Love that Maple!


I’m a big fan of maple syrup….the smell, the taste, the romanticism about tapping a tree and letting the sap drain into a bucket. ¬†All in all, it’s quite a wonderful nectar of nature.
2018-01-15_14-50-46_783Not surprisingly, maple has become the adjunct du jour in the Stout world, and frankly, I’m thrilled. ¬†The addition of maple syrup to an Imperial Stout adds taste, complexity, ¬†a bit of sweetness and an amazing amount of aroma. ¬†It is very complementary to the traditional flavors you find in a Stout – and even complements the other popular adjuncts out there today – vanilla, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, and even peppers!

Probably the first real maple Stout was the first release of Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (affectionately known as CBS). ¬†CBS was first released in 2011 and 2017-12-24_16-59-46_523became a cult classic. ¬†Founder’s released it again in 2014 in a very limited release, ¬†but reintroduced it this past fall worldwide to incredible fanfare. ¬†Another stout that pushed the maple envelope was Toppling Goliath’s Mornin’ Delight. ¬†First introduced in 2013, MD was one of the Stouts that has made Decorah, Iowa (home of Toppling Goliath) a must visit destination for any Stout lover. ¬†Others have quickly followed…can’t name them all, but maple has become a more frequent addition to the Stout world.

My first exposure to maple was with a brewery out of ¬†St. Albans, Vermont named 2015-12-05_210031113_CE10D_iOS14th Star Brewing Co. with their Maple Breakfast Stout using Vermont Maple Syrup. ¬†I was impressed with how the maple syrup added to the complexity of the Stout and was hooked. ¬†Then I was able to pick up a Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from the good people at Funky Buddha in Florida and I was absolutely floored with 2017-03-03_17-10-22_536how much maple was packed into their bottles…not to mention the BA version of MBCP, Morning Wood! ¬†Just wonderful! Add Michgan Maple Jesus from Evil Twin Brewing and I was on a maple mission! ¬†Fast forward to Mikkeller Maple Vanilla Shake and the maple aroma and taste were simply amazing……next came Maple Bourbon Double Negative from¬†Grimm Artisan 2017-10-14_15-40-06_312Ales, then the 2017 vintage of Founders CBS which¬†added to the maple¬†mystique, ¬†and then getting a rare opportunity to enjoy a Mornin’ Delight from Toppling Goliath just took my maple journey to another level!2018-01-13_15-29-19_697 (2018-01-14T17_21_54.834)

What’s next? ¬†My good trading friend from the UK, The Bristolian¬†Stout, sent me an Omnipollo/Buxton collaboration,¬†Original Maple Truffle Ice Cream Waffle Stout and I’m really looking forward to diving into that one! ¬†I hear Parish Brewing has a great one called Maple Shade…hoping to find one in a trade! ¬†And I would really like to taste a Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson’s Finest Liquids out of Warren, Vermont….and I hear that Jackie O’s has some very tasty maple Stouts!

What’s your favorite Maple Stout? ¬†Let me know…..leave me a comment! ¬†I want to find those incredible off the charts Maple Stouts that I should be tasting!