Brooklyn Brewery Mary’s Maple Porter

I have a soft spot for anything from Brooklyn Brewery because when I lived in New York, I used to visit there frequently for their Friday night happy hour. It has since gotten too popular to be as enjoyable, but I love their beer just the same. I happened to go to the Scion Restaurant in Dupont Circle here in DC to check out their Fall Beer Fest. The Scion has a very strong beer menu with a lot of hard to find craft beers, but I sense the restaurant does not have a strong following. Anyway, they did have a nice selection of Fall themed beers all for $5. This one practically jumped off the page at me. First, because while I like Brooklyn, they are slightly more old school in their craft beer line up. They have established their Lager, Brown Ale, East India Pale Ale, Pennant Ale, Summer and Winter Ales and they do have a small line of Belgian style beers in champagne bottles, but they don’t often experiment the way some of the newer breweries do. I knew I had to try this one. I was not disappointed. The maple was noticeable, but did not make the beer sweet. It was just there along with some vanilla, roasted malt and coffee flavor. It was slightly dry as opposed to creamy for a porter. Overall, a great beer. I would have it again, if I could find it, but it seems it remains hard to get. Judging from the Brooklyn website, this may even have been an old keg. The website lists it has last being made in the Spring of 2012. Be that as it may, I still liked the beer. I give it four out of five proper pints.

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