elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque, jet black, with a thin dark brown head that dissipates quickly. The pour into the glass was very viscous, like motor oil, with lots of stickiness. Aroma is of alcohol upfront, but not mere booze. A very distinct smell of whiskey drives the aroma. Behind that licorice and dried dark fruits (currant) are detectable. Taste is complex and amazing. Maple syrup and wood smoke were the first things tasted and dominated throughout. As the beer warmed a bit more vanilla, molasses, and a general sweetness further emerge. Three things of interest here: 1) though the smell of alcohol is prominent, the taste of alcohol really wasn’t. The flavor was more of whiskey barrels than whiskey itself, 2) peculiar for an imperial stout, there was little in the way of coffee or chocolate flavor, 3) the aforementioned flavors were so overwhelming that malts really took a backseat. Palate was oily, verging on creamy. Just a little in the way of carbonation. Almost perfect. Overall, CBS lived up to the hype for me. KBS probably hits harder and packs more punch, but CBS was amazingly flavorful and complex. A real treat for stouties everywhere. Hope to see more of this produced in the future.
rumproasts (3751) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at 2015 michigan winter beer festival. Black with minimal head. A beer fest is probably not the best place to be passing judgement on beers, but I had built this up to be something that it isn’t. Basically the breakfast stout with a bit more sweetness. Maybe if it were warmer more of the barrel complexity would come through. it’s pretty good, but not even one of the best beers i’ve had today.
bellco33 (456) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured on tap at Birch Hill Tavern: This is the second time I’ve had this recently. The first time was in a sample glass and I wasn’t really impressed and thought it was over-hyped. This time in the proper glass, it was fantastic. Pours jet black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, and roasted malts. Taste is very chocolate and bourbon forward, with a touch of maple at the end of the sip. Somehow this big beer isn’t cloying and overly sweet. Heavy body, definitely a sipper. It was worth the wait.
metalhead0043 (150) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Triangle Wine Company. Pours jet black with little head. Aroma is huge bourbon, chocolate, maple, some vanilla as well. Taste is chocolate, some maple, slightly boozy and the bourbon flavor kicks in at the end as well. Really smooth. Heavy, creamy texture. Very thick. Overall quite impressive. The chocolate aroma really came through as well when it warmed up. I was one of the lucky few who got a pour of this as the place was packed. I think it’s a bit better than KBS as well.
vlan1 (212) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Draft at Bangers in Austin. Thick and black. No discernable head. Aroma of chocolate syrup and mocha. Picked up a thick chocolately mocha flavor with a hint of syrupy sweetness and a bit of bourbon bit on the finish. Very smooth. Really good but I don’t know if its the mega beer everyone makes it out to be.
rhsiung (1048) - USA - MAY 20, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
on tap @ community-bar during chibeerweek. balanced, not boozy, refined, sweet, bitter finish. lived up to hype.
Fujimo2000 (14) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours almost black with lasting tan lacing. Coffee aroma followed by a Carmel. Velvety mouth feel with a slight chocolate and alcohol finish. Overall amazing beer!
madelfonatree (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Look - Dark oil body. Thick tan head with small bubbles.
Smell – Whiskey. Chocolate. Sugar (maple).It smells like chocolate chip Eggo waffles.
Taste – Chocolate. Whiskey in the end but smooth vanilla finish.
Feel - Smooth and creamy. Doesn’t explode with carbonation but isn’t flat. This is what I imagined coffee would feel like as a child haha.
Overall – 2/4 for CBS in Columbus isn’t bad, right. The time off work was worth it. Get it if you can. I hope I can have this from a bottle in the future.
anthony850 (341) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little sweeter. But a big alchohol taste
Still very smooth.
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stevencon (506) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft for Derby Day at Tavern on Main. Dark as a black whole. Sweet chocolate coffee roast with a bit of sweetness. Coffee and oatmeal stout taste with a bit of extra sweetness. Warming well balanced beer. Big thanks to Kyle for saving me some of this fantastic stuff!
RRistow12 (394) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted from draft. Pours black with a beige head. Lot of lacing. Aroma is incredible. Maple syrup, chocolate, coffee and a hint of bourbon. Taste also incredible. Moderate to heavily sweet with mild bitterness. Huge flavor of maple syrup, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, coffee. Creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Coats the palate and lingers. Astounding beer!
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