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Sugar House Maple Porter | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

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Sugar House Maple PorterSugar House Maple Porter

Brewed by:
Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by UnionMade on 07-17-2002

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by RollBounce:
Photo of RollBounce
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark porter color, with light brown carbonation, muted nose, with cleaner and sweet dark roasted malts, hint of warm dirt as well.

Flavors of dark chocolate covered blackberry, hazelnut, and dark malts. Sweetness is there from the maple and really does a great job in the finish of the beer.

Overall; Goes down smooth for the style. Will be stocking up for the fall.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, label tells us to welcome warmer weather with "this full bodied robust porter" OK, I can do that...pours darkest shades of brown, with a typical dark tan head, leaving a nice smattering of scattered lacing, and sporting a nice sweet, maple nose. this is a silky/creamy smooth and tasty porter, notes of vanilla, maple, light smoke, cafe au lait and dry in the finish, this would do a great job marinating some BBQ chicken and/or washing it down...more high quality/classy brew from Wagner V.

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Photo of pwoods
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks BeerTruth for this extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Good carbonation pop. 2 solid fingers of mocha head with decent retention. Pours solid black with no visibility. No lacing.

S: Woody scent and maybe a touch of smoke, yet completely subtle. Other than that, I can't pick anything up. After the head dies down, I can pick up some of the maple but still not easily detectable.

T/M: Sweet malts with a touch of vanilla. More wood and with just a hint of smoke. Only 6% but a bit of alcohol phenols come out in the finish. Getting a bit of a metallic and 'cleaning product' toward the end.

D: Easy to drink but just nothing too special.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8/28....pours deep dark black, borders on a purple brown. Foam settles. Maple/chocolate nose, again very faint. Smooth milk chocolate based flavor with a maple sweetness.

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Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery about a month ago. Tried it on tap there and brought a few bottles home.

A: The porter is a dark color that, on closer inspection, is black. No dark brown or full red, just black. A small head, less than a quarter finger, is just a thin band.

S: The nose is porter-rich, dark roasted flavors, with plenty of syrupy aromas to go around. I pick up maple, caramel, and butterscotch.

T: The darker porter flavors register first but quickly transition to maple syrup. The malts are roasted with chocolate and burnt toast. The maple syrup is sweet, accentuating caramel flavors (also syrupy). A roasted coffee flavor, soft, follows the syrup. The sweetness is a little thin, quickly losing its steam. The porter aspects pick up the steam in the finish, delivering darker malt flavors alongside the lingering sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is dark and sweet, roasted and sugary. While thin at times, the fullness does a good job carrying the weight.

D: Drinkable? Yes. Maple is always a strong addition to any ale. The contrast of porter darkness and maple sweetness is nice.

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Photo of Jredner
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is roasty with mild smoky notes and sweet maple syrup filling the nose. Body is flat black and holds a slowly diminishing thumb thick mocha head. Fore is watery with some nuttiness and mild vanilla /molasses sweetness. Finishes is mellow and shallow with little else to remark on than some vague coffee/nutty notes and a mild creaminess. Just not getting it done flavor wise, but it is at least not offensive.

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Photo of AndrewBV
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of logicalparadox
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CountryRock2001
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bilhelm
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a porter, smells like a porter, feels like a porter, but the taste was just okay. Given the name not much maple flavor showing through here which was disappointing. Not a bad beer, but not what I expected either.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown some lacing, not much head retention down the glass.

Smells like some hoppy log cabin maple syrup on johnny cakes flapcakes with vito.

Doesnt taste like much, some warming malts. Probably tastes like more to other people, I didnt get much out of this beer.

Good attempt, others might like it, the best part of this beer is the looks for me.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Well it's fairly pitch black yet the head is minimal just a 1/4 inch that settles to nothing.
S - Roasty malts meet maple syrup and dry sweetness. Hope it's balanced.
T - Well it's not overly sweet and very dry but seems balanced enough. Has some roasty edge bittersweet chocolates and again maple syrup. Not bad.
M - Medium bodied, somewhat slick easy to drink.

