Obligatory fall beer photo, complete with dead leaves! Truth be told, taking this photo was excruciatingly painful, as I moved a few cords of firewood from my driveway to my garage after it was dropped off this morning. My back is now killing me, but I didn't quite realize it until I bent over to take this pic and felt that oh-so-fun little ZAP in my lower back. Ah well, that's what beer is for!
Maple Rush is a "maple robust porter," part of the latest Fall Mix Pack from @beausallnatural
I'm keeping it relatively short tonight, so in terms of looks, this one pours a caramel/cola black with a modest tan head that fades faster than the October temperatures in Ottawa. Light roasted notes, sweet malt and a very faint sweet maple essence waft from the glass.
When it comes to the porter style, Maple Rush hits all the right notes, with some pleasant roastiness, sweet malt and a subtle bitter finish not unlike milder black coffee. It drinks super smooth with a lower carb level and slightly heavier body. The only thing holding it back from being great is the beer's namesake. While there's a *tiny* hint of maple in the flavour, it's borderline undetectable, and given the name (and that beautiful maple leaf on the label), I was expecting a bit more. Giving it some time to warm up yielded no change.
I'm not disappointed though, as even without the maple, it's a great porter that makes for good beer drinking on a crisp fall day. At 5.6% ABV, it's not intimidating, so if you like smooth porters that are a bit more subtle, Maple Rush is one you'll want to try this fall. 🍻