What maple syrup beer has the most maple syrup taste???

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    HIGHPA Zealot (588) Aug 21, 2008 Illinois

    After having the new CBS, I was very underwhelmed at the amount of maple syrup flavor in it. It was still amazing. I expected to taste a little more even though maple syrup was actually an ingredient. So I would like to know what beer has the most maple syrup flavor? Preferably ones that weren't brewed or aged on coffee or chocolate. I had the Lawsons beer that was brewed with 100% maple sap. But even then I thought you could take it even farther. I'm really curious as I love maple syrup more than anything. And I was tempted to just add an ounce or two into a bottle of Bourbon County just to see how far you could take infusing it into beer. So any beers you guys know of, please share! Cheers!

    DISKORD Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2017 South Carolina

    CBS is not made with maple syrup. It was aged in bourbon barrels that previously had maple syrup in them. Thirsty Dog Maple Porter (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/12516/222073/) has a lot of maple syrup smell and flavor in it. But it has a low ABV (for a barrel-aged beer) and it's highly over-priced.
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  3. WetBandaid

    WetBandaid Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2016 Illinois

    Mikerphone’s Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit Double Maple
  4. invertalon

    invertalon Pooh-Bah (1,963) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    Probably one of the Funky Buddha beers... Morning Wood and Wide Awake It's Morning were both so amazingly maple-forward. Those are my top picks that I've had.
  5. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Pooh-Bah (2,325) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    Gotta be Rogues Maple Bacon Donut voodoo beer from years ago for me...
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  6. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Grand Pooh-Bah (4,748) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    ^ Exactly what came to mind in order along with the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. The Thirsty Dog was way too sweet. I couldn’t have ever finished that bottle by myself.

    While I haven’t had this batch yet, I am surprised that you didn’t find the CBS maple forward. It would be right behind the Funky Buddha beers for me. Then, probably Saugatuck Blueberry Maple Stout and Hangar 24 Barrel Roll Pugachev’s Cobra
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  7. jseit89

    jseit89 Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2016 New York

    Evil Twin Michigan Maple Jesus is a great beer with plenty of maple.
  8. BWood

    BWood Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2015 California

    Mad house Carpe Diem had big maple flavor.
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  9. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa

    CBS wasn't very maple forward, but was an absolutely incredible beer. Get a madhouse carpe diem.
  10. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,281) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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  11. thuey

    thuey Pooh-Bah (1,609) Nov 13, 2015 California

    Great Notion Double Stack. I'm not a fan, mind you, but the maple syrup is aggressive.
  12. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa

    Beat me to it, great beer yearly release with a reasonable limit. Last year was 4 and it was released with freedom toast, a maple ba scotch ale that'll be bottled this year for the first time.
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  13. invertalon

    invertalon Pooh-Bah (1,963) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    I have yet to have CBS yet. Got some I am cracking into this weekend. I'll report back when I do!
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  14. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    Firestone walker Anniversary 15-20. No maple added, but lots of natural maple flavors from the blend of beers and barrels.
  15. Ranbot

    Ranbot Pooh-Bah (2,327) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I've tried lots of maple syrup beers and gave up on them, because they are all underwhelming to me. The problem with adding maple syrup to a brew kettle is it's a simple sugar that gets readily fermented by beer yeast into alcohol, much like honey, Belgian candi sugar, etc. So, the wonderful god's gift sweet nectar, i.e. maple syrup, mostly just becomes boring old ethanol in a beer, and imparts little of it's original quintessential flavors to the beer. I love beer and I love maple syrup, but I honestly think adding maple syrup to beer is mostly gimmicky, and a sad waste of maple syrup* that could be used in much better ways. But, YRMV....

    FWIW, I grew up in Vermont and was practically weaned on maple syrup. I won't touch that corn syrup goo most of America thinks is maple syrup [which is also why I would be very skeptical many people's opinions on maple flavors, beer or otherwise].

    * - EDIT: Mind you real maple syrup can only be made for a brief few weeks in the very beginning of spring when the sap flows from sugar maple trees in specific regions with cold enough winters. It takes boiling ~15-30 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. So a lot of work in a small window of time, then brewers dump it in a beer for mostly a small percentage bump in ABV.... That makes me sad.
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  16. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    Just drop a strip of bacon in a Ten Fidy and you will be happy. LOL
    I have not had my CBS yet so I cannot actually comment on it.
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  17. Leebo

    Leebo Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    Just chug some maple syrup. Yum.
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  18. pagesofphotographs

    pagesofphotographs Pooh-Bah (1,558) Sep 15, 2013 Colorado
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    Beer Geek Vanilla Maple Shake.

    Just stocked up on this one, maple bomb!
  19. Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas

    Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas Maven (1,324) Aug 24, 2015 Texas

    Or just drop a shot of bourbon into some maple syrup.

    Experiment a bit.

    Maybe you'll come up with the next huge beverage everyone hypes-up.
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  20. Fox82791

    Fox82791 Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2014 New York

    2014 CBS had much more maple than this year's batch, just so you know. But you want barrels aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels, not beers brewed with maple syrup. As stated about, maple syrup is highly fermentable and will just raise the ABV, unless the brewer leaves a lot of residual sugars. The maple syrup barrel will impart more of a maple flavor, as fermentation has already happened. Michigan Maple Jesus, Beyond Good & Evil, and Maple Biscotti Break are my recommendations
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  21. CharlseyMacarthur

    CharlseyMacarthur Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2017 Illinois

    Hubbard's cave coffee and cakes
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  22. PA-Michigander

    PA-Michigander Grand Pooh-Bah (3,248) Nov 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    How does this produce maple syrup forward beer?
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  23. PA-Michigander

    PA-Michigander Grand Pooh-Bah (3,248) Nov 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    My two most notorious are from the NE. Good Morning was incredibly maple forward yet incredibly balanced.

