Saranac Maple Porter | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Maple PorterSaranac Maple Porter

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown hue with amber streaks and a two finger frothy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured caramel, cocoa, smoke and maple.

The taste was upfront caramel and maple with a dry roasted malt at the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty addition to the Saranac stable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful dark brown color, nice off white head to it with plenty of lacing. One of the more appealing pours I've seen in a while. The taste was a little disappointing for me. Has an alright mouthfeel but there's really nothing special taste wise about this one. Barely even a hint of maple and not much of the usual roastiness found in a porter. Drinkable, but not really memorable for flavorful for me.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is deep brown, almost black with a light creamy head

caramel, roasted malts, light sweet syrup

maple up front, a bit dominating, and then the roasted malts come out. hints of caramel. maple syrup aftertaste that lingers.

a bit too much carbonation but fairly full.

i dug this, and i enjoyed drinking it. being that it is pretty strong in flavor, could not see myself putting back too many. however, i thought this sounded good and it was. i enjoyed.

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Photo of magnj
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - brown with red highlights when held to the light. Frothy white head.

S - slightly roasty backed by sweet caramel and maple syrup.

T - right up front is a rich dark almost burnt caramel; like toffee. Coffee in the aftertaste, I wouldn't say maple syrup so much.

M/D - Medium body, sticky. Easy to drink;1. I like it but wouldn't get it again probably.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A: A deep-dark reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Light in color than most porters available today, but certainly non uncharacteristic of a tradional porter.

S: Obviously a sweet maple aroma more than anything else

T: Based on the brewers notes on the bottle, I was surprised with this one. Saranac suggests you "look for hints of maple syrup flavoring used in this deliciously different brew." However there was no looking necessary and the maple was more than a hint. Not that this is bad for a maple porter, I guess I just underestimated the maple flavor in this brew. That being said, after the initial maple flavor, more subtle roasted malt flavors can be detected.

M: Not as thick and chewy as many other porters, making the feel of this brew unique in a pleasent way.

D: Overall a worthy porter suitable for your after dinner drink.

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Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a maple colored brew, with off white head. Fluffy island with nice lacing.

Brew smells of maple, a sweet porter smell.

Has a very robust tasty flavor; can taste the malts has a sweet smoth taste.

This is yet another good saranac offering. Very nice.

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Photo of ujsplace
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized wine glass.

A: Dark, burnt amber. Thick billowing head that is tan/white in color. Leaves descent lacing.

S: Toasted maple malt, mildly bitter hops.

T: Nice mild hip bitters with sweet malts up front with a really nice maple finish that is not overdone.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and a nice level of carbonation.

D: Wow, I am pleasantly suprised with the flavor of this brew. Nice, I think this would be a good selection for gatherings. Definitely a case worthy selection.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 2659-1138. Sampled on November 12, 2009. It pours an opaque brown-red and is not as dark as traditional Porters. There is almost no head and what there is simmers down to nothing in no time. There is a notable maple scent with the malts and hops but it is not overpowering. The mouthfeel is of medium body. The taste has a more pure maple flavor than the aroma. The roadted malts and hops are almost secondary. I feel like I'm drinking a bottle of maple syrup but it is nowhere near as thick. Interesting beer although it seems more suited for early spring when the maple sap is flowing.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saranac- Maple Porter

(My 37th different beer from Saranac.)

A- Nice copper brown, clear, mild carbonation, and a thick heavy lacing head.
S- Good hit of sweet sugary maple syrup, molasses, and toffee malt.
T- Very sweet sugary/ sticky maple syrup. Nice hints of caramel/ toffee/ butterscotch, molasses, pecan nuts maybe and a touch of chocolate malt.
M- Sticky sweet with a maple spicy body and a earthy dry woodsy hop finish.

Overall- Very enjoyable, could use a little more Mmphh but another good offering from Saranac. This years Winter variety pack is quite a good buy for $14!

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Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with some amber highlights peaking through. Big frothy khaki colored head that left some nice lacing on the side of the pint, settling into a nice cap. The aroma is of caramel malt and maple syrup, quite sweet. Some toffee and metal notes. Kind of like a coffee flavored candy. Very light roasted malt flavor, a touch grainy, maple syrup, burnt toffee, finishes with a lemony tart/bitterness. The feel is quite light with fizzy carbonation. The maple syrup sweetness would probably get cloying after one beer. An ok porter, probably could use some more body and roasted flavor. The maple isn't terrible but would probably be better suited with more of a malt body.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown with a 1.5 finger tan head that lingers.

S - Maple, chocolate, roasted nuts. Fairly malty. Nothing too in your face or prominent.

T - Very intense maple taste at first which changes into chocolate and nuttiness with a nice malty background. The maple flavor sticks through the whole time and lingers. Hints of cream and coffee. The maple is neither too powerful or too weak. This tastes like real deal Vermont maple, not the cheap corn syrup storebought version. Well done.

M - Medium and creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation.

D - Probably not a good choice for sessioning due to the sweet maple taste and dark richness of this brew.

