wpid-wp-1427164851501.jpgRight at the start of spring there is a special time of year when the temperature is above zero during the day but below zero at night. These conditions combine in a beautiful way to help a certain tree produce a certain product that we all re-fall in love with at this time of year:

Maple Syrup.

Many brewers capitalize on this by releasing some kind of maple beer. I have passed on most of them but when I saw Nickel Brook had made one, I had to try it.

I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again: I have an absolute love affair with Nickle Brook Brewing Co. This beer continues that love affair for me. I mean… I’m impartial. I’m totally impartial…

Their Maple Porter is not a new beer, it’s a seasonal that seems to come out every year right around now. In past years it looks like they waxed the top. Personally I’m not a fan of the wax top so I’m glad they got away from that.

A 750 ML bottle is $8.95 at the LCBO and sits at 6.0% ABV.

Appearance: Black with about a finger of off-white head.
Aroma: Espresso and bourbon at first. The maple syrup and vanilla that come a bit later are much more subtle. You’ll be smelling the black espresso most.
Taste: Raisin, espresso and maple all intermingle at first. The espresso tastes a bit burnt and bitter. The bitterness turns into dark chocolate.
Aftertaste: The dark chocolate takes hold and never lets go.
Overall: This is a wonderful use of maple.

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com