b3shine (8188) - Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
tderoeck (8187) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....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 (7917) - 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 (7887) - 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 (7880) - 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!
czar (7879) - 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.
jmgreenuk (7837) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Kermis. Big thanks. Poured a dark mahogany with a thin broken tan head and a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is rich roasted malt creamy caramel coffee chocolate. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a rich malt ripe fruit creamy malt alcoholic palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation and a medium to long bitter finish. A really superb rich creamy smooth bitter alcoholic beer. The best beer of the day and some more.
solidfunk (7701) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing. Touch of maple with lots of roast and dark chocolate. Pours black with great head and lacing. Awesome balance, slightly creamy and thick consistency. Medium bitter finish with some light sweetness from chocolate and maple. Bourbon blends well. Only had a taste of this at Churchkey’s 5th anniversary thanks to Lea for a taste of this.
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2015 Draft at kite and key in Philly. Pours a dark brown, pretty much black body with thin well carbonated lacing that lasts throughout. Aroma is rich deep, coffee roast with some compliments of dark chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with notes of coffee, chocolate, sweet maple, bourbon. Lots of sugar and maple a bit too sweet overall.