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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009

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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 118
Photo of KenC411
4.72/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany with a thick 2 finger head. Leaves lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Maple syrup and honey with notes of malt.

Taste: Initially sweet, followed by hints of chocolate, with a kiss of maple. Further sips reveal a deep maple body and subtle taste of chocolate. Hints of subtle hops dance in the background.

Mouthfeel: A bit light, low on bubbles, expected it to be creamy.

Drinkability: A brilliant beer. I want more.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brown, light for a porter - weak looking - but, it does have a mapleish-colored look and a nice, creamy white head that stays and leaves lacing.

Smells more of an English nut brown than a porter - nutty, slight roast - with a touch of maple syrup. Nice enough, though. Fairly mild.

The taste is sweet - sticky maple syrup dominates - backed by caramel, nuts, some chocolate. A touch of English hops (Fuggles and East Kent Golding, as per label on the neck) give some slight spiciness and dry balance, though it remains sweet throughout and lingering. Sticky sweet maple syrup lingers well into aftertaste.

It's on the weak/watery side for a supposed "robust" porter. Maple syrup hangs on for long time considering how thin it is. A tad more thinness or bubbles and it would fall apart. It does have enough body to "pass" but that's about it.

Weak, but "different" and not "bad". The maple, though balanced slightly, does dominate, but really, in the end it does get tiresome after the bottle is done and it's just too sweet without much body or depth. Still - if you like maple syrup it's worth giving it a shot.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copped as part of a twelve-pack winter variety sampler... Certainly not your conventional English porter... Watered-down taste and flavor... Weak output...Few hints of maple if any in the overall flavor profile... Not impressed with this offering... I have often looked down on Saranac beers as macro in taste... Average stuff and not recommended...

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Photo of bob3701
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Clear chestnut brown color with a creamy light tan head that slowly dissolves into a thin film and laced well. Maple and roasted malt aromas. At first sip you get the roasted bitterness but it finishes with maple sweetness. Hints of chocolate and caramel in it. Made my lips a little sticky. Overall a really good porter.

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Photo of mwa423
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A selection from the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter Mixed pack. Just what I'm in the mood for!

A - Pours a dark brown that is quite clear with hints of red when you hold it up to the light. A small off white head quickly dies down to a thin lacing.

S - Nose filling maple smell that also has hints of whiskey barrel. The end of the smell has some sweet malt and toffee.

T - The taste hits the tongue like a lighter version of Canadian Breakfast Stout. This is by far the best Saranac beer I have ever had. There is lots of maple flavor, coffee, sweet malt, and toffee. Excellent flavor!

M/D - Drinks like a well made porter, smooth and creamy. I'm almost upset that this isn't out year round in 6 packs, I would keep this regularly when I am in the mood for something dark but shy of a stout.

Again, by far the best beer I have ever had from Saranac.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice robust amber , clear, light barbonation with a slightly tan quarter inch head that as of now is still holding.

AFter about a minute after the pour, I am getting maple, honey. caramel, chocolate and this interesting grassy malt small. A lot going on.

On first taste I am getting quite a bit of the sweet maple shinning through with a pleasant baker's chocolate aftertaste/ By sips three and four, my palated is deluged with maple.

The mouthfeel is decent, but the body seems a bit heavy for an english porter. This is a drikable social beer, but it does cloy and one must choose a follow-up beer wisely as there will be lingering maple and chocolate on the tongue

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Photo of deruiz10
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - One-finger head is light tan, leaves a good layer throughout the drink and sip-marker lacing. Color is a dark brown with copper highlights towards the edges of the glass, pretty light-resistant.

S - I could smell it as soon as I started pouring. Big sweet body, some milk chocolate and definite maple and caramel notes. There's also a very slight hint of hops.

T - Pretty lively. Lots of sweet malts and more caramel than chocolate. A distinctive maple taste adds a bit of uniqueness. Aftertaste is bitter dark chocolate.

M - Creamy with moderate carbonation, leaves a lingering presence in your mouth after you swallow.

D - A fairly light-bodied porter, it may be too sweet for most porter drinkers. Not exactly a sipper, but it serves its purpose.

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Photo of animal69
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep reddish-brown color w/ a thin lt. brown head which dissipates quickly leaving a nominal lacing in my pint

S- smell is dominated by smokey maple syrup with notes of caramel and wood

T- taste is similar to smell but the strong maple flavor is more of maplewood than syrup, slightly tart with some caramel notes in the middle with a crisp, faintly alcoholic finish

M- a dry, fairly light bodied brew with plenty of carbonation

D- once it grows on you this becomes quite the drinkable brew, i'd def. have this one again & again

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Maple Porter, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A rich brown in color with an off white head.

Aroma is surprisingly light and suggesting malt sweetness.

