Double Maple Pusher
Great Notion Brewing

Double Maple PusherDouble Maple Pusher
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #690
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,311
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 9.65%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
66
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Great Notion Brewing
 
Oregon, United States
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SCORE
92
Outstanding
Double Maple PusherDouble Maple Pusher
Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with a touch of boysenberry and a ridiculous amount of maple syrup.
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 66 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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entheos from California

4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The definitive breakfast brew! Forget the pancakes, maple syrup, butter and fruit! This beer rocks the breakfast palette! It just needs a side of bacon!

Mar 27, 2021
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Viaduck from California

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with an excellent tan head, amazing considering its high ABV. Very aptly named: Double Maple Pusher. Aroma: maple, maple & more maple. It is sweet. Lots of maple flavor with some brown sugar, caramel, coffee, chocolate, alcohol with a strong boysenberry finish. Thick, smooth as ice, mild heat. Less carbonation than expected. Some may not appreciate its sweetness but I am not afflicted with that shortcoming. Overall; excellent. Big on the pancakes!

Mar 18, 2021
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thickish, midnight pour. Smooth looking khaki head that audibly fizzles away. Prefaces a sticky feel and full-med finish with hints of heat and alcohol.

Wow! This beer really brings me back to my youth, and of tugging at the wide-necked glass bottle of Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry as it refused to budge from the bottom shelf of my refrigerator door. Although not an exact comparison (there was no maple harmed in the production of that syrup) maybe it's a mix of pure maple syrup and their boysenberry jam perhaps? Or, of any tourist shop in the Canadian Rockies with shelves laden with bags huckleberry candies and mason jars of maple syrup.
Aroma aside, the woodsy, leaf-pile sweet flavor accompanied by a slightly charred marshmallow is tempered by the piquant presence of berry guts on a molded pulp container. Lots of ying-yang in the flavor with the roastiness of a diner coffee (barely) and the maple fudginess of Holly's car on the ride back from NH (lots because she couldn't help herself from eating some maple candies). There is a little medicinal overlap where you feel like the maple sweetness is covering for something grotesque like grape Dimetapp, but that flavor was literally the silver in the lining of being sick as a child. So, from Saturday breakfast to getting sick, this beer really ran the gamut on my childhood emotions.

Mar 12, 2021
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE: February 5, 2021... OCCASION: the EBF continues... GLASSWARE: the official BA fest plastic glass... pours a black body. as expected... its head is a finger's worth of oatmeal brown that holds well into the drinking... woody, pulpy brown sugar, maple syrup, pancake, and the boysenberry create a sweetness that compliments the cake quality well enough... brother Jer says it has a McGriddle quality--sausage?--while the pancake is front and center... the syrup is there too--man, this is odd and fun to experience... the finish is like a fireside inhale, slightly smoky and satisfying... its presence is full-bodied, staunch and empowering... warming and thick, regardless of what the brewer says! Straight 4.5s across the board--easy score for a beer that clearly did its homework--cool label too...

Mar 08, 2021
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socon67 from New York

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black a little syrupy thick. Smell of warming maple is present, and damn it is good. The flavors have some berry sweetness of the boysenberry, along with sweet malts and maple candy. I am curious where they get the maple from; its incredible. Finish is hearty but not overbearing. This is a well hidden 11%abv stout, and for my first Great Notion beer I'm now spoiled. Exceptional.

Feb 21, 2021
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ChipChaight from New York

4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from Half-time/BA for EBF 2021. Pours black with a finger of mocha brown head that dissipates, smell wafts out of the glass with maple syrup soaked chocolate chip pancakes, toasted marshmallows, coffee, nice roast character, husky dankness, and barnyardiness, taste follows the nose with big maple character, vanilla, melted fudge chocolate sauce, pancakes, hint of sour berry sweetness and roast coffee, this beer is full bodied, velvety carbonation, finishes dry. Essence of maple syrup and chocolate chip flapjacks with coffee, j’adore.

Feb 21, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-part of the 2021 EBF lineup. -having this two weeks after the fest. This is an extreme brew.

The ebony can pour is opaquely dark. It opened with a gush of dark tan foam, but settled to a no visible carbonation.
The aroma is from the maple sugar house, rich beyond belief.
The flavor is dominated by maple syrup. There are aspects of toasted marshmallow, chocolate malt and some raspberry. The fruit flavor increases with time and perhaps warming.
The mouthfeel is sticky and coating.
The abv is well hidden.
I am pleased to have had an opportunity to enjoy this.

Feb 21, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a sudsy dark tan head, and literally HURLS maple aromas from the can as soon as you pop the top - like a literal maple tsunami. There’s also some char and brown sugar and a smidge of fruit from the boysenberry.

