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

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 01-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 223
Photo of SouthernBuckeye
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
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 socon67
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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 erosier
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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 DapperGrowler
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer on tap at Meridian Pint in Washington DC.

A: this beer was a dark brown color with light head retention.

S: Malty / sugar / very faint maple syrup smell.

T: Slightly bitter on the front of the pallet; sweet, maple syrup taste on the back of the pallet.

M: Not as heavy as I expected when I ordered this beer. Great mouthfeel and nice malt taste.

O: This was a solid beer. I would order it again.

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Black Sheep Ale House - poured into a tulip.

A - Poured jet black with a dark tan head.

S - A collision of roasted coffee, malts, and subtle maple syrup. The aromatics of this beer are fantastic.

T - A nice balance of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. The maple is well hidden, and provides a nice sweetness to the beer; however, as the beer warms up the Maple notes slowly emerge.

M - Extremely smooth.

Overall, I was very impressed by this beer. I'm always intrigued by brews that incorporate maple syrup. What I really liked is that the Maple is there, but it does not overpower/stand out among the other aspects of this brew. I thought this was well balanced. I would most certainly drink this again.

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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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 bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
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 drabmuh
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer nails the aroma in my opinion but falls flat on flavor, served in a snifter at Churchkey in DC. Beer is brown with a haze and a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is maple pancakes, bready, sweet, syrup, trees, nice.

Beer is sweet but thinner than expected, no roast really at all, hard to tell what kind of beer this is, the maple flavors are well integrated into the overall malt backbone but there is no bitterness from roast or grain or hops or anything, no flavors on the finish at all. Interesting but not a repeat.

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Photo of Brent
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice old-school aspect to this porter. Poured very dark, deep brown. Malt profile is on the sweet side. I did not detect much of a distinct maple flavor, but there was a caramel note, with hints of dulce de leche. More roast in the malt moved in toward the finish. The ETOH did not stand out in the flavor.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice glass.

Appearance – Served a deep brown color with a tan head. The head fades giving some nice lacing.

Smell –The maple syrup is up front and potent with a bit of other sweet brown sugar aromas mixed in. While the maple aroma persists throughout the nose, some more roasted malts begin working their way in toward the middle and end of the aroma and round it out quite nicely.

Taste – Not as sweet as anticipated from the nose. A more roasted malt flavor of some barley and oat meet the tongue initially. A very light sweet brown sugar and maple come in toward the middle of the taste experience, but are much more mild then would be expected. The sweetness mingles with the maltiness toward the end laving a rather pleasant roasty maple flavor in the mouth at the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – A good thickness with a very moderate level of carbonation. Fairly creamy and quite easy to drink.

Overall – A nice dark porter, with more subtle characteristics of maple sweetness. A good brew; not too sweet with a nice flavor and aroma profile.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into mason jar at Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford, CT.
Pours a thick oily-looking amber brown with a bit of tan head.
Smells of roasted sweet chocolate, malts, and slight sweet syrup.
Taste is of sweet chocolatey malts and mild syrup/sweet sugar. I really do not taste the maple, but I do taste something sweet.
Overall, I thought this was a great brew. Smooth, full of flavor, and easy to drink. I am not sure id like a more direct maple flavor...this was very good as is.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a pint of this at the Blue Dust in Homestead.

A - Color is a deep dark black hue with only a mild lace of mocha colored head that quickly dissipates to a mild bit of lace throughout the glass.

S - Well that's a surprise I can smell the maple! Along side of this is residual sugars, caramel, and roasted toffee. Smells sweet.

T - Well the sweetness could be confused for maple syrup. Mostly sweet and sugar like with levels of roast. It was pretty good for a beer brewed with maple syrup.

M - Slick and sweet with a creamy body. Pretty nice.

