Sean9689 (270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle shared during Christmas Eve with friends into Utopias glass.
Pours black, mocha head, thin ring, wisps on top. Nose is rich milk chocolate, coffee, burnt sugars, some bakers chocolate. Flavor is maple syrup, chocolate brownies, light oak, smooth alcohol, caramel, and coffee. Full body, rich, light carbonation, sweet & creamy finish.
This is one of those beers that came along in 2013, was super-hyped, and delivered. I easily finished half of the bottle and shared the rest and was still left wanting more. Very rich & decadent but very smooth and easy to drink for such a huge beer.
Ataraxia (300) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Opaque black pour, almost no lacing. Aroma is more subdued compared to Mornin’ Delight. mildly sweet, vanilla, bourbon-soaked oak, maple syrup, espresso, dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow, sticky caramel, and pancake batter. Sweeter in taste with greater emphasis on the maple syrup, caramel, and pancake batter. Extremely slick, just coats the inside of your mouth. Smooth, creamy, and full-bodied without being overly heavy. As with Mornin’ Delight, the slight ’twang’ in the finish prevents it from a perfect score. Such an amazing blend of aromas and tastes.
MadIndian (2305) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I definitely though this would not be as good as the hype, however, a tremendous job. Great blend of chocolate, roast, coffee, vanilla, wood, maple and toffee. The whiskey comes through on the finish, but not overbearing. Well done.
kraddel (2430) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
drinkin side by side to mornin delight .
pours deep black, dark brown head.
smell has walnuts, but less than mornin’ . also sweetness, bourbon-ish
taste has got SO damn much ! its super thick ( i LOVE that ) with the perfect carbonation . its superintence, sweet, chocolate, coffee, faded walnuts? not realy getting the ’ pancake syrup ’ i see in other rates, wich is a good thing ( i started to fear i might not like this beer ! ) but I DAMN do love it! the onley reason that i dont rate this 5/5 , is i even like my previously 5/5 beers even more . damn near perfection . one hell of an awsome looking bottle, too !
BoBoChamp (5105) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
36cl, Vintage 2013, Bottle 274/300, new exclusive American brew, with coffee, thx alot to kraddel!, very complex sweet Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly spicy/woody, yet not too heavy, very balanced, cloudy, rocky head, World class!, ’Close tie with the Kaggen Stormaktsporter; a brewery to watch... very closely!’
crossovert (6343) - Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
They work a solid coffee character into this beer, it also has a ncie mouthfeel.
BVery (5612) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Sampled at Darkness Day 2013. Super dark pour. Rich licorice and roasted malt nose and taste. Very nice but overhyped. Really good though. I’d like to re-try this in a better setting.
Dr_MedievAle (107) - USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle # 280 of 300.
poured thick as synthetic pancake syrup, but darker. creamy khaki head. the nose on this is really impressive, if overwhelming: hot pancakes drenched with loads and loads of maple syrup. soft/woody bourbon undertones, bitter dark chocolate, and almost too-sweet syrup flavor dominate the taste buds. full bodied, thick and sticky with a long finish.
this is a delicious beer but it was difficult for me to just finish one 12oz bottle. it isn’t as life-changing as many of the reviews lead you to believe, though. except for the possibility that it will give you diabetes.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
great beer that lives up to the hype....strong nose that almost puts me in a diabetic coma, light coffee, thick maple sour, bourbon, sweet but pungent... the taste is balanced better not as sweet as the nose, more stout and bourbon, decadently awesome
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 230/300 poured into snifter after having 15 minutes on the counter to warm from the fridge.
A- Pours a viscous pitch black with a dark brown/mocha head about 1/4 inch high with insane retention for a stout. Detectable carbonation bubbles, but on the low side, as appropriate for style. Over two minutes, the head fades to a mocha ring around the edges of the glass.
S- Mother of god- this smells like Vermont maple syrup aged in a bourbon barrel, dipped in chocolate, and wrapped with the tears of angels. Honestly though, the syrup sweetness with the wood notes really dominate, although the bourbon notes are just hanging out behind them.
T- Maybe I am just riding the hype train, but this tastes absolutely amazing. A huge sweet maple sugar (think the little maple butter candies you can buy up in Vermont) followed by a super mellow bourbon barrel character mixed in with chocolate, caramel, and a balancing roast and bitter note.
M- Thick. A bit more carbonation than I expected for this, but it works well with the beer. This is an oil slick of a beer, as it should be for the style. This is definitely a sipper, but I could (and will) drink a full 12 ounces in one sitting happily.
O- This is by far the best tasting and smelling beer I have ever experienced. Insanely good, better than BAVDL and BCBS rare in my opinion. I am actually a bit upset I decided to open this bottle, because I don’t know if I will ever get it again. I guess I will be at the release if they release it in the future!