dogfish120love (1038) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
joeneugs (4305) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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…
BuckeyeBoy (3686) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to ditmier for sharing this hand bottled brew. pours out black topped with a nice brown head. Aroma was very nice plenty vanilla, coffee, and wood. Taste much like the aroma but with some bitter choclate.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Brouwer’s during Seattle Beer Week. Black with dark brown creamy head. Bourbon oak aroma. Smooth blend of chocolate, roast, bourbon, and sweet bacon (really? I guess...it’s in my notes...). Moderate alcohol burn. Mild bitter finish. Beautiful aroma.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz handbottle from wetherel shared at the socal sour tasting, this was an epic handbottle that really brought out a lot. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet with interesting varied notes. Taste is sweet mapely wow, really a damn epic imperial stout.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz handbottle from pwoods. Huge thanks Patrick! Excellent condition. A little smoke. Lightly sweet. Mellower than regular breakfast stout. I can’t notice the maple. Very good.