phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz. bottle shared by jmborggren- thanks again, Jeremy! Bottle 89/750 (looks like 150, though). Pours a hazed orange-gold with minimal head. Aroma of maple syrup, brown sugar, dried apricot, golden raisins, caramel, and vanilla- sweet and bourbony. Flavor of bourbon, sweet malts, maple, apple, raisin, wood, brown sugar, and vanilla. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a flat, warming mouthfeel. Could stand some carbonation for a better mouthfeel but otherwise a pretty nice, interesting beer.
b3shine (6275) - Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9 oz bottle to snifter (shared by jmborggren). Looks good; a slightly cloudy deep orange with razor-thin off-white lacing. Smells solid; sweet and boozy with notes of maple syrup and oak. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer.
Sarlacc83 (1171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375mL courtesy of an in-person trade. Thanks! #63 of 750.
A: Pours a murky headless brown. Looks almost flat except for some bubbles. Would be a bit nicer in the presentation if it had some foam.
N: Maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, and heavy biscuit. Caramel and vanilla - very similar to bourbon. Mango, papaya, and candied pineapple.
T: Very palatable. Quite sweet but not cloying. A slight bitterness here to balance and some moderate saltiness. Very much like a barleywine.
M: Lots of alcohol. Very sticky, and could use some carbonation. You’re going to feel the alcohol on this. Body can be dry and choppy.
O: Reminiscent of bourbon Fred/Maple bourbon Fred. Missing a few components to take it over the edge for me - namely some better carbonation and a touch more smoothness. Still worth trying.
Lukaduke (2549) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a almost still copper color with subtle aromas of maple and vanilla. The palate is pretty sweet but not in an artificial way... real maple sap flavors are soft and round and the flavors open nicely as it warms up and my mouth grows accustom to its velvety smooth mouthfeel. Touches of spice, vanilla, woodsy notes and even a trace of dates. Pretty good no trace of alcohol coming through fr a 12%... lingering maple flavors.
boFNjackson (4186) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared on New Years Eve... Holy cow! What a treat! Enjoyed in the last few minutes of 2012 and easily became one of the top beers I had enjoyed in 2012. Poured golden-amberish/brownish with a thin, almost non-existent head. Nose was completely maple. Thick mouthfeel, quite boozy which all the maple sweetness accentuated quite a bit. If you don’t care for maple stay away from this one. Super sweet, but the maple gives the sweetness so much flavor rather than just being cloying. Borderlines a barleywine base of a beer with so much going one.
AdamJackson (3370) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled in May of 2012. One of many of these in my cellar. It’s the first time I’ve had this fresh so figured I’d open a bottle now and then again in a year, etc. Poured into a wine goblet at the recommended temperature of 50 Degrees F. Shared with 5 great friends! Bottle #99.
A - The cork and cap was insanely hard to take off. My hands are in pain now. Guess you should NOT have this fresh? Absolutely no head at all. Slight alcohol legs on the swirl but really it’s not very carbonated. LOOKS and POURS just like maple syrup. Dark golen brown appearance, not many bubbles. Zero haze or clouds.
S - This beer is ALL maple There’s this cane syrup smell to it and molasses and wood scents. It’s very complex though with some earthtones that carry through to the back of your throat long after the scent has faded.
T - Up front, there’s this bitter sweetness that was very unexpected. Way more bitter than I expected. It’s a big punch in the mouth with maple sweetness and bitterness. The bitterness tastes like rusty nails and burnt cedar. Not all that pleasant. Once that fades, there’s this excellent maple syrup finish that makes me thirsty for more.
M - 60% carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium body (lighter after the swish). Finish is ultra-sweet maple syrup with thyme and chives. Sort of this herbal maybe even basil leaf finish.
O - So, the question. $30? Is it worth $30 a bottle? Is it worth the 2 hour drive to Waitsfield VT and standing in line for 30 minutes? That’s the question. I believe, this beer is completely time & materials. Sean Lawson collected enough sap to fill nearly 400 bottles of beer and then brewed it up and placed that beer in barrels for a full 12 months before bottling by hand and trucking it to a farmer’s market for us to buy by the bottle. I believe THIS is worth $30 and I’ll buy more bottles to support Sean and his craft. However, the final product, it’s taste and overall rating is worth $15 to me. This is my opinion. I love maple syrup, I’m a New Englander and I’ll buy more but, this is $15 worth of beer, not $30.
GT2 (9202) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL #116 of 750 thanks to yourefragile! BA version talking about maple liquor barrel aging on the label. My first Canadian Strong Ale rating! Pours a clear, deep red amber. Weaker but present yellow foam. Nose is barleywine, caraway seed, fennel pollen, and what I guess is maple liquor. Moving to straight up Grand Marnier, orange cognac. Taste is first is the closest I’ve seen to straight up maple syrup, good syrup too, none of the BS corn syrup stuff. But it moves to orange peel, cognac, Grand Marnier, I’m really liking this one. Very much a winter sipper. Palate is thick, spicy, drinkable. Not even too cloying. A treat! 8/3/8/4/16=3.9
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is just a sick beer. a hint of Belgian character in the nose that flies away instantly. Almost like drinking maple syrup. so good. wish I had MORE!
48FanInCali (796) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maple pour with virtually no head. Nose is a big dose of maple syrup, with some hints of wood, yeast, and bready malts. Taste follows the nose with good punch of maple syrup. Sweet but not cloying. Barrel is there but takes a back seat along with the alcohol. Very enjoyable
Steve_0 (3188) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Acquired in a trade, thanks Frank! Bottle at home shared with friends. Poured a beautifully red-tinted amber with no head. Smell is huge maple syrup, but not shitty maple syrup, we are talking Grade A shit here. Vanilla, red licorice, wood, and alcohol. Very sweet, maple syrup, vanilla, oak, a touch of caramel, and sweet fruits. Light body with almost no carbonation. Sweet beer and very delicious with dangerously hidden alcohol.