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 EgadBananas
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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 DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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 david18
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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 jsanford
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
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 rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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 beer2day
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Hopdaemon39
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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 tobelerone
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
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 dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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 metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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 Louski
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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 BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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 thedoubler55
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black in color, with a nice tan head at the top, almost no lacing at all.

S: The nose on this brew was a little subtle, not to much, a bit of roast, malts, and slight hints of maple syrup.

T: The warmer the beer gets the more the maple taste is present, up front was moastly coffee, and malts.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, not as creamy as I thought it would be.

O: This beer was ok, was thinking way to highly of it at first, a very subtle brew nothing crazy. Well balanced.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -15.7%
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 +3.8%
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 +6.5%
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 -46.3%
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 DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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 mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 -2.4%
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 -22.8%
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 sulldaddy
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Mary's Maple Porter (Brewmaster's Series) from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 223 ratings