Harpoon Brewey started with three friends who shared a love of beer. College classmates Rich Doyle and Dan Kenary were passionate about craft beer, but couldn’t find what they were looking for at local pubs. While traveling in Europe, they drank many diverse, fresh, local beers and experienced firsthand the wonderful beer culture that existed just across the pond. When they returned to Boston they decided that if they couldn’t buy the beer they wanted, they’d create their own, and in 1986 the Harpoon Brewery was born! One of their most recent limited seasonal releases is their Maple Tap Imperial Porter.
The beer pours a dark amber color and appears as a deep dark brown in the glass. Reddish hues are noticeable when viewed against the light. The two finger cappuccino colored head shows some retention and leaves behind a hearty lacing.
Dark roasty aromas of chocolate malts and coffee are compounded by notes of burnt sugar. Toasted nut aromas are also quite discernible. Sweet caramel notes with a hint of creamy vanilla are notable through the dark roasty aromas.
On the palate you get big flavors of roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate and roasted notes. Sweet brown sugar and maple sugar notes add a level of sweetness to the palate. A fruity note of dried dark fruits like raisins hang in the background. There is a boozy presence that is warming but not over powering. The beer is subtle and balanced. The maple adds sweetness but doesn’t scream “I’m a maple beer!” The body isn’t super thick or cloying, making the beer easier to enjoy.
Harpoon’s Maple Tap Imperial Porter is a great cooler weather beer to sip on in the company of fellow beer lovers. Try pairing this one with Asiago cheese, smoked sausages, braised sweet red cabbage, or cheesecake.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Pints out of 5
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