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RATINGS: 720   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
Ale Brewed with Chocolate and Coffee, aged in Maple Syrup-Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of dried mint, chocolate, light booze note. Taste is herbal, chocolate, coconut. Chocolate finish.
12th July, gusher tasting

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2011 Re-sampled on tap at Fat Heads in Pittsburgh (9/11/11): Similar appearance as before. Aroma has lots of sweet dark malts and rich roasty coffee with a touch of maple, but no tartness. Body follows suit with good complexity, sweetness and lots of coffee and maple bourbon flavors. A very enjoyable and unique brew. The previous sample was obviously off from what was intended. (9,5,8,4,18)

Sampled on tap at Church Key DC 10/22/09: Porus an oily opaque with a rich, creamy full-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of rich coffee, dark chocolate and maple with some tart light fruity notes. Starts with some earthy roasty coffee and acidity with some creamy dark chocolate and caramel maple sweetness before a dry roasty mocha finish. Pretty well-balanced and complex, but the tartness seems out of place and tastes slightly infected. Acidity is a little more concealed as it warms. (7,5,7,4,15)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
b3shine (7115) - Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Notes from 10/2/11 8 oz. pour into a snifter at the brewery today (10/1) during the release party. Appearance is flawless; black with little to no head. Smells solid; malt and wood are both present, and you can catch a scent of the whiskey in it as well. Tastes great. All of the aforementioned items are present. This was my first maple imperial stout, and I enjoyed it. The maple wasn’t too prominent, but it mellowed the flavors of the wood and whiskey nicely. Mouthfeel was great for a beer of its abv. This is a GREAT beer. Very excited to have waited in line with my wife (twice), and to have scored 8 of them today while getting to drink it at the pub too!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (7112) - Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2011
11/25/11. 750mL bottle courtesy dfclav! Tasted alongside the regular BS and a KBS, both 12oz bottles also courtesy dfclav. Thanks, man! The pour is an opaque jet black with a small light brown head that cuts to a ringlet but sticks and laces a bit. The aroma is bold coffee followed by a touch of bourbon/alcohol, wood from the barrel, and a distinct sweetness... but I can’t say I’m getting tons of maple syrup. The difference between this and KBS for aroma seems to be that the bold woody vanilla aspect is replaced by sweetness. The flavor again packs a bold coffee punch at first, followed by loads of milk chocolate, a bit of ash, char, woodiness, and bourbon. The secondary flavors develop into chocolate milk, sweet maple syrup on pancakes, and lingering coffee and bourbon. Compared to KBS on flavor, there’s less of a bourbon punch as well as less of a roasted, bitter coffee punch. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel as always. All in all - pretty good shit! I’d say I still like BS the best, followed by KBS, then CBS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
bottle. black pour, medium to fuller body. big notes of wood, licorice, bourbon. Packs a punch. lots of complexity. anise/licorice stands out more than maple. Very impressive

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 Draft at Brouwer’s. Jet black. Loose sudsy tan ring. Massive blast of bitter coffee on the nose. Big creamy body, but very drinkable. The flavor profile starts with a d-10 Caterpillar bulldozer worth of coffee driving your tastes buds straight back. The big, bold flavor settles down into a more harmoniosu blend of coffee, salt, pepper, and some maple syrup. Lovely blended finish, but starts off a real hyperactive child.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (6906) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2013
29/IX/13 - 75cl bottle @ American BBQ and beertasting, my place - BB: n/a - 2012 vintage (2013-913) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very weird and unusual, sweet, wood, some chloride, sugary, spicy, molasses, maple syrup (I guess). MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: liquorish, bit sugary, caramel, spicy, maple syrup, aniseed, little bitter. Aftertaste: sweet, caramel, weird spiciness, alcohol, maple syrup, more alcohol, dark chocolate, overripe fruits, liquorish, aniseed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 18, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with smallbeige head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, alcohol, congac, malt, alcohol,chocolate and licorice. Flavor is sweet and boozy with some caramel, alcohol, chocolate,brown sugar, bourbon and maple syrup. full body, average cabonarion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (6651) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2015 Draft at kite and key in Philly. Got a table an hour before the event started but more importantly got 4 of the last cards in the deck they were using to serve all the early guests with their choice of either kbs or CBS. We ordered a round of CBS, and less than 12 minutes after its tapped it kicks. The beer pours a dark dark brown, pretty much black body with thin well carbonated lacing that lasts throughout. Aroma is straight up flawless - notes of the best rich deep, coffee roast with some compliments of dark chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with perfect notes of coffee, chocolate, sweet maple, Bourbon. Forever indebted to Linh for beating me there and reserving a table.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (6616) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
1500th rating. Bottle thanks to Bill at December tasting. Pours a very dark brown with medium creamy tan head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a light roast vanilla oak and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with sweet malt and light roast and sweet finish. Hides the alcohol very well making it easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one, a very impressive Imperial stout that definitely lived up to the hype.

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