Rastacouere (6155) - 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.
PartyFowle (487) - - APR 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Oily, syrupy, abyssal black. This is menacing. A sticky, half-finger head the color of cinnamon rises from the depths slowly. Chocolatey nose. Milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, cocoa nibs. A little oak, some red wine grape and barrel notes. Lots of alcohol as well. Malted chocolate spiked with vanilla vodka in the flavor. A hint of green apple, fruity oak. Very grape-heavy. A little too fruity and alcoholic. Maybe some maple, and vanilla, too. The body is medium, not as heavy as expected, but fairly oily. Mild, tingly carbonation. A good amount of tongue-numbing alcohol. Good aroma; nice chocolate notes; a lovely ouch of maple. Just too boozy -- it detracts from the other flavors.
Jool (196) - - OCT 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 375 mL. Fall 2012. Noire avec une mousse qui s’estompe rapidement. Nez de cacao, grains torréfiés et bourbon. La bouche semble un peu moins complexe que la version régulière. L’érable s’estompe un peu au profil du bourbon et on ressent une légère astringence due à la barrique. Excellente.
slowrunner77 (6761) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"they’ll end up scoring the same, but i’d pick the base beer 6-7 times out of ten over this one. Classic case of gaining delicious bourbony goodness and losing complexity. Depends what you are in the mood for. The aroma of this beer is fantastic. The maple is still subtle, and the bourbon, while not hot, overpowers many of the subtleties that made the base stout so good. this beer still rocks, just in a different way. the bourbon used reminded me of dark intrique."
djd07 (5416) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Berard (430) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
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hopscotch (10015) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
Dfonorow (1721) - 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 (741) - 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 (8522) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (4531) - 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.