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Ale Brewed with Chocolate and Coffee, aged in Maple Syrup-Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chinchill (2448) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2015
[Iíve had this on tap on two occasions. This is a review from notes to be revised next time I have some ... should I be so lucky]. A - a dark black color with a typical tan head S&T - very complex, with an amazing series of flavors as one savors a sip. Coffee, oatmeal, bourbon are among main components of taste and aroma. Maple syrup used in aging makes a subtle but significant contribution to this wonderful drink. Long-lasting taste and well-balanced taste components, if a trifle sweet. M - full bodied with adequate carbonation. This is the best stout/porter Iíve ever had! I tried Founders KBS at the same time. The taste, balance and complexity of the CBS were clearly superior, but then I am not a fan of bourbon which is a bit more pronounced flavor component in the KBS

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bob_w (346) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Rich, full body, full flavor, viscous, sweet, treacle, toffee warming. Super delicious, satisfying. Depth and complex sugar experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WillRunForBeer (1001) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2015
8.5 oz draft at York River Landing. Pours dark roast coffee black with a dark brown head. Aroma is molasses, dark chocolate, oak, maple. Taste... This has the perfect balance of molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and maple. Bourbon is just barely there, and only at the finish. just had some KBS yesterday, and As amazing as it is, this is better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (623) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Sampler glass on tap at Grizzlyís in Plymouth (thanks Andy and Bailee). Pours dark with a short head. Aroma is sweet brown sugar, a touch of maple and bourbon. Flavors of maple (not super intense), chocolate, and finishes with a boozy barrel note. Super smooth. Not as impressed as all of the hype, but a very good beer none-the-less.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
normalbeerguy (4) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2015 does not count
tastes delicious! big mouth feel, sweet bourbon, vanilla, and maple flavors. Booze was readily apparent and warming. I now understand the high ratings for this beer, its quite tasty and original.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Patrickctenchi (4379) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Draft: Pours slightly purple...black with a small dark tan head. Maple syrup, chocolate, whiskey aroma... Coffee, chocolate malt, sweet maple syrup flavour. Smooth, sweet-smoky whiskey....incredibly rich and balanced. I was able to try this side-by-side with a bottle of my 2-1/2 year old KBS stash..... CBS is much sweeter, more mellow... They are distinctly different creatures....yet both totally deserving of the hype and accolades..... The CBS is the easier sipper of the two, owing to the silky smoothness of the maple, But they are both wonderfully complex and absolutely spectacular beers.......I wish it were possible to have a cache of CBS in the cellar alongside my KBS stock....Itís rich, itís wonderful, itís a rare treat......again, Iím tempted to give it a perfect score, thatís how much I enjoyed it.......magical, wondrous stuff.....loved it....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrob21 (2739) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
On draft at steinbecks. Pretty nice beer to start the new year with. Perfectly balanced and everything working together really well. Big chocolate malt and light syrup sweetness. Enough bout in to keep you entertained and all hidden behind a big beer with no alcoholic bite to it. The more I think about it the better this beer becomes for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shrubber85 (8235) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Draft (canít believe I got to start 2015 with this). Whiskey, coffee, chocolate malt and hay aroma. Black with thin tan head. Sweet light maple syrup, smooth whiskey, chocolate malt, and moderately bitter hay flavor. Coffee and alcohol in the finish. Glorious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - DEC 28, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 Outstanding beer but, unfortunately, the cloying maple syrupy flavor kind of overwhelms the initial symphony of flavors, much to my dismay. on tap at Blackstone in Iowa City. Anyway, Aroma: smells of hot chocolate, fresh coffees, and caramelized bourbons--essentially, smells like KBS. Appearance: also flawless here, as it pours like molasses, is just as dark, and has thick lacing. Taste: this is where it falls short. At first, incredible mixture of Walnuts, dark choc, pancake syrup, pumpernickel, oatmeal, caramels, but then the pancake syrup floods in and leaves a harshly sweet aftertaste. Palate: sticky, full bodied. Flat. Long finish that isnt entirely agreeable

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Draft pour at Founders taproom. Yep, this is a faultless beer. Top to bottom, lives up to the hype and then some. As this stout warms up many layers are revealed, with a great interplay between the dark chocolate, coffee and bourbon notes with a delicate yet pertinent maple syrup sweetness that brings this all together. There are touches of caramel and vanilla that open up during warming. Nothing is overwhelmed here, all pieces add up to an exceptional barrel aged stout. Deep dark in color with a thin tan head, the nose invites you in to enjoy this one of a kind beer. Perhaps the greatest beer I have ever enjoyed.

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