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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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We started with loads of roasted, black patent, caramel and other specialty malts, added over two gallons of dark VT maple syrup per bbl. then carefully aged this beauty in a freshly emptied American Oak bourbon barrel. Rich and decadent by nature, this beer will continue to mature and improve for many months. Cellar aging at 50-55F is recommended! Bottled in January 2011. 11% alc./vol.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, - NOV 7, 2012
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3584) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to Nick. Pours a dark brown with beige head that lasts. The aroma is bourbon, maple, caramel, and wood. Thin mouthfeel with rich chocolate malt, light maple, sweet boozy finish. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Berard (306) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with creme cored head that lingers. Smells of caramel and chocolate with little carbonation. Nice chocolate and coffee flavors with maple sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9162) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours black with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is a fantastic yet simple marriage of bourbon and fudge. Full-bodied and silky with modest carbonation. The flavor is bursting-at-the-seams with roasty-burnt malts, pouch tobacco, fudge and toasted nuts. Leans toward the bitter side of balance, but not by much. Finishes roasty and moderately bitter. Thanks goes out to ctipping for popping the top on this bottle of world class brew!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davey101 (693) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2013
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2013
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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 4, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielCoor (63) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Maple bourbon maple bourbon with a dry finish. Pretty tasty burl rots of maple. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5418) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2013
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.


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