Damico (2952) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Blue Dog, Chalfont. Off the bat I am shocked that immediately I don’t like it as much as the KBS, because it is not as complex. The aroma has the smoke, coffee, and obvious maple syrup notes. The perfect appearance is dark chocolate color with an awesome creamy dark cappuccino head on top. The flavor has the smoke, coffee, and nice not oversweetened maple flavor from the barrels. It is delicous as expected.
monkeychugg55 (966) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a small brown head. Decent lacing. The aroma is unmistakeably Breakfast Stout, with mellow maple in the background. The flavors work well together, with the maple complementing the robust coffee and roastiness. The wood is a lot more mellow than in the KBS, which is nice, and adds more complexity without compromising any flavors. Great stout.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GABF on 9/17/2010. This Imperial Stout pours a dark black color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and some maple. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, vanilla and maple. The hops are herbal. Good carbonation. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. The finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
3fourths (8642) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2012 draft. deep black, small brown head. moderately dry and bitter/chalky bakers chocolate in the nose, medium roast, medium generic bourbon/maple/molasses character, mild oak, mild alcohol. pleasantly decadent and soft; well mashed, mildly syrupy, moderately dry, and seems to have a small amount of barrel oxidation but it works win the low alcohol and medium to heavy chocolate syrup and generic sweet whiskey/maple character. firm body, enjoyable texture. well-made.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF. Black with nice tan head. Lots of whiskey fumes in aroma, roasted chocolate, soil, big coffee. Big aggressive whiskey chocolate upfront, strong bitter bite at end. A little too much whiskey all around, no maple to speak of. Super oily. Not as good as KBS.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Great American Beer Festival on September 16, 2010. Dense, black colored body with a medium brown head. Awesome, serious aroma of bourbon/wishey/alcohol/wood. Soft and silky... so smooth - I don’t know how they do it. This beer is pretty darned divine.
Ratman197 (11384) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolte, light oak light vanilla and a hint of maple. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, light oak, light vanilla and a hint of maple with a smooth lingering roasty coffee finish.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2010 Handbottle (from the brewery with a Founders cap) Pours very thick. Black body with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, pencil/graphite, maple, bacon, wood, sweetness, and brown sugar. Much more "rounded" of a smell than KBS (which we had side by side). Flavor is a bit buttery (not diacetyl though), maple, brown sugar, chocolate, wood. Lots of grade B maple syrup. Vanilla bean. Light, but rich, espresso. Huge duration!!! Big and thick, good carbonation. Very nice beer!
Doodler (316) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lucky to try twice. First from a brewery produced 12 oz bottle - courtesy of a trade with badnewsbeers...second, on tap at GABF........Pours pich black,with a monster strong espresso aroma with a slight nose of maple syrup. Not just a sweeter version of KBS, deeper roasted flavors and woodiness pervade the big body. The obvious maple sugars really mellow out the coffee bitterness. Long finish with a nice balance of vanilla and rich cocoa flavors. Wonderful stuff....
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of BrewEngineer from the Charleston Beer Exchange on 06/05/2010. Dark black body with a small creamy brown head. Big spicy roast and chocolate aroma. Big roast, chocolate, and sweet vanilla flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.