Overall, I like it. I loved the Vanilla Porter last year as well. Who knows what they will porterize for next year!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased as part of a seasonal 12-pack at Shaw's in Windham, NH. Pours a copper-brown crystal-clear body with a good inch of somewhat short-lived light tan head that clings to the side of the glass. Espresso, dark chocolate with tinges of vanilla and maple in the aroma. Chocolate and espresso dominate the flavor too, with caramel, maple, and hints of vanilla. Reminds me initially of Kahlua (minus the booziness). Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. The sweet chocolatiness gets to be a bit much, not sure I could have more than one in a sitting (maybe it has to do with the Kahlua perception?), but it's sweet and fairly balanced. A well-made porter and well worth the try.

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Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a tranlucent brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted malt scent with a little crystal malt sweetness. There is little to no maple aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry, roasted malt flavor with hints of maple syrup in the finish. There is light sweetness with a bone dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with prickly carbonation. This could be a really good beer, but it needs some basic adjustments.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a Saranac mixer. $12 for 12 beers, 6 styles... hell yeah!

A- A nice roasted chestnut brown, thick, creamy head that takes its time to settle. I am impressed.

S- Lagerish, malty, beer-riffic aromas. Closer the maple is a bit more evident, but nothing too intense. This too is a pleasant surprise.

T- Maple comes through like gangbusters. Very intense, very tasty. Quite possibly the most flavorful thing Saranac has ever created. Not overly sweet, candied maple sugar complements the toasty malts to make a very rich, satisfying beer.

M- Pretty good, medium body, good carbonation helps the sugars along.

D- I'd have a few of these. Quite possibly the best Saranac I've ever had, I was impressed with this one. They should put it into the 32 oz mini growlers I see their black forest in occasionally. I'd buy 'em for sure.

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Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks normal for the style.

Aroma has a hint of maple, cream and roasted coffee. Just a hint of chocolate malt is present as well.

Taste is full of maple that isn't too weak nor too powerful. Just enough hint of cream and roasted coffee as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but the flavors mentioned do linger. However, the maple leaves a bit of a sweet, odd feeling on the tongue.

Well, it is a maple porter. I just wish it was a bit thicker. Also, the maple tastes kind of fake as well. Regardless, still drinkable.

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Photo of smibroncos
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a dark, coffee brown with a nice one and a half finger tan head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Chocolate, coffee, leaves, spice

T. This beer starts out slightly sweet, then goes to a bitter chocolte coffee, and finishes with a hint of maple syrup. Pretty complex and very tasty.

M. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, thick and creamy.

D. A very good brew from Saranac. Nice flavor the maple was not too overpowering, allowing the robust porter flavor come through.

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Photo of keaston
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured into my Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass. 2 fingers of bubbly tan head. does not stick around for long, fading to a tan lace. This beer is quite light looking for a porter. I think Goose Island's brown ale is darker. This is a rich mahogany color with ruby highlights and fairly transparent. Not bad but it looks a little watery, especially for a porter.

S - Good stuff. Up front is maple syrup. The real stuff, not corn syrup with artificial maple flavoring. Just behind is a faint spicy hop aroma and dark roasted malt. What I like to think of as a classic "porter" scent. Very good. Reminds me of a sugar house I went to in Quebec ages ago. Very fitting for the winter months.

T/M - Everything in the nose is amplified and that is a beautiful thing. First flavors are spicy Fuggles and Kent Goldings (it says on the label), plus a little astringincy from the roasted malts. In the middle a huge rush of maple syrup comes in and playfully mingles with some dark chocolate and coffe flavors. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but the maple and porter flavors really work well together. Mouthfeel is a little bit thinner than say, Smuttynose, Southern Tier or even Sam Adams Holiday Porter but I am getting a slightly sticky feel too. Perhaps from the maple? I doubt there is syrup in here so it might be something I am imagining, tied to the flavor I recognize as coming from syrup. Carbonation is prickly on the palate. The finish is fairly dry, which astounds me. Maple flavor is there, on top of a dry porter, but not the cloying sweetness of maple syrup. Well done.

D - For something as adventurous as a maple porter, this is damn drinkable. I wont be pounding these at a kegger anytime soon, but I wouldn't do that with any porter. 1 is enough, but it is a beer with a lot of flavors that work well together and is for sure meant to be savored. I might have to make pancakes tonight and try this a second time with some food!

Bought the 2009 12 Beers of Winter last night and so far I am quite pleased! The maple porter I really wasn't expecting much from, but I am very pleasantly surprised. There is a lot of flavor here and it all works very well together. The maple is pretty convincing and tastes better than most of the stuff that you get on your waffles these days. The porter is more of a complimentary flavor set and does not take center stage. I have a feeling that this beer would be weak, watery and perhaps too bitter as a porter on its own. Luckily the maple is there to harmonize and bring this beer to the next level. If you do not like maple syrup you will probably hate this beer, but it really struck a chord with me and I will definitely be looking for this in a "brewer's choice" 6-pack this winter.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saranac Maple Porter is a clear, orangish brown ale with a frothy, khaki head that has excellent retention and lacing. It smells very roasty, like coffee; lightly sweet and perhaps a touch wooden. It's medium bodied, bubbly, pretty smooth and dry. The finish is pretty dry. Like the aroma, it tastes very roasty, with notes of coffee and chocolate. It's excellently balanced with a bitterness that seems wooden. The maple comes at and after the finish. That's the flavor that lingers. This beer is well done, unique and very drinkable.

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Saranac Maple Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.59 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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