Mary's Maple Porter (Brewmaster's Series)
Brooklyn Brewery

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English Porter
3.69 | pDev: 14.09%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Mary Wiles joined our brewery team after spending 30 years brewing and doing quality control for a Very, Very Big Brewer. Mary evolved into a craft beer brewer, and now she’s doing our quality control, having fun while helping us make sure that Brooklyn beers are tasting great and ready to make you happy. But Mary has a bright thing lurking in her past, present and future – Mary has maple trees. A lot of maple trees. Actually, a ridiculous number of maple trees, acres of them, right northwest of us in upstate New York. And her family farm makes 100% real New York State maple syrup.

Real maple syrup tastes great on pancakes and waffles, but it’s awfully good in beer too. Porter is a classic British ale style that traveled to the United States, sustained George Washington during the Revolution, and later built London’s great breweries. Mary’s Maple Porter is a rich, dark ale featuring a large portion of her maple syrup in the kettle. After fermentation by our house ale yeast, the syrup is no longer sweet (yeast likes to eat maple syrup too), but the maple flavor shows through in a complex interplay with caramel, chocolate, and cof fee flavors from our blend of roasted malts. An earthy hop note rounds it all out.
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 223
Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).

Nice opaque near black body but almost no head.

Excellent aroma is fairly complex but moderately, at most, strong.
Hints of maple here unfortunately only appear in the taste as vague sweet notes. Mildly sweet but enough to make this seem best as a dessert or after dinner beer.

Near full body with medium (slightly too high?) carbonation.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at McGee's.

This close to DePaul, my mind immediately thought of the Virgin Mary brewing up a nice porter in her small Middle Eastern kitchen. I've gotta get out more (...or less...). This stuff pours a clear burnt sienna topped by a half-finger of cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, light candied orange peel, dry maple syrup, dried honey, and vague sense of dark-ish fruits in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with that fruitiness being joined by some mild sourdough, a combination that's not exactly endearing to my tongue. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a weak little "porter", one that just doesn't work for me. It's the fruitiness, really; it's too out of place here and sticks out too far to be of any help.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I sampled this beer on tap at the Valpo Brewfest on 9/29/2012. Poured into my pint glass, the porter was a cloudy brown color. At the very least, the appearance was interesting. The initial taste was that a of tangy porter. It almost measured as though it was a porter flavored with overrippened fruit. Even if this is advertised as a maple porter, I struggled to idenify any hint of maple. It was a mildly malty porter, but unspectacular even in this respect. I empathize with maple being hard to capture in a beer, but the ansence of maple flavor in a maple beer is odd. In the aftertaste, the beer evolved into a more sour fruit flavor as it lingered on the back of the throat. Overall, this was an unimpressive effort.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter and enjoyed at Firkin in Libertyville, IL...

Appearance - Poured an opaque dark brown with about an inch of tan head (looked great when it arrived) which was gone in a minute, left somewhat minimal lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits, slight roast, and faint maple (hard to tell if this is because I'm expecting this)

Taste - Starts dark tart fruits and grape/plum skins, light roasted pumpernickel bread - finishes sour dark fruit skins, and drying toasted pumpernickel crust.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium mouthfeel, medium carb scrubs any hopes of smoothness or creaminess. Very drinkable, definitely more on the bitter/dryer side of porters.

Overall - This beer was okay, but ended up being no particular porter in my experience. I tried so ahard to pick up the maple in this porter and just didn't find it, especially not in the taste. So this more aptly named "Mary's Porter" was just average for me at best.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/2/2012 at Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, caramel, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of maple, nuts, caramel and coffee. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is good for the style and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice porter to drink for a long time.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler imperial pint. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger beige head that subsided to a minimal amount almost instantly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, bread, subtle sweet syrup, and a hint of coffee. The flavor was of roasted malt, subtle coffee, buttery, bread, and spices. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really wasn't impressed by this one too much if I am completely honest. With a name containing Maple in it, I really went into this one expecting to be blown away by the maple presence. Sadly this was not the case... It did have notes of it in the aroma, but that was about it that I picked up on. Definitely not bad, but also definitely not the best I've had from the style.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/22/12 notes. Had on tap at Amity Hall in W 3rd St in NYC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of maple, roasted malts, chocolate, sweet dark fruits. Nice maple up front.