Flavor is straight up maple syrup. Lightly toasted malt in the background with muted caramel notes, but mainly a sweet maple characteristic. Sweet maple syrup.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth.

This is an over the top offering from Saranac. For those fond of maple syrup and sweet malty beers, this is for you. A memorable and flavorful beer.

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

12oz, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: brown color, clear, tan, long-lasting head, good lacing

S: maple syrup, roasted malt, and some caramel.

T: there is some roastiness, caramel malt character, and maple syrup. the maple syrup shines through really well, almost too well. couldn't drink more than one at a time, as after one i needed a change from a maple syrup tasting beer. now only if i had some pancakes...

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: interesting. not something i will be craving though. not convinced this would be a good tasting porter if the maple syrup was eliminated.

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Photo of Amalak
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- It's black on top and redish-brown on the bottom, similar to a half and half. Good foamy head and good lacing. Semi-opaque.
S- Has a strong, bitter hop scent.
T- It's extremely sweet. The maple completely comes through and even has a candy taste to it. A tad too sweet for my likes.

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

12oz. Brown Bottle. Pint Glass

A: Pours a dark brown with a red tint. Nice one finger tan head. Which leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S: Maple is strong as is cocoa and a little bit of caramel.

T/M: Caramel leads to maple. Smooth and semi sweet. Also a bit nutty.

D: Very tasty beer. Different taste with the maple. A very fine brew form Saranac. I Enjoyed this one very much.


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Photo of mklinger
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. A very thin head developed that dissipated remarkable quickly. Color was a brown with deep red highlights. It was very clear, but lighter that I would prefer my porters.

Aroma and taste were both all about maple without much else going on. It's not that there were any flaws with what else was going on; it's just that it was all kind of bland. The maple aroma and flavor tasted so strong it had to come from artificial maple extract.

The only thing I will say was that it went down smoothly and was easy to drink because it was very cleanly brewed making it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have terrible memories of the Caramel Porter that used to be in these Winter packs, so I am hoping this one is not nearly as big a train wreck.

Pours a reddish mahogany color with a creamy two fingers of tan head. Like the other new Saranac beers out of this Winter pack, retention is excellent, keeping a thick, full lace and leaving some beautiful webbing on the sides.

Smell has some sweet caramel and maple, both quite pleasant and not sickeningly sweet like the Caramel Porter was. Little bit of a roasted aroma, as well, and maybe even a touch of chocolate. Not a terribly robust nose, although it's pleasant and pretty clean with a whiff of earthy hops in there for good measure.

Taste also consists of caramel malt, some roasted flavor and maple. There's a lot of maple flavor in this one actually, and it lingers into the finish as well. It's a little on the sweet side, but it never becomes cloyingly, sticky sweet. Thank God. A bit of earthy hop flavor is in the finish to balance it out. Pretty tasty actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pretty creamy, soft feel. It's smooth and not sticky or cloying. It has a bit of a sharpness to it and the carbonation is on the crisp side.

I am pleasantly surprised by this beer. This is not something I would drink every day, but it was actually quite pleasant and a huge improvement over the Caramel Porter that used to go in these Winter packs. Nothing spectacular, but another solid brew out of this rejuvenated Winter pack.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a mix of dark brown and ruby, a thinner off white head atop, leaving minimal lace as it settled quickly.Decent aromas mainly of roast and chocolate malt,a light leafy note shows through as the beer warms as well.A pretty balanced porter with good roast and earthy tones, mixed with sweetish chocolate and a hint of that maple syrup.A little prickly in the mouth but this a decent porter to be had.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: leather/reddish brown in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: maple, nut, and toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, nut, and a big maple taste that starts in the middle and lasts through

Mouthfeel: smooth, dry, big sweet finish, high carbonation

Drinkability: A very solid sessionable beer. This is in a high tier of maple beer, probably just after, Tommyknocker and Kanc County. The maple is a tad artificial tasting, but not enough to throw off the enjoyment. This is my favorite in the winter pack.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label brings back memories from my first job working tapping maple trees in the hills of West Virginia with a retired local surgeon. Collecting sap and boiling it down at the sugar shack, I love this process and outcome... true maple syrup is a godly creation. This porter pours a dark cola brown caramel ruby highlights. Large khaki tan head forsm thick with chunky lacing. Aroma has dark chocolate cocoa and an air of maple syrup about it nice sweet dark and roasty a good mix for the senses. Flavor is upfront with the sweet maple syrup additions with a nice straight forward porter with dark roasts bringing mild chocolate and coffee in the finihs. Herbal earthy hops come to play with a touch of bitterness really an English style porter with maple syrup flavoring. Mouthfeel is medium bodied moderate carbonation a bit cloying with the acidic nature of the finish with thos maple syrup notes. Drinkability overall is decent not a beer I'm dying to try again but very tolerable and at times straight up enjoyable.

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