Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Founders. Deep opaque brown-black body, thick tan dissipating head. Strong, sweet maple syrup aroma with chocolate and roasted malts. Chewy, sweet body, sweet, with maple, chocolate, and coffee. Medium bitter finish. Silky, creamy palate. Breakfast stout is already a decadent beer, and the maple adds sweetness that becomes a tad cloying at about a third of a pint. Very good beer, but not a show-stopper.
after4ever (5854) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 Draft at Brouwer’s. Jet black. Loose sudsy tan ring. Massive blast of bitter coffee on the nose. Big creamy body, but very drinkable. The flavor profile starts with a d-10 Caterpillar bulldozer worth of coffee driving your tastes buds straight back. The big, bold flavor settles down into a more harmoniosu blend of coffee, salt, pepper, and some maple syrup. Lovely blended finish, but starts off a real hyperactive child.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Guest tap during Dark Lord Day ’09. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, coffee, breakfast maple syrup and some citrus/pine hops. Taste is full bodied, smooth, with flavors of toasted dark malt, coffee, maple syrup, some brown sugar and citrus. Finish is just as smooth with a light chocolate/coffee aftertaste that even continues a maple presence. Nice combo specialty Imp Stout.
trevor211 (1297) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Brouwer’s "Back in Black" stout night, part of Seattle Beer Week 09. Pours black as night, with a smallish, though dense, mocha brown head. The aroma hits you right away with oak, maple syrup, vanilla, molasses and mild, roasty coffee. It starts off dry as hell, but there’s this magical sweetness that starts to come through as an afterthought. That sweetness is more prominent in the flavor - maple syrup and toasted hazelnuts come through. This one is truer to the breakfast nomenclature than anything else I’ve had. Sweet, roasty flavor, but a dry mouthfeel, leaving your mouth salivating. Thick and syrupy, with just the right amount of roastiness. Great stuff!
cgarvieuk (12784) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 On Tap at DLD ... Very late on in day :-( ... When i saw the list for the day This was my number 2 pick after the Oak aged DL ... Sadly i was pretty disapointed with this... It was Still ok but Absolutly no hint of maple syrup anywhere, or at leat to my palate... deep black ... rich roast malts and coffee nose .. again deep roast malt flavours with some coffee.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Get to review this as I drink it thanks to the wireless at Founders.
Dark black pour with many brown hints swirling around. Strong cream colored head that reduces to a thin layer like oil on top of water. Really sticks to the glass. When I tilt it to the side to bring some of the bubbles onto the glass and tip it the other way, they remain stuck to the glass under the level of the beer for an interesting effect.
Aroma has espresso, mocha and a hint of oak and waffles(with maple syrup of coarse).
Taste is also an interesting blend of the aromas. More bourbon barrel type flavors with the maple throughout the middle, than in the aroma. Almost creamy mouthfeel, similar to it’s breatheren. The kind of caramel latte finish lingers for just a bit, but not real long. Alcohol is non-existant as well. Like that there is just slightly less abv in this one compared to their other imperials.
Overall it’s safe to say this is another chart topper from Founders. Would go really well with a slab of bacon. I think I prefer the regular KBS just a bit more, will be comparing to the Barrel aged Imperial shortly.
Only drawback thus far is the intense grain scents from the brewing operation throwing off the aroma from time to time.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2010 On tap at DLD 09. Pours a fairly dark brown with a small tan froth. Lovely sweet maple syrup and quite hoppy aroma, as well as the regular coffee, roast, chocolate in breakfast stout. Flavor is a fantastic marriage of coffee and maple syrup, I for sure thought the syrup was going to be annoying however it definitely is not. Med/full bodied, slightly syrupy, and every bit delicious. 188.8.131.52.18 . . . . . . . [Draft at Founders July 2010] Not quite as good as I remember it, like a extra chocolate milkshake, thick, syrupy, super rich, lacks the depth I remember...
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2009 On tap @ DLD ’09. The KBS improves on the regular Breakfast Stout and this took it up a notch further. Rather similar in appearance to the other two, although I thought it a bit more viscous than the Breakfast Stout. Takes the best flavors of Breakfast Stout/KBS and adds the perfect Maple Syrup sweetness to it. Less of a burn on the way down than KBS and the Maple syrup tasted surprisingly fresh. Almost a perfectly done beer- perhaps some of the coffee intensity from the Breakfast Stout has been masked by the Maple/whiskey flavors of this brew. Still, I consider that an improvement- lets hope the folks at Founders start bottling this beauty!
Tmoney99 (9969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Founders.
Poured a dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing.
Moderate to heavy roasted dark chocolate, vanilla, woody and alcohol aroma.
Heavy bittersweet roasted sweet malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration.
Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.
This is a standout beer.
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #1300! On tap at DLD. Pours a dark black with a creamy beige head. Rich aromas of chocolate malts, bourbon, and coffee that blend together well with a rich sweetness that isn’t overdone. Chocolate malt flavors of bourbon, vanilla, toasted malts, somewhat meaty/salty. You’d think this might turn out syruppy and just a mess of flavors but the balance of the roast, sweetness, and toasted malts make this an easy to drink brew. This beer rocks.