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RATINGS: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Ale Brewed with Chocolate and Coffee, aged in Maple Syrup-Bourbon Barrels.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
12oz handbottle from pwoods. Huge thanks Patrick! Excellent condition. A little smoke. Lightly sweet. Mellower than regular breakfast stout. I canít notice the maple. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruffhauser (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 On tap at Brouwers Stout Festival this past spring. I canít imagine having one at the ass-crack of dawn, but maybe the first one of the day. Coffe and maple syrup flavors make the breakfast angle.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (5419) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2009
On tap at Churchkey, Washington DC. Pours an opaque, oily black with a huge creamy, lacing tan head. BIG nose, maple syrupy, brown sugar, candy, woody, a touch of coffee. Close your eyes, take a sniff and it smells like butter melting over pancakes. Flavor starts with coffee bitterness, molasses, dark fruits, a weird cherry-like sourness, brown sugar, wood pulp, booze, coffee with cream. Wet, oily, sour finish. While the aroma is one of the best Iíve ever experienced on a beer, the rest of the beer is a bit over hyped. There may also be some lingering infection as the sour cherry notes are definitely not supposed to be there.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11866) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2009
(draft) Large tan head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is sweet, maple, caramel, some chocolate, some alcohol. Taste is sweet, maple, some chocolate, caramel, alcohol, light coffee. Smooth medium-full body. Very good, but the sweetness makes it hard to drink a full serving.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2009
On tap at Uncle Mikes Highway Pub. Midnight onyx with a foamy tan head that leaves nominal lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, mild maple and light alcohol. Taste pretty damn goodÖ the best of the breakfasts stouts Iíve had so far (BC/KBS/CBS). Chocolate, vanilla, roasted dark malts, moderate coffee are accentuated by a touch of maple. Goes down pretty smooth and finishes up with a minor alky/roasty bite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2009
(Handbottle, thanks StFun!) Pours black with a small brown head. The aroma holds strong notes of heavily roasted coffee beans up front. Green bell pepper, gravel, fried parsley and mild jalapeŮo. Under all the coffee there is some chocolate roast, vanilla, salt liquorice, burned nuts, earth, dark bread and green hops. Almost no oak or maple on the nose. The nose is nice but not super complex, the coffee covers too much of the interesting undertones. The flavour is near medium sweet, light to medium bitter and light acidic with tones of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, light caramel/fudge, light maple and light oak. The mouthfeel is round, soft and light oily with light carbonation. Coffee and maple blends well in the finish. Bit hoppy. Some warming alcohol is notable. Medium to full bodied. A nice coffee beer but I would have loved some more maple character.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Nip handbottle from StFun. Pours basically pitch black, with perhaps just a faint glint of deep mahogany. A small, frothy head of dark mocha colored foam leaves micro-spot rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is striking, huge notes of sweet maple and vanilla showing atop a massively roasty espresso bean and bittersweet chocolate base. Thereís a spicy, green, leafy hop element that lends resinous notes. The flavor follows suit, huge coffee roast and bitter, dark cacao balanced by maple-vanilla sweetness. Leafy, peppery hops again show strong. The palate is nearly full and well carbonated, but finishes just a little chalky and overly dry. Great, unique beer. Still a little heavy on coffee roast, the maple barrel suits the base beer considerably better than the bourbon barrel does. In other words, CBS > KBS.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2009
on tap at the Saucer, KC. thick and black with very little head, brown bubbles of different sizes around the edge. boozy, coffee, sweet aroma. flavor is awesome, of course. the main thing that sets this apart from the regular breakfast stout and the KBS is the sweetness. all the other normal components are there- coffee, chocolate, roastiness, alcohol, etc. they are just dominated by the sweetness that has a nice element of maple. great beer. i was kind of irritated at having to show up two plus hours early to get a ticket for 4 oz but ended up getting multiple servings and it would have been worth it either way.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Sampled on tap at Kansas Cityís Flying Saucer, $4 for 4oz. ... this better be good! Iíve had regular Breakfast Stout four or five times, and honestly, itís not my thing. Too much raw burnt coffee and extra-dark chocolate, not a lot of refinement or melding of flavors. I grabbed my tiny tasting goblet and noticed the thick black liquid with a tiny tan head that coats the glass more than it leaves noticeable lacing. The abusive black coffee aroma of the base beer was gone, replaced by a noseful of cafe au lait and dark fudge, quite enticing! The flavor was also much more pleasing than the original, with the familiar coffee and dark chocolate, but no sharp edges. Barrel aging plus the stick sweetness of maple syrup had caused the strong flavors to blend beautifully. Lingers on the tongue with the sticky sweetness of a maple donut, truly a breakfast meal!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. 4oz special tap night. Pours a syrupy black body with just a slight ruby tint. Thin, frothy, chocolate ice cream colored head that never completely dissipates and leaves a light, sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet cocoa up front with a mild roasty coffee. A light maple syrup sweetness keeps this relatively even-keeled. A hint of woody, barrel and vanilla comes in more as this warms too. Flavor is sweet up front with a delicate dark chocolate, maple, dark caramel, and just a touch of sweet bourbon flavor. A mild coffee roast keeps the sweetness in check and maintains flavor into the finish. Ends with a sweet chocolate maple, a hint of booze, vanilla, and a lingering coffee and dark chocolate. Palate is medium to full, syrupy, and has a subtle dryness. Overall, a very sweet, but well rounded impy. The maple really adds a nice, thick and subtle sweetness that accompanies the big cocoa nib, dark chocolate, coffee roast flavors. Not a huge wood barrel taste, but just a touch to give off a light vanilla flavor. Very enjoyable, well made, and glad to have the opportunity to sample this rare beer.


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