Brooklyn Mary’s Maple Porter (Brewmaster’s Series)

Another beer from Twin Light. They had so many limited beers on tap that it was hard to choose. Here’s one from Brooklyn Brewery.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mary Wiles joined our brewery team after spending 30 years brewing and doing quality control for a Very, Very Big Brewer. Mary evolved into a craft beer brewer, and now she’s doing our quality control, having fun while helping us make sure that Brooklyn beers are tasting great and ready to make you happy. But Mary has a bright thing lurking in her past, present and future – Mary has maple trees. A lot of maple trees. Actually, a ridiculous number of maple trees, acres of them, right northwest of us in upstate New York. And her family farm makes 100% real New York State maple syrup. Real maple syrup tastes great on pancakes and waffles, but it’s awfully good in beer too. Porter is a classic British ale style that traveled to the United States, sustained George Washington during the Revolution, and later built London’s great breweries. Mary’s Maple Porter is a rich, dark ale featuring a large portion of her maple syrup in the kettle. After fermentation by our house ale yeast, the syrup is no longer sweet (yeast likes to eat maple syrup too), but the maple flavor shows through in a complex interplay with caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavors from our blend of roasted malts. An earthy hop note rounds it all out.”

Random: This is the first brew I’ve had from Brooklyn’s Brewmaster’s Series.

This poured with a bit of white head that dissipated quickly with no lacing left behind. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color of the body. The nose had roasted malt, cocoa and some maple. The taste was a bit of the smoky side with some bittersweet chocolate and a marked sweetness that wasn’t like maple syrup. The maple notes were a bit more earthy. The sweetness was understated, but very pleasant. The body was on the thicker side of the porter spectrum with low carbonation. The finish lasted with a bit of the smokiness that was apparent in the taste. As the brew warmed, I definitely got ore of the maple notes. This was a really nice brew that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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