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RATINGS: 696   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Ale Brewed with Chocolate and Coffee, aged in Maple Syrup-Bourbon Barrels.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Big thanks to crunkchiggin2002 for getting this fine specimen to me! Poured from the bottle to a small brandy snifter. Vintage 2011 and an extremely high fill. Pours an inky jet black with edges of mahogany clarity. A finger of soft brown head swells and then recedes to a fine milky collar. Fantastic lacing and a bit of legging. Massive on the nose - bourbon is far more apparent than I was anticipating. Cocoa puffs, caramel, faint bitter coffee, rich sweet syrupy bits, more cocoa, molasses, maple, burnt wood, so incredibly complex. Not cluttered, just very intriguing. Holy fuck. No wonder this thing was so hard to get. If I had any of this sitting in my basement, I can guarantee you that I wouldnít be giving any up. I canít dissect the flavors without first mentioning the perfect velvet consistency. That said, the flavors are monstrous and varied - the maple-y bourbon takes the lead, big cocoa, more simple syrup, a touch of black licorice, more booze than I had hoped for, vanilla, caramel, charred wood, milk chocolate. Likely the most complex beer that Iíve ever had. Delicious and challenging. This beer is fantastic. I probably wonít try to land another bottle as it cost me an arm and a leg, but I am very glad that I sprung for it just this once. Highly, highly recommended. And if you have the ammunition to land a bottle, fucking do it.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (3740) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2015
tap at 2015 michigan winter beer festival. Black with minimal head. A beer fest is probably not the best place to be passing judgement on beers, but I had built this up to be something that it isnít. Basically the breakfast stout with a bit more sweetness. Maybe if it were warmer more of the barrel complexity would come through. itís pretty good, but not even one of the best beers iíve had today.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bellco33 (456) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Poured on tap at Birch Hill Tavern: This is the second time Iíve had this recently. The first time was in a sample glass and I wasnít really impressed and thought it was over-hyped. This time in the proper glass, it was fantastic. Pours jet black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, and roasted malts. Taste is very chocolate and bourbon forward, with a touch of maple at the end of the sip. Somehow this big beer isnít cloying and overly sweet. Heavy body, definitely a sipper. It was worth the wait.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
metalhead0043 (150) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2015
On tap at Triangle Wine Company. Pours jet black with little head. Aroma is huge bourbon, chocolate, maple, some vanilla as well. Taste is chocolate, some maple, slightly boozy and the bourbon flavor kicks in at the end as well. Really smooth. Heavy, creamy texture. Very thick. Overall quite impressive. The chocolate aroma really came through as well when it warmed up. I was one of the lucky few who got a pour of this as the place was packed. I think itís a bit better than KBS as well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vlan1 (212) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2015
On Draft at Bangers in Austin. Thick and black. No discernable head. Aroma of chocolate syrup and mocha. Picked up a thick chocolately mocha flavor with a hint of syrupy sweetness and a bit of bourbon bit on the finish. Very smooth. Really good but I donít know if its the mega beer everyone makes it out to be.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rhsiung (1047) - USA - MAY 20, 2015
on tap @ community-bar during chibeerweek. balanced, not boozy, refined, sweet, bitter finish. lived up to hype.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fujimo2000 (14) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Pours almost black with lasting tan lacing. Coffee aroma followed by a Carmel. Velvety mouth feel with a slight chocolate and alcohol finish. Overall amazing beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
madelfonatree (41) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Look - Dark oil body. Thick tan head with small bubbles. Smell Ė Whiskey. Chocolate. Sugar (maple).It smells like chocolate chip Eggo waffles. Taste Ė Chocolate. Whiskey in the end but smooth vanilla finish. Feel - Smooth and creamy. Doesnít explode with carbonation but isnít flat. This is what I imagined coffee would feel like as a child haha. Overall Ė 2/4 for CBS in Columbus isnít bad, right. The time off work was worth it. Get it if you can. I hope I can have this from a bottle in the future.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anthony850 (341) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2015
A little sweeter. But a big alchohol taste Still very smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevencon (506) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Draft for Derby Day at Tavern on Main. Dark as a black whole. Sweet chocolate coffee roast with a bit of sweetness. Coffee and oatmeal stout taste with a bit of extra sweetness. Warming well balanced beer. Big thanks to Kyle for saving me some of this fantastic stuff!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RRistow12 (389) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Tasted from draft. Pours black with a beige head. Lot of lacing. Aroma is incredible. Maple syrup, chocolate, coffee and a hint of bourbon. Taste also incredible. Moderate to heavily sweet with mild bitterness. Huge flavor of maple syrup, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, coffee. Creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Coats the palate and lingers. Astounding beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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