Maple Stout | Cannery Brewing Company

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Maple StoutMaple Stout

Brewed by:
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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Reviews by Molson2000:
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
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 BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickenm
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650mL bomber. Pours a black color with a big creamy tan head that doesn't last. Really nice aroma of maple syrup, roasted malt, and coffee.. kinda smells like a pancake breakfast! The taste is more maple syrup, malt, and a little bit of bitterness. Medium bodied and very smooth. Leaves a nice maple aftertaste. The sweetness of the maple hurts the drinkability a bit and this is definitely not a session beer, but it makes a nice dessert beer. I really liked this!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Being a big fan of a local brewery's efforts on the maple lager front, I had to give this maple stout a shot, from our neighbours in the Okanagan.

This beer pours a mostly solid black, with pervasive cola highlights, and two hefty fingers of densely foamy, thickly bubbly tan head, which leaves some attractive honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of maple syrup dosed pancakes, a further bready malt, a minor dark fruitiness, fresh-brewing coffee, and subtle earthy, leafy hops. Very much the Smitty's breakfast special aura. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, dark chocolate, cafe-au-lait, semi-sweet maple syrup, a bit of artificial vanilla, slightly musty, indistinct black fruit, and earthy weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, but at least present and clocked in, the body a barely decent medium weight, and a wee bit tacky in its smoothness. It finishes surprisingly dry, the sweetness sort of bleeding out of the maple essence, creating a certain bond with the lingering earthy, leafy hops.

Overall, a pleasantly tasty stout, with a variable maple goodness, and not too sweet. As much as I like the head-on maple assault of Amber's Sap Vampire, this one is much more judicious in its application of our national tree's effluent, and a very respectable addition to the growing Canadian maple-themed beer canon.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Kaibosh
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
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 joemcgrath27
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a solid black with a creamy tan head that retained very well

S - rich roasty & nutty barley with the maple very present. I'm immediately thinking of syrup.

T - the rich maple sweetness is very apparent up front, followed by the classic stout roasted barley and coffee bitterness, with all flavours seeming to last very balanced on the finish. I'm really digging this.

M - smooth an chewy feel, a slight bitter sensation as well, and a litter lighter than I expected from a stout

D - the maple sweetness makes it very pleasant on the palate, left me craving the next taste like a desert does. Fairly easy drinking.

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Photo of elricorico
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in the glass with a solid two fingers of foamy tan head. Head steadily recedes but leaves its mark in plenty of lacing.

Smell is an interesting mix of maple syrup sweetness and roasted malt. Maple hits first, but the stout qualities aren't beat down entirely. The mix of aromas gives something of a root beer sweetness to the aroma, but it also makes me want pancakes.

Sweet and smooth flavoured, with a long lingering maple finish that becomes just a bit acidic at the very end. Roasted malts can be noted through the front half, and are semi-sweet.

Medium bodied with carbonation just a touch sharper than I expect for the style. Not bad, but could be fuller and smoother.

If you like maple, check this one out. I seriously am craving pancakes now. Not so much stout character gets through, but maple is a pretty strong flavour to compete with.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep brown, almost black with a half finger of tan head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Dark roast coffee, maple butter. A little vanilla and molasses.

Taste. Roasty malt, coffee and maple with a little acidity. Lingering vanilla and maple. Really nice stuff.

Mouthfeel. Close to a medium body with medium-strong, fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall. I really like this stuff and could go though a lot of it pretty quickly. Feelin' like a canadian stereotype here, but ya ...maple and beer done well? Canuck heaven.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium black color stout with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry roasted malt notes with some notes clear notes of maple which are surprisingly quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by loads of maple notes with well balanced sweetness and some dry roasted notes. Body is a bit thin for style with some very good carbonation. Very interesting experiment with maple notes being clearly identifiable and some well balanced sweetness. Not sure I would have this often but well brewed nonetheless.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 mmurphy525
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. The aroma of maple was potent and gorgeous as I popped the cap off and took a quick sniff straight into the bottle.

Opaque black in appearance, tall tight spongy light beige head. Loose patches of lacing.

A sweet yet balanced maple aroma on the nose, light roasted malt in the background.

The flavour is much more balanced between the sweet maple up front, which melds into a dry roasted bitterness on the finish, somewhat similar to a flavoured coffee. In fact it's more of a dry coffee aftertaste that lingers than any maple character.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side od medium-bodied, and more carbonated than is expected for a stout, or at least lacks a roundness and softness in texture.

A decent dry stout in its own right, although a bit rough around the edges all the same, while the maple character nearly disappears as it warms, remaining present as an underlying yet enjoyable sweetness more than a distinctive character. I didn't necessarily rate this high, yet I still have a soft spot for maple, and still commend Cannery for the effort.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of findango
5/5  rDev +29.5%

- small but clean maple smell
- very nice coffee and maple flavours

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Photo of papat444
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to kjyost for this one. Shared with my wife last night.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: Lots of head, 3-4 fingers, with a dark tan color and a texture that is very puffy. Body is solidly opaque and brown.

Smell: Intense and awesome! Syrupy maple mixed with maple fudge.

Taste: Mostly maple fudge with reminiscence of dried maple syrup. Quite sweet though never cloying. Ends with a bit of bitterness. I found though that it didn't live up to the aroma. I would have liked a more pronounced presence of maple to match the smell.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation a bit too prickly. Otherwise, it feels comfortable. Could be more smooth and the body doesn't warm well has it feels more thin.

Drinkability: Yeah, i like this pretty good. Would be nice to have better access to it.

Overall: Awesome maple aroma and a taste that while good, doesn't quite live up. It is still tasty and worth your while to check out.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -2.8%
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 LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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 TCgoalie
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This black crude has a moderately sustaining head with bits of lacing on the sides...not bad.

Smells of milk chocolate, maple syrup, and a hint of coffee.

The maple syrup pleasantly blends with chocolate and a coffee like bitterness. The balance is good which can be difficult with maple flavors.

This is not the most exciting in the mouth. Somewhat sticky in the end and thin to medium in feel.

I believe this is a good solid stout. I'm a sucker for maple beers, so I had to give it a try.

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Photo of Mav221
4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells of sweet maple, pours a delightful creamy head (not as good as Guinness's). Long, coffee like maple finish. A good drink on a cold autumn evening. More complex flavor than Guinness, but could be heavier and more filling for the style.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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Maple Stout from Cannery Brewing Company
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