blipp (8011) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Pours near black with a tan head. Roasted malty and sweet aroma with nice molasses notes. The flavor has roasted malts, coffee, maple syrup, a hint of smoke, and really light hoppy notes in the finish. Super smooth. Awesome awesome stuff.
SudsMcDuff (7971) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottle from Matt, sample from 22oz from Bill, and 2 more samples from other tastings .. . deep brown black .. medium foam .. . aroma of maple, sweet tar, and maple infused chocolate syrup .. . taste isn’t as good as the nose, but still very nice .. . overall: a good brew but no where as good as the insanity that surrounds it .. . .
How many fingers am I holding up in front of your eyes right now? .. 3 .. .. That’s good. That’s pretty good, considering that he’s blind.
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2010 Handbottle (from the brewery with a Founders cap) Pours very thick. Black body with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, pencil/graphite, maple, bacon, wood, sweetness, and brown sugar. Much more "rounded" of a smell than KBS (which we had side by side). Flavor is a bit buttery (not diacetyl though), maple, brown sugar, chocolate, wood. Lots of grade B maple syrup. Vanilla bean. Light, but rich, espresso. Huge duration!!! Big and thick, good carbonation. Very nice beer!
drowland (7876) - Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Plovmand (7806) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. So kindly provided by bulldogp04! Thanks a mill buddy! Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Loads of coffee in the aroma and notes of maple, hard roasted malt, chocolate, tobacco, dried fruit and hops. Intense and lovely. The flavour is sweetend coffee, hard roasted malt, syrup, tobacco, sweet fruit and chocolate. Lovely brew!
77ships (7635) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml. bottle sampled @ "Er Klopt Iemand Op De Deur" Samson & Gert Bierproeving I. Thanks to Yarric! 2009? Vintage. Really improved & opened up as it warmed up. Spare, rocky, dark mocha head. Unclear body. Dark black colour. Liquorish nose upfront + anis, thick leading into maple, molasses & roast. Taste is black liquorish + anis, light charred oak, bitter roast, leading into maple syrup, prune, coffee, molasses & thick vanilla sweetness, herbs. Nothing at all like I expected & not top of everything right now but a very unique, fascinating & very nice beer all the same. Full & creamy maple body, soft carbonation, heavy sweetness in the back, heavy roast upfront.
after4ever (7534) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample @ EBF 2015. unclear very dark brown with a frothy and creamy beige head, good retention and strong lacing. smoky roastiness, burnt malts - toffee, coffee and cream - double double as in overdonely cloying, chocolate-covered shiitakes, some resin and minerals. light carboantion, full body - syrupy and smooth; warming, sticky, cloying and smoky-woody-resinous finish. complex for sure, but hard to drink.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black. Generous tan head. Good condition. Maple is quite noticeable in the aroma. Also rich coffee. The barrel is less evident in the flavour. Big, rich and chocolatey. Full mouthfeel but not too sticky or fat. Excellent.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Glass Nickel clusterf*ck. Poured rich, deep black with a creamy cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up deeply-roasted dark chocolate and coffee notes accented by sweet maple syrup, toasted oak, and some earth.. more of the coffee as it warmed up.. sweet overall and good, but not spectacular. The flavor rode the coffee again, which was very well-roasted at the base.. chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a swig of rum laced through there.. didn’t get much maple at all.. long coffee-ee finish. Medium-plus bodied with rising bitterness through the palate.. carbonation was on the high side and not ideal for this brew.. some good stuff going on here, but middle-of-the-road for the style.