gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2009 Bottle at Cigar City BA Bolita release, courtesy Gillard. We docked whilst drinking this lovely elixir. Black pour, thick head, wet lacing on the glass. Nose is massive bourbon, maple syrup, nice caramel and chocolate. Very nice. Flavor is also fantastic: incredibly smooth bourbon, chocolate, caramel, maple, dry woodsy notes, vanilla. Simply delicious. As smooth as any big beer I’ve had, drinkable as hell, amazing, really.
MeadMe (1244) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 HUGE thanks to Gillard for holding this one back to share with the tampa crew at the Cigar City BA Bolita release party.
A: Pours a nice deep dark black. with a small tan head. No lace.
S: Wonderful fresh maple syrup aroma. Hints of bourbon and vanilla hide beneath.
T: WOW! Fresh sweet maple syrup up front, rich, bold, sweet good. The bourbon shows up in the middle. It does not overpower which I like because it lets the maple shine. Vanilla seems to meld right into the maple. The finish a bit of fresh coffee comes out with just a touch of chocolate. Very Very Very complex.
M: Rather full in body, rich, thick, smooth. It lacks carbonation a bit but it has been in the growler a while. No sense of oxidation what so ever.
D: Crazy good. I would love to start and end every day with a glass of this. One of the best tasting beers in the world no doubt about it. Only flaws this beer has is due to the growlering of it. Fresh it could very well be a 5
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottle from Sprinkle shared by the ever generous Odeed! Smells like something I wnat a growler of! Nose of chocolate, oaky vanilla, maple, and almost a bourbon like alcohol note. Black with brown edges and a small ring of tan bubbles. Flavor is peppery alcohol, and a smoky note to go with the chocolate. Excellent!
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(huge thanks to sprinkle for the hand bottle.)black body with not much head.the aroma is a beautiful mix of coffee,chocolate,cocoa,maple syrup,pancakes,and a hint of alcohol.the flavor blends up coffee,chocolate,maple syrup,wood,and coca cola.the palate is smooth yet complex.this is damn near perfect.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Milkshake brown head with dark dark brown probably black body. Aroma is through the roof with sweet, burnt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor takes the KBS and 1 ups it in my opinion. Sweeter, but man it comes across nice. So smooth too. Just delicous.
beernbourbon (1264) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Bavarian Lodge. Pour is jet black with smallish brown head as expected. Aromas are coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, hints of bourbon, and a light smokiness. Smell is a lot more subtle than KBS (which I had side-by-side), but this was served very cold. As it warmed, more sweetness cam therough. I do not think I would have identified it as maple syrup specifically if I did not know- more like molasses or brown sugar. Flavor is more subtle than expected: balanced sweetness, wood, cocoa, hints of vanilla , and a sweetish finish. Lighter mouthfeel and more subtle than KBS but still lovely.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Two goblets draft poured on tap at the brewpub (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours an inky black pour, opaque, in a snifter, with good brown fluffly head that laces well and sticks around. Aromas throw a lot of the base beer aromas, nice roasted malts, heavy coffee, bit of burnt or ashy smokiness, with decent oak vanilla notes and light maple syrup apparent. Initial is full bodied, similaries to KBS but a bit of underlying maple syrupy sweetness smooths out the finish very well. Flavors throw bitter roast, coffee, and dark malts up front, slipping into a silky feel with some good oak, vanilla, and maple syrup (light, but very much there). Lighter on booziness and ashy smoke, and a nice mellow sweetness easily distinguished as maple, which makes this more enjoyable for me personally. This is quite fantastic.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Two 10oz pints at Intl’ Tap House.
Aroma is sweet char, chocolate, lots of sweetness... hints of smoke aside from the char.
Taste is initially charred, some sugar, alcohol presence, more sugary sweetness, lots of maple sugar and alcohol with coffee/espresso roast.
Wow. This is complex, well balanced, with a huge lingering mouthfeel.
I was skeptical, but this is well-made and not overdone.
Appearance is dense black with a molasses puff colored head that coats the glass.
Extremely well-balanced and complex, if sweet. More than 2 glasses and I might get gout.
tmoreau (2127) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Brixie’s, Brookfield, IL. Presented in a small 5 3/4 oz. stout glass. Poured black/brown with a thick, dark tan/light brown "milkshake top" lasting head, and some solid curtains of lacing. The aroma was smooth malt and creamy mocha. The flavor added to these some sweetness, maple notes and a subtle but warming alcohol. Full bodied and yummy!
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2010 michigan maple syrup steeped in oak barrels and aged close to a yr..tap at the brewery..pours black with small ochre head..huge sugar, chocolate and coffee aroma with hints of caramel and marshmallow..flavor is also abundant in such malts, with added touches of maple, toffee and cream....a tad too sweet, and borderline cloying if warmed too long...excellent, but inferior to the bfast and kbs