merc7186 (1462) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head, Some Lacing
S: Bourbon, Maple, Mild Chocolate Malts
T: Bourbon, Chocolate Fudge Brownie
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Sweet
Overall, pretty solid and worth mose of the hype.
falco242 (164) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is lots of black coffee with some sweet chocolate in there. Dark tan head and a bit syrupy, but delicious. The sweet maple is great with the bourbon and the coffee blends perfectly with the chocolate. And age has treated it well. Try it if you can.
mR_fr0g (1367) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dsg tasting at Chris’s. Dark black fleeting tan head. Aroma is liquorice treacle and higher alcohol. Flavour is sweet treacle maple light roast. Too big and sweet.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a viscous black with a tiny tan head.
Aroma mostly consists of chocolate, bourbon and coffee. Not much maple in the nose.
Taste follows the nose. You can taste the barrel aging as the bourbon at times almost overpowers. Lots of chocolate and roasty malt flavor with a touch of vanilla and just a bit of maple syrup. Seems to have less maple presence than when it had it on tap at Founders.
Mouthfeel is just a touch thin for the style although far from watery. Lowish carb levels.
A fine beer, but it’s impossible to live up to the crazy hype train. I slightly preferred the KBS we opened along with this and FWIW, it was a 2-2 tie between KBS and CBS as best beer amongst our tasting party.
[Edit] Cracked another bottle on 11/25. In this bottle the bourbon was much more subdued and more maple flavor was present much more similar to what I remember from having it on tap on release day. Incredibly smooth and one of the best beers I’ve ever had. I’m not sure if the first bottle was slightly off or if it really did just congeal and become awesome in just under a month. Went from a very good beer to a f’ing spectacular one.
[Edit #2] Tons of bottle variation in this. Score is more or less an average, but the bottles I’ve got to try have ranged from around a 3.5 to a 5.
rdixon77 (352) - Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Catching up on some old ratings I need to put it.
Wow. Incredible beer. Aged a year. I was worried that aging might mellow out the maple. No issue there. The smell was slight maple with some bourbon and coffee characteristics. Pour with thick midnight black with frothy khaki head. The taste was huge. Maple (of course), sweet and balanced. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, toffee. Over the top but nice. Heavy mouthfeel, but easy to drink.
One of the best imperial stouts (and beers, in general), I’ve been lucky enough to try.
sebletitje (5974) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 66cl de et partagée avec Klaas.
Noire, col épais et collant, crémeux et moka.
Arôme est malté, caramel, bouquet profond d’érable, le tout avec des petites pointes vanillées de bourbon. Le côté érable est assez unique et me fait penser à la réglisse.
Palais est épais et complexe, offrant la part belle aux malts; ici caramel, chocolaté à souhait.
Dimension de barrique unique, sirop d’érable avec ce côté caramélisé mais aussi une pointe de réglisse presque anisé. Bourbon reste subtile et aide la bière à prendre ce petit profil vanillé.
Bière au profil se rapprochant de KBS mais avec ce petit twist unique d’érable.
TheHOFF43 (1429) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2013 Bottle from Stfun, HUGE thanks! Poured dark with some chocolately head that lasted throughout. Aroma was bitter chocolate, coffee and slight bourbon. Flavor is sweet syrup and chocolate up front, coffee dominated late. The coffee has held up great. Minimal bourbon burn after the coffee taste goes away, really awesome beer. Absolutely fantastic.
smith4498 (2788) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade with dmac. Pours very dark brown color with light brown head. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malts, maple syrup, chocolate and coffee. Bourbon and sweet maple syrup flavors up front with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Full body with minimal carbonation. Huge thanks Dave!
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The look is brownish to black in color. Thinner head. the smell is coffee, malts, bourbon, sweet, alcohol, and nice. The taste is boozy, malts, coffee, chocolate, sweet, and good.
rxeight (785) - Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, black pour almost flat. Aroma is weird, stale air, like a dense wet cave. Taste is completly different, lots of coffee. Cant find the bourbon or maple.