I was worried the taste would be too sweet from all the maple, but the tartness from the boysenberry is the perfect foil for the maple sweetness, and the little bit of char works really well.

The mouthfeel is full and approaches creamy. This to me is what an extreme beer should be - pushing boundaries, but maintaining a flavor profile that will work for most experienced beer nerds. Mission accomplished, IMHO.

Feb 15, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Double Maple Pusher from Great Notion. Received on 20/1/21 for the Extreme Beer Fest – Cyberspace (2021) from Half-Time, Poughkeepsie, NY. $ 109.99 (Including tax and shipping). This is a 16 oz can ($ 0.702/oz). Stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 12/2/21. (Note: I use DD/MM/YY protocol.)
Stamped on bottom of can “SWING LOW SWEET BERRIOT 12/18/20”. Served at 47.8 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 50.9 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Ruby Brown (SRM 24), clear but nearly opaque.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When rear-lite, still opaque but just a hint of ruby at the extreme edge.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive center pour), goldenrod, high density, and fizzy. Short retention, diminishing to a 1.5 mm crown, and a thin center island.
Lacing – None. Not unexpected for 11 % ABV.
Aroma – 3.5 – When the can is opened, heavy aroma of sucrose syrup with artificial berry flavoring, some fleeting maple, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.5 – Incredibly sweet, should be served with a side of insulin. No hops, no yeast, no maple. No alcohol (11 % ABV, as marked on the container) flavor or aroma, but a transitory alcohol warming appears then dies after each swallow. However, after about half the can is consumed, an oxidizing incandescence begins to consume my gastric lining. And, after a short interlude, the sweetness coating the epithelial layer of my mouth becomes a sour tang.
Palate – 3.5 – Full, syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 Wow. A cloying sugar bomb. I love maple and eat maple sugar candy, but this is so disgustingly sweet I can barely swallow it. Then there’s the incredibly artificial-tasting berry flavor. Off to the drain.

Feb 12, 2021
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Beanie_541 from Texas

3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 16 oz can into snifter.

Beautiful pour of dark, black, thick, oily liquid. A thin rim of tan head around the edge of the glass.

Smell is incredible. Fresh, buttery maple syrup soaked pancakes topped with blueberries and blackberries.

Taste doesn’t quite live up to the smell. It is very sweet, and the berry flavors are definitely present. A little too busy and incongruous.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, great warmer on a cold day.

Overall: pour yourself an ounce or two and share with friends. This goes down better as a shot than a pint.

Feb 12, 2021
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vectornut from California

4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks beautiful, wonderful, and dark. It has a pleasant aroma, but not overpowering. The taste is delicious and nuanced. The feel is sooth and velvety and wonderful.

Feb 12, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer and it has many positive attributes, but there is something slightly off in the taste that makes me give a somewhat lower score.

It is a beautiful beer. Pours nearly black into a tulip glass. Nice brown head with decent curtain lacing. Maple smell and taste is pronounced. The berry flavors assert themselves better as the beer warms and mellow as well. Had to up my initial taste score of 3.75 to 4. A bit thin for an imperial stout.

As with many of the Extreme Beer Fest beers, this beer is a nice trea, but not an “everyday” beer.

Feb 11, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering black with a brown collar and islands. Huge pure maple fills the nose, beautiful, with mild coffee, jam, and semi-sweet chocolate. Taste strikes a good balance with the boysenberry tartness and the maple sweetness, but the malts give off light roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, roast, and surprisingly a woody flavoring to go with. It's good, but a little busy with how loud some flavors are, instead of a melding complexity. Feel is heavy, thick, smooth and very adjunct textured with some roast feeling. Good breakfast beer in winter

Feb 08, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a snifter
Appearance- The beer pours a nearly pitch-black color with a billowy head of brown colored foam. The head has an amazing level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is huge of a maple syrup smell mixed with a whole lot of brown sugar and a strong showing of a roasted and toasted malt. Along with these aromas comes smells of molasses, vanilla, and a touch of berry, producing an overall very rich and inviting smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a very sweet maple syrup and brown sugar flavor that is mixed with a moderately strong roasted malt taste. Along with these flavors comes a touch cocoa and a sizable sum of toffee and molasses. As the flavor moves forward, a touch of vanilla works its way onto the tongue along with some flavors of plum/boysenberry?. The plum/boysenberry and molasses tastes grow stronger and stronger as the taste advances. At the end of the taste profile the alcohol makes itself known, and with a surge in the maple syrup, one is left with a warming sugary sweet taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. The thick body is great for the mix of sugary, plum, and roasted malt tastes, making for a nice slow thick sipper.
Overall – Big and sugary (molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, berry) sweet stout for sure. A bit heavy on the sweetness for my palate but overall, the flavors are rather nice. A fun brew to try.

