johnnnniee (1826) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at EBF Saturday Afternoon.
Pours a solid dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is heavy on the coffee with maple, brown sugar, and hints of bacon. Thereís a beer in that glass? Taste is really quite the coffee bomb with hints of maple and brown sugar. Medium to thick body with a creamy oily mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. While not horribly complex, it is different and I really enjoyed this beer.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pouring at the Saturday afternoon session of EBF. Pours a deep brown with a medium sized beige to tan head. Big coffee, maple syrup and molasses. Coffee syrup flavors come through right away, long maple backing it up. Loads of sweetness, but still fairly drinkable. Long roast with more syrup on the finish. No smokiness ever showed up, but this was still delicious.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2012 WAIM pours a pitch, oily, black with very little head at all. But letís just forget what this beer looks like because as youíre pouring this beer your nostrils will be attacked with huge aromas. One of the strongest beers Iíve ever smelled in my life. The aroma is full and I mean full of maple syrup. When I mean full of it, itís hard to explain. I could walk into the other room and still get a little bit of the smell. Putting my nose up to it I got more. A nice bit of smokiness comes up, followed by coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Itís impressive. Itís huge. Itís hard to explain on a blog.
The taste is just as good and just as big. Once again the maple syrup dominates and I really wonder just how much they used for this beer. The flavor is dominated by sweetness. As the maple calms down a bit youíll pick up the other flavors. Coffee, smokiness, and chocolate. This beer is huge but the ingredients totally cover up any alcohol that is in this beer. Itís breakfast in a bottle. Itís a total sipper. One to sit back and enjoy over an hour or so. I was questioning myself the whole time, is this really beer? Awesome.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation, but very sticky. Like maple syrup.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to John for sharing this awesome brew! Bottle 11 of 50. Pours dark brown with just a hint of tan head. The smell of this is like nothing else! Maple syrup, bacon, smoke, coffee, pancakes, reminds of a maple pecan doughnut also some tobacco notes. Taste: Coffee, smoke, maple syrup, pancakes, nuts, bacon and tobacco. Thick on the palate with a interesting maple bacon and coffee finish.
Tmoney99 (9610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy chocolate and roasted coffee malt with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced roasted dark coffee flavor with a medium to heavy dark coffee sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2011 Bottle shared by Kan.. Pours black with no head, nose loads of ashy coffee chocolate hazelnut, fl hazelnut, kalouha, ashy, strong astringent booze, raisin, pretty terrible and undrinkable,
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours almost black with a tan head. Smells heavily vegetal, celery, and brussel sprouts. A bit of acrid roast and coffee. Maple flavor, roasted malt, coffee, and smoke.
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
BIG THANKS To darkguardian for this one!!!!!!!22oz bomber bottle number 6 of 50. I was torn whether or not to open this bad boy right away or to sit on it for a special occasion. After some comments I decided to open it last night. Man am I glad I did. The second I opened the bottle the maple syrup and coffee smell filled the room. I was a little worried after all the hype that I was gonna get a bad bottle but the inital smell is all good. I poured it into a darkness snifter and it poured black with some brown head that went away very fast. The smell is of roasted coffee and maple with some smokeyness. The taste is great alot smoother than I thought it was gonna be itís like breakfast in a beer. Mouthfeel could be a little thicker in my opinion(if you wanna split hairs). This beer was a little bittersweet because it was such an amazing beer and I wish I could have share it with someone, but Iím also happy I got the whole bottle to myself (minus a couple sips for my wife). After all was said and done my hands still reeked of maple syrup and my wife said my breath stank of dark coffee. ALL AROUND AN AMAZING BEER!!!! TOTALLY LIVED UP TO THE HYPE!!!!!!!
blomster (177) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, thanks a lot to darkguardian for this beauty! No 1 beer in a tasting with a lot of world class brews.
Pours pitch black with a small, brown head. Absolutely INSANE aroma !
Nose picks up freshly ground dark roast coffee (best coffee aroma Iíve ever experienced in a beer), a bit of chili, crunchy burnt bacon, syrup, toasted bread.
Taste of coffee, sweet maple syrup, dark, heavy roasted malt, chocolate. Full bodied, loooong finish, with all the different flavours lingering for a long time.
A totally crazy beer that still somehow manages to be very balanced.
Easily one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Love it. Need more!
Marsiblursi (2963) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Bottle) Pours black with a brown head. The aroma holds super roasted aromatic coffee, red chilly pepper, gravel, parsley, burned pancakes, dark syrup, black chocolate cake, fancy smoked meat, dark bread, sweaty liquorice and wet asphalt. Far out, but really well balanced and super yummy. Aggressive, yet fancy. The flavour is near medium sweet, near medium bitter and tiny acidic. Tones of smoke, complex coffee character, maple syrup, dark fruits, dark chocolate, asphalt, salty/sweet liquorice, sweet currant candy and well-integrated hops. The mouthfeel is round, fat and oily with a light to medium carbonation (surprisingly vital). Liquorice, hops, coffee and light syrup on the finish. Full bodied. Fantastic, really fantastic!