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.
kazooka (55) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in a pint glass at Fouderís. Maple and bourbon aroma. Black with dark tan lacing. Medium sweet and bitter. Light and tin with soft carbonation. Long bitter-sweet finish.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A good boosy stout with a little too much maple syrup flavor for me
How: Tap at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2010. Night Of The Barrel session. Two samples
The look: Black body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is sweet and boozy. Big thick body with medium carbonation. Taste is very sweet, low-medium roastiness, wood, molasses, some vanilla. The maple barrel aging translates into a pure maple syrup flavor from start to finish. And the maple syrup totally dominates the finish. I never liked a taste a maple syrup in my beer and this one unfortunately overdoes it. The base Breakfast Stout is so good to start with that this beer cannot be bad. I went back for a second sample just to be sure, nah, very good but not great. A very good beer but to me this is a big step down from the their excellent regular Breakfast Stout and KBS. Being a Canadian maybe Iím supposed to like maple syrup in everything. I donít. I feel like a Taliban who doesnít his cranberry juice with a blood of the infidels flavor.
craftycarl21 (2290) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge thanks to jblauvs for getting a hand bottle of this one. Thankfully the bottle held carbonation, and poured an oily pitch black with minimal brown head, though it perks up beautifully with a little swirl. Aroma is exquisite: maple syrup, sweet chocolate, mocha, almond, hazelnut, vanilla, and some nice wood and booze are all present. Flavor is also epic: begins with intense maple and vanilla. This moves to a beautiful middle marked by wood and coffee. The finish, though, is what makes this beer stand out. Slowly but surely mocha and chocolate build to an incredibly tasty and luxurious finish. Palate is rich and smooth. World class beer.
brokensail (12362) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: The pour is thick, creamy, and dark as the night with a thin layer of mocha colored head sitting on top. Some mild lacing as I drink a couple pours of this.
S: Insane amounts of fresh, roasted coffee are the first sensations to hit the nose. There are some nice undertones of bourbon, oak, and chocolate. The maple aromas are present, but not super bold.
T: All the good things about the nose are translated to the flavors of the beer. The coffee is once again very intense, with an ever so slight maple sweetness. The oak and bourbon flavors provide a touch of sweet vanilla to the beer.
M: Despite the travel from Michigan to CA, this growler has held up quite nicely. A smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a nice full body.
D: I cannot say enough nice things about this beer. Iím absolutely thrilled to have had the opportunity to try it, and I would drink more of this again in a heartbeat.
Fred82 (2115) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
2oz at NOTB
Aroma : Vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee and hops
Taste : Oily and resinous hops, roasted malt. Finish is roasty and resinous hops
Overall : Nice balance between hops and roasted malt.
j12601 (7395) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pouring at EBFís Night of the Barrels. Pours a hazy black with a thick tan head. Smells delicious from the start, coffee, chocolate, maple, pancakes. Tastes like coffee and pancakes, cappuccino ice cream. Utterly delicious with a long maple finish. I got a lot of maple on this, others said they didnít get much at all. One rumor floating around was that the maple settled out in the keg so people drinking it earlier werenít getting as muchÖ who knows. Tasty either way.
Jblauvs (1355) - Chester, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Ucusty! Dark Brown oily pour into a Brooklyn Tulip. Aroma is Maple, Huge chocolate, sweet hazelnut and vanilla bourbon notes. booze is subtle but present, the barreling is not overpower either, elements of the base beer are noticeable. Mouth feel is oily, creamy, full, very low carbonation. Flavor is an incredible meld of Sweet maple upfront and creamy chocolate. This then intensifies near the middle and then gives way to a oaky, bourbon chocolate wood on the finish. The aftertaste continues to develop minutes after the swallow, becoming more chocolatey. Tannins cut the sweetness really nicely, leaving a relatively balanced and stimulating beer. Fantastic. A stunning sipper, Founders blows my mind once again.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 Big ups to Jblauvs! Poured into a tulip. Utterly black pour with a small tan head that lingers nicely. The aroma is powerfully pronounced- huge bourbon and vanilla notes abound while the maple and chocolate notes abound. Lots of alcohol on the nose, but its all fully welcomed. Mocha, roast, and nutty malt take a back seat, but are very well placed. The flavor is otherworldly. Massive chocolate, caramel, maple syrup, and roasted malt. Vanilla bourbon and oak tannins balance out the sweetness in a very amazing way, creating an epic balance. The flavors simply wont go away. The palate is ultra thick, viscous, silky, velvety, and slightly hot. Pretty much everything about this brew is perfect.
Had about 6 glasses of this on tap at various locations, and I agree with my previous rating.