Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nip handbottle from StFun. Pours basically pitch black, with perhaps just a faint glint of deep mahogany. A small, frothy head of dark mocha colored foam leaves micro-spot rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is striking, huge notes of sweet maple and vanilla showing atop a massively roasty espresso bean and bittersweet chocolate base. There’s a spicy, green, leafy hop element that lends resinous notes. The flavor follows suit, huge coffee roast and bitter, dark cacao balanced by maple-vanilla sweetness. Leafy, peppery hops again show strong. The palate is nearly full and well carbonated, but finishes just a little chalky and overly dry. Great, unique beer. Still a little heavy on coffee roast, the maple barrel suits the base beer considerably better than the bourbon barrel does. In other words, CBS > KBS.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the Saucer, KC. thick and black with very little head, brown bubbles of different sizes around the edge. boozy, coffee, sweet aroma. flavor is awesome, of course. the main thing that sets this apart from the regular breakfast stout and the KBS is the sweetness. all the other normal components are there- coffee, chocolate, roastiness, alcohol, etc. they are just dominated by the sweetness that has a nice element of maple. great beer. i was kind of irritated at having to show up two plus hours early to get a ticket for 4 oz but ended up getting multiple servings and it would have been worth it either way.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on tap at Kansas City’s Flying Saucer, $4 for 4oz. ... this better be good!
I’ve had regular Breakfast Stout four or five times, and honestly, it’s not my thing. Too much raw burnt coffee and extra-dark chocolate, not a lot of refinement or melding of flavors.
I grabbed my tiny tasting goblet and noticed the thick black liquid with a tiny tan head that coats the glass more than it leaves noticeable lacing.
The abusive black coffee aroma of the base beer was gone, replaced by a noseful of cafe au lait and dark fudge, quite enticing!
The flavor was also much more pleasing than the original, with the familiar coffee and dark chocolate, but no sharp edges. Barrel aging plus the stick sweetness of maple syrup had caused the strong flavors to blend beautifully. Lingers on the tongue with the sticky sweetness of a maple donut, truly a breakfast meal!
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. 4oz special tap night. Pours a syrupy black body with just a slight ruby tint. Thin, frothy, chocolate ice cream colored head that never completely dissipates and leaves a light, sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet cocoa up front with a mild roasty coffee. A light maple syrup sweetness keeps this relatively even-keeled. A hint of woody, barrel and vanilla comes in more as this warms too. Flavor is sweet up front with a delicate dark chocolate, maple, dark caramel, and just a touch of sweet bourbon flavor. A mild coffee roast keeps the sweetness in check and maintains flavor into the finish. Ends with a sweet chocolate maple, a hint of booze, vanilla, and a lingering coffee and dark chocolate. Palate is medium to full, syrupy, and has a subtle dryness. Overall, a very sweet, but well rounded impy. The maple really adds a nice, thick and subtle sweetness that accompanies the big cocoa nib, dark chocolate, coffee roast flavors. Not a huge wood barrel taste, but just a touch to give off a light vanilla flavor. Very enjoyable, well made, and glad to have the opportunity to sample this rare beer.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft @ Brouwer’s Stout Night to start SBW - wow, what a surprise!! jet black with foamy tan head; tons of coffee at first sniff, so yeah, this is my thing; sticky, sweet and full bodied; quite rich with maple, vanilla, chocolate and coffee; wow, just a glass of sweet stout goodness; this one has it all :)
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottle courtesy of StFun – thanks Josh! Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. The nose is roasty malt, vanilla, dark chocolate and light coffee. The taste is cocoa, bakers chocolate, vanilla, light maple and spiked coffee. The maple is very understated which is great. Full creamy mouthfeel. Delicous stuff. Thanks again Josh!
emacgee (4138) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 Thanks to ucusty for giving this to us.
Pours a viscous oily black with a one finger dark brown head. Looks awesome. Nose is rich and mildly sweet, chocolate for sure, some coffee roast, mild woody character. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, some coffee, mild bitterness, a little wood comes through. Palate is velvety and coating with a mild roast. Looks and feels great but smells and tastes pretty good.
alobar (2868) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Blue Dog. Dark black color with a tall tan/brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, maple, and alcohol. Flavor of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, maple, and roasted malts. Just incredible!
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottle from Ucusty. Thanks so much for securing this David! Pours a thick, thick black with a small brown lace. Nose is sweet with caramel, slight maple, chocolate. Thick palate, yet silky smooth going down. Flavors of vanilla, brown sugar, coffee bitterness, and overall sweetness. Its sweet, without being too cloying.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottle shared by Sparky27 via STFun..you two ROCK!!! Midnight pour with dark brown leather around the outer edges and a khaki swirl for a head. Aroma is sweet maple, cocoa, brown sugar, and alcohol (could swear this was bourbon-barrel aged). Flavor includes molasses, chocolate, and bourbon...medium to thick palate. Glad to have had a chance to try this!!! THANKS AGAIN!!!