t - Tastes of sweet maple, molasses, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, toasted malts. A little sweeter than the nose, pretty nice again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice beer; pretty much exactly what I was hoping it would be. Maple comes through strong in the nose and taste, as do porter notes. A bit sweet, but I liked it quite a bit, and would like to have it again, though probably not more than 1 in a night.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at gulu cafe in Salem ma, served in a pt glass

A: served with very little head that dissapates rather quickly, no lacing, dark dark brown cola colored almost black.

S: a hint of booze and maple, over dry milk chocolate, caramel and coffe notes, this beer smells delicious, a vague vanilla note in there as well, the only negative thing I have to say about the aroma is that i wish there was more of it, more thick, more pungent.

T: dry chocolate with wet notes of booze, vanilla and caramel, a bit of roastyness in there as well, very complex and very delicious. Not nearly as sweet as i expected, if anything it's on the dry side, I really enjoy this. The alcohol note is unexpected out of a 7.2% brew but I feel like it fits in perfectly.

M: dry on the finish, slightly cremy and easy drinking, the only thing is, and I know this is a porter, that I wish it had a bit more heft to it, then this would have been awesome! It also had high/medium carbonation.

O: I really liked this, a dry Mapely porter, with a nicley complex flavor profile, and a nice drink ability, not what I expected, but not dissapointing either. Give this one a whirl if you get the chance for sure.


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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at prezo.

Nice fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, touch of lacing, pitch black beer, no light getting through that sucker.

Nose starts with dark malts, plenty of chocolate, dark and bakers, a creamy lactose like a chocolate milk yoohoo like, a mild black patent char bitter smelling touch, hint of coffee, also plenty of caramel and toffee, and some fresh raw maple candy.

Taste doesn't lag behind at first, with plenty of lactose and creaminess to start, chocolate milk again, with a bit of bakers chocolate, and light charred black patent malt again. A bit of booze comes through more than it should for only being 7%. A light maple taste, again more like maple candy and much mess than the nose, but some earthy remnants of the leftover bits in the maple. There is a bit of caramel and toffee to go with that. But, there are some herbal biter hops nagging in the background the whole time that seems to detract from the beer a bit, totally not necessary, with some herbal grassy and slight vegetative hop flavors and mild bitterness. late on the palate adds a light yeast flavor and hint of bready malt flavors. Finish is creamy and a bit sticky, not too dry either, with lingering chocolate and lactose, and more of the earthy herbal hops.

Mouth is med bodied but quite creamy, decent carb, mild booze.

Overall, sigh, eh. i feel this could have been stop much better, the hops really clash with the beer adding so much herbal grassy taste, the malts are nice though. It also has a bit too much of a boozy feel for only 7%, but not too bad. The lactose is a nice touch with the chocolate and if the maple were stronger, nice maple cream taste, which was another downfall of this beer, lack of maple that was nice on the nose but lacking on the taste.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at O'reilly's served in a pint chilled.

The color is a black and translucent clarity with thin cap of tan with tight bead, retention is good. The smell is slightly vinous and has a lot of fruity esters either from the yeast or maple with mild woody notes. The feel is slightly thin with medium carbonation and subtle roasted texture with a light hint of alcohol.

The taste has some raisin and chocolate malt up front with subtle roast and maple elements and a moderately high alcohol presence with slight tinge of currant and woody accents, a gentle hint of wood and yeast is fairly fruity. Overall I enjoyed this, but it is not the best of the style, certainly worth trying.

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Photo of SouthernBuckeye
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brooklyn Brewery

A - Black pour, some lacing, tan colored foam.

S - Light scent of maple syrup and chocolate malt.

T - Solid tasting beer, with a combo of robust malt and sweetness of maple syrup.

M - Smooth, went down easy.

