SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft @ Brouwerís Stout Night to start SBW - wow, what a surprise!! jet black with foamy tan head; tons of coffee at first sniff, so yeah, this is my thing; sticky, sweet and full bodied; quite rich with maple, vanilla, chocolate and coffee; wow, just a glass of sweet stout goodness; this one has it all :)
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottle courtesy of StFun Ė thanks Josh! Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. The nose is roasty malt, vanilla, dark chocolate and light coffee. The taste is cocoa, bakers chocolate, vanilla, light maple and spiked coffee. The maple is very understated which is great. Full creamy mouthfeel. Delicous stuff. Thanks again Josh!
emacgee (4210) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 Thanks to ucusty for giving this to us.
Pours a viscous oily black with a one finger dark brown head. Looks awesome. Nose is rich and mildly sweet, chocolate for sure, some coffee roast, mild woody character. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, some coffee, mild bitterness, a little wood comes through. Palate is velvety and coating with a mild roast. Looks and feels great but smells and tastes pretty good.
alobar (2952) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Blue Dog. Dark black color with a tall tan/brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, maple, and alcohol. Flavor of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, maple, and roasted malts. Just incredible!
TURDFERGUSON (4002) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottle from Ucusty. Thanks so much for securing this David! Pours a thick, thick black with a small brown lace. Nose is sweet with caramel, slight maple, chocolate. Thick palate, yet silky smooth going down. Flavors of vanilla, brown sugar, coffee bitterness, and overall sweetness. Its sweet, without being too cloying.
BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottle shared by Sparky27 via STFun..you two ROCK!!! Midnight pour with dark brown leather around the outer edges and a khaki swirl for a head. Aroma is sweet maple, cocoa, brown sugar, and alcohol (could swear this was bourbon-barrel aged). Flavor includes molasses, chocolate, and bourbon...medium to thick palate. Glad to have had a chance to try this!!! THANKS AGAIN!!!
riversideAK (5701) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Founders Canadian Breakfast bourbon maple coffee nose black pour thin tan bubbly head. Coffee sweetness bourbon maple. Lightly roasty, some booze. Sweet barrel notes, light maple in the finish.nice balance between roast, coffee, dry and sweet. Really solid stuff. Drinks nicely, some vanilla sweetness in finish.
nickd717 (3592) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 14, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2009 REVIEW #1000! Beer has officially taken over my life! Growler generously shared by largadeer on BA (thanks, Chris!). I was really looking forward to trying this beer and annoyed him about it at every possible opportunity. Growler did leak in transit and lose a substantial amount of beer, so the packaging materials were lucky enough to sample quite a bit of this rare brew. Fortunately the beer was still great, even if a little flat. I knew from the start this was right up my alley since I love imperial stouts, coffee, and maple syrup. I could probably take almost anyone in a Super Troopers style syrup bottle chug. Pours black and viscous with the tiniest bit of brown foam when agitated. Clung to the side of the glass when swirled. Aroma is coffee, roast, maple syrup, and a tiny bit of alcohol. Very inviting. As for flavor, Iíve heard you can drop a tablespoon of maple syrup into a Breakfast Stout and approximate this beer pretty closely closely. CBS is a little fuller-bodied and more viscous, but as far as taste goes, that is a very good approximation. Flavor is lots of bitter coffee that is very reminiscent of regular Breakfast Stout, roasted malt, dark chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, and a faint hint of oak. Alcohol is detectable but very well-hidden. This beer is really well-rounded and succeeds in balancing the sweetness from the syrup and malt with the coffee bitterness. Because of the shipping mishaps, the amount of carbonation was somewhere between really, really, ridiculously low and Angels Share - i.e. it was damn near flat. Surprisingly, that didnít matter much. Call me crazy, but I like it when a syrup beer has a syrup-like mouthfeel. Thatís exactly how this was. CBS is smooth and viscous on the way down and lingers on the palate afterwards. This is incredibly drinkable for an imperial stout. The second I put the glass down, I was thinking about my next sip. It just keeps you wanting that mapley, coffeey (not even close to being a word, I know) goodness and almost makes you cry when itís gone and you know youíll probably never try this again. Founders, I canít stress this enough, please brew this beer again. If I could have a keg of this stuff delivered to my apartment once a month, I would be a very happy, drunk, and fat person.
UPDATE 9/19/09: largadeer got a new growler that was perfectly hermetically sealed, and it was PHENOMENAL. Huge lasting tan head with great retention and lacing. Flavor is just incredibly complex with a lot (but not too much) of maple syrup. Nice lively mouthfeel. This destroyed both KBS and regular BS in a side-by-side. This is one of the best beers Iíve ever had.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed via draft in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a jet black with a slight tan head that is nicely retained for several minutes. The nose brings a very strong character of coffee grounds, along with some roasted and crystal malts. The latter becomes more prevalent as the sample warms. Nicely complex. The palate is smooth, especially for an imperial stout. Coffee flavors come through, along with a nice caramel character toward the mid- to end of the palate. Especially pleasing is a distinct lack of hop bitterness, which often only seems to make the roasted malt character too strong. A relatively obvious alcohol character also begins to come through as I work through the beer. Overall, good but not the life-changing beer that some have noted.
douglas88 (6625) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An awesome rarity thanks to ditmier at Tobyís tasting, thanks Eric. Pours a pure black color with no light getting through, a small head. The aroma was dominated by rich milky coffee notes, some sweetness was noticed and a bit of wood. The flavor was great; the coffee was strong as ever, but the powerful syrupy goodness was sweet and very noticeable. Vanilla and wood as well. A great beer. Wow! Number 1,400.