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 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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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 Louski
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 -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 thedoubler55
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +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 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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Mary's Maple Porter (Brewmaster's Series) from Brooklyn Brewery
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