artmcd8 (1076) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2013 This was my top want so this is a treat. Thanks for the trade marine 1975. Vigorous pour creates a tan head that retains a foam. Dark dark pour. Slight metallic aroma. Goes away as it warms. Some oak in the aroma. All remnants of coffee have disappeared. Still has the sweetness of maple in the taste. Like an old KBS with maple sweetness. Mellowed out over the years. Still good but Iím sure this was awesome when fresh. Tried with a vert of BS, KBS, and CBS.
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charule (600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to artmcd8. Tasted next to BS and KBS. Poured black with light tan head. Mild aromas of alcohol and bourbon. Burnt sweet chocolate flavors. As it heated up to room temp could discern more flavors such as maple and malts. Time has killed the hype. Would love to try it fresh.
DialSquare (2036) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by Josh at Hunahpu day í13 (thanks man!). There were some crazy rare brews being passed around out there. Limited notes, but awesome to try: nice even boozy, caramel, licorice, nutty, cherry, chocolate, yup - 8.2
UnionBeerCzar (77) - Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft to snifter, ha I waited to tap this until KBS day 2013. This is the last of it folks, I was surprised it lasted 24 hours. Then again I didnít tell a soul, surprise. The word still spread like wildfire, this pours thick and black and oily. with quiet a bit of mocha head... I have watched it dissipate down into a fingernails worth. I am waiting for it to get to the right temp and I have been enjoying the molasses, bourbon, burnt maple syrup, roasty nose. Almost there, probably 48-50 degrees F, roasty sweet, full + thick mouthfeel, glides over the tongue like chocolate syrup. Absolutely on the sweet side with maple taking the lead, this is not the worst thing that could happen folks. Its a sweet treat and quite wonderful. Finish is roasted malts and maple syrup and a little ashey. This beer is fantastic and I look forward to these guys doing this again sometime in four or five years perhaps. Interesting side note, I also had the chance to mix this equal parts with some KBS, aka KCBS. Holy Hell, talk about balancing the booze of KBS and the sweetness of CBS. Perfection in a glass, make that Founders. Seriously.
knickskicks (552) - - MAR 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep dark brown, almost black. Swirly tan head. Nose is huge maple syrup. chocolate chip pancakes, some barrel. Taste is sweet maple syrup, chocolate chip pancakes, bourbon barrel. Smooth sticky mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Unbelievable.
bird_machine (86) - San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2013 Bottle split with another friend poured into a Firestone Walker snifter. Pours ridiculously thick with dark syrupy presence. You can smell the beer while its pouring in all its goodness! Big tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is full of chocolate, brown sugar, maple, roast, sweet bourbon, cherries. Ridiculous. the coffee is definitely fallen off by now but that doesnít take away from the amazing aroma. Taste is heaven. One of the fullest beers Iíve ever had. Lots of chocolate on the tongue with the finish show casing the sweet bourbon and a ridiculous amount of burnt maple. The coffee would have definitely taken this to another level but in no way am I complaining about the quality here. Really "chewey" and full. The lingering finish has a ton of cherry flavor that is pretty interesting. Very complex and lives up to the hype.
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 From notes - essentially commentary; about ten ounces at MI Winter Beer Festival. Dangerously sweet, dirtily robust, and overwhelming aromatic. A drink of reckoning. That all being said - Iím writing this largely because of the hype, and the surprise I found accordingly. And, like everyone, I am a very appreciative fan of Founders. This too is another very good beer. But, in my opinion, it pales in comparison to KBS. Not a fair comparison, you say? I venture further... Mt. Pleasant brewing company (generally par-ish), put together a maple bourbon barreled impy brew that, frankly, was better, at least by memory. Thatíd be a very interesting blind taste test.
Iíd also love to taste this one with a little more age. Will almost certainly improve, probably to a ridiculously enjoyable degree.
Mittenator (866) - Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nicer aroma than KBS but much sweeter. I could only handle about 4 ounces before my mouth tasted like a maple syrup candy bomb. However, really nice up to that point. Great after dinner sipper.
Kranin (23) - - FEB 14, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Intense chocolate, maple syrup, coffee and bourbon flavor. Nothing subtle, period. Truly a pleasure to imbibe. Reaches absolute perfection at just below room temperature.
Consumed on the 15th anniversary of our relationship.
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle of 2010. I feel very lucky to have gotten to drink this brew. This poured dark with a tan head. At first, the aroma had some cherry and chocolate notes. It mellowed out a bit as it warmed to have more roasted notes. Taste was equally amazing and so smooth. Not hot at all. Tastes of dark fruits, maple and a very little bit of coffee. I love that it was try to the Canadian side...maple. The bourbon isnít excessive. The floral sweetness of the maple really makes this something special. And it isnít too sweet. Finished perfectly dry. So balanced.