BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is yummy, although not tremendously different from Breakfast Stout (which is obviously yummy as well). The hints of maple are very subtle - barely noticeable. Slight sweeter than FBS with just as nice of lingering, tooth-sticking mouthfeel. Founders made a fantastic stout ever slightly better.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Founders Brew Pub. Pours black with a fluffy creamy tan head. Aroma is definitely much sweeter, lots of maple in there really giving it a nice complexity with the bitter coffee and semi sweet cocoa. All of those play nicely together. Flavor is less impacted by the maple, though its still there. Still an excellent coffee bean bitterness and the cocoa becomes less sweet. Some vanilla and a crisp black coffee with a little sugar finish. Rich full body and a nice soft carbonation. Really rich and satisfying dessert
sloth (2596) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin brown head thats short lived, spotty lacing. Black in color. Nose is nice, coffee, maple notes that are laid back, roast and chocolate with a hint of caramel. Body is full, chewy and silky smoooth. Lotsa roasty, coffeeish, chocolate and caramel notes then kicked in the ass with just the right amount of maple, not over done like i thought it would be. Light whisky notes round this mother out, vanilla and some woodiness. Lasting alchy warming finish. A real surprise treat thanks to hawkeye. Thanks much bro! Well done Founders!
CanIHave4Beers (3524) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with a good head and some lace, but not much lace. The aroma is roasty coffee cold but gets a little boozy and sweeter as it warms. Some noticeable grain alcohol kind of booziness comes out after a while which is weird and not great. But the awesome coffee and dark chocolate aromas from the original breakfast stout are all here as well. The flavor cold is really strikingly similar to breakfast stout the coffee the nice booziness and the dark chocolate are all there, however there is a nice maple-y and vanilla sweetness as it warms. Although again it gets boozier in an unpleasant way as it warms which sort of throws off the balance. Pretty good beer but I don’t know that it’s better than the original base beer.
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this hand bottle.
The beer pours black with no head. There are a few tan bubbles floating on the surface of the beer. The aroma is great. I get notes of maple syrup, oak, chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is equally impressive. There is a lot of maple, vanilla, chocolate milk, coffee, roasted malt and the slightest hint of soy sauce. Low carbonation and medium to thick mouthfeel. A great beer that lived up to the hype. Hopefully I will get to try this again.
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2011 7/25/10 On tap at Founders. Boozy nose in a vodka-y way. A bit harsh. Coffee in the nose, less in the flavor. Not much maple syrup. Messy. 7/4/7/3/16 - 3.7
11/25/11 Bottle at Black Friday Tasting. Pure coffee in the nose. Flavor is messy. Coffee grounds. Boozy. Slight maple. 8/4/7/3/14 3.6
flatmatt (1208) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 Re-rate 09-Oct-2010 from the 750 mL bottle release. Still pours black with a tan head. Strong roasted coffee aroma, sweet brown sugar, chocolate syrup, vanilla, dark fruit. Flavor leads with roasty coffee backed by syrupy molasses and cocoa, sweet maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, and oak notes. Pretty much as I tasted it last year, but I’m able to focus on it and appreciate it a bit more now. Absolutely top notch.
Original rating: On tap at MBGSF 2010. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is strong roasted coffee, very creamy with strong vanilla, cocoa. Flavors of roasted coffee, vanilla, cocoa, with a strong maple sweetness. Great! 9/4/9/5/17/4.4
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2010 8oz snifter pour at founders brewery. I was supposed to be on a bus to bells but I just could not make it. Pours an opaque black color with a small khaki head. Nose is coffee, whiskey, vanilla and more coffee. Flavor is dominated by coffee and coffee grounds with some sweet vanilla and biter walnuts filling in the sides and back. Palate is full and creamy. Finishes with lingering biter coffee. Overall: very tasty.
HonkeyBra (3643) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours an oily black with a tan ring around the edges. Aroma of chocolate, homemade brownies, fudge. Light maple sweetness. Fresh coffee and chocolate bars. Might be the best smelling beer I’ve ever had. Flavor of dark chocolate, coffee. Light oak and vanilla. Some maple sweetness. Delicious. Full mouthfeel, finishes with bitter coffee. Took a long time for me to finally try this beer and it was as good as I imagined.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Founders at RBSG. Pours opaque black, thin tan head, no real lacing. Nose is whiskey, candy, chocolate, marshmallows, quite sweet smelling; Flavours of brown sugar, Rocky Road candy bars, very chocolatey, booze is very well hidden. An excellent dessert stout.