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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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 223
Photo of BF1977
1.98/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was looking forward to this one. I love maple syrup. I love porters. And I love Brooklyn. Wow, was I disappointed. This is probably the worst Brooklyn beer I ever had. I guess I was looking for something on par with Intesified Coffee Stout. This is not it.

It looks great, the smell has a hit of maple, the taste is just a hodge podge; almost medicinal. I don't taske English Porter at all and the mouth feel is thin. I'm not sure it's even worth finishing the bottle. So sad.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
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 tobelerone
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at Pony Bar. This one was a disappointment, frankly. The mouthfeel was a bit off; too prickly and rough, particularly for cask; was hoping for something creamy and smooth, which it wasn’t. Dry finish, very little sweetness whatsoever. The maple was pretty much a no-show in the taste; perhaps a subtle hint in the aroma. The whole thing seemed a bit disharmonious to me; there wasn’t much of the roast character you’d expect in a porter, and the hops, although not overpowering, were perhaps a bit too noticeable and bitter. It just didn’t hang together all that well for my tastes. I was a bit confused by what they were going for here, to be honest. Aspects of roast, char, coffee, chocolate all are detected, but everything clashes a bit in an odd way. Was expecting something quite different and a lot tastier.

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

picked up a 16oz fill of this about an hour or two ago.

a - poured into my brooklyn snifter. poured a fich black with a thin cream colored almost white head. head was milky and hung out for a bit slowly bubbling away.

s - rich roasted malts with a glaze of maple. the porter char is pushed in the sweet maple direction giving it an almost milk stout smell. roasted chocolates.

t - whoa...that's interesting. the flavor seems to be a bit of an identity crisis. it is drinkable, but not good.

m - the porter char is swallowed by maple tingle.

o - overall, this is just weird. i love a good english porter, but the addition of the maple seems to push the flavors and feel in the wrong direction. i guess, this is what i should've been expecting, but a maple porter sounded so great, but in retrospect, probably not the most wonderful least not for my taste buds. i do appreciate the experimentation and will continue to support the brewmaster reserves and if you ever wondered what a maple porter would taste like, this is it...but perhaps you should second guess wondering what a maple porter would taste like...ick.

my wife seems to dig it so she'll finish this one for me.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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 lurpy1
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
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 Billolick
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

32 ounce growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours basic black, dark tan head, initially hige, slowly going to a thick film and leaving respectable larger bubble lacing.

Sweet malt nose.

Sweet and malty porter, some moderate roastyness. Notes of vanilla, but not getting much if any of the advertized maple. Sweetness continues and continues, where is the drying and balancing hop component? anywhere?

Ehh, not my favorite and yet another disapointment in this "brewmasters series" of oddball and dud beer after oddball and dud beer...c'mon Brooklyn... this is getting kinda lame..first concoction and now this tame, sweet and on the lame side porter...puzzling...def would not go for this one again, with so many tasty, balanced and enjoyable beers out there and readily available

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Photo of Guden
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- looks like a really nice porter with a very deep nearly black body and a nice off white head.

S- honestly the smell I very subdued, a little roast and ash but no maple.

T- like the nose this seems like a fairly mild porter with a little chocolate flavor and what seems to be roasted barley coffee character. As it warms a bit of hot alcohol and sweetness show through that could be from the maple but it's hard to tell.

M- fairly thin in body and low in carbonation, nothing to get worked up about either way but it drinks well enough for a basic no-frills porter.

D- this beer is a mediocre porter at best and an awful attempt at using maple at worst. If it was not called a maple porter I never could have even guessed there was an unusual ingredient much less that it was maple. Very underwhelming though in no ways unpleasant.

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Photo of jsanford
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at the Distiller in Savannah, GA

Pours a darkest brown with a thick, creamy khaki head. Nice aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Not really getting any maple character. Taste is similar to the nose, no real maple flavor, just chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied, a touch thin, with a smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation. Overall a decent Porter, but nothing special. Just wish I could get some maple in here.

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Photo of Etan
3.12/5  rDev -14%
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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Photo of datalager
3.12/5  rDev -14%
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 TMoney2591
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
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 blackcompg
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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 david18
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Not a bad porter with a pretty balanced variety of flavors.

Appearance is a dark porter with a red hue. Head was not very big but did stick around for a while and also left some lacing behind.

Aroma was of dark malt, dark fruit and sugar.

Flavor was well. A great mix of fruit, toast and sweetness. A little bit of hops as well.

An overall good beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, almost black color. Head was a nice mocha color. Aroma has a nice rich maple note with some cocoa powder. The taste is more chocolaty, with a subtle maple note. Average. Its more lighter bodied and thin. Decent carbonation.

