jtclockwork (6924) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Ferris and Vertbaconstrips. Pours very dark brown with mocha brown head. Nose and taste of bourbon, oak, vanilla, burnt maple syrup, roast chocolate, brown sugar and alcohol soaked brownie. A touch much on the sweet side. Medium body.
dresden (725) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best black pour with a short tan head. Some wood aims and light maple, along with roast malt. Taste is sweet maple sugar and smoky malt. Body a bit thin but a good beer.
RumRunner101 (643) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black pour with brown head. Aroma gives off maple, moderate roast, dark berries. Some initial maple sweetness that is quickly dominated by deep roasted malts and sweet, boozy whisky notes. Not incredibly full bodied. Major alcohol and black liquorice length. Good sipper.
Whids (43) - - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared my last bottle with colleagues at work. Wonderful collaboration beer and I wish I had several more in the cellar. Pours pitch black with small tan head. Vanilla, malt. licorice, caramel notes. Very well balanced, not too boozy. Great share beer for this time of year.
Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet residual sugar notes with some black chocolate notes with some bourbon, wood and some vanilla notes. Taste is also dominated by black chocolates notes with some bourbon and some wood notes and vanilla. Body is quite full with good carbonation and some warming alcohol notes. Good beer but a bit too much residual sugar for my taste.
sulawang (527) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Visual: Wax-sealed beer bottle, quite fancy for a very affordable beer. Also a bit more of a hassle to open and pour without getting crud in your glass but an added level of security if do you decide to stash a bottle away for later (who are you kidding of course itíll be drunk by 2015). Pours jet black thicker viscosity with almost no head, micro-cream CO2, looking like a usual imperial stout.
Nose: light bourbon, maple-caramel malts, vanilla (8/10-strength aromatics)
Attack: incoming bourbon alcoholic thick malts, syrupy viscosity
Mid-palate: subdued alcohol, (MAIN) bright 7/10-sweet caramel malts, cola, maple, light-med sourness (HINTS) vanilla, saltiness
Finish: oaked malty phlegm, light-med coffee bitter clean finish.
Summary: I certainly like label, wax-seal and attractive naming of the contents. Finely balanced and flavourful, but lacks the creamy texture and more complexity to make it legendary.
kevinsenn (946) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle generously shared by toffsbury. The perfect embodiment of my trip to Portland and Vancouver. Black with a gorgeous brown head. Aroma of bourbon, light maple (though maybe just because I know thereís maple in it; canít say for sure), and spice. Smooth taste with sweet vanilla, roasted barley, and a boozy bitter finish. Surprisingly not-too-thick body. A good dessert beer.
toffsbury (114) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes pretty much as the bottle says. Bourbon and vanilla and maple. A bit like dessert. Pretty good.
boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured black as night with a thin lacy head. Nose had bourbon soaked wood and a hint of maple. This tasted great hitting all the right spots. Tasted of vanilla bourbon along with roasted grains and a sweet maple component. Some bitterness but mostly the flavors I previously mentioned did a good job rounding it out.
CapFlu (4315) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(650ml bottle) Pours a gorgeous foamy, beige head atop a black body. Nose of burnt brown sugar, vanilla bean and bruised plum. Very smooth, fig with watered cherries. Did I say smooth? Wonderful.
--- reviewed on RateBeer.com