bp (784) - Queens, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the Institute 1 yr Ann: pours a drak plack witha thin tan head, aroma of maple syrup, whisky, coffee, taste of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, some oak, malty with a full mouthfeel. Excellent stuff.
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Stable. Pours very dark dense brown head. The aroma has smooth roasted malt, some maple, coffee bitterness, vanilla, cream, oak and dark chocolate. The body is thick, smooth and velvety with gentle carbonation. The flavor starts off with smooth heavily roasted malt, hints of maple, rich dark caramel, some coffee, vanilla and oakiness. Then finish has charred malt and a very nice melding of all the flavors. I really enjoyed this beer a lot and thought it was the best of the three versions of breakfast stout I’ve had.
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Founders. Smells and looks like Breakfast Stout, with maple syrup thrown in, but Im thinking this is not much of an improvement. It sweetens it up a bit too much, though the added bonus is an oakey smoke note that creeps around. Damn decent.
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Founders. Pours a dark brown with a bit of decent viscosity and little head. Aromas are thick with Breakfast Stout and smoke and maple syrup. Flavor is pretty good but borders on cloying and I’m not sure I could finish a large glass. Still, for sipping and enjoying slowly, this is top notch.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Founders. Well, this is just about what you’d expect from the description. Lots of extra sweetness, plenty of maple syrup that actually goes quite well with the coffee, but does tend to drown out the chocolate a bit. Not bad, but I prefer the regular BS.
BBB63 (5943) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at DLD: Basic black with a lovely head and lace. The nose detected maple syrup and bacon, f++k yeah BACON BABY!, Oh, there was coffee, chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, and floral hops too. The taste is sweet and syrupy but wonderfully not cloy or over the top sweetness, a nice coffee and hop bitterness kept it in minimal check. Moderate bourbon influence upon the finish. The mouth feel is far heavier and thicker than the other two versions of Breakfast stout for sure. I still like the "regular" Breakfast over this but the Canadian is better than the Kentucky IMO. Brillant and me hopes it will be at the next Black Party.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Tap at Chumley’s. The pour is Black with a rich brown head, as usual. I got to do this side by side with the KBS, and I perfer this one because the bourbon is much restrainded. I expected more maple. I think that maybe there’s a second batch and a second use of the barrel. Full body and lightly sweet finish. Really pretty good.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Milwaukee Beer Barons World of Beer Festival. Pours a brownish amber with a nice amber head. Aroma is vert nutty, caramel, whiskeyish and strong strong coffee. Flavor is really more of the same although the alcohol seems more pronounced and a bit of the Canadian whiskey comes through. Texture is oily and full bodied. Really very similair to KBS with a hint of Maple Syrup. Yum yummy good!
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Source: Tap at DLD.
Glass: Plastic Cup.
Appearance: Solid black with a one finger brown head.
Aroma: Maple syrup, pancakes, chocolate and roasted malt.
Flavor: Coffee, maple syrup, chocolate, vanilla and a roasty finish.
Palate: Full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: The real deal...still like KBS better, but this is a VERY close second.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Back in Black Stout Fest for SBW- unbelievable surprise keg- as a maple fiend, this is the stout I wanted to try the most. Pours black with a decent tan head that fades to a lasting ring. Smells like buttery maple pancakes, leather, bitter dark chocolate, and roasty malt. Bourbon and chocolate are more prevalent in the taste. Nice thick mouthfeel; finishes with a maple sweetness and bitter chocolate/coffee.