Feb 07, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - black pretty thick with a nice dark tan head
Smell - sweet maple and prunes
Taste - dark cherry prune sweet maple with some roasty malts
Feel - medium full body with a light carb
Overall - interesting complex beer

Feb 06, 2021
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moonshine78 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one surprised me. From the label I was expecting yet another cloyingly sweet “dessert” stout, which I really do not enjoy. The nose was roasted malts with a heavy maple. First sip, taste matched the nose. My brain was registering sweet likely due to the intense maple flavor, but I was very surprised, and pleased, by the dry finish. This beer shows that it’s possible to make a big flavored stout that is still drinkable and not putridly sweet (looking at you, Trillium and Treehouse). Very well executed.

Feb 06, 2021
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BFCarr from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black/brown with a think tan head. Aroma is nice with sweet maple and roasted malt notes. Taste is bitter chocolate but very intense, a bit too intense. Feel is sharp and bitter, kind of peaky making it a bit tough to enjoy. Overall it just comes off as peaky and overly flavored for my taste. Not a bad beer, just a bit rough.

Feb 06, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012-02-05
16oz can served in a sample glass. Part of Extreme Beer Fest.

Pours black with a biggish head, fades to a little cap. Smell is maple, a little coffee, some char, very jammy.

Taste is extremely sweet with a lot of jam. Coffee is definitely there, some maple, bitter roast and wood.

Mouthfeel is thick and dry. Overall, pretty good.

Feb 06, 2021
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BiologyBob from Texas

3.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Black, brown head and dark.

Aroma:
Faint smell of prunes, this smells like Aunt Jemima’s Syrup. This is some interesting smelling brew.


Taste:
Tastes like prunes and waffle syrup.

Palate:
This is one malty and potent brew. Wow, just wow! This is extreme!

Feb 06, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark brown pour with thick, dense, caramel colored lacing.

S - Big maple syrup and pancakes aroma ... holy wowza!

T - Pancakes and maple syrup from start to finish.

M - Thick, syrupy, lip smacking sticky,

O - Big maple syrup and pancake. A little too much for my liking. :o)

Feb 06, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, reddish tinged black color. Thin mocha colored head. The aroma on this is unbelievable - just ridiculous amounts of liquid blueberry pancakes, rich maple syrup, coffee - its just like a liquid breakfast. Taste follows the nose with notes of roasted malts, blueberry, boysenberry, rich maple syrup, coffee, its just super rich - like liquid breakfast. Feel is medium to full bodied, syrupy, thick, but really smooth. Surprisingly dry finish. Absolutely delicious beer - one that really surprised me by how much I liked it.

Feb 06, 2021
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2beerdogs from California

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cyber EBF
Doubly dark brown in hue. Deep dark mocha he'd of loose bubbles. Retention is good for a few minutes. Deep dark mocha in color. Light lacing.
Aroma pounded my nose upon the poppa of the can. Maple, bitches! And a little hint of roast. As it allows me to come in for more i get the most beautiful blend of rich many notes that slowly make way for a most subtle hint of syrupy boysenberries. Rich and lush builds as it forms in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is chewy enough.

Feb 06, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Holy pancakes!!! I'm not sure if I want another beer or some flapjacks and sausage ... A great and creative compilation...thumbs up to you Great Notion!

Feb 06, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/18/20, part of EBF Cyberspace 2021

The final round of night 1! Back with yet another maple stout, this time much higher in alcohol, and brewed with boysenberry. I’m hoping the boysenberry has a decent presence, as I feel it push it over the edge of extreme brewing

Pours a pitch black with 2 fingers of espresso colored head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

Holy shit, this smells like a stack of pancakes. I smell sweet caramel malt, heavy maple syrup, milk chocolate, tart boysenberry, and light roast coffee

On the front end I’m tasting more sweet maple, a bit of the tart boysenberry, and some silky chocolate. The swallow drives up the intensity of the roast, bringing notes of coffee, boysenberry, sticky maple, and a hint of vanilla

A medium full body pairs with moderate carbonation for a super smooth beer at the abv. Finishes almost entirely dry and balanced

A delicious stout, a great way to end EBF night 1. Cheers Great Notion, this was great

Feb 06, 2021
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with an overly-large, fizzy, mocha head. Huge roasty malts, toast, maple and cocoa in the nose, with a little berry behind. Like French toast with a weird mix of skunky chocolate chips, boysenberry, a touch of smoke and formaldehyde maybe? Chewy feel. This one has a strange smokey cocoa element coupled with the roasty malt and maple and boysenberry. Smokier and roastier than sweet. Weird one.

Feb 06, 2021
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 66 ratings