Holtguy (131) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the brewery. Black pour with small off white head. Aroma of coffee with a hint of maple and a bit of bourbon. Flavor is out of this world. Iím not sure whether I like it better than KBS, but itís up there. Thereís coffee and oak and bourbon and that sweet maple that is just perfectly placed in the right amount and it makes itself known at the exact right time. I kept wondering, "How do they do this?" after just about every sip.
Paired with the cheese dip at the brewery, the beer tasted like double chocolate cake. Really amazing.
The only down side is I went into the place hoping to have a few different selections, but I could not bring myself to switch.
hapjydeuce (967) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2010 Bottle, graciously provided through trade with ksurkin. Thanks a million Ken and Tyler for hooking this up! First off, let me say that when I finished drinking this, I thought to myself, "damn, this IS better than Speedway" and it took gut-wrenching honesty and humility for me to even conjure such a thing. Just an outstanding beer in nearly every aspect.
The bottle opens with a light hiss, and pours oily black with lighter dark brown edges resembling the color of roasted coffee bean. Perfect amount of carbonation, a thin coating of marbled brown and tan head swirl in the middle of the glass. Sticky lacing managed to last all the way through the last sip out of my snifter. The nose of roasted malt, melted dark chocolate, coffee and oak is right in your face; not too hot nor too subdued. A hint of pancake batter in the front, with the maple and wood tones behind it. And the flavor, holy shit the flavor. Where to begin? Thereís so much going on here. Each sip begins with a sweet tone of caramelized brown sugar, then transitions to robust coffee, roasted malt and a mouthfull of chocolate. Pronounced vanilla bean and a hint of bourbon throughout as well. The back of the tongue begins to stockpile the roast flavors while the slightly acidic bitterness kicks in afterwards. The bitter character fades, with pancake batter and smooth coffee tones remaining; then comes the oak and maple. The charred wood and sweet maple complement everything that comes before, and leaves you laughing at how a beer could possibly be this good. Could I please give a 6 out of 5 for palate? Numbing mouthfeel, full-bodied. This beast is a bitch-slap of manna from heaven. Founders, can you make this a regular....please?! Holy hell!
Butters (3939) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared with the guys over at maniacs apt after the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival. Thanks a million to brewengineer! Pours a near black pour with thin dark brown head. Not as good as KBS, but interesting concept. Very sweet, lots of maple syrup coming through.
PhillyBeer2112 (2604) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Maple coffee nose, and the maple sweetness really fills out the flavor and palate, giving this a luscious richness that goes all the way through to the end. Rich coffee presence complements. Outstanding and one of the best beers Iíve tried in a long long time.
markwise (4606) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to badnewsbeers for this one in trade. Hoe many people finally got to try this one because of him?? Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Nose is coffee, espresso, booze, bourbon, maple, brown sugar, earth, chocolate, and depth. Flavor is similar with coffee, chocolate, espresso, spice, cinnamon, bourbon, vanilla, earth, and depth. On the heavier side of medium-bodied with a lingering finish of depth, complexity, espresso, chocolate, spice, and vanilla. An all-time amazing beer, but a definite sipper.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12oz, counter pressure filled bottle, dated 2/10/10 courtesy of badnewsbeers. thanks, tyler! opens with a perfect pop and pours a thick, oily, jet-black with a thin, but definitely present dark brown head leaving sheets of oily lacing on the glass and a ring of bubble through the whole experience. aroma is absolutely wonderful with huge notes of dark chocolate, burnt espresso beans, and woody oak backed by sweet vanilla cake batter and brown sugar with an honest to goodness aroma of chalah bread french toast and maple syrup with just a touch of spicy bourbon. ohh, my god! that was my first reaction to the flavor of this brew. huge, massive, immense, bitter roast coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate initially that is beautifully balanced by sweet maple syrup, oak, vanilla bean, and brown sugar with just a hint of bourbon and faint dark fruits soaked in rum on the finish. palate is full bodied, sticky and sweet, but effortless to drink given the perfect carbonation with a roasted, maple, coffee finish. overall, i think breakfast stout is incredible and kbs is astounding but this is on a whole different level. absolutely one of the best damn beers iív ever tasted. bravo to founders and thank you to tyler!
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/20/09 REVIEW - MAPLE SYRUP KEG
4.5a, 4.5s, 4.0t, 4.5m, 4.5d
I got my second chance to try CBS at the Blue Dog in Chalfont PA yesterday. Low and behold this keg sampling had much more maple syrup presence than my previous sample last month at Caponeís (see review below). Although it was still a mighty tasty brew and the maple syrup was impressively present, I found it a touch outside my sweetness comfort range. Also the overabundance of maple syrup found in this sample overpowered lots of the subtle flavor notes I got to enjoy when I tasted this brew at Caponeís last week. The maple syrup totally masked the vanilla and most of the bourbon notes. I think I liked the more roasty sample I tried at Caponeís better but would probably prefer to blend the two!
8/16/09 REVIEW - MORE ROASTY KEG
Got my chance to try this white whale at Caponeís yesterday.
Appearance: Pours an opaque black into a tulip glass with a one finger off white crown that offers little retention or lacing.
Smell: What a beautiful array of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and maple syrup!
Taste: Iíve heard some say that CBS can be a bit inconsistent from keg to keg...some tasting maple syrupy sweet and others roasty. Oh wow this is one of the most well roasted stouts Iíve had. While my sample didnít have much maple sweetness, I could tell that the maple helped cancel out any heat. This really was all about the coffee and roasted malt.
Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated medium body.
Drinkability: Surprisingly high considering the abv and style.
Quite impressive....really glad I had a chance to try it.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 08-16-2009
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Basically black with a small beige head. Small lacings, but the beer reacts beautifully when the glass is swirled.
The aroma is intense - lots of fat malts, molasses, smooth bourbon, dough, and maple syrup. The character is heavy, but itís still fresh and alive. Great integration in the nose.
The taste is almost unbelievable. The body is beyond full and the mouthfeel is beyond smooth and creamy - this is like cream covered in velvet. It is nicely carbonated, which is very delightful.
Lovely sweet malty flavor with s smooth bitter accompanying roastiness. Notes of coffee. The barrel character is flawless . smooth toned-down nutty bourbon with hints of wood and vanilla, and sweet fresh maple syrup with hints of honey. A noticeable bitterness develops towards the finish as the beer ends with caramel, toffee, powdery coffee and a hint of alcohol.
This is, from start to finish, a very well made beer. Ridiculously complex, perhaps bordering what is possible with beer without it collapsing in a mess. Here, instead we get great balance and integration. I must say that I find it interesting that the barrel aging made its mouthfeel so full compared to the regular Breakfast stout. Well well, to sum it up: this might be the best barrel aged imperial stout Iíve ever had.
Getbetter (942) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 thanks to Hophead22 for the tasting.From a 220z bottle,maple syrup,bourbon,loved every sip of this beer.
edit:Iím still thinking about how great this beer was.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz handbottle from badnewsbeers, huge thanks man. Dark black pour. Light sweetness, some dark fruits. Very smooth, light maple and fucking sweet. (1240)