Canmore Brewing Company Chocolate Maple Porter – American Porter at 5.3% ABV

Canmore Brewing Company Chocolate Maple Porter American Porter at 5.3% ABV (2018 Craft Beer Advent Calendar #14, 473 ml, packaged on 31-Jul-2018, acquired 30-Nov-2018, reviewed 14-Dec-2018)

Appearance: clear ruby brown with two fingers of rocky beige head diminishing fairly rapidly to a thin cap, minimal lacing. (3/5) Aroma: chocolate, roasty malts, smoke, light maple sugar & metallic. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky moderate bitter slightly astringent finish. (3/5)

On the up side, at least it’s more seasonal than the majority of the calendar offerings so far. In my opinion, though, the body is really too thin for the high sweetness and roasted/ashy notes. Despite elevated sweetness that’s presumably attributable to the maple, there’s very little maple in the aroma, which is dominated by roasted malt verging on burnt. There’s also a slight metallic that’s not entirely welcome. It’s OK, but I wouldn’t go looking for it again. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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