after4ever (7487) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 (I think). Thanks, R! What an awesome hookup. Pours an opaque matte black with a dense and creamy burnt tan head that settles fairly quickly to a think film. Intense coffee nose, sweetness is dialed back, smokiness is in the foreground but nowhere near as pounding as the coffee. Creamy thick body with moderate carb. Coffee, a little smoke, more coffee, a little sweet, more coffee. Coffee finish. Very intensely flavorful beer but they sure do hold it together.
Art (3037) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Long time want. Thanks Dan for sharing. Pours a deep dark brown black with a brown head. Big aromas of maple with smoke and huge coffee. Doesnít seem artificial and the bigger beer definitely takes the adjuncts well. Itís a sweet beer for sure but oh so drinkable.
Beerman6686 (6181) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was of big maple, smoke, coffee and fudge. Very inviting. Flavor similar, much more of a real beer than mbcp which comes off as artificial. Would love to drink this all day.
charule (2123) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to Dan. Poured dark brown with light beige head. Aroma sweet maple roasty coffee. Light carb med bod. Taste malty cereal maple coffee. Good
Ernesto987 (5429) - Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I hate to give gimmick beers their due but this one wins. Tons of great flavors, all balanced at the stronger version
ClarkVV (5568) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, new batch, shared by James on 6/10/16.
Deep ebony, of indeterminable clarity with a tan head atop that is large and shows moderately strong-to-strong retention.
After the disaster that was French Vanilla Militia (and most imperial stouts these days, it seems), I was not exactly chomping at the bit to try this, but what a pleasant surprise....dark chocolate combines with maple-like earthy-sweetness (that doesnít make much sense, I know) and a ton of raisins and vanilla to give a strong aroma but the dark chocolate-like roastiness is ever-present keeping the caramel, raisin, fudge and such from becoming too dominant. Coffee notes are pretty reserved and itís not a mass of burnt, black, sharp french roast, thankfully. Fruitiness reminds of the best English-style Imperial stouts and there is no sign of the alcohol, in the nose.
Even better, is the flavor, with prune, raisin and creme brulee balancing chocolate, light roast coffee and vanilla-tinged caramel. The flavors are all highly enjoyable and while itís pretty sweet and fairly thick, both the tight carbonation and fair amount of attenuation coupled with the fruity acidity, make for a surprisingly balanced beer. On the finish of every sip, just as the fudge and caramel is about to take over, the raisin, prune and roasted barley notes dry things out considerably adding a bright zip to the end. No alcohol noted. Very happily finished my glass and then some. Easy drinking.
GenDV138 (5673) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Shared with DCLawyer and my friend Tyler. From a trade with markwise, cheers Mark! Dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of maple syrupl, dark chocolate. Tastes of maple syrup, dark chocolate, subtle smoke. Medium-full body with a dry finish.
DCLawyer (2443) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2016
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber->tulip shared by GenDV110+OT. Thanks Donnie! Deep brown with small tan head. A: deep coffee and chocolate, maple, molasses. Awesome. T: maple syrup and mocha, molasses, slightly bittersweet malt. Fantastic.
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#2000. What a journey thus far. Bottle shared in the hotel by ebone1988 for his 1.1k and my 2k rating. The pour is a thick black oily color with a thin film of darker khaki head and no lace to be found. The aroma is excellent. There is a lot of maple and an excellent chocolate. There isnít a whole lot of coffee, but Iím definitely getting the chocolate and maple. This one should be damn good. The flavor is really chocolatey and mapley up front. There is a resounding bacon aspect to this that just moves in and dominates for a while. Nice roast, good bitterness. Itís got a sweetness on the back on the a decently bitter roast. The mouth feel is lighter tha. I wanted. Medium to heavy body with a nice soft carbonation and a lingeringly bacon-influenced aftertaste. There is a bitter chocolate malt and coffee trying to poke through, but itís controlled by the bacon. This is a good beer, and I definitely appreciate Eric helping me get to this milestone. Thanks man!
ebone1988 (1260) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#1100. Bottle courtesy of Jordan. Thanks! Bottle shared with koleminer20 for his #2000 on Ratebeer. Aroma is unbelievable, maple, coffee, chocolate, booze, maybe slight bacon, wow. Appearance is black, light brown head, poured thick. Taste is lovely, sweet maple, bacon, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, booze, a lot of things happening to make this one complex. Mouthfeel is heavy body, light carbonation, booze, maple, and bacon in the aftertaste. Overall, this is a real great beer.