ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
11 ounce pour - $7.00 at The Fred in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Appearance: Viscous-looking, deep black body with an initially surging head that soon settles to a quarter inch of deep tan froth. Sticky-looking lace sheets on the descent.
Smell: Presents a sweetish scent, rich and downright succulent with flourishing notes smelling of chocolate ganache, split vanilla beans, chunky caramel, chilled espresso, maple, and bourbon.
Taste: A deep surge of melty semi-sweet chocolate morsels combined with a heady coffee flavor and spoonful of maple frosting and caramel. Little hints of wood and amiable bourbon. Itís fairly sweet without being too sweet and has a richness aided by the mouthfeel to give the impression of melted ice cream. It comes together very nicely, all of the flavors here are integral as well as well-integrated. Roasty bitterness here and there. A choco-roast flair prominent in the finish with a final sliver of sweet maple wrapped in alcoholic warmth.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Silken, smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: After seeing once presumed good, honorable men turn into dire savage beasts over this greatly hyped beer release (in the same manner the Rings of Power created the NazgŻl), I was half expecting it to fall a bit flat, but, no, itís really quite wonderful.
Borresteijn (4139) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl Bottle at AHBS. Black colour, beige head. Aroma is full on coffee and rather sweet, maple. Flavour is very sweet, maple syrup, light coffee, laurel, moccha, light bitter coffee and moccha finish with a hint of laurel and liquorice. Medium bodied. Too sweet to be excellent imo.
markwise (4093) - 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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and StFun cares enough about me to make sure Iím eating right. Seriously, dude is very close to official canonization for sending this deliciousness my way - UNSOLICITED!!! Josh for the motherfucking win. Anyways, the beer was really nice. Still carbonated appropriately for the style, it poured nice and creamy out of the handbottle. Thereís more wood in the nose than maple, which is quite pleasant in that it balances out the sweetness to give the brew a really nice balance to it. Just a hint of smoke, and lots of chocolate too. Are there símores in my breakfast too? So smooth and creamy, even if thereís not quite enough of the coffee in there to my liking. Really delicious.
thornecb (3975) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with excellent retention conglomerates as it recedes leaving spider lacing. Coffee, chocolate and burnt maple aromas. Sweet maple upfront turning to milk chocolate before the lasting espresso finish.
JohnnyJ (3894) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to bulldogp04. Excited to try this. Deep black, with tan head. Maple syrup, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate sweetness. Rich, but not overly cloying. A very nice imp stout for sure.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 Bottle... Poured a viscous looking, pitch black with a brown frothy head. Nose was straight coffee. French press coffee all up in this aroma. The mouthfeel with thick and really coated the tongue. To me that was the closest hint of maple I got in this; the texture. Flavor wise it was intensely sweet with hints of alcohol booziness. The maple aged bourbon barrels didnít impart too much maple flavor for me. However this was lots of charred, dark wood and tannins going on though. Dark fruits, chocolate covered cherries, intense vanilla sweetness and more coffee characters. CBS is really nice, not sure about the huge hype though and Iíd prefer KBS, or even regular FBS over it.
nimbleprop (3872) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Churchkey, Washington DC. Pours an opaque, oily black with a huge creamy, lacing tan head. BIG nose, maple syrupy, brown sugar, candy, woody, a touch of coffee. Close your eyes, take a sniff and it smells like butter melting over pancakes. Flavor starts with coffee bitterness, molasses, dark fruits, a weird cherry-like sourness, brown sugar, wood pulp, booze, coffee with cream. Wet, oily, sour finish. While the aroma is one of the best Iíve ever experienced on a beer, the rest of the beer is a bit over hyped. There may also be some lingering infection as the sour cherry notes are definitely not supposed to be there.
esjaygee (3844) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Uncle Mikes Highway Pub. Midnight onyx with a foamy tan head that leaves nominal lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, mild maple and light alcohol. Taste pretty damn goodÖ the best of the breakfasts stouts Iíve had so far (BC/KBS/CBS). Chocolate, vanilla, roasted dark malts, moderate coffee are accentuated by a touch of maple. Goes down pretty smooth and finishes up with a minor alky/roasty bite.
alexsdad06 (3825) - Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler fill. Pours a dark brown/black with a small beige head (combination of the growler and too cold at the time of pouring). The aroma is very similar to the regular Breakfast stout with the addition of the maple syrup sweetness. Mostly coffee, roast, and a touch of dark fruit. The flavor was everything that I have enjoyed in the regular Breakfast stout: Coffee, dark chocolate, and roast with the added dimension of the maple syrup sweetness. Cold the body seemed a bit thin. As the beer warmed, the body came around (although not as full as I would like) but remained creamy smooth to drink. The alcohol was not a major factor until it warmed significantly.
I had this at DLD, but my brain and palate were pretty much shot by the time it came out. This was a nice surprise to find so close to home. I have and continue to enjoy this one (at least for a few more sips).