Overall it was sweet, roasty, and had mild levels of maple. Pretty good.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Blue Tusk and was served in a pint glass.
Almost pitch black in color, with nice dark ruby red hues along the edges.
One finger dark tan colored head that dissipates slowly.
Aroma had nothing more than sweet maple notes coming through. On the nose, this porter was almost one-dimensional in a way.
Taste on the other hand was very pleasant. Nice sweet notes upfront affirming the presence of maple in the beer. Towards the middle there is a nice balancing act between the maple and chocolate notes. The finish is perfectly bittersweet. The sweetness of the maple is definitely not overwhelming. Very tasty and very easy to drink. Not a lot of lacing along the edges, but with every swirl a nice dark tan colored layer of bubbles surfaced.
In my opinion, this is a really good porter. Mellow yet flavorful and very easy to drink. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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 kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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 righthereisay
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Louski
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap poured into Standard Pint Glass

Appears a dark brown with a very thin head. Smells sweet with hints of caramel, maple sugar and malt. It was not as sweet as I expected which was a little disappointing, but the flavor was still good and hung in my mouth for a while. The thinness of this beer (as opposed to a stout) made it an easy drink that would make a nice dessert to a heavy meal.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a draft of this brew at Delaney's during a fun lunch break with my wife!
Served in a stemmed tulip glass.

The beer is dark cola brown with some creamy beige head of about .5 cm that fades to a edge layer fairly rapidly upon arrival.

Aroma is sweet malt with brown sugar and as expected maple syrup, but not overwhelmingly cloying or maple, just enough to let you know what youve got in your glass. No hops and nor booze on the nose of this brew.

First sip reveals what the nose advertised with sweet malt featuring brown sugar and some maple syrup, maybe a bit of roasted malt and some caramel as well. Again not really any hop profile here. 7.2%, really? no hints of that fact!

The beer is easy to drink with fine gentle rolling carbonation and a silky smooth texture. Body is average to a little thick but I wouldnt call it robust.

Tasty malt lovers brew with no flaws and not cloying and using maple without thinning out the body too much.
Nice brew that I would try again.
ABV is

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a very dark brown body with a very slim, tan-hued head.

Smell: A sniff of chocolate-glazed donut frosting. A sniff of maple-glazed donut frosting. A sniff of fairly easy-going breakfast blend coffee.

Taste: Sweetish darkened maltiness with tastes of chocolate frosting, maple, smoked vanilla pods, and a far-off hint of dried plums. Earthy, scantly leafy hops with a low bitterness imparted. Small pinch of heat at the end of the nearly roasty, maple-hinted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel overall.

Overall: Happy to have tried this one and it’s a far cry better than the last couple of Brewmaster’s Reserve beers I’ve had.

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Photo of benetoh
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a growler from Joe canals in Lawrenceville, NJ

Decided I had to get it, just because I know all of my friends woukd want to try, regardless of how good it was.

A: opaque dark brown. Tan head that didnt last long, but it was from a growler that wasnt cMompletely filled.

S: not a ton going on here, a trace of maple, nothing else

T: mild maple taste. Most of my friends were hoping for more maple flavor. Barely noticeable hops, a little bit of chocolate malt.

M: a little heavy, but not as thick as a fullers porter or brooklyn bcs.

O; definitely worth trying, just don't expect a dessert beer. Relatively easy drinking. Try this if you are looking for something a little different thats not extreme.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Waterfront Alehouse in New York, NY

A: Pours a jet black with hints of amber in color with a half finger tall beige head. The head reduces over time but a layer of bubbles across the entire beer remains. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Sweet with hints of maple, molasses, and caramel.

T: Sweet roasted malts, maple syrup, molasses, and caramel. Sweeter than most other English porters. The maple flavor is not as pronounced as I had hoped for but is slightly enhanced as the beer warms.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: The alcohol is well hidden but this beer was a bit of a disappointment for me as I wanted a little more maple presence than I got. It was pretty easy to drink and enjoyable. Paired well with the food I had at lunch, jerk pork and venison chili.

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Photo of beer2day
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Busy Bee in Raleigh.

Dark black pour, very dark for a porter. 1/2 finger of lighter mocha head. No retention and very light lace.

Heavy maple in the nose with lighter bourbon underneath. Roast nut quality, too.

Burnt malt and maple sugar are both strong. Very chewy body, but fizzy as well. A little off for my porter palatte.

Glad I tried it, but one and done.

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