky aromatics of roast barley.

Like Cannery's Blackberry Porter, this beer uses "natural flavour" rather than natural maple syrup. (It is also "naturally brewed", whatever that means.) The difference, however, I will concede, is negligible. Plenty of maple sugar cookie and maple fudge is tasted, along with a big scoop of butterscotch, a pinch of pumpkin-pie spice, melted milk chocolate and a few drops of coffee. It's a perfect fall or wintertime treat.

A maple beer can only work if it has the adequate maltiness to balance out all that sweetness. (Trust me, I've had some bad ones!) Even with the proper stout characteristics coming through, this beer be a bit sugary given its naturally inky, silken texture. However, the smoky, coffee bean bitterness blends into it well, providing a good counterpart.

Anyone else feel like pancakes? Now this is what I'd consider a 'breakfast stout'! Cannery Brewing's Maple Stout could easily be the darling of sweet toothed beer drinkers everywhere. A stout flavoured like maple fudge, pumpkin-pie spice and melted chocolate - it may be a cheap gimmick, but is there a better a cool-weather treat?

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a ruby red tinge. Finger's worth of creamy faint mocha coloured head. Satisfactory retention and good/noticeable lacing.

S: Black licorice, dark chocolate, sweet maple (similar to caramel), bittersweet molasses, some dark fruits, and a noticeable hop aroma. Pleasant and inviting overall aromas.

T: Roasted malt character is at the forefront with dark chocolate, cherries, and a general bittersweet taste. Maple syrup taste follows and lingers through to the finish, and beyond. It's a good maple taste that's not noticeably artificial or chemical.

M: Moderate amount of carbonation, perhaps more than I'd prefer, with a fairly light body. Quite smooth and velvety though, especially considering the ABV.

D: Quite a good stout with a well executed maple flavour. It's quite tasty and something I'd probably pick up again.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was very pleased with Cannery's Blackberry Porter, so I was excited to find another of their offerings in the LCBO.

Poured in to a Duvel chalice. Dark, nearly black, with a half-inch of light brown head that dissolves into a thick ring.

Nose is sweet and roasty, with marshmallow, caramel, and yes, maple syrup. Smells exactly like how I've always thought a maple stout should smell, which is a big plus.

The taste is quite nice, and on par with the nose. Roasted mild coffee, caramel, vanilla, and maple syrup, a bit of toasted grain. Sweet, and enough of a maple flavor to identify it as a 'maple stout', without being cloying. Flavour could have been more robust - it's a little mild, like many an English stout I've had of late, and the sweetness pushes in to cola territory.

Thinner bodied for a stout, and the carbonation is a bit strong, but it coats the tongue well enough.

In my years of drinking ales, this is certainly the first maple beer that I've actually enjoyed, which I find strange. I mean, it sounds amazing on paper - I love beer, I love maple syrup - but somehow every edition of the style seems to fall flat. Now, this brew still could use some work - the body isn't quite right and lacks the depth of a good American stout or RIS - but nevertheless, it's an enjoyable brew that fits the season well (and provides a welcome change from all those pumpkin ales!)

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Photo of spinrsx
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a large fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, maple

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly thin/watery. I can taste chocolate and malts mixed with some roasted nuts and coffee. There is also some vanilla flavour and not as much maple taste as I expected based on the scent. It finishes with a chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

Overall – The beer has a great maple scent, but it needed more in the taste department. It actually reminded me a little bit of a vanilla coke. I'm happy I gave it a shot, but I'd buy something else next time.

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Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, split with my girlfriend. 650ml into some pint glasses.

POurs almost black with some dark cola around the edges, tan head is thick and produced immediately. Loads of carbonation requires several attempts at the pours, but settles to a nice cap. NOse has alot of maple, dark and milk chocolate with more of a darker leaning. Hint of coffee. Taste is milk chocolate dipped in maple syrup, some caramel and vanilla notes; finish is a bit roasty. Mouthfeel is relatively light, and highly effervescent - offputting initially, but swirled it down to a more manageable level. Sweet, but expected for the advertised flavour profile. A decent stout that I could revisit, but the carbonation needs to be toned down quite a few notches.

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Photo of bryehn
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a small tan-coloured head that doesn't leave much lace, but sticks around as a thin collar throughout the glass.

Smells of maple syrup, molasses and coffee. A roasted malt note gives off a bread-like quality and grainy hops can also be found.

Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee. The sweet maple syrup flavour really comes through on the tongue and in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery, but smooth and creamy on the tongue. Bitter coffee and slightly syrupy aftertaste.

Quality stout that has enough maple flavour to be noticed, but isn't overpowering or too sweet. Could use a bit more body, but is quite drinkable and smooth as it is.

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Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, near black, one finger of tan head, some lace. Smell is of sweet maple, roast malt, coffee and chocolate, bread like qualities, smells a lot like a maple donut. Taste has lots of maple but not as much as the nose would lead you to believe, roasty and bittersweet, lightly sweet, maple in the finish and aftertaste. Med-high carb, med body, lightly watery and thin at points. This was really good and the bomber went quickly on my own, would love to see an imperial version of this.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a one finger head - little retention with some lacing - a black crude colour

S - plenty of maple, molasses, and coffee

T - follows the nose with a bigger maple presence - some bitter hops - the maple reminds me of a maple candy but not overdone - sweet

M - medium body with plenty of carbonation - bitter but good for the style

O - a very nice maple stout and I had no difficulty sucking back this bomber (i.e. not too sweet) back.

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Photo of Tford
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours almost black with a little, light coloured head.

S: This smells strongly of maple syrup; coffee and hops can also be smelled.

T: The initial taste is all maple; I could pour it on my pancakes. The maple subsides and a hoppy coffee takes over to leave a slightly bitter aftertaste

M: Medium-heavy body with a fair bit, but not excessive, amount of carbonation. It lacks crispness but is still very smooth.

O: This is the Canadian of flavoured beers; everything about it has a strong maple presence. It is one of the better maple stouts I have tried because, although it tastes strongly of maple, I don’t find it overly sweet. Definitely recommended for maple-lovers.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared with my girlfriend after she brought this back from Winnipeg for me.

A - Poured black with lot's of carbonation and a fluffy two finger beige head that left no lacing and just had a filmy retention in my glass.

S - Candy. Maple candy for sure. Chocolate was there with a tiny hint of coffee but that sweet maple made up most of the aroma which was nice and inviting.

T - Coffee, cola, and sweet maple are what I got. It was alot less sweet and showed off alot more dry, bitter coffee than the aroma. I expected more sweetness here.

M - Medium carbonation and medium body. Slight bitter finish there.

O/D - Not a bad stout at all but a bit misleading. Smells better than it tastes for sure. But it stills tastes pretty good and I had no problem getting this down, but I don't think I'll be revisiting it.

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