elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque, jet black, with a thin dark brown head that dissipates quickly. The pour into the glass was very viscous, like motor oil, with lots of stickiness. Aroma is of alcohol upfront, but not mere booze. A very distinct smell of whiskey drives the aroma. Behind that licorice and dried dark fruits (currant) are detectable. Taste is complex and amazing. Maple syrup and wood smoke were the first things tasted and dominated throughout. As the beer warmed a bit more vanilla, molasses, and a general sweetness further emerge. Three things of interest here: 1) though the smell of alcohol is prominent, the taste of alcohol really wasn’t. The flavor was more of whiskey barrels than whiskey itself, 2) peculiar for an imperial stout, there was little in the way of coffee or chocolate flavor, 3) the aforementioned flavors were so overwhelming that malts really took a backseat. Palate was oily, verging on creamy. Just a little in the way of carbonation. Almost perfect. Overall, CBS lived up to the hype for me. KBS probably hits harder and packs more punch, but CBS was amazingly flavorful and complex. A real treat for stouties everywhere. Hope to see more of this produced in the future.
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
At Hopishop. The legendary CBS, a variation on KBS with bourbon barrel aged maple syrup mixed into the whole, if I am correctly informed. Lacing, moussy, deep tan coloured head over an opaque jet black beer. Powerful, enticing bouquet of indeed maple syrup, warm chocolate sauce, bourbon, candied fig, soy sauce, liquorish, gravy, coffee liqueur, beef stock cubes, bayleaf, treacle. Intense flavor, kicking off with concentrated candied sweetness (date, raisin) with a thick but well-positioned beefy and soy sauce-like umami edge, softish carbo with very thick, syrupy, viscous mouthfeel, thick and deeply caramelly and chocolatey malt body with nutty accents and gentle coffeeish roastedness in the end, assisting the drying effect of woody tannins, peppery hops and heating, liqueurish but elegant alcohol, paired with liquorish- and evidently maple syrup-like spicy sweet notes going down deep into the throat. Needless to say, tasting a beer of this stature, complexity and opulence is a great pleasure, this is at least as good as KBS, though with more obvious sweetness, yet everything remains firmly in balance. An absolute delight and among the best stouts I ever had.
MarcoDL (4208) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Hopishop 2016. Aroma of bourbon,sweet syrup, maple and caramel. Taste has sweet thick maple, caramel, milk chocolate, raisin, syrup, bourbon vanilla and some coffee. Deliciously rich beer, glad to have finally tasted this.
jc1762 (845) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Snallyghaster 2016 showing pitch black with a finger of latte colored foam.
The nose shows a maple forward sweetness with bourbon notes of charred wood, smoke, and vanilla. Upon warming up, these notes seem to come together like a Sriracha chili sauce.
The palate is medium bodied and smoothly carbonated. Maple forward sweetness is apparent from the beginning with bourbon in the background - vanilla, smoke, and charred wood. The maple combines with the vanilla extremely well to create a minty mouthfeel throughout the beer. Alcoholic spice is completely disguised by this minty mouthfeel. Bourbon smoke and maple syrup are shown in a balanced finish with not bitterness.
Jokestereo (307) - SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a thin line of nougat colored head. Aroma; Roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, toffee, borboun and vanilla. Taste; Bourbon, some maple syrup, cocoa, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, toffee, liqourice and vanilla
linusb (899) - SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Deep deep dark brown with a light brown head. N: Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, melasses/brown sugar, bourbon T: Brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, liqourice, light portwine notes O: Probably seen better days, but quite sweet. Sure it’s a nice beer, but probably amazing when released.
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - JUL 6, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle shared with Nightfall. Thank you very much Alex for keeping this beer for me!! Almost black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, milk and dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, vanilla, some spicy notes, some fruit notes, light wood. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma but even better. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. Great beer! I could drink the whole bottle alone!!
hackobock (3544) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
July 25, 2015. On tap at Mission Dolores, got the last 2 pours. #3000.
Black with a medium sized creamy tan head. Aroma is intense, yet balanced, with fresh ground coffee, maple syrup, toffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, warming bourbon alcohol. ,
Taste is medium sweet, soft roasted bitterness. Finish is smooth bitter and roasted coffee and dark chocolate, sweet maple syrup, toffee, vanilla and some warming bourbon notes. Full bodied, creamy, sticky texture, soft carbonation.
Glad to finally try this one, been a big want for a long time and getting the two last pours with my girlfriend after a long day in the car was great. Tried it side by side with KBS and CBS was much smoother and more balanced, the maple syrup complemented the coffee in a great way. Amazing!
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at the Knick. Nie bourbon nose with oak and maple. Sweet and vapory. Dark brown-black opaque with thin tan head. Medium-chewy body with medium-light carbonation. Sweet with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and maple. Alcohol. A little rough on the woody notes, boozy and overly sweet finish and mildly cloying after.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This big flavored beer will jack you in the jaw. Pours a jet black. Aromas of espresso/chocolate, maple bourbon hints and roasted malts. Taste jumps out with dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate malt with a nice bitter bite. Finishes with a sweet boozy tail...
Booga (82) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very sweet and creamy. Deep roasted flavor with maple accents. Maybe the best beer I’ve tried. Perfect mouthfeel. Wish they made this more available.