slowrunner77 (2028) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"...and the hits keep on rolling. The last SN release, the BA Narwhal, was probably my favorite theyve ever done, now barely a month later we’re getting a Chico version of CBS?! Are you kidding me? Again, as with the Narwhal, everything I hoped for. I’ll have it juuuust a touch behind the absolute favorites in style (KBS/Big Bad Baptist) but their are no faults in this beer, just splitting hairs. I do feel, especially if you are going to call it a maple stout, that the maple should have been more prevelant. This is coffee first, then the barrel, theeeeeeeen the maple, just a touch, in the nose and flavor. So very very delicious and ridiculously smooth for 13%, or any abv for that matter. The aroma of Narwhal (which we got to have again side by side) is easier to get (you have to dig a little deeper for the coffee and barrel to come out in the nose on this) but I can’t really give one the nod over the other. Two of Sierra Nevada’s best, and two of the better beers I’ve got to have this year so far."
Countbeer (4427) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: Thanks tivaj: Served in a Duvel glass:
Black beer with a brown head.
Aroma is a beautiful round mix of coffee, mocha, spice, roast, bourbob, wood, some bay leaf, mocha, oak, marzipan, dark chocolate, bon bons, some cacoa, barley malts and some port.
Flavour is a complex mix of roast, dark chocolate, coffee, mocha, some cacoa, light whiskey/bourbon, some wood, oak, coffee beans, cacoa, light chalk, wood roast, nuts and dried leaves, sweet oat, light sticky and some raisin.
Aftertaste is fudgy chocolate with brownies, bitters, roast, wood and some marzipan.
Low carbo, silky mouthfeel, full bodied and a creamy oily texture.
Ataraxia (369) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black, thin mocha brown head. Maple, sticky toffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Moderate sweetness with a light oaky, slightly vinous finish. Slick, smooth, and full-bodied. Long sugary finish.
dmac (4013) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by the SN rep during RBWG GT. Poured a thicker viscous, deep dark blackish/brown with a smaller tight foamy beige head. Aroma of maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, dark toast. Bigger body with average carbonation and a chewy finish. Flavor is smooth, maple syrup, bourbon, dark toast, coffee, burnt malts. Great beer.
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by the Sierra Nevada rep at RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a deep brown with a small tan ring for a head. Notes of maple, brown sugar, bourbon, roasted malts, coffee, coconut, and marshmallow. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, warming mouthfeel. Excellent. So well done.
GT2 (8437) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
[ Bottle ][ RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting ][ 750mL ][ Globe ][ Free ][ 2/8/14 ]
>> Pours black ruby with nice latte foam. Nose is fumey alcohol, vanilla, mild maple. Taste is big vanilla fudge, slight metallic, slight dog breath, moving finally to buttery, rich mousse. Decadent, rich and silky body. Grate.
drsordr (1058) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by SN at RBWG. Pours opaque black. Nose sweet malt, maple, mild roast. Taste roast, lowest ness, maple syrup, then some coffee. Roasty finish.
chinchill (1874) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Sierra Nevada rep. at RBWG-2014.
Black with brown edges and a fine head. Glass coated with thick tan foam with each tilt.
Thick and smooth but a little hot (too fresh?)
Aroma has a nice balance of maple bbl and dark malts.
Drake (8561) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #116. Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours dark brown with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, maple, chocolate. The taste is chocolate, roast, maple, vanilla, dark fruits. Medium bodied.
jtclockwork (8432) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBWG grand tasting. Thanks to Sierra Nevada! Pours oily black with brown head. Nose and taste of maple, bourbon, oak, coffee and roast chocolate. Smooth. Well balanced. Good carbonation.