Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Ucusty! Dark Brown oily pour into a Brooklyn Tulip. Aroma is Maple, Huge chocolate, sweet hazelnut and vanilla bourbon notes. booze is subtle but present, the barreling is not overpower either, elements of the base beer are noticeable. Mouth feel is oily, creamy, full, very low carbonation. Flavor is an incredible meld of Sweet maple upfront and creamy chocolate. This then intensifies near the middle and then gives way to a oaky, bourbon chocolate wood on the finish. The aftertaste continues to develop minutes after the swallow, becoming more chocolatey. Tannins cut the sweetness really nicely, leaving a relatively balanced and stimulating beer. Fantastic. A stunning sipper, Founders blows my mind once again.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 Big ups to Jblauvs! Poured into a tulip. Utterly black pour with a small tan head that lingers nicely. The aroma is powerfully pronounced- huge bourbon and vanilla notes abound while the maple and chocolate notes abound. Lots of alcohol on the nose, but its all fully welcomed. Mocha, roast, and nutty malt take a back seat, but are very well placed. The flavor is otherworldly. Massive chocolate, caramel, maple syrup, and roasted malt. Vanilla bourbon and oak tannins balance out the sweetness in a very amazing way, creating an epic balance. The flavors simply wont go away. The palate is ultra thick, viscous, silky, velvety, and slightly hot. Pretty much everything about this brew is perfect.
Had about 6 glasses of this on tap at various locations, and I agree with my previous rating.
nash7624 (18) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Founders Brewery. Oily, deep black with small, tan head. Chocolate, dark fruit, red wine, vanilla, and alcohol in the nose. Initially quite sweet with a little maple, complimented by nice, slightly bitter, dry finish. Long finish with lingering complexities. Wonderful.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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)
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
thefle (168) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
dogfish120love (1053) - 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.