brokensail (13234) - 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 (2896) - 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 (3095) - 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.
jcwattsrugger (11559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle-trade with hbmason, thanks Tim-pours black and a rich brown head with trailing lace. Aroma is chocolate/maple/ashy-dark malt, 2nd earthy. Taste is cocoa/ashy-dark malt, maple syrup, 2nd earthy hops.
jtclockwork (10827) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Jcwattsrugger. Pours black with mud coffee brown head. Nose/taste of maple, roasted chocolate malt, vanilla and coffee. Good roast character in the taste. Mouth feel starts creamy with a dry cocoa finish. More maple in the nose than taste, but it’s definitely there. Alcohol is completely hidden. Medium body.
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours pitch black with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Great retention. The bouquet is milky chocolaty and nutty – big cocoa, toasted nuts and light vanilla. Medium to full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and subdued carbonation. The flavor presents sweetened espresso and dark cocoa. Very roasty and burnt. Finishes bittersweet and carbonaceous. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
50belair (2955) - Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Seth. Dark brown pour with a brown head. Smokey maple aromas. Some what bitter with licorice, roasted malts, hops, and maple notes.
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
17-12-11 On tap: Noire, sans mousse et faible effervescence. Puissants arômes de café avec une touche de sirop d’érable. Tanche vers le très sucrée, avec une amertume sous le thème du café. Les saveurs de café sont très très prononcées et la touche de sirop d’érable bien présente et en douceur. Corps asser puissant avec une texture légèrement ronde. Finale asser longue sur le thème encore une fois du café. Déçu.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, #20/72 shared by Jason. Pours to a pitch black body with a dark brown dense creamy head. The aroma is maple syrup, leafy hops, and sweet and dry chocolate. The flavor is sweet cocoa powder with a maple syrup and candi sugar. Roasted charred malts. The palate is full bodied and very coating.
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, #20/72. Poured very near black with just about as much dark tan sitting on top. The aroma picked up maple, maple, and more maple, with vanilla and sweeter chocolates accenting.. a little peppery alcohol and greener hoppage on the back of the nose.. more green and a touch buttery right on the back.. all in all very enjoyable. The flavor was also centered around the maple, with chocolate and molasses down there too.. peppery alcohol and some green, slightly buttery notes around.. the sweetness still stood out, and I really dug it. Heavier-bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. sticky and surprisingly hopped, but I enjoyed it.. excellent beer!