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

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Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
223
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
14.33%
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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 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 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 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 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 zhumphrey
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of NickyDee21
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jdeni
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of albertjr21
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of jhughes23
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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 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 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 idea...at 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 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.
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Mary's Maple Porter (Brewmaster's Series) from Brooklyn Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 223 ratings.
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