jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had on tap at the stable. Pours black with a brown head. Very creamy. had side by side with a KBS. Flavors of coffee and chocolate with a strong maple finish. overall a great beer. It was well worth the wait.
mixmasterob (1050) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught @ the Fred bar. Had a few of these... Black pour with a decent tight brown head, some lace. Aroma was a fantastic mix of coffee, cocoa, maple syrup and roasted malts, some bourbon too. Nice big bitterness up front, some sweetness although held in check big time by lots of malt. A maple flavor was present mixed in with a big espresso like flavor and bitterness. Some subtle bourbon notes spotted in there too. Coffee was in there from top to bottom but wasn’t the center of attention. Big creamy mouthfeel, very nice, carbonation was supple. As good or better as I remember KBS, right up there with it. Awesome stuff.
ink3dm0m (22) - Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a phenomenal creamy stout - and hard as hell to get! It has very complex flavors - coffee, maple, malts.
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2011 A whale captured. Another top beer that is far from overrated. A creamier version of KBS. (Did the CBS/KBS side by side). On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a black color with a caramel colored foam head. Has an aroma of chocolate, coffee, roast, and bourbon. Has a sweet chocolate start, with coffee spice on the back end. A nice velvety chocolate finish. Medium mouthfeel. Despite what the great Damico says, CBS is better than KBS. It is creamier which tempers the abv. You’d think one adverse to boozy beers would agree. UPDATED: 11/7/11. On tap at Cloverleaf. This is one of the best brews ever. Coffee, roast, and bourbon laying underneath as the velvety chocolate makes those awesome undertones melt on your tongue. The Leaf tapped at 5 and kicked at 5:08. This may be my favorite beer ever...
phaleslu (9321) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
1500th rating. Draft in a tulip at The Royale. They were one of the four St. Louis-area bars to get a 1/6 barrel, and put it on with no advertisement on a Tuesday night when regulars filled the bar. Pours a deep, opaque black with just a hint of brown around the edges and a finger-thick brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, maple, and coffee. The flavor is a smooth balance of all of those, plus some butterscotch and earthy notes. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a thick, oily mouthfeel. Overall, I thought this was a really nice mellowing of the regular Breakfast Stout and the KBS, too. Both of those are awesome beers, but the BS is just a little too much coffee for me and the KBS is that plus bourbon, while this is a mellower bourbon addition along with that maple syrup sweetness- it just works so well.
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 This is fan-freakin-tastic!! By far the best of the Founders’ stouts. Joan Jett black pour with a small tan head. Aromas of whiskey, coffee, and chocolate. Big mellow whiskey, sweet maple, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors. Glad I got to experience this wonderful beer...
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
OMG!!! I don’t know how the canadians got soo lucky to get this beer named after them, but it makes the saying true "Beer, so much more than a breakfast drink.". I could literally roll out of bed on a sunday and make a meal of this with bacon and eggs. Tried this on tap at the Sugar Maple as a special treat from Dave at Founder’s. Thanks Dave!
RobertDale (5333) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GABF on 9-18-2010. Not a coffee drinker, so am sure my rating is off. Comes black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of maple. Tastes of roasted coffee, very sweet. If you like coffee think this would be a must try.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 750ml bottle on 3/30/11. black pour with a 1+ finger tan head. coffee, chocolate and light bourbon nose with some sweet sugars. med to full body with big chocolate notes followed by maple syrup, bourbon and coffee. very smooth throughout. a sipper. the beer excels through the body. finishes strong with sweet malts, maple syrup, light oak and bourbon and chocolate / coffee notes. very good - but very sweet and somewhat overpowering... great beer but overhyped.
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/17/10. pitch black pour with a slim tan head. big coffee nose with some light whiskey notes. medium body with big coffee notes throughout coated with whiskey and light maple sweetness. big whiskey barrel finish with more coffee and big roasted malts. so glad I got to try this one!
Damico (3140) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Blue Dog, Chalfont. Off the bat I am shocked that immediately I don’t like it as much as the KBS, because it is not as complex. The aroma has the smoke, coffee, and obvious maple syrup notes. The perfect appearance is dark chocolate color with an awesome creamy dark cappuccino head on top. The flavor has the smoke, coffee, and nice not oversweetened maple flavor from the barrels. It is delicous as expected.