O - Enjoyed this beer the most of the ones I got to try while visiting the brewery. Bros say this is 7.2% ABV, but the board at the brewery said 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice black color with a medium bodied medium sized tan colored head that laces the glass a little on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet maple, some roasted malts, hints of caramel in the nose as well.
T: Tastes of sweet maple, roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, and a little bit of dark chocolate in there as well.
M: Feels rich, smooth, perfect amount of carbonation, a bit heavy, warming.
D: Overall a really nice porter which was pretty sweet and a nice mix of flavors.

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Photo of Morey
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Six Pack House of Beers in Erie, PA.

APPEARANCE: Poured black in color with dark brown hues around the edges when held up to the light. The head stood about one finger tall and was light brown in color. It settled rather quickly, and left decent lacing on the glass as I drank it.

AROMA: Molasses, roasted barley, maple, dark fruits, and dark chocolate fill the nose.

TASTE: There’s a nice smooth and rounded roasted malt flavor up front. The maple syrup adds a kiss of sweetness and flavor. I’m also getting ripe plums and raisins towards the middle. The finish is pretty smooth with some lingering roasted flavor and a hint of smokiness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: A pretty nice Porter overall with just enough maple sweetness to let you know that it’s there. This would make for a good early Spring seasonal. I’d probably reach for this over their Pilsner.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taco Mac Decatur 3/1/12. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Very solid black with little light penetration. medium brown head, medium thickness and bubbly, leaves surface cover for a while. Looks quite intense. 4

(Smell) booze, toasted caramel malts, booze, chocolate malts and a hint of soy sauce. Maple doesn't really come through much in the nose. Medium/heavy potency. Smells pretty good. 4

(Taste) Light black malt and coffee taste up front, sharp toasted malt and booze on the finish. Sweetness from the maple tones come through quite sharp on the end, somewhat medicinal and boozy compliment. Smokey finish. Pretty light on the taste most of the way through. it's pretty interesting regardless. I haven't had something quite like this yet. There's plenty to add to though. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) slick smooth. medium body. Medium alcohol presence. Decent compliment, although I think there could be a little more carbonation to pep up certain aspects of the beer, it comes off as flatter than it should be. 3

(Overall) Pretty interesting concoction by Brooklyn. I don't dislike much about the beer, but feel it could succeed with a bigger body and fuller flavor. At the moment it just has potential but still a long way to go. 3.5

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Photo of AdamBear
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-black with a sticky tan head

S-just a faint scent of coffee. very faint

T-comes in with a strong taste of old coffee. doesn't last long. hits the tongue with a weird bitterness. not getting any overall its a boring taste. not much to mention here

M-low carbonation with a dry finish

O-its not disgusting but its a terrible porter. not sure how this got to production. its not even easy to drink

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce (I think it's 16 or close to it) mason jar/mini-growler purchased from Party Town earlier this morning for $2.75. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like maple, roasted malt, and chocolate. It tastes like roasted malt, caramel, maple, chocolate, and some dark fruit. The flavor also has more bitterness than I was expecting, but with that being said I still thought it was still tasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, I wouldn't mind trying it again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: no head on a jet black body.

S: white wine and Chardonnay notes with a mild sweet and smokey background note.

T: Smokey, sweet chocolate and light maple with a licorice and milk chocolate finish.

M: light to medium carbonation and light to medium body. Oily on the palate.

Overall: Very interesting porter. One of the more unique porters. Not a huge fan of licorice notes. A good one to try.

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a standard porter brown color with wispy beige head that settles into a light ring.

S. the aroma is light for a porter. Some toasted bread and toffee notes. A bit of coffee.

T. The taste is of a toasted pumpernickel. The malt is a buttery toffee flavor I guess some maple. There is a tart grape thing going on. Solid roast for a porter but needs a little more earthy flavors. Tartness kills the flavor a bit.

F. The feel is moderate. On the dry side with some sour notes. Balanced. Drinks well.

O. Solid porter not great. A bit too dry.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Light black one finger head that does not stay around for long.

