Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed via draft in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a jet black with a slight tan head that is nicely retained for several minutes. The nose brings a very strong character of coffee grounds, along with some roasted and crystal malts. The latter becomes more prevalent as the sample warms. Nicely complex. The palate is smooth, especially for an imperial stout. Coffee flavors come through, along with a nice caramel character toward the mid- to end of the palate. Especially pleasing is a distinct lack of hop bitterness, which often only seems to make the roasted malt character too strong. A relatively obvious alcohol character also begins to come through as I work through the beer. Overall, good but not the life-changing beer that some have noted.
douglas88 (5941) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An awesome rarity thanks to ditmier at Tobyís tasting, thanks Eric. Pours a pure black color with no light getting through, a small head. The aroma was dominated by rich milky coffee notes, some sweetness was noticed and a bit of wood. The flavor was great; the coffee was strong as ever, but the powerful syrupy goodness was sweet and very noticeable. Vanilla and wood as well. A great beer. Wow! Number 1,400.
nolankowal (929) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler @ C-bus tasting. A lot of similar characteristics as the breakfast stout with a few differences. The maple adds a sweetness to the aroma, mellowing the coffee/roast aroma. The flavors with the added sweetness are also tamed but not overpowered, itís a nice rounded maple flavor that takes the edge off the bitterness of the roast/coffee element and works well with the rest of the flavors. Great stuff, shame it is so limited but a nice approach to a different sort of barrel aging.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks riversideAK! Charred charcoal and gritty, dense black and a tan head. Slick sweet i get maple i think full bodied and rich. Very satisfying. Really great.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Handbottle provided by Gunhaver. Poured pitch black with no head. Maple is definitely prominent in the nose but also present are some rich bourbon and coffee notes. Mouth feel is creamy and silky, the body is very full. Complex flavor profiles pairing maple syrup, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. Very roasted with lots of residual molasses sweetness that borders closely to being cloying. I donít know how much of this beer I could drink in one sitting as itís pretty sweet however, it is extremely tasty and intriguing absolutely breakfast in a bottle. I highly enjoyed trying this.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of Gunhaver. Pours black with no head. Holy shit this beer smells good. Huge aroma of maple syrup complimented by chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, a touch of booze, and more maple syrup. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium full mouthfeel with smooth alcohol. Delicious!
Ibrew2or3 (6861) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Gunhaver for sharing this mapley beast. Pours deep dark with no head. The aroma is rich fabulous good ole -yum- with oak crushed into smooth rich maple syrup and fudge brownie. Wow. The taste has loads of roasty malt goodness moving into oak and rich maple yum. The oak gets a bit brighter by midway with a dash of nearly burnt malts. So balanced and oh so good.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz hand bottle from a growler. Initially, the aroma was all spent coffee grounds. But as the beer warms, that subsides and actually balances out rather well. Dark chocolate, some wet leather, plenty of coffee. Charred sugar (Iím guessing itís the maple?). Plenty of wood tannin. Some charred oak. Surprisingly, for being only 9.4%, the alcohol shows itself rather prominently. Chocolate, roasted malt and coffee seem to be the dominant aromas here. Pours the requisite thick, oily black with a dark, rich, khaki head. Iím not quite as taken with the flavor as I was with the aroma. There is a lot of fusel alcohol. Charred wood, alcohol soaked vanilla bean, coffee grounds, bitter, dark chocolate. The alcohol really cuts through all of the flavors though. Maybe some Kahlua infused creme-brulee. Little to no maple detected on the palate. Velvety texture. Fairly silky initially but becomes a bit more aggressive toward the finish. Mostly full bodied. Slightly greasy. Boozy and astringent finish. A better than average Coffee Imperial Stout. Would be better if the alcohol were masked some, though. Thanks a ton for this one Zac! You ída man!
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on tap at Capones
Pours a oily complately opaque black color with a .5 finger chocolate coffee colored tan foam head that slowly dissipates into a thin ring and cap that lasts throughout. Very minimal splotches of lacing.
The maple is pretty prominent in the aroma balancing out the strong bourbon alcohol presence of the KBS. There is a nice roasted coffee presence thatís accompanied by some chocolate malt, toffee, burnt toast, caramel and a healthy dose of bourbon.
The mouthfeel of this beer is silky smooth due to the additional aging in the maple barrels. The high ABV is extremely well masked even with the strong bourbon presence. All of the other roasty and malty flavors are balanced out by this sweet honey, molasses-like syrupy texture. This beers is ridiculously quaffable considering all thatís going on and the high alcohol content.
As mentioned above, there are a lot of complex flavors going on here. Nice big roasty coffee presence, chocolate, chocolate malt, toffee, oatmeal, burnt toast and a very nice bourbon presence all wonderfully balanced by the sweet maple syrup flavor coming from the additional aging.
I could drink this beer all day and Iím looking forward to trying it again soon.
Ughsmash (7128) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Glass Nickel clusterf*ck. Poured rich, deep black with a creamy cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up deeply-roasted dark chocolate and coffee notes accented by sweet maple syrup, toasted oak, and some earth.. more of the coffee as it warmed up.. sweet overall and good, but not spectacular. The flavor rode the coffee again, which was very well-roasted at the base.. chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a swig of rum laced through there.. didnít get much maple at all.. long coffee-ee finish. Medium-plus bodied with rising bitterness through the palate.. carbonation was on the high side and not ideal for this brew.. some good stuff going on here, but middle-of-the-road for the style.