Overall, a nice porter.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a nonic pint

A: Pours a dark brown bordering on solid opaque with a thin, dark tan layer of tight bubbles.

S: Smell is chocolaty and nutty, not overpowering but potent enough to be obvious.

T/M: Feels reasonably thick on the tongue with little bite from the carbonation. Sweet malts approach up front with a faint bitter twinge from other roasted malts, a bit of nuttiness near the end finished with more lingering malty sweetness.

It’s hard to discern the malt from the maple, but they’re similar as it is so it’s expected. A great porter but almost too sweet for what it is.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark brown, letting some light through, little ring off khaki head. Scent is muted and contains notes of roasted grain, brown sugar and muddy earth. Taste is developed a bit more with roast being joined by notes of cocoa, brown sugar and light molasses provide a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied, needs some more heft. Overall, a pretty bland lightly sweet English porter, little showcase of maple.

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Photo of stakem
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft, served in a nonic. This brew appears dark brown in color with a dark tan finger of froth across the top. The creamy topping holds while swirled but drops to a thin film fairly quickly. Some patchy patterns of lace stick to the glass. When held to the light, some brown clarity is seen around the edges.

The smell is sweet with chocolate grain. Minor roasty quality with a hint of vanilla bean inclusion. Roasty citrus almost like coffee beans is present with more accenting character than the beers description. Overall the nose is quite muted despite letting it warm up.

The taste comes across mildly reminescent of artificial vanilla extract with some minerals and a green yeasty quality. Roasty to slightly musty grain inclusion fills the void mid-palate. The more sips I take, it almost has a bit of cola quality about it reminding me of root beer or faintly of sasparilla. A mild bitterness mixes with a toasty grain flavor towards the back which brings this back into the expected flavor realm.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol is fairly well integrated considering it is above 7%. However, overall this is an awkward arrangement of character that just didn't quite work for me. It's not a bad brew by any means, it's just not something I would be terribly interested in trying again.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at wfm Columbus circle- poured a black color with a small beige head; very little retention and no lacing.

Smells pretty sweet- definitely get a little maple along with chocolate malt.

Tastes very sweet- like maple syrup, almost sickeningly sweet. Alcohol also very apparent not in an enjoyable way.

Mouthfeel was also lacking- a little top syrupy without the appropriate carbonation to back it. I won't get this again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig.

A: Pours a nice deep black color with a small mocha colored head on top. Quickly reducing to a thin layer on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Lots of typical porter aromas, lots of roast and a slight sweetness. It is not over the top maple, more earthy with hints of maple and a little caramel and molasses.

T: Sweet upfront, and again, very earthy. The maple is not in your face, but adds nicely to the overall flavor of the beer. Roasted malt and a little bit of vanilla.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not bad, but was hoping for a bit more maple to be honest. It was a decent porter on its own, but a bit more maple I think would have been nice.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a thin off-white head. The nose carries a bit of maple as well as a bit of malt. Some roast and sweetness. Flavor has a touch of maple and some underlying porter notes. Medium body with slight chewiness and just a bit of sweetness. Maple is not terribly pronounced. Okay, but a bit wanting.

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Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown into the pint glass with a half inch tan head that dissipates rather quickly into a ring of foam around the glass edge and a half-circle pool on top.

Chocolate and roast dark grain aromas dominate, with hints of anise and caramel sweetness. Earthy hops are subtle.

Roast grain carries the flavor, with vanilla, chocolate, and lightly burnt toasted bread rounding out the taste. A slight coffee bitterness is apparent.

Body is a bit light for the style, possibly due to the rather high alcohol content. A moderate carbonation level accentuates the light nature of the brew. Alcohol contributes a finishing warmth. There's a slickness that was not expected.

Overall, a fairly solid porter, but I expected much more maple flavor. May not have been able to detect it if I didn't know to look for it. But I wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at The Grey Lodge right after my Pliny The Younger.

Mary's Maple Porter is a dark brew, it's pretty much black and has a tan head that's coffee like in appearance, some notches down the glass, foamy.

Smell is nicely integrated and the English aspects in the ingredients come out. Some roasty appeal, English yeast, toffee, slight maple and vanilla bean. All are pretty light, not imperial.

Taste is pretty subdued at first. Warming only brings out the maple flavor in the slightest. A sweeter porter with English quality is what I got from this. Crystal malt is there and I love it in my porters.

Feel is medium and somewhat watery. The body could use a small boost. The alcohol is hidden well and at 7.2% is at a nice size. The carb is light and barely noticable, yet the bubbles remain. Mary's was not my favorite beer, no need to get more of it. Im glad to see Brooklyn trying new things though, and most importantly, sending it to Philly.

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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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