Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle...Many thanks to Cindy-Lou for this one! Shared with the Haus staff for a behind the scenes tasting up front. Toasty, caramel, brandy, maple malt nose. Deep mahogany brown hue, with a frothy pale tan head mostly diminishing. Caramel malts, maple, coffee, dark chocolate, marzipan, muscat grape, almond, candied fruit, lively carbonation, velvety mouthfeel. Dry and faintly hopped up alcoholic finish. Interesting and quite quaffable for the weight. Float a little on your honey nut cheerios...
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Bottle from brewery.
Pours a beautiful, rich, lush, mysterious black with a nice head. Aroma is maple, maple, and more maple, with just a dash of cotton candy. Flavor is maple, candy, and sweet malt. A bit flat in the finish, but the taste makes the imbiber forget such a trivial detail. Palate is a bit watery, but slick. Tommyknocker wins again. Great brewery in a beautiful town. Can’t wait to go back.
PorterPounder (6291) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Green’s Beverages, Atlanta, Ga. - 22 oz bomber. Pours like a cola, sparkling and dark brown with a thick at first, off-white head. Sweet, boozy aroma with hints of bubblegum and overripe nectarines. Flavor is sweet with hints of maple syrup, bubblegum, citrusy hops and some brief chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is quite thick and syrupy and the alcohol is hidden well. turns a bit cloying near the end however - would have enjoyed just 12 oz of this.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark auburn hue is covered by a fading off-white head. Basic chocolate and hazelnut caramel malts are accompanied by a potentially too heavy herbal and earthy hops presence. Somehow fruity undertones are quickly abashed by coke-like flavours that dominate the finish, rooty and drying out. Engaging carbonation may be its main strength as serious alcohol detracts severely from the global enjoyment.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Bottle: They’ll Imperialize anything these days, won’t they? Oh well, what better to add some oomph to than a tasty nut brown? More caramel, more toffee, more alcohol! Aroma is heavily nutty and sweet, with hints of molasses, chocolate, hazelnut and brown sugar. Heavy mouthfeel. More caramel malt and toffee sweetness in the body are met with a fruity yeastiness that at first seems to clash, but smooths together nicely as it moves toward a highly warming, alcohol heavy finish. Interesting take on what is usually a very drinkable style. With the high ABV present throughout though, this is one to be sipped - and savored.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - sweet aroma, but nice. The malt is enhanced by the the maple. Very pretty deep brown body with almost a purple around the edges. A beige head atop. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma - malty and sweet. I get absolutely no nut in this at all. I didn’t get much in the Maple/Nut either, but that was before I started rating. Nice soft palate. Good overall, but not a great one. I would have more for the price, though!
Gachupines (1091) - USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown appearance with a lingering head. Taste is sweet, syrupy with a bitter aftertaste. Smoother than I would’ve thought, this beer is surprisingly pleasant.
shrubber85 (9135) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Burnt sugar/maple syrup aroma. Dark brown color with light ring of a head. Initial flavor sweet maple syrup followed quickly by a moderate bitter/atringent flavor. Not overpowering - nice and smooth for a beer this strong. Very good.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich, dark brown with a thin, but frothy, off-white head. Aroma has some complex tart fruitiness to it with some sticky caramel malt and hints of bourbon oak. Body, thankfully, isn’t as tart as the nose suggests. There a nice toasty malty presence and the sweet maple is well balanced. The finish has a little acidity to it, but it hides the alcohol well. An interesting and drinkable brew.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful pour. Tasty beer (the maple adds a little sweetness to it), but a sour aftertaste takes a lot away from this brew. Drinkable, but nothing special.