PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Maple coffee nose, and the maple sweetness really fills out the flavor and palate, giving this a luscious richness that goes all the way through to the end. Rich coffee presence complements. Outstanding and one of the best beers Iíve tried in a long long time.
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to badnewsbeers for this one in trade. Hoe many people finally got to try this one because of him?? Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Nose is coffee, espresso, booze, bourbon, maple, brown sugar, earth, chocolate, and depth. Flavor is similar with coffee, chocolate, espresso, spice, cinnamon, bourbon, vanilla, earth, and depth. On the heavier side of medium-bodied with a lingering finish of depth, complexity, espresso, chocolate, spice, and vanilla. An all-time amazing beer, but a definite sipper.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12oz, counter pressure filled bottle, dated 2/10/10 courtesy of badnewsbeers. thanks, tyler! opens with a perfect pop and pours a thick, oily, jet-black with a thin, but definitely present dark brown head leaving sheets of oily lacing on the glass and a ring of bubble through the whole experience. aroma is absolutely wonderful with huge notes of dark chocolate, burnt espresso beans, and woody oak backed by sweet vanilla cake batter and brown sugar with an honest to goodness aroma of chalah bread french toast and maple syrup with just a touch of spicy bourbon. ohh, my god! that was my first reaction to the flavor of this brew. huge, massive, immense, bitter roast coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate initially that is beautifully balanced by sweet maple syrup, oak, vanilla bean, and brown sugar with just a hint of bourbon and faint dark fruits soaked in rum on the finish. palate is full bodied, sticky and sweet, but effortless to drink given the perfect carbonation with a roasted, maple, coffee finish. overall, i think breakfast stout is incredible and kbs is astounding but this is on a whole different level. absolutely one of the best damn beers iív ever tasted. bravo to founders and thank you to tyler!
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/20/09 REVIEW - MAPLE SYRUP KEG
4.5a, 4.5s, 4.0t, 4.5m, 4.5d
I got my second chance to try CBS at the Blue Dog in Chalfont PA yesterday. Low and behold this keg sampling had much more maple syrup presence than my previous sample last month at Caponeís (see review below). Although it was still a mighty tasty brew and the maple syrup was impressively present, I found it a touch outside my sweetness comfort range. Also the overabundance of maple syrup found in this sample overpowered lots of the subtle flavor notes I got to enjoy when I tasted this brew at Caponeís last week. The maple syrup totally masked the vanilla and most of the bourbon notes. I think I liked the more roasty sample I tried at Caponeís better but would probably prefer to blend the two!
8/16/09 REVIEW - MORE ROASTY KEG
Got my chance to try this white whale at Caponeís yesterday.
Appearance: Pours an opaque black into a tulip glass with a one finger off white crown that offers little retention or lacing.
Smell: What a beautiful array of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and maple syrup!
Taste: Iíve heard some say that CBS can be a bit inconsistent from keg to keg...some tasting maple syrupy sweet and others roasty. Oh wow this is one of the most well roasted stouts Iíve had. While my sample didnít have much maple sweetness, I could tell that the maple helped cancel out any heat. This really was all about the coffee and roasted malt.
Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated medium body.
Drinkability: Surprisingly high considering the abv and style.
Quite impressive....really glad I had a chance to try it.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 08-16-2009
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Basically black with a small beige head. Small lacings, but the beer reacts beautifully when the glass is swirled.
The aroma is intense - lots of fat malts, molasses, smooth bourbon, dough, and maple syrup. The character is heavy, but itís still fresh and alive. Great integration in the nose.
The taste is almost unbelievable. The body is beyond full and the mouthfeel is beyond smooth and creamy - this is like cream covered in velvet. It is nicely carbonated, which is very delightful.
Lovely sweet malty flavor with s smooth bitter accompanying roastiness. Notes of coffee. The barrel character is flawless . smooth toned-down nutty bourbon with hints of wood and vanilla, and sweet fresh maple syrup with hints of honey. A noticeable bitterness develops towards the finish as the beer ends with caramel, toffee, powdery coffee and a hint of alcohol.
This is, from start to finish, a very well made beer. Ridiculously complex, perhaps bordering what is possible with beer without it collapsing in a mess. Here, instead we get great balance and integration. I must say that I find it interesting that the barrel aging made its mouthfeel so full compared to the regular Breakfast stout. Well well, to sum it up: this might be the best barrel aged imperial stout Iíve ever had.
Getbetter (1032) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 thanks to Hophead22 for the tasting.From a 220z bottle,maple syrup,bourbon,loved every sip of this beer.
edit:Iím still thinking about how great this beer was.
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 (6731) - 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 (730) - 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.