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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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 metter98
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass). It poured with a thin dark beige head that eventually died down, leaving lacing and a small patch of bubbles on the surface along with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of maple and lactose in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a bit sweet and has flavors of maple and lactose.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste of this beer but the flavors seem to resemble more of a milk/sweet stout compared to a porter.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An excerpt from the brewery's website reads:

"Real maple syrup tastes great on pancakes and waffles, but it’s awfully good in beer too. 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 coffee flavors from our blend of roasted malts. An earthy hop note rounds it all out."

With a hint of that "something extra" that's difficult to put your finger on, the maple additions to this easy drinking Porter is a welcome variation from the norm.

Like most well-crafted Porters, Mary's Maple opens with a dark, bark-brown hue and largely bright clarity despite its dark sheen. Building a froathy tan head and lacing impressively, the beer leaves behind decorative patterns of lace. Handsome and stately, the beer represents the style properly.

Deep malt aromatics fill the nose with toffee, toast, coffee, chocolate, and yes- a hint of maple. Modest on fruity notes the beer seems to carry and neutral yeast profile, thus allowing the Porter and maple dialogue to dictate the nose.

Similarly, the flavor spread delivers a rich malty balance of mild roast, caramel, and chocolate but without the associated sweetness from them. Yet elements of nutty and earthy Columbian coffee, bittersweet chocolate, walnut, toast, slight smoky roast, and malted milk all support the maple additions in a stern and structural way. No frills, esters, spices, or sweetness are needed and would simple muddle the waters... er, wort. Only a mild earthy bitterness from hops easily resemble that from roasted coffee or cocoa.

Medium bodied overall, but the beer seems to have a fuller start due to the creamy and expansive carbonation. As the carbonation releases at mid palate, it ushers in a dry toasty-malt finish that allows a whimsy of maple to return just before fleeting into a long and toasty aftertaste.

While a tasty Porter here, if the branding had not told me that actual maple syrups were used, I may have dismissed those flavors of that of high caramel malts or of long boil. It certainly makes me want more!

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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 jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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 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 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 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 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 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 Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a muddy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing at all.

S: A sweet aroma, with hints of chocolate and coffee as well.

T: Tasted of mild coffee notes up front, with malt, chocolate, and the advertised maple in the finish. A sweet flavor, but not quite as well rounded and robust as I would like.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not to say this is a bad beer, but it didn't exactly meet my expectations. Decent enough, though.

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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 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 claspada
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of brystmar at our most recent tasting.

Pours motor oil black with a minimal dark tan head, recedes to a thick film and leaving some bubbly lacing.

Aromas begin quite sweet and roasty simultaneously with a hint of vanilla bean as it warms. Maple and molasses flavors emerge as it warms but the espresso/acrid roastiness is present throughout.

The tastes begin quite sweet and malty for a porter, some moderate roastiness. Notes of vanilla, but not getting much if any of the advertized maple as there was in the aroma. Just honey sweet and acrid and roasty. Not bad just not what I was hoping for.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation, but that could just be the growler aspect. The finish is initially sweet and cloying but the bitterness and molasses emerge more as more and weighs on the palate.

Overall I appreciate the effort to include/infuse maple flavors in this beer but it fell a little flat for me. Too sweet and acridly roasty with not enough balance from either base malt, caramel malt or even hops. Not as bad as the Concoction or the Companion but a far cry from their past Brewmaster's Series releases like Detonation or Blast.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Mary's Maple Porter (Brewmaster's Series) from Brooklyn Brewery
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