Ernesto987 (5165) - Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
yea, this one earned it. It was incredible. Tons of ADJUNCTS that were well used and perfectly balanced. The barrel aging added in impressive amount of complexity without losing any of those adjuncts.
jbruner (3545) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black from the bomber with thin wispy tan head that leaves light lace. Aroma of sweet maple syrup notes over hints of vanilla and coffee. Taste follows, wow, just amazing, chocolate and maple galore. Medium body, minimal carbonation, booze really well hidden, really nice.
Homer321 (3551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at source. A ton of booze and vanilla on the nose. Lots of cake aroma. Sweet. Some wood. Taste is all booze initially followed by candied syrup and bacon. Wow. Really opens to as it warms. A tad cloying. Could use more bitterness or roast I think.
kraddel (5199) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle obtained in a big trade with AntonFred, sent to me by his contact. Thnx guys !!! Been curious for this one. Pours black , stable and thick grey head. overpowering scent of coffee, sweetness, and maple syrup. Oh my gosh what a scent ! Taste is thick, heavy, bourbon ( mild notes) maple syrup ( damn I am pretty sure I loved EVERY black beer with maple syrup so far ) heavy dark malts, sweet, very mild bitter touch. Man oh man what a beer ! The only downside is it’s on the rather thin side, and shile the carbonation is perfect in quantity, I think its a bit to sharp, for this style of beer ( perhaps this would be less prominent is the body was a bit thicker) . Than again, even in the category I’m talking about, this is a very subtile ’negativity’ , and to bitch about something as little, in a great beer like this, well, is just pointless. Just drink it, enjoy it, and share it only with the ones you really love, cause you will regret not having drank the rest if you don’t :)
jrallen34 (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to spycow for this top tick. Not a great looking beer as its a medium see through brown, not much head or card. The aroma comes off a touch too sweet as the maple syrup dominates. After the first sip its instantly apparent this beer is to thin to hold up completely well. Its also almost too roasty. Its a beer of extremes, too sweet, yet too roasty, and too thin. The finish provides a very nice touch of vanilla that saves it. I warm up to this as I go, and its very drinkable. However, its lacking and not deserved of the over hype.
mR_fr0g (7237) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at route CBC Clapham, 02/10/2015. Sticky viscous, caramel brown coloured pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is sticky toffee pudding, caramel, Warming, toasted coconut. Flavour is composed of rounded toffee burnt brown sugars, mellow roasted coffee, Palate is lovely velvety, smooth, sticky medium sweet, moderate carbonation. Very good.
Staffan47 (900) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Från Randall. Nyårsafton 15/16 hos polare till Jennies kille. Med Isabel. Arnolds första nyår! De som bara druckit lager tidigare blir till sig. Jo nog är den fin. Lönnsirap, kaffe och choklad dominerar. Nästan lite väl konstlad men krämig och härlig får man ge den.
aleigator (599) - GERMANY - DEC 30, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a black color, with a dark brown, thick, bubbly head. Its head doesn’t collapse at all, while revealing more and more huge bubbles among its pitch black surface after giving the glass a swirl.
Has fantastic aromas to it, offering lots of slightly smoked, chocolate infused malts, among caramel and melting toffee. Atop of this foundation settle fresh cold pressed coffee beans, blending perfectly into the already established sweetness. Maple syrup provides a soothing quality, tying the flavors outstandingly well together, balanced by a wooden vanilla oakiness.
Drinks very smooth throughout, while featuring a spicy warmth during its finish, exhibiting the beers huge body in a perfect fashion. The tongue gets coated by mocha and bakers chocolate for minutes, showcasing a thick, rich softness on the tongue.
Creates its taste foundation by bringing maple syrup coated, fresh crushed coffee beans, toffee and roasty malts to the palate. This creates a great interplay between uprising milk chocolate, whipped cream, espresso and cinnamon coated wood bark. Once established, the flavors mainly evolve due to the genuine integrated Bourbon barrel, adding vanilla, coconut bark, mellowed by the syrup. Coffee bitterness maintains enough character to cut through, soothed by whipped cream, becoming even richer, when a subtle smokiness arises from the malts, effectivly blending into the barrel’s spiciness. Finishes with milk chocolate, softening the beers warmer Bourbon bite, featuring an enjoyable espresso bean bitterness during the aftertaste, remaining on the palate for a while.
Fantastic beer, with an intense, far reaching flavor profile, slowly adding complexity till the very end, resulting in a complex, very smooth stout. All the different adjuncts get integrated outstandingly great, entangled into the beers luscious milk chocolate, whipped cream foundation.
daknole (10738) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Jet black. Brown head. Coconut, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, maple, charred oak. Really a phenomenal beer!
VsXsV (3645) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coconut, toffee, caramel, light smoke and raw sugar. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of coconut, chocolate, caramel and raw sugar. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice!