Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, - NOV 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A gentle beige cover thrones above the oily blackness. Well integrated bourbon procuring sweet and liquorous oaky vanilla notes to a sweet and maple-like base beer which lost a lot of its sharp burnt bread roast character. Instead, plasticy phenols, tropical fruits (litchi, pineapple) and blueberries/cherries greet the nose with a fair sense of balance. There remains enough roast to balance out the sweetness. Unagressive hoppiness for a Lawson’s Finest, leaving some room for the senses to notice the obvious maple presence. Complexity is not out of this world. Rich chocolate decadence called off, today and while a few nuances are original enough (barrel integration and related fruitiness, supported maple presence), there does not seem to be any trait that feels distinguishable enough to warrant such a high price tag. It’s fairly simple, in fact and despite its residual sugars aplenty, does not propose an especially rich mouthfeel. With only a few 375 ml bottles released each year, this may have a lot of "rare" taste, but for the same price, I’d rather be drinking and sharing more than 1 L of their intense, yet gloriously aromatic IPA.
Dfonorow (1042) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is pretty close to black with a two-finger-wide tan head. Aroma is huge on the bourbon with notes of vanilla and oak in the background. Flavor is pretty boozy upfront with maple, dark chocolate, and roasted malts pushed to the back.
davey101 (606) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled Fall 2012, Utopias/Knob Creek barrels, red wax 375 ml bottle into a snifter at around cellar temperature. Pours a dark black with a finger of light mocha foam. Decent lacing and a swirl generates a red hue to the mocha foam ala some Russian Imperial Stouts. Aroma is just unreal here. Spot on chocolate malted milk balls. That sort of dry cocoa powder/chalkiness element. Light roast and some smooth vanilla and oak. Lingering maple sweetness into a light alcohol warmth. Taste is again that malted milk ball element, cocoa powder and milk chocolate. Roast, lots of vanilla, and maple sugar cookies. Very dessert like but it’s all kept in check with a robust roastiness that is ever so slightly savory. This tastes like a maple flavored malted milk ball and I love it. The only issue is a lingering sugar/anise thing on the aftertaste that detracts a bit. Mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly creamy, maybe a bit thinner then most stouts yet still full enough for the flavor profile. A very unique and delicious beer. I can’t even imagine what the maple bourbon barrel version is like. This is an upper tier stout for sure.
arminjewell (5588) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of bottle, thick oily black pour with dark brown head, aroma brought notes of lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, maple syrup comes through, nice dark chocolate, caramel, notes in there, very slight roast and coffee come through as well. Taste is a mix of big dark chocolate, caramel, into lots of bourbon, vanilla, and maple syrup, hints of coconut, slight roast, finishing very sweet. Tasty!
jkwood04 (3258) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, maple, some light vanilla, a little chocolate and coffee, and hints of bitterness. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Smooth texture. A good beer.
DanielCoor (63) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maple bourbon maple bourbon with a dry finish. Pretty tasty burl rots of maple.
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alexsdad06 (4357) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a Jackie O’s release (notes). Pours dark brown to black with a medium sized creamy tan head. The aroma and flavor had roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee, sweet maple influences, some bourbon with a splash of vanilla. There is some bite at the back. Some char bitterness to the finish. Very good, but fell just short of great.
1FastSTi (3272) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Jason for sharing bottle #280/350. The beer pours to a really dark brown/black body with a thin tan head. The aroma is chocolate, maple, oak. Complex and very well blended/balanced. The flavor is chocolate, maple syrup, lightly tangy oak. Very unique. The palate is creamy and velvety.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DLD 2012, shared by Evan, Thanks! Deep brown, nearly black with a tan head and good lace. The profile has a nice barrel versus stout character. leather, earthy, roast, char, vanilla, chocolate, maple, prune and plum. The mouth feel is oily, smooth for the ABV and sticky on the finish. I quite liked this and hope to try the other version one day.
PhillyCraft (2770) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #1900, On tap in Waitsfield for the Lawson’s 420 party. One of the highlights of the night for me, pitch black pour with small tan head. Aroma is coconut, butter oak, vanilla bean, rich chocolate, coffee, toasty malt, bourbon and maple syrup. Taste was just as satisfying with intense flavors perfectly layered and working together. Medium to fuller bodied, super warming in chest. Top 5 stout for me. Cheers Sean.
jackl (3780) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cheers Ken! Bottle 125/350 @ THE Stouts Tasting Pt II. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny off-white head. The aroma’s of toffee, caramel, maple, some vanilla. Cow tail candy. The taste is spiced christmas cake. Red fruits. Jam. Soft cocoa and toffee. Toasted marshmallow smores. Slightly hot on the finish. Full body, a bit thin on the palate. Overall, pretty good stuff.