Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Guest tap during Dark Lord Day ’09. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, coffee, breakfast maple syrup and some citrus/pine hops. Taste is full bodied, smooth, with flavors of toasted dark malt, coffee, maple syrup, some brown sugar and citrus. Finish is just as smooth with a light chocolate/coffee aftertaste that even continues a maple presence. Nice combo specialty Imp Stout.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at EBF. Pours a nice deep dark black with a fluffy lasting tannish head- good lace and carb. Aroma is fresh roasted coffee, espresso, deep dark chocolate malts, roasted barley light char- and hints of fresh hops- maple stays put until the flavor when it warms. Flavor is upfront with more fresh espresso- creamy macchiato, slight char, licorice, then warms to get a real nice moderate maple sweetness and light leathery earth. Finishes off real smooth with a light lingering maple sweetness. This worked out real well I thought.
TheAlum (4971) - 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.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of maple syrup, chocolate, slight roasting, and slight coffee. Poured black in color with a small, dense, light brown head, that diminished but lasted around the edges. Opaque. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of maple syrup, vanilla, light roasting, coffee, chocolate, and slight tar. Medium body. Slick, lightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Sweet, maple syrup vanilla, coffee, and tar finish is dry. 9.4%ABV is completely hidden.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Had on tap at the brewpub on March 22, 2009. Served in a snifter.
A: Very dark and opaque. Little head at all, though a good amount of lacing as it went down. Small amount of carbonation bubbles.
S: Mainly coffee with some vanilla, caramel, and maple. Good smell, but not overpowering.
T: Unbelievable is the only way to describe it--coffee, chocolate, vanilla, maple, caramel. Quite sweet and ever so delicious.
M: Medium to full body with fairly light carbonation. Exceptionally creamy.
D: Absolutely sublime. Much better than the standard Breakfast Stout, and I dare say also significantly better than KBS. Hands down, this is the best-tasting beer I’ve had to date.
ekstedt (4902) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (75 cl), courtesy of rlgk. Black with small beige head. Strong salmiak roasted aromas, some coffee, strong vanilla boubon notes, and a clear touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, prickling carbonation. Semi sweet, medium bitterness.
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Not sure why I held off on this one. No time like the present, however. Black pour with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is strong coffee, bourbon notes, oak, vanilla, soft maple syrup, dark chocolate and booze. Taste is dark chocolate and coffee with maple syrup notes, strong vanilla, burnt caramel, booze, soft oak notes, brown sugar, chocolate candy and burnt pancakes. Body is medium-full with a soft, creamy carbonation, moderate warmth and lots of sugary stickiness. Ends with more dark chocolate, chocolate candy bar, maple syrup covered burnt pancakes, strong vanilla, bourbon notes, booze, chocolate covered toasted coconut and light oaky notes.
swoopjones (4885) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
thedm (4848) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This draft brew from rbsg #8 poured a very small sized head of frothy brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was dark malt and bourbon. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of roasted malt bourbon and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
mcberko (4773) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, pours jet black with a small light brown head. Aroma is dense, with big maple syrup, bourbon barrels, oatmeal still present, and a little bit of smoked malt. Flavour is dominated by the maple syrup, with a somewhat cloying sweetness; there is mild bourbon barrels, very light coffee and mild chocolate notes. Quite complex, but at the same time, the maple syrup is way too overbearing and a bit cloying. I much prefer Founder’s other imperial stouts, as this is too dominating on the maple syrup. Certainly a good beer, but way overrated due to the rarity and hype, I feel.