jdb288 (567) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle opened in Nov. 2014. Pours oily black with quarter inch of head. Aroma is dark chocolate, raisin. Taste has those elements along with a strong anise flavor that was surprising. Very sweet (not sure how it tasted initially upon bottling) and the syrup adds a unique element. Creamy chocolate is there but I didn’t pick up much of the coffee. Glad to finally add this to my list.
Bacterial (1678) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by me - thanks! Dark black pour. Big coffee and chocolate nose. Big coffee taste, maple and bourbon come in strong with some hop and roasted malt bitterness finish. A touch of sweetness at the start. Very very good.
solidfunk (4320) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing. Touch of maple with lots of roast and dark chocolate. Pours black with great head and lacing. Awesome balance, slightly creamy and thick consistency. Medium bitter finish with some light sweetness from chocolate and maple. Bourbon blends well. Only had a taste of this at Churchkey’s 5th anniversary thanks to Lea for a taste of this.
Darkmagus82 (1785) - - OCT 18, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-9-14
Poured from bottle into a snifter glass
Appearance – The beer pours a thick and viscous black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is of a huge and delicious coffee and roasted malt smell mixed with a strong showing of chocolate. Along with these big and robust darker aromas are strong notes of maple syrup as well as sweet darker fruit smells of raisin, fig, and plum. A decent amount of a bourbon and vanilla are there as well and seem to add a nice dimension of warmth to the aroma inviting one to come and sip the fine roasted nectar that awaits the tongue.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor with the sweetness being a fine balance of maple syrup, vanilla, caramel and the darker fruits that were detected in the nose. While quite dark and roasty upfront, it gains even more robustness in the roast being accompanied by some smooth espresso flavors matched by a faint smokiness. The sweeter flavors all the while stay strong, wonderfully balancing out the big tastes of the brew. Around the middle of flavor profile comes some bourbon tastes mixed with a bit of a woodsy flavor. These flavors, like their counterpart aromas did, bring a warming taste to the brew, bringing on just the right level of “heat”. Right at the very end, after the warm has hit the tongue, a slight surge in the maple syrup flavor is delivered, culminating the taste and leaving a wonderfully smooth and warmingly sweet and roasted, but balanced flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is huge and thick with a lighter but creamy level of carbonation. The combo of thick body and subdued carbonation is magnificent for the big and bold blend of flavors in this dark roasty brew and truly create a fantastic medium for all the flavors of the brew a to bath the tongue in all the richness of flavor.
Overall – This is one amazing beer. One of the best if not the best stout I have ever had, and competes with the world wide I had run through the vanilla coffee randall. It is super smooth and approachable with a wonderful blend of flavors that make it a true pleasure to sit back and sip.
tectactoe (2195) - Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Oily, thick black pour; glugs out of the glass slowly with a deep mocha foam that foams up & bubbles nicely on top. Aroma of rich fudge, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, mild maple syrup, a touch of mint, some woody tannins, dry coffee beans, really no bourbon character but a light but of roast flows throughout. Taste has a very nice chocolate element, tastes like biting into an elegant, rich chocolate candy bar. Bittersweet, milky with a light roasted element. Very light maple, mint, & a nice, burnt brown sugar character in the finish. Dark chocolate candy bar finish with a slight touch of burnt espresso; boozy & woody warmth for robustness. Thick, creamy body. A great stout.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
"A victim or beneficiary of the hype machine? Thanks to Thomassova for this gem that was eagerly shared. I am unapologetically a fan Of coffee stouts. Same for barreled stouts. Kbs is a favorite as is founders, so I went into this with very high expectations. It was in many ways more similar to kbs than I thought it would be. The coffee was still by far the main player, with the bourbon and maple playing backup quite nicely. The alcohol doesn’t show much. The main difference between the two is maaaaybe a slightly heftier feel to the CBS, but definitely splitting hairs. Deeelicious in every way. Less maple than better half, but this is also a bigger beer. I need to find out what coffee they use. Great brew!!"
gunnfryd (11042) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black colour witha tan head. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Flavour is bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, syrup, alcohol, licorice, dried fruits. Pleasent well made beer. I love it.
jercraigs (8006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014-08-15. Black body with a small brown head that fades. 3++ Aroma is sort of earthy and smokey. Flavour has rich sweet dark malt base, light smokey earthy notes. Smooth medium to full bodied palate, light carbonation. Rich but not entirely to my tastes, and not really what I was hoping for unfortunately. Bottle at Campground Brewdown
PriorL (1988) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at first "Er klopt iemand op de deur" tasting aka EBT3. Thx to everyone for sharing today’s beers!
APPEARANCE: black beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, some liquorice?
TASTE: liquorice, mocha, oke, but probably already little over the top?
77ships (4215) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml. bottle sampled @ "Er Klopt Iemand Op De Deur" Samson & Gert Bierproeving I. Thanks to Yarric! 2009? Vintage. Really improved & opened up as it warmed up. Spare, rocky, dark mocha head. Unclear body. Dark black colour. Liquorish nose upfront + anis, thick leading into maple, molasses & roast. Taste is black liquorish + anis, light charred oak, bitter roast, leading into maple syrup, prune, coffee, molasses & thick vanilla sweetness, herbs. Nothing at all like I expected & not top of everything right now but a very unique, fascinating & very nice beer all the same. Full & creamy maple body, soft carbonation, heavy sweetness in the back, heavy roast upfront.