Ibrew2or3 (8074) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bottle pours with a deep dark glass staining pour where a swirl puts up a sheet of rich liquid that clings to the glass. A tan head could be teased up with modest agitation. The aroma doesn’t mess around as it pulses with rich chocolate, booze, sweet coconut, smooth bourbon and then some dark roasted malts to big dark roasted coffee notes. The taste is rich and nectar sweet where smooth slick residual sugar intermingle with oily rich dark roasted coffee notes and big velvety chocolate goodness. Wow! It quickly picks up supporting notes of thin slippery sweet smooth bourbon mixed with marshmallow and vanilla. Wow. There aren’t many sippers out there that will entice your senses into a state of speechlessness. Wow!
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured black with an espresso colored foamy head.
nose was coffee, roasted malt, nuts and more coffee.
Flavor followed the nose, extremely roasty coffee goodness
thick, oily mouthfeel which was mouth coating
overall, top 3 stout i have ever had. top notch
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled @ Woodshed 3.0! Dak supplies another gem! Liquid coal with a cashew cap that floats delicately above the brew. Godiva, Ghirardelli, and Hershey are all here, accompanied by decadent Nestle Quik dusted coffee beans, vanilla bean, oak, and whiskey. Get some maple, toffee, caramel, and even some spice. A culmination of all things good. World-class for sure!
pushkinwow (2551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz unmarked bottle brought to share by cparles to Ian’s that was apparently filled by the brewer for various people from the last keg of the first batch - what do you really say to that. Black with no head. Unbelievably fresh and full bodied coffee combined with freshly roasted and ground beans (which was surprising but apparently it was kept at a constant 39 for the last year or so which makes me think I need to get a fridge for certain beers), thick without being overwhelming, chewy, vanilla, light cracked pepper notes that develop on the finish as it dries out and coats the palate. The oak and booze are present but perfectly compliment everything and combine to form an incredible beer that is probably the best stout I have had.
djd07 (9729) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2015 Bottle thanks to the Minhs back in November 13’. Pours a black with thick creamy tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a strong maple, oak, roast, coffee, and whiskey. Thick mouthfeel with an amazing maple flavor that lingers, strong coffee, light booze. Wow, lived up to the hype, sipped this for over an hour. Amazing. 3000th rating.
Beerman6686 (6244) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured a very thick black color with a small tan head. Aroma was just huge maple, light barrel and remnance of coffee too. Flavor was just liek the aroma, maple and maple, old coffee and bourbon underneath. A bit too sweet to be amazing, and as the maple wears on you, the stale coffee slightly takes effect. Still pretty good though.
Art (3092) - 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 (2144) - New York, New York, 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 (420) - 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 s’mores! 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 wasn’t sure that it would live up to the hype. It did...and then some! Was close to giving this a perfect 5, but couldn’t 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