NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at DLD ’09. Rating 900. How cool is it that I was double fisting VB Dark Lord and CBS? Very cool, that’s how. Pours an opaque brown with a nice dark brown head. Nose a ton of coffee, vanilla and nice maple syrup. In tasting, I get again, a big ol’ cup of coffee with chocolate, salt, maple notes. I don’t find the maple as strong as most others. It is a fantastic beer with a nice multitude of flavors that would be great if they’d bottle this stuff up. The maple this is in here is a pure maple flavor, not syrup. Clean, floral and fantastic. Excellent.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at DLD 09. Pours black with a thick brown head. Aroma is of roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, sugar, vanilla, and maple syrup. Taste is of roasted malt, bourbon, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. There is a big presence of the maple syrup in this beer. It blends well with all the other flavors, which is very surprising. Lingering taste of bourbon and vanilla. Surprisingly, it was not overly sugary, which was a damned good thing. Mouthfeel was thick, but not syrupy. The alcohol presence is very well masked.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tap at the 2009 Founders Black Party. Only the 2nd beer I’ve ever given a perfect rating to. This stuff is incredible! Black as black can be pour with a nice dense brown head. Notes of oak, vanilla, bourbon, maple sugar candy, and nuts. All in excellent balance. Thick oily mouthfeel.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first brew I ordered when the Black Party specials started flowing,and one of the surprises of the night,rich more chocolate then coffee aroma,which just the slightest hint of that maple,taste was hard to recognize as Breakfast Stout,had a rich ,smooth malty,creamy flavor,with the maple now much more noticable then in the aroma,coffee again not as evident,a slight smoke and tobbacco character,a sweetness from the maple finished it off. Talked about and praised at our table for a long time
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this is one beautiful beer. Body and appearance similar to BS and KBS, but the slight maple sweetness and aroma are a perfect addition. I hope they decide to bottle this. A unique beer that is wonderfully done.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at founders. Opaque black with medium, creamy tan head. Big bourbon aroma, vanilla, cherry, sweet roast, coffee, tobacco. Sweet, coffee, bourbon, roast, an actual maple syrup presence not unlike barley wine, chocolate, slight alc that is not overehelmitastying. Medium to thin with light carbonation. Sweeter, but darn good.
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap at founders. Simular to the breakfast stout and KBS. A little more maple flavor on this one though. A very good beer but I still prefer KBS.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Founders: I’ll make this one as concise as possible...everything about this is identical to the regular Breakfast Stout except for an overly sweet, bordering on cloying maple accent that really detracts from anything else the beer has to offer. All in all not bad for what it is but I had to pass the rest of my glass off to cmr1517 to finish it.
bigtaster (526) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2012 On tap @ Founders. Black with nice brown head, almost no lacing. Smells like a fresh roasted coffee on ice, with huge malt presence. Great flavor, very creamy, seems more even keeled than KBS with a very nice maple kick. Of course huge coffee flavor and strong milk chocolate, alcohol is hidden. Kick of sweetness at start and lasting semi-bitter presence throughout. Wonderful.
ezyeric (7) - Comstock Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Founders for lunch. Aroma similar to KBS but not as much coffee. It starts out very sweet, bitter, almost tarty on the tip of the tongue but the aftertaste hits with the dose of coffee, toffee, and then to a strong chocolate. I was not aware of the maple so I was looking but I can now definitely imagine it in the mix, probably adds to the overall sweetness.