SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz handbottle. Didnít even know what this was until I started drinking it and put a few pieces together... Pour black with red edges and a small tan head. Maple, oak, dried alcohol-soaked fruit and lots of fudge in the aroma. Flavors of honey, maple, light wood, chocolate, and faint coffee. The fudgy roast is there, but the maple and sweetness push it to the background. Full bodied and smooth with a very silky finish. Sweet stuff, but a really nice dessert character, and I think it works better than the KBS for sure.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to badnewsbrews for this 12ozíer
It pours very dark brown with a touch of reddish highlights with a light brown head. The flavor is of coffee, dark chocolate and the maple comes t hrough with some sweetness in the flavor and a touch of stickiness on the palate. It was very enjoyable and definitely a sipping beer.
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle shared by boltz deep brown tan head aroma coffee bourbon flavor coffee bourbon oak roast vanilla. really nice brew.
wavers1 (913) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
big thanks to ucusty for this one! pours black with a thick, dense 1 finger brown head that fades fairlyquickly. awesome aroma of maple, coffee, doughy yeast, bourbon, and roasty chocolate. very hearty and earthy notes throughout this beer make it very enjoyable and much more complex than the sum of its parts.
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 (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 (12741) - 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.