koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/20/09 REVIEW - MAPLE SYRUP KEG
4.5a, 4.5s, 4.0t, 4.5m, 4.5d
I got my second chance to try CBS at the Blue Dog in Chalfont PA yesterday. Low and behold this keg sampling had much more maple syrup presence than my previous sample last month at Caponeís (see review below). Although it was still a mighty tasty brew and the maple syrup was impressively present, I found it a touch outside my sweetness comfort range. Also the overabundance of maple syrup found in this sample overpowered lots of the subtle flavor notes I got to enjoy when I tasted this brew at Caponeís last week. The maple syrup totally masked the vanilla and most of the bourbon notes. I think I liked the more roasty sample I tried at Caponeís better but would probably prefer to blend the two!
8/16/09 REVIEW - MORE ROASTY KEG
Got my chance to try this white whale at Caponeís yesterday.
Appearance: Pours an opaque black into a tulip glass with a one finger off white crown that offers little retention or lacing.
Smell: What a beautiful array of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and maple syrup!
Taste: Iíve heard some say that CBS can be a bit inconsistent from keg to keg...some tasting maple syrupy sweet and others roasty. Oh wow this is one of the most well roasted stouts Iíve had. While my sample didnít have much maple sweetness, I could tell that the maple helped cancel out any heat. This really was all about the coffee and roasted malt.
Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated medium body.
Drinkability: Surprisingly high considering the abv and style.
Quite impressive....really glad I had a chance to try it.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 08-16-2009
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Basically black with a small beige head. Small lacings, but the beer reacts beautifully when the glass is swirled.
The aroma is intense - lots of fat malts, molasses, smooth bourbon, dough, and maple syrup. The character is heavy, but itís still fresh and alive. Great integration in the nose.
The taste is almost unbelievable. The body is beyond full and the mouthfeel is beyond smooth and creamy - this is like cream covered in velvet. It is nicely carbonated, which is very delightful.
Lovely sweet malty flavor with s smooth bitter accompanying roastiness. Notes of coffee. The barrel character is flawless . smooth toned-down nutty bourbon with hints of wood and vanilla, and sweet fresh maple syrup with hints of honey. A noticeable bitterness develops towards the finish as the beer ends with caramel, toffee, powdery coffee and a hint of alcohol.
This is, from start to finish, a very well made beer. Ridiculously complex, perhaps bordering what is possible with beer without it collapsing in a mess. Here, instead we get great balance and integration. I must say that I find it interesting that the barrel aging made its mouthfeel so full compared to the regular Breakfast stout. Well well, to sum it up: this might be the best barrel aged imperial stout Iíve ever had.
Getbetter (962) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 thanks to Hophead22 for the tasting.From a 220z bottle,maple syrup,bourbon,loved every sip of this beer.
edit:Iím still thinking about how great this beer was.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz handbottle from badnewsbeers, huge thanks man. Dark black pour. Light sweetness, some dark fruits. Very smooth, light maple and fucking sweet. (1240)
vtafro (4656) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft @ EBF. Dark pour with some light head. Espresso was what jumped out at me, also some maple, on top of a great imperial oatmeal stout. Wish it was more available.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks so much Sean for sharing this Top 50 beer! Warm boozy bourbon and acidic, dark black coffee, with maybe a hint more caramel-like malt sweetness coming from a maple presence. Pours a syrupy dark black-brown, with a rim in frothy cocoa-powder. This has some seriously unbridled sweetness. Holy cow. Flavors are candied coffee syrup, mint julep, bourbon bon-bon, and maple sugar. The coffee seems more tempered in this version to me and the maple kind of softens the bourbon harshness. It still seems all over the map to me, with a lot of flavors fighting for attention. In the end, is this really a beer? Itís bourbon, and coffee, and maple syrup, but not much malt (some leafy bland hops do perk up in the finish). I like this version a bit better than the straight-up.
darkguardian (727) - 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 (9344) - 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.