    The other was a 750 growler from HF that I don't recall it's name. Was so thick and sweet it was like drinking maple syrup with a little bourbon flavor.
  24. jhavs

    jhavs Grand Pooh-Bah (3,481) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    Lawson's Maple Tripple Ale, we always have a bottle with dessert on Thanksgiving.

    Description from brewery:
    Enticing, rich and complex, this creation defies easy description. Our 'once-a-year beer' is brewed only during sugaring season with 100% maple sap from our friend Paul Marble in Fayston, VT. No water added! Just barley, hops, and ale yeast.
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  25. jhavs

    jhavs Grand Pooh-Bah (3,481) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    Beyond Good and Evil is the HF brew I would guess. Bottles like 5 years ago and 750's swing top growlers last year I think.
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  26. ShawnoftheD3ad

    ShawnoftheD3ad Savant (1,044) Mar 20, 2016 Illinois

    I'll have to agree on this one. But I have yet cracked open my Double Maple Bean Spirit and CBS yet.
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  27. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    If you get a maple flavored bacon it usually is very maple forward, plus all the goodness of bacon. :sunglasses:
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  28. Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas

    Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas Maven (1,324) Aug 24, 2015 Texas

    And just so you know.....

    For some reason I feel the need to clear this up, and Im not even a huge bba-stout fan...

    The last time Founders did a CBS release - in bottles - was 2011.

    If you had it sooner then that, it would have had to be on tap - in which case - telling the year it was kegged/produced may not be as easy.

    2011. Thats the last time it was released like this.

    This isnt 'Nam ok? There are rules.

    Pursuant to the following article: https://foundersbrewing.com/latest-news/2017/new-barrel-aged-series-release-cbs/
  29. Shane87

    Shane87 Initiate (0) Apr 7, 2015 Maryland

    I had this the other day, and I didn’t get much maple at all.
  30. cheeseheadinMinneapolis

    cheeseheadinMinneapolis Pooh-Bah (1,595) Sep 20, 2017 Wisconsin

    Leinenkugels Maple Brown from 2002 retired
  31. beersgud

    beersgud Zealot (628) Jan 31, 2014 Kansas

    The latest release of omnipollo Agamemnon (in the purple 16 oz. can) had a ton of maple. The original release and bourbon barrel aged version not so much.
  32. woodchipper

    woodchipper Grand Pooh-Bah (3,059) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    I too loved the Lawson's but I don't think "the most maple syrup taste" should be a goal of any brewer. After all its beer.
    I would have a better experience eating pancakes with real maple syrup and good coffee stout.
    Speaking of real maple syrup, don't you hate it when you ask the waitress/waiter if they are absolutely sure that they serve real maple syrup, they respond positively,only to bring you that corn syrup crap. I stopped ordering pancakes or waffles at any restaurant below super high-end along time ago.
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  33. shehateme

    shehateme Pundit (940) Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    1 beyond good and evil ( must be fresh )
    2 good morning
    3 mornin delight
    4 cbs
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  34. HIGHPA

    HIGHPA Zealot (588) Aug 21, 2008 Illinois

    That's what I thought. As a home brewer and from working in a brewery I always figured maple syrup is just getting eat up by the yeast so how much flavor could you get unless you literally added some after the beer was done fermenting. That's why I thought CBS was a good idea because you are getting all the flavor the barrel absorbed. I just figured there has to be something out there that tastes close to what I have in my mind. Which is basically a BBA stout with a few ounces of maple syrup added. But all these suggestions are great and I will really try to track as many as I can down. A few will be easy, a few hard, and a few impossible because I live in Chicago. But that's what trading is for. Thanks everybody for taking the time to give me suggestions. I really appreciate it! Cheers!
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  35. HIGHPA

    HIGHPA Zealot (588) Aug 21, 2008 Illinois

    If anybody has a Maple Bean Spirit they want to trade, let me know! I live in Chicago and can't find it ever. Where are you guys getting it from??
  36. HIGHPA

    HIGHPA Zealot (588) Aug 21, 2008 Illinois

    Where can I find the Maple Bean Spirit? I always look but can never find it. Thanks!
  37. ShawnoftheD3ad

    ShawnoftheD3ad Savant (1,044) Mar 20, 2016 Illinois

    Sold only at the brewery the Wednesday before Black Friday. The regular/imperial Bean Spirit also has maple in it and is very pronounced. They started distro again but the Bean Spirit releases will prob be only at the brewery.
  38. cavedave

    cavedave Grand Pooh-Bah (4,083) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    A professional brewer friend of mine suggested that if you get a lot of maple flavor in your beer chances are the brewer used a maple extract to achieve it, since so little flavor is imparted by syrup added to the boil.
  39. superspak

    superspak Grand High Pooh-Bah (10,326) May 5, 2010 North Carolina
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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned this yet. It's the most intensely maple flavored beer I've had by a HUGE amount.

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  40. invertalon

    invertalon Pooh-Bah (1,963) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    After having a CBS tonight, it is definitely not in the same league as the Funky Buddha stuff for maple. Fantastic beer (I wrote a detailed review on here), but to me was first and foremost a coffee Stout. Maple is extremely faint on the finish and that's about it.

    I didn't expect the "pancakes in a glass" like FB beers, but I did expect a bit more presence. I have another bottle I plan to sit in a few months to let the coffee mellow a bit, which may let the maple shine a bit more.

    So with respect to this thread, my vote still stands for Morning Wood and Wide Awake.
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