slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from tap at Founders. Opaque black with tiny head. Has a mild smell of alchohol but does not overwhelm. Very.strong chocloate/coffee taste. Excellent finish and great beer.
largadeer (17) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
64 oz growler received in a trade with HopFu. The first one leaked in transit, but Austin was awesome enough to send a replacement. While it was still decent when flat and slightly oxidized, the second growler was phenomenal. This was enjoyed side-by-side with Kentucky Breakfast Stout and regular Breakfast Stout.
CBS appears pitch black in the glass, completely opaque, viscous and oily, with two fingers of nearly black head that retains well, though it leaves no lace as it settles.
The nose is dominated by dark roasted coffee upon first smell. As it warms the maple begins to reveal itself, subtle at first but stronger as the beer reaches room temperature. Dark chocolate, roasted malt and the slightest hint of alcohol are present beneath the coffee and maple goodness. While I wouldnít say this is one of the most complex stouts Iíve smelled, itís easily one of the best.
The taste is bittersweet up front, a beautifully expressed maple syrup flavor lending sweetness and contrasting the dark roasted coffee. Roasted malt provides a nice bitter backbone, and the sheer viscosity is impressive. KBS and BS seemed thin in contrast. The coffee flavor begins to take over mid-palate, leading into a bitter, semi-dry finish. As rich and sweet as this is, it never gets cloying, and this is coming from someone that doesnít like most sweet beer. Phenomenal stuff, Iím hugely disappointed that there are no plans to rebrew it.
paulgermain (16) - sterling heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A really tasty brew. a dark almost black with a caramel colored head. has a roasted taste with a slight maple and bourbon taste.
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Founders. Pours black with a ring of tan head. Aroma of bourbon and sticky sweet roasted malt. Flavor of bourbon up front and lots of sweetness. Much sweeter than the KBS which must be due to the maple but I donít actually taste the maple sugar specifically, just a general sweetness. The bourbon also stands out more to me in this one. I had high hopes for this one and thought it would be better than KBS but it wasnít for me.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to CheeseMan for this. Been wanting to try it forever. Pours a dark brown color with a brown head. Nose is sweet, nice caramel aroma, vanilla and slight maple. Flavor is roasty, sweet malts, caramel, vanilla and nice maple flavors. Get some coffee and oak flavors as well with a nice creamy finish. Love this beer and wish I could get more.
HonusWagner (1692) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2011 On-tap at the brewpub, itís an unbelievably powerful aroma of maple that courses through this beer, unfortunately to the detraction of pretty much all other beer-like smells. Itís not a terrible offense, but if the maple was turned down a bit this would be a 5/5. The mouthfeel is perfectly smooth, full-bodied, and balanced. The flavors in my glass were tasty in their little bits, with some cocoa, coffee, and deep roasted malt shining through in brief glimmers, but the sweet maple subdues these flavors in a way that disrupts the beerís balance.
deyholla (7635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Poured black with a brown head that dissipated a bit quickly to a film around the edges. Aroma was strong coffee with some alcohol roasted malts and maple syrup. Flavor was quite complex with coffee and alcohol throughout. Roasted malts, some bitter chocolate and especially the syrup grow towards the finish.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black, tiny tan head around the edges that slides down the glass. Dark chocolate, espresso, oats, some vanilla and caramel, and alcohol in the nose. Medium in body, softly carbonated, smooth, lasting finish, a sipper. Fairly sweet with chocolate malt, vanilla and caramel; just a touch of coffee and earthy bitterness and alcohol warmth. Delightful!
GT2 (9177) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2010 12oz courtesy of badnewsbeers. Pours a mostly flat deep brown- very thick and deep brown to black coming out of the bottle. Has a powerful nose full of rich kopi leuwak coffee, maple glazed barbecue, beef brisket, smoke, anise, pork, sweet caramel. Maple is very subdued and I wouldnít pick it out necessarily. Taste is sweet, not too thick as I would have imagined, full of dark fruits, but is a little bit cloying overall. Medium to light mouthfeel. Disappointing. 6/16/2010 8/4/7/4/14=3.7
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Pours a near pitch black- more like a muddy deep ruby with a super thick, rich, creamy, reddish brown head that has excellent retention, beautiful reverse cascade, and giant sheety lace. Aroma is coconut, rather muted overall, Taste is a bit hot, very bitter, raw cocoa, unsweetened dark chocolate, some spicy oak, lots of bourbon character coming through rather than what I would describe as "maple". Little to no coffee character that I remember from handbottle samples. Palate is slick, a bit oily. Much more in your face bourbon and oak than KBS or FBS. 8/13/2010 7/5/8/4/15=3.9
Tap at Paradiso Dupont (different keg). Pours a super deep ruby that looks almost ink black in the glass. Very small brown head develops eventually that leaves scant lacing. This batch is very coffee forward, very rich, very creamy, very soft. Extremely easy to drink. Still no maple character but an incredible coffee stout. Iíll admit; Iíve been lucky enough to have now about 5 entire snifters of this stuff and itís starting to grown on me. That or Iím just getting more drunk and thus more easily impressed. 8/4/8/4/16=4.0
Travlr (14775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with duct tape label "CBS!!!" courtesy of tarheels86, to whom I owe a debt of gratitude. Almost completely black, very small large bubble edge head, shotty lacing. Aroma of unsweetened chocolate syrup, vanilla beans and cocoa. Taste is sweet, syrupy Hersheys bar with cinnamon, roasted coffee. Very nice.