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 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 Morey
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Six Pack House of Beers in Erie, PA.

APPEARANCE: Poured black in color with dark brown hues around the edges when held up to the light. The head stood about one finger tall and was light brown in color. It settled rather quickly, and left decent lacing on the glass as I drank it.

AROMA: Molasses, roasted barley, maple, dark fruits, and dark chocolate fill the nose.

TASTE: There’s a nice smooth and rounded roasted malt flavor up front. The maple syrup adds a kiss of sweetness and flavor. I’m also getting ripe plums and raisins towards the middle. The finish is pretty smooth with some lingering roasted flavor and a hint of smokiness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: A pretty nice Porter overall with just enough maple sweetness to let you know that it’s there. This would make for a good early Spring seasonal. I’d probably reach for this over their Pilsner.

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

On tap at Taco Mac Decatur 3/1/12. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Very solid black with little light penetration. medium brown head, medium thickness and bubbly, leaves surface cover for a while. Looks quite intense. 4

(Smell) booze, toasted caramel malts, booze, chocolate malts and a hint of soy sauce. Maple doesn't really come through much in the nose. Medium/heavy potency. Smells pretty good. 4

(Taste) Light black malt and coffee taste up front, sharp toasted malt and booze on the finish. Sweetness from the maple tones come through quite sharp on the end, somewhat medicinal and boozy compliment. Smokey finish. Pretty light on the taste most of the way through. it's pretty interesting regardless. I haven't had something quite like this yet. There's plenty to add to though. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) slick smooth. medium body. Medium alcohol presence. Decent compliment, although I think there could be a little more carbonation to pep up certain aspects of the beer, it comes off as flatter than it should be. 3

(Overall) Pretty interesting concoction by Brooklyn. I don't dislike much about the beer, but feel it could succeed with a bigger body and fuller flavor. At the moment it just has potential but still a long way to go. 3.5

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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 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 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 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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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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