Overall after finding their doppelbock somewhat lackluster this porter is easy to drink and has maple flavors. Whats not not love?

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lovely cafe au lait head with a soft almost nitro-pour texture. Mostly black body with perhaps a shade of chestnut color at the bottom of the glass. Smell was rather bland with an almost lager like cleaness. No coffee or chocolate flavors in the nose to speak of. Taste was very smokey with an almost maple-cured bacon flavor with a harsh roasty flavor, like black coffee. Not very sweet or maple like except in the finish where there is a little syrupy flavor. Kinda a raw mouthfeel. Decent spring like beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aracauna
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a boomer. The beer didn’t foam in the bottle, but once it hit the glass, it exploded into a light tan head. Very stiff and meringue-like once it settled down. Very dark brown didn’t let much light through at all. Overall a very attractive beer. Slight creosote in the aroma along with molasses. The molasses carries into the flavor with a very slight bit of smoke backing it up. Ok, but overcarbonated.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I am sampling this brew at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours a pitch black color and a fluffy tan head foams up about 1 cm and fades to an edge layer gradually.
Aroma is sweet like brown sugar and maple syrup. I get a little whiff of alcohol as well. I sniff deeper and detect rich mocha scents and also a nice bit of smoke quality. Wow impressive nose I think!
Fairly thick body and small rolling carbonation combine with a very smooth texture for one hell of a drinkable beer.
Flavor is very satisfying! The first bit is mild chocolate sweetness which flows to some earthy hop character and some coffee notes. The finish is a nice smoky aftertaste. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and was surprised by some of the other reviews. I will definitely buy this again if I see it!

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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a nice 2" caramel colored head.

Smell: loads of maple and roasted malts come through. A bit of earthiness is lingering in the background.

Taste: roasted malts, prunes, caramel, bits of chocolate, and a mellow maple syrup flavor that works quite well by not being overbearing. Mild bitterness and some earthiness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is laced with roasted tones and maple syrup.

Drinkability: decent porter that has a nice flavor. Personally, more than two of these would be enough in a session.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooo this baby pours dark, no ruby edges here, and the thick dark tan head says stout. No matter, it looks great even after the head fades to a film. Yup, still black though.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, chopped fig, hints of vanilla and maple. Taste is chocolate and roasted malt, some vanilla, mild EKG hop spice that fades to a real nice bitter chocolate finish. A very tasty porter.

Smooth and creamy, medium bodied and easy to drink. A great beer any time of year.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Stignacious
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle. Dark, deep brown, motor oil like in color. Not much of a head, but maple sugar sweetness is definitely present on the nose. Tastes like a traditional American Porter with a hint of maple throughout. Very pleasant tasting as a whole. It's almost as if someone put maple coffee creamer into their morning joe. Medium-bodied and easy drinking for sure.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: [2.50] The bottle lacks an ABV listing (booo!). IT also lacks a date code. The beer is a coffee brown color and forms almost no head. There is just a ring of khaki film along the edge of the glass.

S: [3.00] Dark fruit galore. Really strong scents of figs and plums. There is some chocolate and some smokey bacon scent.

T: [2.75] Charred smokey flavor. There is a bit of a chalky flavor (or maybe feel?).

M: [2.25] Thin and really undercarbonated. I was suspicious when I poured it and got nothing.

O: [2.75] Not good. The beer is flat. Since there is n dating there is no way to know if it is bad normally or is really old. I bought it 2 months ago. The mouthfeel is downright bad. Visually it was not nice either. The taste is below fair with a chalky taste that hurts some okay roasted malts. Won't buy/drink this again.

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Photo of mobud
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A- Dark brown with very little head.

S- The roast malt smell has light coffee and a faint sweet aroma.

T- Burnt coffee with a sweet syrup follow-thru.

M- This beer was very thin. Not the strong backbone that I have found in most porters.

D- Not for me. I have had this on tap and have enjoyed it, but something was lost in the move to bottles. I will try at a later date to see if it was the batch or if it was me.

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Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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