Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz handbottle from badnewsbeers, huge thanks man. Dark black pour. Light sweetness, some dark fruits. Very smooth, light maple and fucking sweet. (1240)
vtafro (6057) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft @ EBF. Dark pour with some light head. Espresso was what jumped out at me, also some maple, on top of a great imperial oatmeal stout. Wish it was more available.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks so much Sean for sharing this Top 50 beer! Warm boozy bourbon and acidic, dark black coffee, with maybe a hint more caramel-like malt sweetness coming from a maple presence. Pours a syrupy dark black-brown, with a rim in frothy cocoa-powder. This has some seriously unbridled sweetness. Holy cow. Flavors are candied coffee syrup, mint julep, bourbon bon-bon, and maple sugar. The coffee seems more tempered in this version to me and the maple kind of softens the bourbon harshness. It still seems all over the map to me, with a lot of flavors fighting for attention. In the end, is this really a beer? Itís bourbon, and coffee, and maple syrup, but not much malt (some leafy bland hops do perk up in the finish). I like this version a bit better than the straight-up.
darkguardian (729) - Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle thanks to badnewsbeer. Pours a thick oily black. Nose is dense cocoa, coffee, tons of sweet brown sugar and maple. Flavor is in many ways superior to the original because its not as aggressive. The coffee is there but the maple syrup gives it dimension and rounds out the rough edges. Finishes slightly roasty but then a long long finish of vanilla and maple lingers on the tongue. Extremely impressive.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like thick liquified black tar, dark brown thin head, the 12oz. handbottle courtesy of goryshkewysch (thanks, George!): Nose of hard coffee beans, bittersweet cocoa powder, sweet molasses, earthy bitters, warm green tea (definitely), roasted vanilla bean, thick oak, bourbon, char, and vinious characters. Flavor of... wooah, thatís aggressive. Big time maple syrup slides down the tongue with an accompanying charred, oily feel and honeyed maltiness. Bourbon undertones throughout. Incredibly sweet, though not as balanced with that cocoa/coffee earthy roasted bitterness as Iíd like. However, itís apparent that these brewers do not lack creativity and I do appreciate a brew that pushes the limits. Drinkability: Complex, creative, assertive, and persistently boozy. Pairing: BBQ full beef rib dinner (12 bones). Rebuy: Yeah. #434 on 29042010, DG.
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 12 oz bottle produced by Founders for the EBF, courtesy of badnewsbeers...thanks man! Poured into a snifter. Black as night with ruby tinge to it. A firm pour into the center of the glass produces a tan swirl of soft foam that dissipates, and leaves a ring around the edge. Aroma strongly of espresso with a hint of syrup sweetness. The first taste I get is a roasted coffee bitterness, then the sweet maple syrup hits. Itís a delicious combination, the roasted coffee and chocolate, with oak and maple syrup. Mouthfeel not as thick as youíd think, not too thin, but medium I would say. Very smooth and creamy, with soft carbonation. This is just fantastic!!
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a hand-bottled...bottle. This brew pours black with a medium thick and foamy tan head that diminishes steadily. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malt, maple and coffee. Rich and smooth body with flavors of oaky bourbon, vanilla, delicious maple syrup and coffee. Nice roasted malt and chocolate undertone as well. The finish is rich and sweet leaving a long-lasting maple and honey aftertaste offset by mildly bitter roasted coffee. An excellent Imperial Stout that lives up to the hype.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz handbottle. Didnít even know what this was until I started drinking it and put a few pieces together... Pour black with red edges and a small tan head. Maple, oak, dried alcohol-soaked fruit and lots of fudge in the aroma. Flavors of honey, maple, light wood, chocolate, and faint coffee. The fudgy roast is there, but the maple and sweetness push it to the background. Full bodied and smooth with a very silky finish. Sweet stuff, but a really nice dessert character, and I think it works better than the KBS for sure.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to badnewsbrews for this 12ozíer
It pours very dark brown with a touch of reddish highlights with a light brown head. The flavor is of coffee, dark chocolate and the maple comes t hrough with some sweetness in the flavor and a touch of stickiness on the palate. It was very enjoyable and definitely a sipping beer.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle shared by boltz deep brown tan head aroma coffee bourbon flavor coffee bourbon oak roast vanilla. really nice brew.