S-Maple, a tad bit of roasted malt with some vanilla and spice.

T-Maple dominates, some vanilla, although for a porter it could use some more roasted malts.

M-Light, thin, watery with little carbonation.

O-One of the better experiences I've had with a beer where Maple dominates. Some more roasted malt would have been nice.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Crunchy's East Lansing. Consumed by the pint.

Pours a nice deep brown with beige head. Very appropriate for a porter.

Problem. This is a maple beer, purportedly, but there's no maple getting in my nose. Put out an APB for the maple? What we have here is standard, mild, unprepossessing porter smells. Roast, malt, some chocolate, bit more hop than expected. But no maple.

Taste is not unpleasant, but disappoints. Again, maple is AWOL. And the porter flavors come up a little short. Not really a great underlying porter. Roasty, but that's about the end of the story. Likewise, I found the body thin.

Sigh. Very hard to get enthused by this beer. I regard Brooklyn as rock solid, but I was let down by this beer. Not bad, not recommended.

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Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black pour, some lacing, pitch black with a tan colored foam.

S - Very nice scent of maple syrup, chocolatey malt, and english toffee.

T - Solid tasting beer, with a contrast of robust malt and sweetness of maple candy.

M - Smooth, felt heavier than it was, and a pleasant sweet finish.

O - Liked this alot. A nice surprise from Brooklyn.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured nice and dark with some lacing. Nice maple smell, along with toffee, maybe coffee smell.

Tasted a little sweet, caramel, toffee, not so much maple. It had a very full body.

Overall this could be a desert beer. Was above average, but nothing incredible.

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Photo of datalager
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Weird. Is this actually a porter?

Pour is a very dark brown, with a super thin tan head. It rates at least slightly higher than average, simply because it doesn't look like an adjunct lager.

Smell is nice and malty, with some subtly roasted characteristics. Maybe there is a little maple in there...could be my imagination. Honestly, though, esters are the dominant trait upon first whiff.

Flavor left me a bit confused. A touch yeasty, a slight hoppy. A little roasted malt in there, too. LOTS of alcohol. For 7.2% a beer shouldn't lead such boozy flavor to the tongue, IMO. As it warms I become more interested. Is that I the only one here who grabbed those flavors??? With warmth it almost starts coming across like an Abbey Quad. Finally at a fully settled room temp I nearly forgot what I even ordered...Barleywine ale, perhaps? Props to Brooklyn for creating a chameleon ale. Unfortunately I got very little maple, if any. And this "ain't" no porter.

Mouthfeel was fine but unmemorable. A little zest up front, with a smooth swallow. No problems, here.

I had a difficult time rating this, so I'll explain my numbers. As a porter, the taste was the biggest disappointment. If I had known how far from center this flavor profile was going to be, I wouldn't have ordered it, as there were other porters on tap that I would have preferred to this. Had I been in a Belgian mood, and I had known what this beer was like, I might have loved it, and even rated it higher....rated for it's merits alone. So, basing it on similar porters, it rates low for me.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this porter beer at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY. It pours dark black with a thin dark brown head. Sapsuckers pours this beer in a medium weizen glass. On the nose we get aromas of chocolate, and maple. Our first sip we get hints of maple and almost a syruppy thickness. But the flavors of chocolate, a slight sweetness, and roasted malts bust through filling the mouth with flavor an excellent beer to have with barbecue steak or ribs.

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Photo of Etan
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Brooklyn Brewery tasting room.

A: Rich black with prominent brown hues. Tan head.

S: Nice smooth nose of raw maple and brown sugar. A little chocolate and coffee roastiness underneath.

T: A good dose of piney hop bitterness is most prominent. A barely noticeable hint of maple sweetness, along with some chocolate and lingering roastiness.

M: Creamy.

O: I wasn't expecting such a pronounced hop bitterness in the flavor profile, and I was expecting more maple. The hops hid much of the sweetness that should have been going on in the flavor profile. Disappointing.

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Mary's Maple Porter (Brewmaster's Series) from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 223 ratings