Maple Forward Stouts

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  1. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Devotee (473) Nov 18, 2008 New York

    I have had a few of these and have never adjusted my taste buds to actually enjoy them. Is this due to the fact that they are still an experiment with the brewing process? Or simply because the ingredients used to brew this style simply do not mix? What are your thoughts....?
  2. eb1610

    eb1610 Disciple (369) Jan 3, 2014 Massachusetts

    What ones have you had?
  3. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Devotee (473) Nov 18, 2008 New York

  4. elektrikjester

    elektrikjester Aspirant (239) Nov 15, 2008 Georgia

    Creature Comfort See the Stars for the win.

    It's impossible for me to reach back a few years to make a direct comparison between it and Founders CBS. But my reaction to See the Stars was about the same as my reaction to CBS, which I thought was best beer I'd tried in over 15 years of craft beer consumption.

    For me, the huge maple barrel aged stouts have a coconut profile on them that you wouldn't necessarily expect to find, but it's that coconut note that I enjoy the most.

    Omnipollo BA Agamemnon is another nice one, too.
  5. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,990) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    That's a pretty terrible example of a maple stout, to be honest. Do not judge the entire 'category' on that beer.
    @Beertsipper, this beer is one you need to find. Sublime.
  6. ABW

    ABW Initiate (0) May 26, 2014 Texas

    I have only had one and it was the CBS and it thought it might have been the one of best beer i have ever tried.
  7. KSOZE

    KSOZE Disciple (350) Feb 10, 2015 Ohio

    CBS, to date, is the best beer I remember trying.
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  8. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Devotee (473) Nov 18, 2008 New York

  9. South2NW

    South2NW Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2013 Oregon

    Maple Stout by Sierra Nevada if you can trade for it. Believe it was brewery only.
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  10. Deleted

    Deleted Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2014 Georgia

    See the stars also had access to basically fresh barrels. The barrels were used by Willet for bourbon, then maple syrup for six months, then immediately see the stars. That is why the flavor is so good.
  11. Beer_Line

    Beer_Line Disciple (308) May 29, 2015 California

    Pugachev's Cobra from H24 is for the real maple & bourbon lover. Last year's came in at 18.9% abv and imparted so much of the bourbon barrel it was insane! And obviously the maple worked really well in the brew. It comes out usually in Dec.
  12. smanson56

    smanson56 Champion (801) Feb 15, 2014 New Hampshire

    I've tried this so called Maple stout and failed to find the maple flavor that I was hoping it would hold coming from the state of Vt. Rockingham Brewery in Derry NH did a Maple Bacon Stout called I think the Beast last spring but it was growler only at the brewery and IMO it way out did the Maple breakfast Stout from 14th Star.
  13. fredmugs

    fredmugs Meyvn (1,484) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    Good Morning
    Lawsons Fayston Maple

    Not a stout but Foley Brothers Maple Brown is really nice.
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  14. brewgiehowser

    brewgiehowser Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2014 California

    yeah, i picked up a few last year. they had bottles at both chico and berkeley. i had it on tap a few years ago and loved it. decided to just tuck my bottles away for a while
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  15. VetsPackage

    VetsPackage Aspirant (242) Jun 29, 2015 Massachusetts

    I made 5 trips to treehouse over 2 weeks during the most recent Good Morning release. I live an hour away and would do it all over again. As someone whose brewed with maple several times it's absolutely mind boggling how they extracted that much of the maple character while keep it to just a $12 750. I'll take 4 of those over a single MD any day of the week
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  16. MarshallBirdhouse

    MarshallBirdhouse Devotee (412) Feb 19, 2013 South Carolina

    These beers rule if you have insulin shots close by
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  17. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Zealot (510) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

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  18. South2NW

    South2NW Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2013 Oregon

    Yeah, I've got 1 bottle left I'm saving for this winter.
  19. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    I've had one maple forward stout, Hangar 24 Pugachev's Cobra, I don't remember picking up any maple.
  20. NellysBandaid

    NellysBandaid Initiate (171) Feb 22, 2015 Missouri

  21. dortenzio1991

    dortenzio1991 Initiate (106) Aug 12, 2011 Connecticut

    I came here specifically to say not this. Picked up up at a gas station in VT on my way to the house we were staying at. What a miss!
  22. halo3one

    halo3one Crusader (788) Jun 6, 2014 Georgia

    KBBS, Mornin Delight, Good Morning, Mornin Wood, MBCP, and maybe STS if you really want maple. CBS, Maple Fayston Maple, and the rest don't pull enough imo.
  23. gcamparone

    gcamparone Poo-Bah (1,989) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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  24. M_chav

    M_chav Savant (974) Apr 15, 2014 New Mexico

    Derivation b1 was incredible.. let that thing warm up and it becomes a monster. Absolutely loved that beer, was fortunate enough to be able to buy a bottle during GABF week and I can't stop thinking about it. One of the best stouts I've had this year. supper smooth, thick mouthfeel.
  25. KBS

    KBS Disciple (313) Apr 25, 2014 Michigan

    No Rules. Maple flavor. Get it. Delicious.
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  26. sittinggc

    sittinggc Aspirant (240) Mar 2, 2015 California

    My first maple beer was Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and I loved it...instantly made me a fan of Funky Buddha. I would suggest trying to land one of those since most other highly rated maple beer require you to trade up an arm and a leg.
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  27. swedishmailman

    swedishmailman Initiate (154) Jul 12, 2013 Georgia

    Ok thanks for the suggestions. I will look for some of these next time I'm at my local bottle shop. Hopefully they won't be sold out.
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  28. NellysBandaid

    NellysBandaid Initiate (171) Feb 22, 2015 Missouri

    If you don't see them on the shelf just ask if they have them in the back.
  29. swedishmailman

    swedishmailman Initiate (154) Jul 12, 2013 Georgia

    Thanks for the tip. I hate when shop owners hide the good stuff.
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  30. scbeerman

    scbeerman Aspirant (294) Feb 16, 2015 South Carolina

    Lucked into being able to do a side-by-side with CBS and See the Stars a couple days after the StS release. Thought CBS was a little too sweet while StS was pretty well balanced. Both were tasty though. Cheers!
  31. jmasher85

    jmasher85 Zealot (575) Mar 27, 2015 Maryland

    Bent Hill's Smoked Maple Syrup Imperial Stout is a glorious beer. It's a crime that it's not well known like CBS or the others listed here, because it's pretty close to being at their level - I actually like it better than CBS or Lawson's Maple Triple which were both too rich for me, CBS being too sweet and Lawson's being too much like drinking syrup.
  32. Beef_Curtains

    Beef_Curtains Devotee (471) Oct 14, 2013 Ohio

    CBS is the best one i've had, but Jackie O's BB Black Maple is pretty great too
  33. alex_delany

    alex_delany Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2015 New York

    2015 Proprietor's BCBS if you can get your hands on some when it releases.
  34. supertech

    supertech Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2015 California

    cbs is killer. i need to know how we can do that in a homebrew scale.
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