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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
Ale Brewed with Chocolate and Coffee, aged in Maple Syrup-Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
illidurit (2245) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Counterpressure-filled bottle/growler courtesy bret27 at Woodshop 5.0. Pours darkest brown with a nice tan foamy head and some syrupy legs. Aroma is black roasty malts, coffee, maple syrup, smoke, and caramel. Pretty nice, but not as good as the flavor, which is absurd. Chewably thick body, tons of roasted malts and dark chocolate tempered by a smokey maple syrup note with wood, sweet bourbon-like accents, espresso, faint berries. Incredible. Dry and slightly bitter, no astringency, full bodied, epic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thefle (168) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2010
EBF beer, Great stout! I kept coming back for more of this bad boy at NotB, if you can get this buy as much as possible, it’s incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2010
So you wake up in the morning and you need your coffee. Upon brewing a really strong pot you realize that you don’t have a sugar in the house. Casting about for ideas, you realize that the only thing you have that might work is maple syrup. This is the scenario that played out in my head after tasting this beer. Not as syrupy sweet as I guess I was expecting, but there is a bit. Very dark roasty - verging on charred - notes in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogfish120love (1048) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Huge coffee aroma. I have never tasted a beer that tastes more like fresh coffee grinds. The coffee in my opinion covers the slight maple syrup flavor. The appearance was pretty much black with no head. Tasted at the extreme beer fest

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Old rating from the "lost sheets" had this @ the founders tapping during GTMW 2009 and what a clusterf*** that was to get it, the number of people I had to cut in front of. Jet black pour w/ a thick head. Huge creamy full palate. Lots of maple sweetness dominate both the flavor and aroma, a light smoky note came through late. Reminded me of the KBS w/ less of the bourbon. Just a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2010 Black with a small, somewhat bubbly dark brown head that leaves great lazing on the inside of the snifter. Aroma is superb with vanilla, honey, bourbon, light and dark chocolate, cookie dough, caramell and toffe alongside a subtile tone of coffe. Flavor is seriously intense with maple syrup sticking to the inside of my mouth revealing sweet notes of dark chocolate, brownie cookies, vanilla, some molasses and murky wood (bourbon.) Very intense yet balanced. Ends on a fantastic chocolatey roasted and slightly bitter note with dry coffe and a fine spirit kind of heat alongside a fat creamy maple syrup character that seem to wash the heat off while providing a deep sweet drinking experience. The balance between the sweet syrup and the dry coffe is just gorgeous, wow.. And if thats not enought the mouthfeel is just perfectly slick, creamy and slightly sticky, just enough to indicate that this is a seriously potent brew. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4453) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Big thanks to Ucusty for the hand bottle! The pour is thick and dark brown/black with a small brown head. The aroma is chocolate, mocha, kalua, maple syrup, and a touch of green apple. The flavor... Wow! this is thick and sweet. Maple syrup lends a nice, complementary touch. Otherwise sweet milk chocolate takes the forefront. A little coffee. Unfortunately, I’m still picking up a little green apple which puts it off slightly. The finish however is much more complex with the strong roasted quality taking over followed by some burnt wood and a nice balancing bitterness. A real pleasure to try this beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Handbottle via trade with StFun - Pours a dark brown color with no head or lacing. Aroma is coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is sweetened coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. There is a hint of vanilla in the finish. Medium body. Besides the lack of carbonation (probably do to the handbottling), this is a pretty nice coffee stout. Thanks Josh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2009
12oz handbottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Thanks for sharing, Brad! Black, tan creamy head. Complex dark roast coffee aromas are well layered over swirls of vanilla-maple oak and black chocolate cream. Soft burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate and sweet maple fudge flavors rest on a light wooden foundation from start to finish. Medium bodied and smooth, cask-like carbonation, sweet maple coffee finish. This seriously needs to be considered for future bottling as a seasonal…

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