DetailsThis specialty brew features a very smooth dark malt base balanced with selected hops. The pure maple syrup included with this kit adds more fermentable sugar as well as a rich body and mouthfeel.
Our ingredients for this recipe include: 6 lb. Dark liquid malt extract, 12 oz. Maple Syrup, 8 oz. Caravienne, 8 oz. Carapils® specialty grains, 1 oz. Northern Brewer, 1 oz. Cascade pellet hops, yeast, priming sugar and a grain bag.
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4.6 / 5.048 ReviewsBeats the pants off big beer in blind tastingsGreat tasting beer. All my friends enjoyed it regardless of their preferences for cheap crappy beer or high quality micro beers.September 11, 2012Fantastic BeerIts been a couple years since i brewed this beer but i still consider it one of the best beers i have brewed to date. The flavor was exactly what i was looking for in a dark beer, heavy malt flavors with dark chocolate notes and a smooth mild roastyness all totally complimented by the maple syrup finish. The maple wasnt overwhelming but was enough to notice and compliment the beer without making it overly sweet. The beer definately improved with age and the maple flavor came out more the longer it sat. My last bottle was around 8 weeks and was definately the best of the batch. _x000D__x000D_My only note was that my final gravity was a touch high at 1020. Not sure if that was from the muntons yeast (which i have never been able to get lower than that) or the maple syrup. Either way it didnt affect the flavor at all. _x000D__x000D_Will definately brew again, perhaps with some more maple syrup next time.October 2, 2012WonderfulSmooth Beer with a Maple flavor ending. Easy brewed and enjoyed every mug worth.November 15, 2012My first MW kit.This was the first time I have tried a kit from MW and I was impressed with everything from shipping to quality and right through to the end product. I will be buying other kits from MW in the future. When ever I make a new kit I always stick the the recipe provided then I have a good feel of what changes, if any, I can make on future batches. The end product reminds me of a Northern English Brown Ale; mouthfeel, aroma, appearance, and balance of malt and hops. I did not prime with maple syrup as I was looking for a very subtle hint of the maple at best. The syrup provided was a quality syrup, contrary to other reviews, however it was light grade and when I make this kit again I will probably go with a dark or extra dark grade. Just my preference. This is an easy kit to make with great results. The basic recipe is great and there is plenty of room for tweeking for those who are inclined to do so. Try a batch and enjoy.December 10, 2012Maple goodnessAfter reading reviews, used 2 pints of homebrew dark maple syrup. (we brew our own) Beer has a clear darker syrup color, 1 month in secondary before kegging. Brew was fantastic! ABV came out to 6.8% very smooth, not sugary at all. The slight maple flavor comes thru in the finish. Everyone loved it.December 11, 2012a refreshing change of paceJust brewed this and took some samples to the family christmas party. Turned out to be a big hit! Only thing I changed was swapping out the included maple syrup for our family made syrup because i wanted a darker flavor. Also primed the batch with syrup which carbonated it rather quickly to my surprise.December 30, 2012Great winter aleI was looking for something to brew for the winter to enjoy while hanging with my buddies trying to stay warm. I saw this kit and it sounded perfect. I really was looking for that maple flavor/scent so I bought another bottle of maple syrup. I followed the directions from Midwest up until the end I modified a bit. I added the second bottle of syrup at the last 5 minutes. I fermented in the primary for about a week and a half. In the secondary i dry hopped with some Willamette hops along with a second yeast pitch. I bottles after about 3 weeks in the secondary hitting a little below the FG on the direction sheet. I broke open the first bottle at a week and half because I am the most impatient brewer. It was very good, but obviously young. After 3 weeks in the bottle it was exactly what i had in mind when i went searching for a winter ale recipe. The maple aroma is like putting a your nose straight into a bottle of syrup. The maple flavor though is very mild, just right blended with the awesome maltiness. Then the beer finishes with the hops and just enough bitterness to cut the sweetness of the beer. I would definitely suggest trying this kit out if you want something unique and delicious.January 13, 2013kitsI was intrested in a different style and this popped out.I read all the reviews of this kit and concluded it was worth a try. I've postponed my other 2 5 gallon batches to start on this.....CRAZILY EASY! I think the quality of the ingredients is top shelf! I await the final results but this rates a 6 on the ease scale!February 21, 2013Not quite enough mapleThis was my third brew. I was very excited to try a maple beer since I happen to love maple syrup (who doesn't?). I was kind of sad that there wasn't as much maple taste as I would have liked but still a really good beer._x000D__x000D_Like many other reviewers said, the maple syrup that comes with the kit is not the best. We usually have good maple syrup around the house but I wanted to try it with the syrup it came with. I also primed the bottles with syrup instead of the included sugar. I used the pure maple syrup that Walmart had. It took the full 4 weeks for mine to fully carbonate. I haven't had over carbonation like others have said._x000D__x000D_I had it in the primary for 1 week, the secondary for 4 weeks and 4 weeks (and counting) in the bottles. It is a very drinkable beer but I would have liked a little more maple kick to it. Hopefully, after a few more weeks in the bottles, it will perk up a little.February 22, 2013Nice beer for something differentI brewed this beer 2 years ago. My wife's family was coming into town and i wanted to brew something for christmas. Not wanting the tradition christmas spices, i settled on this. I was a little concerned that it would end up like drinking pancakes. That wasnt the case at all. Very smooth and drinkable with a nice syrup aroma but subtle syrup taste. The family loved it (killed the keg in 2-3 days of "casual" drinking).February 25, 2013
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Browse 1 question Browse 1 question and 1 answerI was Wondering...What Hops would be the Best to add a bit of Bite to this Kit...?BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend adding hops to it. It already has more than enough hops for the style, which is malt forward. It uses cascade for flavor and northern brewer hop for bitterness, so either one of those would be the logical choice if you must. Cheers.