TheEpeeist (2821) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Mahogany brown with receding tan bubbles. Nose is smoky chocolate, hay and prune. Maple is there but i wouldn’t have guessed it; more noticiable after a few sips. Tangy medium body, a bit chalky. Taste is espresso and dark chocolate with hints of maple syrup and burnt sugar emerging in the finish. It’s a nice brew but not enough flavor-packed to make it a standout.
czar (2232) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at blackback, waterbury. pitch black with a nice beige head, good retention and lacing. bol roasted malts, molasses, some smoke, woody notes and coffee. warming. as to where maple stands - maybe for added smoothness. relatively soft carbonation, full body, very nice smoothly bitter coffee. very nice!
pushkinwow (1338) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with frothy brown stout. Roasted malts, some molasses and maple, coffee, chocolate, nuts. Moderate carbonation, full body, bit hot, bittersweet with cocoa nibs and coffee, becomes dry, lots of malt and molasses on the end.
watson1977 (2291) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with ruby hues...thin mocha head. Aroma has burnt wood, coffee, dark cocoa, and a touch of molasses. Flavor follows suit...adds a touch of dark fruit...touch if maple and charred wood are showcased nicely. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a dry, charre wood finish.
Slipstream (1776) - USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Adrian. Dark, foamy pour and a cool, old school label. The aroma is roasty, sweet, and full of grain. A rich, dark, bold flavor but I don’t really taste much maple sugar. Apparently it is made with maple water - i.e. sap added to the brew kettle. Very good.
Dfonorow (716) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share, thanks guys. Pour is dark brown/pretty close to black with a small tan head that darkens into a slight orange as it dissipates. Aroma is of roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, earth, and espresso. Flavor is of burnt wood, ash, very bitter chocolate, and some slight sweetness from the maple. Alcohol is there but hidden well, not too complex but still good. Medium to heavy bodied.
MrPickles (437) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blind bottle shared. By Barrythebear, thanks Barry. Little smoke or roast there but no maple that I could pick up. I liked this but after knowing what it is I wished there was more maple.
daknole (7204) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour, brown head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, some maple notes, oak. Flavor is rich and roasty, some maple notes, cocoa, coffee. Nice!
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft pour. Pitch black with a thick tan head. Very smooth for the alcohol content. Hints of maple syrup, chocolate,and licorice, with a light bitterness.
Dixonian (1478) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle #22/72 batch 120 thanks to thirdeye11.
Near black pour with some thick tan head. Aromas of maple and oak - taste is bourbon, coffee, and roasted malt.