Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Aromas. Poured very dark with a small tan head. Nose is oak, vanilla, and light sweet notes. Taste is not as syrupy as I thought it would have been. Not nearly as boozy as the Kentucky version. Mouth is smooth and creamy. Overall, a nice imperial stout.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at The Big Hunt. Pours thick and black with a dark tan head. Lots of maple syrup on the nose with notes of cream, vanilla and bourbon. The maple doesn’t quite come through as much on the flavor, but it does impart a noticeable sweetness when compared to the KBS or the regular Breakfast Stout. Coffee and chocolate with hint of bourbon, vanilla, and cream. Very complex, but still very drinkable even with the high ABV. Not quite the beer that KBS is, but still amazing.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lucky enough to have this on draft while I was up in Madison for the Great Taste...
Very dense dark black oily pour. Aroma is sweet with some slight maple notes, but this maple aspect comes though much more strongly in the taste. Sweet maple, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, coffee - its all here and more. Simply delicious. SUPER smooth and remarkably easy to drink - this one is dangerous! Will cherish every sip if I ever get to try it again. Fantastic brew.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours black with a tan head. Flavor is smooth, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, light tobacco, chocolate milk, light booziness. Extremely drinkable.
blutt59 (6424) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, dark brown with iodine legs, a few bubbles, creamy vanilla,malty roast coffee flavors, aroma of coffee, cashew butter, waffles
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle pours thick black, medium dark tan head. Aroma is strong with wood elements, maple, oak, thin vanilla. Flavor is very roasty, mild smoke, pouch tobacco, semi-sweet cocoa and oatmeal round it out. The maple syrup barrel lends more wood aroma and flavor then anything else. Nice.
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle compliments of my son poured into a tulip glass produced a dark brown body with light brown head. Aroma of brown suger and maple syrup. Flavors of roasted coffee, oak, bitter-sweet chocolate, and hints of sugary maple syrup. I thought this would be a little sweeter because of the syrup barrels but the light hops balanced it well.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery along with KBS. Pours a silky roasted coffee color with a creamy tan head that leaves spotted lacing. Smells predominantly of coffee and caramel. The maple becomes more apparent as it warms. Malty flavor with rounded notes of coffee, cocoa, oatmeal, raisin, and maple syrup. Delicious. My favorite of the different versions.
mar (5147) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottle thanks to thirdeye11. Poured pitch black with a khaki head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, syrup, vanilla, and roasted malts, nice lacing too. Nice thickness, flavor is syrupy, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and a roasted finish.
Atom (2072) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2015 On tap pours dark brown/black with dark frothy tan head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is strong of oak, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Nice balance with oak and vanilla nicely rounded. However, there was just not even a hint of maple at all, the barrels added to the sweetness but not overall to the beer, disappointed hard to distinguish from KBS really which I also didn’t find better then BS.
Updated ad I was altogether drunk the first time I had this. However, I remember, at the time, getting my first CBS and not believing it was it thinking it was a KBS mispour.
On tap at pats pours a dark black/brown with a small tan head. Sweet aroma of chocolates with mild coffee and bourbon. Taste is very sweet, loads of chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses and vanilla, bourbon and oak well balanced, with a hint of sweet maple syrup, finishing with dry roasted coffee and hop bitterness. I like this more than I remember from the last time I had it.