ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2011 7/25/10 On tap at Founders. Boozy nose in a vodka-y way. A bit harsh. Coffee in the nose, less in the flavor. Not much maple syrup. Messy. 7/4/7/3/16 - 3.7
11/25/11 Bottle at Black Friday Tasting. Pure coffee in the nose. Flavor is messy. Coffee grounds. Boozy. Slight maple. 8/4/7/3/14 3.6
flatmatt (1400) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 Re-rate 09-Oct-2010 from the 750 mL bottle release. Still pours black with a tan head. Strong roasted coffee aroma, sweet brown sugar, chocolate syrup, vanilla, dark fruit. Flavor leads with roasty coffee backed by syrupy molasses and cocoa, sweet maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, and oak notes. Pretty much as I tasted it last year, but I’m able to focus on it and appreciate it a bit more now. Absolutely top notch.
Original rating: On tap at MBGSF 2010. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is strong roasted coffee, very creamy with strong vanilla, cocoa. Flavors of roasted coffee, vanilla, cocoa, with a strong maple sweetness. Great! 9/4/9/5/17/4.4
StefanSD (2307) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2010 8oz snifter pour at founders brewery. I was supposed to be on a bus to bells but I just could not make it. Pours an opaque black color with a small khaki head. Nose is coffee, whiskey, vanilla and more coffee. Flavor is dominated by coffee and coffee grounds with some sweet vanilla and biter walnuts filling in the sides and back. Palate is full and creamy. Finishes with lingering biter coffee. Overall: very tasty.
HonkeyBra (3986) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours an oily black with a tan ring around the edges. Aroma of chocolate, homemade brownies, fudge. Light maple sweetness. Fresh coffee and chocolate bars. Might be the best smelling beer I’ve ever had. Flavor of dark chocolate, coffee. Light oak and vanilla. Some maple sweetness. Delicious. Full mouthfeel, finishes with bitter coffee. Took a long time for me to finally try this beer and it was as good as I imagined.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Founders at RBSG. Pours opaque black, thin tan head, no real lacing. Nose is whiskey, candy, chocolate, marshmallows, quite sweet smelling; Flavours of brown sugar, Rocky Road candy bars, very chocolatey, booze is very well hidden. An excellent dessert stout.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the first beer I drank during the 2010 Ratebeer Summer Gathering. Good place to start. Served on draft at Founders Brewing Company. Pours a pitch black color with a medium brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Big maple notes in the aroma with chocolate and bourbon. The taste is chocolate, caramel, maple, coffee and a bitter leafy hop finish. Full bodied. Very nice beer.
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours deep black from 12 oz bottle with thin tan head that laced a little bit. Maple syrup, toffee up front leads into coffee, vanilla, a bit of burnt biscuity malt, leading into a big chocolate end that finishes bitter. Like a chocolate chip pancake with syrup on it, I could have this all the time. Delicious, blended perfectly, and the tastes and mouthfeel are perfect.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle by way of boltz on 3/21/2010.
nice brownish shade of black colored pour with a tan head.
loverly smell... coffee, roast, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup and the savory woodiness that goes with it.
the flavor is the same. awesome. sweet and mouth coating but delicious with tons of coffee and maple. 9/4/8/4/17/4.2
callmemickey (4148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 "I’m sorry, Bruce. These boys get that syrup in ’em, they get all antsy in their pantsy."
A: Thick black body capped by a tight khaki head. good retention and lacing down the glass.
S: Yum. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, maybe a bit of molasses and of course, maple syrup. You can feel the rich sweetness coming off this guy. A hint of booze.
T: Dense, boozey sweetness. Lots of maple syrup coating the chocolate and coffee flavors. Hearty. Breakfast like. Roasted and toasted sweet malts.
M: Thick. Sweet. Massive body. Clean flavors throughout.
O: Woah. When I finished it screamed "Well that was damn good, now get me a glass of water."
BVery (9212) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2015 Tap. Dark brown to black pour with a small creamy head. Aroma of maple and roast. Creamy body. Taste is phenomenal - similar to aroma plus a tiny bit of hop bite. Bourbon overtones. Slick and wonderful.