darkguardian (726) - Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle thanks to badnewsbeer. Pours a thick oily black. Nose is dense cocoa, coffee, tons of sweet brown sugar and maple. Flavor is in many ways superior to the original because its not as aggressive. The coffee is there but the maple syrup gives it dimension and rounds out the rough edges. Finishes slightly roasty but then a long long finish of vanilla and maple lingers on the tongue. Extremely impressive.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like thick liquified black tar, dark brown thin head, the 12oz. handbottle courtesy of goryshkewysch (thanks, George!): Nose of hard coffee beans, bittersweet cocoa powder, sweet molasses, earthy bitters, warm green tea (definitely), roasted vanilla bean, thick oak, bourbon, char, and vinious characters. Flavor of... wooah, thatís aggressive. Big time maple syrup slides down the tongue with an accompanying charred, oily feel and honeyed maltiness. Bourbon undertones throughout. Incredibly sweet, though not as balanced with that cocoa/coffee earthy roasted bitterness as Iíd like. However, itís apparent that these brewers do not lack creativity and I do appreciate a brew that pushes the limits. Drinkability: Complex, creative, assertive, and persistently boozy. Pairing: BBQ full beef rib dinner (12 bones). Rebuy: Yeah. #434 on 29042010, DG.
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 12 oz bottle produced by Founders for the EBF, courtesy of badnewsbeers...thanks man! Poured into a snifter. Black as night with ruby tinge to it. A firm pour into the center of the glass produces a tan swirl of soft foam that dissipates, and leaves a ring around the edge. Aroma strongly of espresso with a hint of syrup sweetness. The first taste I get is a roasted coffee bitterness, then the sweet maple syrup hits. Itís a delicious combination, the roasted coffee and chocolate, with oak and maple syrup. Mouthfeel not as thick as youíd think, not too thin, but medium I would say. Very smooth and creamy, with soft carbonation. This is just fantastic!!
Dogbrick (9156) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a hand-bottled...bottle. This brew pours black with a medium thick and foamy tan head that diminishes steadily. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malt, maple and coffee. Rich and smooth body with flavors of oaky bourbon, vanilla, delicious maple syrup and coffee. Nice roasted malt and chocolate undertone as well. The finish is rich and sweet leaving a long-lasting maple and honey aftertaste offset by mildly bitter roasted coffee. An excellent Imperial Stout that lives up to the hype.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz handbottle. Didnít even know what this was until I started drinking it and put a few pieces together... Pour black with red edges and a small tan head. Maple, oak, dried alcohol-soaked fruit and lots of fudge in the aroma. Flavors of honey, maple, light wood, chocolate, and faint coffee. The fudgy roast is there, but the maple and sweetness push it to the background. Full bodied and smooth with a very silky finish. Sweet stuff, but a really nice dessert character, and I think it works better than the KBS for sure.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to badnewsbrews for this 12ozíer
It pours very dark brown with a touch of reddish highlights with a light brown head. The flavor is of coffee, dark chocolate and the maple comes t hrough with some sweetness in the flavor and a touch of stickiness on the palate. It was very enjoyable and definitely a sipping beer.
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle shared by boltz deep brown tan head aroma coffee bourbon flavor coffee bourbon oak roast vanilla. really nice brew.
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
big thanks to ucusty for this one! pours black with a thick, dense 1 finger brown head that fades fairlyquickly. awesome aroma of maple, coffee, doughy yeast, bourbon, and roasty chocolate. very hearty and earthy notes throughout this beer make it very enjoyable and much more complex than the sum of its parts.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to Ryan for this 22oz bomber, bottle #1 of 55, filled at CBX in Charleston.
Pours pitch black with a big, super thick tan head that recedes slowly to a small cap and leaves lots of lacing along the sides.
The aroma is stunning. As a coffee lover, I definitely love the fact that the big coffee aroma and dark roasted malts from the underlying beer is still dominant, but the reason itís world class is the maple syrup sweetness.
Well, if the aroma is stunning, then the taste is sublime. Again, the Breakfast Stout is still easy to pick out with the heavily toasted dark malts and freshly ground coffee. But the maple syrup takes over midway through the taste and leaves a lingering sweetness after each sip.
The mouthfeel is as smooth as any beer Iíve ever tasted with soft but noticeable carbonation. Itís not full bodied, but close.
This is one exceptional beer. Iím certainly a huge fan of Breakfast Stout and KBS, but I really think this is better. Something about the maple syrup seems to balance the coffee perfectly. World Class.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2010 12oz handbottle, courtesy of wavers1. Thanks, dude! Pours a very, very dark brown color; oily honey-yellow edges; creamy, mixed-bubbled, medium-tan head with patchy lacing; oily with a light covering of small bubbles. Lots of piney and earthy bitterness, pleasant alcohol notes, vinous with dark fruits without any oxidation; hints of tea and cola at the core, with light tannins and some roasted / charred notes; the maple syrup appears as a honeyed character. Full body: relaxed carbonation, oily and inky texture, and incredibly dense character; lots of brown sugar and maple syrup / honeyed maltiness; this is just a solidly presented, heavily integrated, unctuous and pleasantly sweet imperial stout; quite light in the roasted / charred malts and the chocolate; Iíd even be more inclined to call this a honeyed barleywine over an imperial stout; lots of honey, sweet cereal notes, dense maltiness, and some chocolate but not the typically attendant bitterness; certainly on the sweet side, but not overtly sticky or underattenuated; very solid, generous, ridiculous beer. The maple / honey character takes over pretty much everything here. A hugely lengthy, inky finish: with lots of lingering honey, bitter chocolate, and hints of roast; the far end is honeyed malts balanced with earthy sweetness.