Art (2053) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to beerman6686. Pours a dark brown black with a brown head. Aromas of huge maple and maple and maple. Is there maple in here? I didn't know. Taste is super sweet with a maple finish. Some coffee in there at the end but mostly faded. Thick mouth feel. Medium light carb. Super good but super hyped.
charule (1465) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2015 Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. Poured black with thin dark tan head. Aroma of bourbon oak pretzel with a maple finish. Light carb thick bod. Well balanced dark choc bourbon maple. Very good but a top 5?
Rerated with a 2014 fresh from trade. flavors popped slightly more but still debating top 5 status.
Clownoisseur (339) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 9/300. Pours like a thick, spent motor oil. Medium to low carbonation. Little to no head, more like some tan bubbles of carbonation settling on top of the oily splotches. The aromas are insane!! Coffee for days and days. Wow. Smells like freshly ground beans. The dark chocolates give off hints of oak/bourbon, but not much. Coffee dominates this nose. The taste (finally!) has the loads of coffee that you would expect, but digs deep to give you plenty of character. Bakers chocolates graham cracker, charred marshmallow....taste like símores! Seriously. Again, wow. The body on this bad-boy is so chewy, you could stand a spoon up in it! Flavors last for an eternity. The sticky mouthfeel lets more flavor cling to your palate....maple syrup...oak...vanilla...and an ever so slight presence of bourbon. Very well hidden. The finish is very warming. Gave me chills after the first sip!! I knew this beer would be special, but wasnít sure that it would live up to the hype. It did...and then some! Was close to giving this a perfect 5, but couldnít quite say that it was the best in appearance. Other than that, second to none.
Daniel719 (144) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ip trade at the brewery! Thanks to beechner224 for the Cali huna! Pours a nice dark color with a small head smells of coffee with a lot of whiskey. Taste is more of the same. This is a great beer! Wish I had more! One of the better beers I have had! Def wish I could get my hands on more.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
cpetrone84 (1600) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is jet black with a tight mocha head. Nose is strong coffee, clean and roasted, notes of maple and vanilla with a well balanced bourbon and wood. Taste is a little sweeter, very big with lots of roasted coffee, well integrated bourbon and vanilla with some slightly charred wood, malt berry sweetness in the finish. Roast lingers, full bodied, creamy and moderate carbonation. Well balanced, lots of coffee with a fair bit of bourbon and malt sweetness, can get a hint sweet.
jcnielsen (2416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2014 Bottle. Pours a black color with white head. Thanks to thehoff for sharing. Very chocolate, roasty, vanilla, bourbon flavors. Thick, syrupy beer. Really nice.
TheHOFF43 (1763) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ Armins. Pour is a thick syrupy black with no head. Aroma is strong coffee and maple. Flavor is breakfast--maple syrup, coffee and some offset booze. Really a great beer.
adnielsen (9709) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Arminís house, courtesy of theHoof. Thanks! Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Spicy whiskey, dark chocolate, coffee, a bit smoky, maple bacon aroma. Thick gooey dark chocolate, big maple, burnt smoky, cocoa, a bit woody flavor. Big fucken beer. Drinks good, would pete again. Hoofman rocks.
Bacterial (1919) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 Bottle shared by The Hoff @ Arminís - thanks! Wow this is excellent. Huge maple coffee and boozy nose. Thick, boozy, coffee and maple. A little harsh in the the finish would be the only bad thing to say about this beer. Fantastic. Tastes almost like an iPad.
Edit: Bumping this to a 4.7 because of some Mussolini BS.
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample thanks to THEHOFF! Dark black pour, almost no carbonation and an aroma of strong coffee and a little booze. Flavor is a silky, sugary sweet meld of dark chocolate, whiskey and slightly warming on the finish. Really good, but I think I like the original version better.