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 Fouder’s. 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 I’m supposed to like maple syrup in everything. I don’t. I feel like a Taliban who doesn’t his cranberry juice with a blood of the infidels flavor.
craftycarl21 (2295) - 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 (12478) - 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. I’m absolutely thrilled to have had the opportunity to try it, and I would drink more of this again in a heartbeat.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec 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 (7456) - 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 EBF’s 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 didn’t get much at all. One rumor floating around was that the maple settled out in the keg so people drinking it earlier weren’t getting as much… who knows. Tasty either way.
Jblauvs (1356) - 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.
nash7624 (18) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Founders Brewery. Oily, deep black with small, tan head. Chocolate, dark fruit, red wine, vanilla, and alcohol in the nose. Initially quite sweet with a little maple, complimented by nice, slightly bitter, dry finish. Long finish with lingering complexities. Wonderful.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2011 Re-sampled on tap at Fat Heads in Pittsburgh (9/11/11): Similar appearance as before. Aroma has lots of sweet dark malts and rich roasty coffee with a touch of maple, but no tartness. Body follows suit with good complexity, sweetness and lots of coffee and maple bourbon flavors. A very enjoyable and unique brew. The previous sample was obviously off from what was intended. (9,5,8,4,18)
Sampled on tap at Church Key DC 10/22/09: Porus an oily opaque with a rich, creamy full-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of rich coffee, dark chocolate and maple with some tart light fruity notes. Starts with some earthy roasty coffee and acidity with some creamy dark chocolate and caramel maple sweetness before a dry roasty mocha finish. Pretty well-balanced and complex, but the tartness seems out of place and tastes slightly infected. Acidity is a little more concealed as it warms. (7,5,7,4,15)