The Maple Porter is one of our Christmas beers. It is inspired by something that I alway hated growing up, maple Santa. Sorry mom, those pure maple sugar Santa that you put in our stockings, they were gross. But now I have turned that Christmas memory into something far better, a beer brewed with maple syrup! It is very drinkable, although it does pack a punch at 8.1 ABV, so be careful. Its kinda like Christmas, just sneaks up on you. This is mostly due to the quart of maple syrup that is in the 5 gallons. Good thing I went light on adding it! The original recipe called for 1/2 gallon. It has very low hops and is black as black with nice toasty notes from the roasted barley. Overall, I find the beer to be well balanced when served cool, not chilled. Perfect for drinking while sitting around a fire roasting chestnuts. Merry Christmas!