Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap: The aroma consists of a great combination of chocolate, vanilla, and maple syrup. Itís a dark brown, with no transparency, and a large dark beige head with very good retention. Itís quite an impressive looking beer. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate and light vanilla. Thereís a moderate fruitiness in the middle. The finish has a light-moderate maple syrup and the slightest hint of roasted coffee. The base beer isnít dominated and really starts to show through as it warms. Full bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A solid barrel-aged brew that doesnít completely overpower the base beer.
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just may be the best stout ever. Well, at least the best breakfast stout. Wonderful hints of maple syrup, but nowhere near overpowering. REally ties the chocolate and wood notes together into one super smooth package. Believe the hype.
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Draft at Craft Ale House. Wow, I lucked out and got the last 10 ounce pour of this one around 4:15 PM. The pour was onyx with a 3-finger dark brown head. One of the darker heads you will ever witness. The nose was beautiful, a medley of oaky, roasty dark malts, cacao, earthy dark fruit, and blackberry. The taste was awesome. I got dark malt, mild oaky and dark chocolate notes, some maple syrup, vanilla, miild black licorice, and a heavy blackberry undercurrent that stayed throughout, not as an overpowering component, but rather as a flavor note that gave an ever so slight tart berry twang to match all the other flavors intermingling. The heat was well hidden, and it went from an imperial stout mouthfeel briefly to a strong blackberry merlot mouthfeel and back. Just wonderful, and one of the best beers I have ever quaffed. It was so good I seriously considere bribing the guy next to me for the rest of his glass. Get ya some, even if you have to go to Vancouver to do it.
Phillies08Champs (620) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at CAH, I canít believe there are two reviews today from guys at CAH. Pours a nice black color with a thick tan heads which disappears quickly. It left a thick lacing on the inside of the glass and the rim. The nose is similar to KBS with even less whiskey smell. First taste was full of dark chocolate, coffee and hints of vanilla. Less tobacco than KBS in the finish but the hints of maple syrup and oak hit right before the end. Truly a great beer.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the Craft Ale House (2 x 10oz glasses!). Poured a dark black color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of woodiness, earthy, some whiskey, chocolate, nutty, vanilla, and maple syrup. Tastes of chocolate, the same woodiness, lighter whiskey, vanilla, roasty, and chocolate. Lighter alcohol in the finish, but overall well hidden. This was pretty damn good and glad I had a few glasses of it!
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Draft @ CAH] Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked wood, whiskey, maple syrup, chocolate, roasted malts, and some vanilla. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, wood, nuts, maple, caramel, and a bourbony, alcoholic finish.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
7oz. handbottle generously shared by mreusch (assist to sprinkle). Pour is black ruby, with thinnish tan bubbles building up just a whisper of a head. Nice swirling action on the pour. Aroma of roast coffee, with some mild sweetness behind that. Pretty good shot of woody booze follows the roast and sweet. Taste is syrupy sweetness, stale-ish coffee, some wood barrel. Taste is decently integrated and pleasant enough. Palate is big, syrupy almost cloying, big booze element, pretty abrasive. Low carbonation. Overall an interesting experiment, but didnít quite come together for me. Too be fair, I am not wild about sweet and barrel aged impys. Thanks for sharing Matt.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7oz. handbottle with a big thanks to sprinkle! Pours a dark brown/black with a minimal loose tan head. Aroma is a lot of coffee and alcohol, along with much lesser notes of maple and charred wood. Flavor is also fairly alcoholic, with more coffee, charred wood and light maple syrup. Not nearly as enjoyable as I had hoped; too much booze, the coffee seemed Dennyís quality, and no nuance from the barrel, but very glad for the chance to try. Thanks again Mike!
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to daknole for saving me a pour from Gillardís bottle. Pours a thick and dark black color with a small tan colored head. The aroma shows dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, bourbon, and burnt wood. There is a hint of the maple syrup in there. The flavor shows even more chocolate, molasses, wood, and subtle bourbon. Some vanilla from the oak smooths things out and a touch of the maple syrup comes in adding sweetness. The barrel really imparts nice flavor throughout. Medium plus in the body and very smooth and easy to drink. The finish lingers with bittersweet chocolate and bourbon on the backend. This is a really nice barrel aged stout, and one I would love to try again in a bigger portion.
GodOfThunder (1241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Special thanks to Gillard for the taste! Part of me is thankful that I didnít read reviews for this prior to drinking, the other half wishes I would have. As was said, the maple really isnít in there as much as one would think. I was honestly expecting a sweeter experience. It was nice and woody, though. Great stout, just not what I expected.