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RATINGS: 728   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
Ale Brewed with Chocolate and Coffee, aged in Maple Syrup-Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
My first beer upon arriving in Grand Rapids for RBSB 2010. Deep black pour. The nose is intensely rich and cocoaish. Bright milk chocolate and a lot of sweet vanilla and bourbon as well. Rich and intensely whiskyish. A fairly spicy rye-like note along with a kiss of licorice. Vanilla and caramel through the middle. Very, very tasty. Rich, complex, and damn tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2544) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Tasted on 1/5/11 on draft at Haymarket. Pours absolutely black with an average tan head that slowly recedes to uneven lace. The nose is primarily coffee and maple, but there is plenty of roasted bitterness to accompany, along with milk chocolate and molasses as it warms. The flavor is bitter coffee at first with some oak notes of vanilla and cinnamon, tons of chocolate, both dark and milk, and a subtle maple flavor that serves to round everything out. The body is massive with lively carbonation and a long coffee and maple finish. This beer is scary drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Had on tap to culminate Raleigh Beer Week. September 3, 2010. Typical lights-out black with a small browned head that leaves me a little wanting. Some lace. Slightly muted at first, the nose opens up as time goes on. Tons of oak, high quality coffee, some whiskey, maple (of course, and it really comes through after sipping for awhile), caramel, and fudgy chocolate. What’s near-perfect in the aroma is perfect and rich in the mouth. Thick roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon first, followed by maple syrup and oak. I find the barrel-aging to be better on this than the KBS, which is more dominated by the bourbon. CBS is just so smooth, fudgy, and complex as it opens. The maple sweetness and coffee bitterness balance beautifully. Fairly thick and syrupy. (Ha.) I had three of these because, well, it’s just one of the finest beers I’ve ever had. When I finished my first glass, all I could think about was starting in on my second one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
thanks to thirdeye11 for this one. poured pitch black and stained the glass. aroma was alcohol, cherry, and butter. flavor was alcohol, dark roast, fudge, and bourbon. body was oily.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Had on tap at the brewpub on March 22, 2009. Served in a snifter. A: Very dark and opaque. Little head at all, though a good amount of lacing as it went down. Small amount of carbonation bubbles. S: Mainly coffee with some vanilla, caramel, and maple. Good smell, but not overpowering. T: Unbelievable is the only way to describe it--coffee, chocolate, vanilla, maple, caramel. Quite sweet and ever so delicious. M: Medium to full body with fairly light carbonation. Exceptionally creamy. D: Absolutely sublime. Much better than the standard Breakfast Stout, and I dare say also significantly better than KBS. Hands down, this is the best-tasting beer I’ve had to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (12131) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2012 Growler shared by Mikey. Much thanks! Pours jet black. Nose and taste of roasted chocolate malts, maple, oatmeal, vanilla, BBQ and coffee. Thick and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Had on tap at the stable. Pours black with a brown head. Very creamy. had side by side with a KBS. Flavors of coffee and chocolate with a strong maple finish. overall a great beer. It was well worth the wait.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (1018) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2010
On draught @ the Fred bar. Had a few of these... Black pour with a decent tight brown head, some lace. Aroma was a fantastic mix of coffee, cocoa, maple syrup and roasted malts, some bourbon too. Nice big bitterness up front, some sweetness although held in check big time by lots of malt. A maple flavor was present mixed in with a big espresso like flavor and bitterness. Some subtle bourbon notes spotted in there too. Coffee was in there from top to bottom but wasn’t the center of attention. Big creamy mouthfeel, very nice, carbonation was supple. As good or better as I remember KBS, right up there with it. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ink3dm0m (22) - Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2010
This is a phenomenal creamy stout - and hard as hell to get! It has very complex flavors - coffee, maple, malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Chalsk (1101) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2011 A whale captured. Another top beer that is far from overrated. A creamier version of KBS. (Did the CBS/KBS side by side). On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a black color with a caramel colored foam head. Has an aroma of chocolate, coffee, roast, and bourbon. Has a sweet chocolate start, with coffee spice on the back end. A nice velvety chocolate finish. Medium mouthfeel. Despite what the great Damico says, CBS is better than KBS. It is creamier which tempers the abv. You’d think one adverse to boozy beers would agree. UPDATED: 11/7/11. On tap at Cloverleaf. This is one of the best brews ever. Coffee, roast, and bourbon laying underneath as the velvety chocolate makes those awesome undertones melt on your tongue. The Leaf tapped at 5 and kicked at 5:08. This may be my favorite beer ever...

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