slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Oasis Micro-Pub in Rockford, IL. Pours a thick, dark black with a minimum tan head. Maple syrup, coffee, cocoa, whiskey and slight alcohol in the nose. Flavors of whiskey, chocolate, and slight maple syrup; smooth as silk. This is one hell of a great stout. Would be great poured on some pancakes or waffles!
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Tylers in Durham, NC. Dark viscous pour. Thin beige head and a little lace. Freshly roasted coffee beans bourbon and cocoa on the nose. Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light barrel character, and a mapley finish. The maple was not as dominant as I expected it to be, none the less it was still noticeable. Surprisingly easy to drink and complex. Really solid offering just not mind blowing
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by JCB; in fact, a very tiny bottle shared by Jason, so all the more cooler of him. Pours thick and black. Roasty coffee and malts; some molasses, and some great maple notes; more barrel than syrup, which makes it great. Sweet, but not syrupy or cloying. Chocolate. Creamy. Goodness. I want to pour this on my pancakes.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and StFun cares enough about me to make sure I’m eating right. Seriously, dude is very close to official canonization for sending this deliciousness my way - UNSOLICITED!!! Josh for the motherfucking win. Anyways, the beer was really nice. Still carbonated appropriately for the style, it poured nice and creamy out of the handbottle. There’s more wood in the nose than maple, which is quite pleasant in that it balances out the sweetness to give the brew a really nice balance to it. Just a hint of smoke, and lots of chocolate too. Are there s’mores in my breakfast too? So smooth and creamy, even if there’s not quite enough of the coffee in there to my liking. Really delicious.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Brixie’s. Small pour. Good aroma of cocoa, wood, coffee, and the maple syrup is apparent in the aroma. Good flavor, I love the Breakfast Stout already and the maple syrup is barely noticeable, but there to add just a touch of flavor. Well done, nice flavor and body.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy StFun. Black, brown edges, and a few tan bubbles that disappear quickly. Big, smooth imperial stout. Maple apparent in the nose and more subdued in flavor, notes of barrel throughout. Awesome brew.
gkost (1711) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2009 Bottle courtesy of Gillard. Big thanks. Poured black. Nose is big bourbon, alcohol, cocoa, some maple syrup and roasty grains. Flavor is semi sweet chocolate, some wood, loads of roasted grain, coffee, and rich maple syrup. Perfect body, smooth as smooth can be. Amazingly good beer.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Gillard. Pours a muddy pitch black color with tan head that settles quickly. Aroma is intoxicating with notes of chocolate, maple syrup, light bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, some ripe dark fruit, hints of toffee. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, light roast, vanilla, bourbon, hints of wood, some toffee and ripe dark fruit notes. Full body with a really nice mouthfeel and boozy malt finish. Really nice imp stout.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2009 Bottle at Cigar City BA Bolita release, courtesy Gillard. We docked whilst drinking this lovely elixir. Black pour, thick head, wet lacing on the glass. Nose is massive bourbon, maple syrup, nice caramel and chocolate. Very nice. Flavor is also fantastic: incredibly smooth bourbon, chocolate, caramel, maple, dry woodsy notes, vanilla. Simply delicious. As smooth as any big beer I’ve had, drinkable as hell, amazing, really.
MeadMe (1284) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 HUGE thanks to Gillard for holding this one back to share with the tampa crew at the Cigar City BA Bolita release party.
A: Pours a nice deep dark black. with a small tan head. No lace.
S: Wonderful fresh maple syrup aroma. Hints of bourbon and vanilla hide beneath.
T: WOW! Fresh sweet maple syrup up front, rich, bold, sweet good. The bourbon shows up in the middle. It does not overpower which I like because it lets the maple shine. Vanilla seems to meld right into the maple. The finish a bit of fresh coffee comes out with just a touch of chocolate. Very Very Very complex.
M: Rather full in body, rich, thick, smooth. It lacks carbonation a bit but it has been in the growler a while. No sense of oxidation what so ever.
D: Crazy good. I would love to start and end every day with a glass of this. One of the best tasting beers in the world no doubt about it. Only flaws this beer has is due to the growlering of it. Fresh it could very well be a 5