MrPickles (438) - 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 (8856) - 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 (1562) - Plano, 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.
burg326 (3518) - Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle that poured a mildly thick black sludge, aromas of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and a smidge of maple syrup. Flavor is bitter burnt coffee, choclate, some nuts, and more maple flavor than expected as the aroma led me to belive. Outstanding brew!
Reynolds314 (2226) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great stuff. Pours a pitch black with really nice 2 finger mocha head. Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate, and mollases. Palate is a bit thin and watery but taste is very good with rich roasty malts and a nice light sweetness and dry ashy finish. Loved it.
Ernesto987 (3526) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750, very roasty and dark with a dark tan head. Sweetish stout, maple flavors, hoppy flavors and bitter finish.
brokensail (10547) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black in color with a surprisingly tall tan head. Smells strong of booze, roasted malt, char, and even a bit of ash. There is some dark chocolate and coffee, but they’re not as prominent as I would like. The flavor is more of the same. A bit of a coffee grounds flavor as well as some bitter dark chocolate, licorice, and roasted malt. The flavor is a bit too astringent for my liking. Medium body and carbonation.
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep dark coffee black in color with a decent caramel head and fair lacing. The aroma is sweet and dry roasted malt notes, crisp and smooth. The flavor brings sweet, roasted, and smooth boozy malt notes on a medium body with light sweet milky notes to end. The alcohol is so light in this version, almost not there, so smooth.
madvike (2658) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from hbmason...thanks Tim! - Pours real black with a thin ring of tan head. Nose is super roasty, with charcoal and tar notes, ashy and dry with a bit of sharp heat. Taste is a bit of ashy charcoal, really smooth and roasty with sweet honey notes. Transitions into a real smooth roast that lasts through the finish. Big, thick, and smooth carbonation. Much drier and roastier than I expected, and I didn’t pick up any maple on this at all. I doubt anyone would if this was tasted blind.