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 (3512) - 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 (1695) - 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 (7720) - 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 (9264) - 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 (15113) - 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.
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 (970) - 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!