joesf35 (78) - Margate, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
More of a maple syrup beer, not much bacon, maybe smoked maple. Pretty good palate, but flavor is definitely trendy and one is enough.
alexsdad06 (5236) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from notes (mid 2011). Pours dark brown with a medium sized tan head. The nose is exactly as advertised; sweet maple syrup, a nice meaty smoky quality and some roasted black coffee all working well together. I could have easily stopped here and been happy. Well lets give it a try since its here. The flavor is sweet maple syrup and caramel, black coffee, roast with some ashy notes, a meaty smokiness. There’s quite a bit going on and my only complaint is the body is not quite there to support everything to its fullest. Otherwise, a very solid beer.
italianjohn (2278) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour little orange hue tan head ... aroma is overwhelmingly of maple syrup but also vanilla, caramel, light roasted coffee and dark chocolate .... taste is of maple syrup, chocolate, deep bitter roasted coffee and caramel malts (I did not really detect any bacon) ... mouthfeel is thick and syrupy ... finish is dry and of bitter dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate ... the aroma and taste of this beer are amazing
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Churchkey for the Bluejacket/Funky Buddha/Cigar City event during SAVOR week. Poured a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma is serious on the maple, with notes of coffee. Flavor is light coffee and chocolates with a bunch of smoked maple and bacon. Nice!
PhillyCraft (3071) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Woody’s, pours a pitch black color with thin head and lacing. Aromas and taste of roated and strong columbian coffee, maple syrup, very light bacon, cocoa nibs. Another solid brew from Funky.
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Hulmeville Inn. Dark brown with minimal froth. Nose is big maple, coffee and maybe some salt. Medium body with a tang. Taste is chocolate, coffee bean and maple. Delicious. Where’s the bacon?
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Humeville Inn. Pours a dark maple cola with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, smoked bacon and malt. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Taste dominated by maple syrup and coffee. Very nice.
jredmond (5196) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at woodys with vin. Pours deep brown body with thin brown lacing. Aroma is maple syrup and light roast. Mouthfeel is creamy with notes of chocolate, maple syrup, light roasted meat.
pari6819 (55) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2012 I had this at the Florida Regional Brews Takeover at the Brass Tap in Wesley Chapel during Tampa Beer Week. I had heard about this beer for months and was a bit cynical, but once I had it, I can only describe it as a rare experience. This pour was perfectly balanced with smokiness and a gorgeous tint of Maple that was not overpowering. Its chocolate notes were very apparent but not out of check. Its coffee notes were like a rich espresso. This is a beer that is unique and truly worth experiencing. It illuminates many unique possibilities that creative brewing can yield.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. First reviewed 10/30/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to paulmpapp for bringing this to our tasting.
The pour is a fairly dark mahogany color that does not maintain in the edges. The corners are slightly transparent brown and ruby.
There is a nice amount of smoked malt that fills up the nose. Sweet maple syrup comes through next, with roast coffee coming through at the end. The nose lives up to what this is supposed to be.
The flavor is sweet up front, with true maple syrup and dark roasted malts. The smoke comes through right away, filling up my nose and resting on the tongue. The malt has a good dark and roasted character that leads well into the coffee bitterness toward the end. The finish has more malt, and some sweet maple lingers into the coffee bitterness at the end.
If anything, the body feels a little light compared to the body. The robust flavors deserve a fuller beer. The carbonation is on the light side, and there is a moderate sweet stickiness that sticks on the lips after each sip. Even with the sweetness, the coffee really brings a dry and slightly acrid feel to it.
This is a great beer; the only thing that could really make it better would be a little bit more carbonation and a bigger body. I am definitely excited to see what the imperial version has to offer.