decaturstevo (5757) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of chocolate and coffee dominate. Chocolate, coffee, toasted maltiness, a hint of abv. Full bodied with nice carbonaation. Growler at NBS.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap at Fatheadís for opening day of the Steelers season! Great beer and great win!
A-pours a jet black viscous liquid with a thick creamy light brown head.
S-the nose is light, there is a fair bit of bourbon up front with some scorched wood as well. Notes of maple, vanilla, and hints of chocolate cake batter sweeten this beer up a little as lots of roasted coffee comes through in the back.
T-the flavor is bold and balanced, the bourbon and wood hits first subtly on the front of the tongue. the maple syrupy and rich vanilla add a nice balance and transition into the breakfast stout that was aged in the barrel. integrated roasted malts, burnt coffe and rich chocolate cake batter in the finish.
M-this is robust and full bodied, very rich and decadent with a soft carbonation holding the large body up just right with a very creamy feel to it.
D-this is a huge beer but very well balanced as the flavors integrate in cooperation. it is rich and tasty but has a complex barrel aging component to add complexity. well done stuff!
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this at Fatheadís today. A couple 9.5 oz servings poured into an snifter.
4.0 A: Pitch black color. Came with about one finger of frothy light brown head with average retention and not really any lacing.
5.0 S: Very complex and the balance between the components is incredible. Coffee is the strongest aroma, with sweet maple syrup, bourbon, oakiness and vanilla, and bitter chocolate playing complementary roles.
5.0 T: All the components of the nose are found in the taste. However, the coffee is even stronger and is the focus of the taste. Maple syrup is a bit stronger. The bourbon is in perfect proportions; just enough to make the beer better without dominating. Semi-sweet chocolate and some roasted barley.
4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly creamy and super smooth. Could be a bit thicker, but what else could you want in a beer this good.
5.0 D: Excellent beer. I ended up getting 2 pours for myself at the bar and Iím drinking another nearly two pours after my failed attempt at a handbottle trade. Iíll put it this way...after nearly 40 oz of CBS today, I would still like another glass.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-13-2010 02:44:01
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by BOLTZ. Black color pour with a small creamy head. Roasty aroma with coffee, chocolate, vanilla and maple. Flavor is lightly sweet with more roasty bitterness on the finish. Excellent!
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
wedgie9 (2617) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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. Whatís 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, itís just one of the finest beers Iíve ever had. When I finished my first glass, all I could think about was starting in on my second one.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 Iíve had to date.
jtclockwork (14717) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.