jsquire (3499) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with some ruby hints when held against the light.. Small brown head. Huge, thick nose of chocolate and alcohol. Big flavors of chocolate, maple, brown sugar, toast, vanilla, barrel and a little chalk. Long chocolate pudding finish. This is not a subtle beer.
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with small tan head from 22oz bottle. Nose of coffee, chocolate and some vanilla bourbon. Viscous in the mouth feel. Taste is of burnt coffee bean, mocha, and very sllight alcohol sting. Its almost like a better blended but more mellow version of KBS. Top notch.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Totally psyched to try out this brew FINALLY. All in all it is just the average over-the-top stout but the finish of charred oak and maple sweetness. As it warmed up it got pretty sweet and a tad bit of heat from the abv came out. Still, thanks for this gem of a beer OmegaX.
OmegaX (1269) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into snifter. Aroma was mainly cocoa and coffee with a liquorice aroma. Light bourbon notes. Flavors are pretty similar. I thought this was going to be a mind blowingly awesome brew. Itís good, just not as good as I hoped.
DSG (6106) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[10/4/13] Bottle sample at a tasting at chrisoís place. Thanks jsquire! Black with some brown foam. Aroma of coffee beans, some cocoa, dark chocolate and some bourbon notes. Very sweet flavor with maple, chocolate, roastiness and some bourbon. Thick, full-bodied. Very good, just a bit too sweet.
teorn88 (1925) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, DSG and jsquire tasting at Chrisí. Many thanks to jsquire!It pours a deep brown, almost black color with a tan small head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, some vanilla notes and bourbon. And maple syrup, but overly done. Taste is mostly sweet, chocolatey, with maple syrup, coffee and very light roasted bitter notes in the finish. Very thick with soft carbonation. Great beer, but not better then KBS.
merc7186 (2145) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head, Some Lacing
S: Bourbon, Maple, Mild Chocolate Malts
T: Bourbon, Chocolate Fudge Brownie
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Sweet
Overall, pretty solid and worth mose of the hype.
falco242 (277) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is lots of black coffee with some sweet chocolate in there. Dark tan head and a bit syrupy, but delicious. The sweet maple is great with the bourbon and the coffee blends perfectly with the chocolate. And age has treated it well. Try it if you can.
mR_fr0g (3365) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dsg tasting at Chrisís. Dark black fleeting tan head. Aroma is liquorice treacle and higher alcohol. Flavour is sweet treacle maple light roast. Too big and sweet.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a viscous black with a tiny tan head.
Aroma mostly consists of chocolate, bourbon and coffee. Not much maple in the nose.
Taste follows the nose. You can taste the barrel aging as the bourbon at times almost overpowers. Lots of chocolate and roasty malt flavor with a touch of vanilla and just a bit of maple syrup. Seems to have less maple presence than when it had it on tap at Founders.
Mouthfeel is just a touch thin for the style although far from watery. Lowish carb levels.
A fine beer, but itís impossible to live up to the crazy hype train. I slightly preferred the KBS we opened along with this and FWIW, it was a 2-2 tie between KBS and CBS as best beer amongst our tasting party.
[Edit] Cracked another bottle on 11/25. In this bottle the bourbon was much more subdued and more maple flavor was present much more similar to what I remember from having it on tap on release day. Incredibly smooth and one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Iím not sure if the first bottle was slightly off or if it really did just congeal and become awesome in just under a month. Went from a very good beer to a fíing spectacular one.
[Edit #2] Tons of bottle variation in this. Score is more or less an average, but the bottles Iíve got to try have ranged from around a 3.5 to a 5.