crossovert (8864) - Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2015 They work a solid coffee character into this beer, it also has a ncie mouthfeel. Had it multiple times w/o caring about hype or having to buy a pour. Its good. Beer is good.
BVery (7632) - Plymouth, 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. Iíd like to re-try this in a better setting.
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 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 isnít as life-changing as many of the reviews lead you to believe, though. except for the possibility that it will give you diabetes.
jrallen34 (3494) - 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 donít know if I will ever get it again. I guess I will be at the release if they release it in the future!
Beardaxe (293) - - SEP 20, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yea this was amazing. Similar to mornin delight but a bit less sweet. A bit more boozy. Too long ago to remember super specifics but it was fucking awesome.
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rxeight (1796) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2014 9/7/13Huge thanks to my buddy Matt for sharing this awesome bottle. Aroma pancakes breakfast. Not maple, maple plus pancakes, maybe some cinnamon. The mouthfeel is perfect balance between thickness and carbonation. Taste has the perfect amount of bourbon but was not in the aroma. Bit of maple and chocolate. And coffee, but the coffee was really in the back or rather perfectly mixed. I really like coffee bombs, I guess it could have used more coffee in this but that might have thrown it off. Because everything really is perfectly balanced. No burn at all. Tried this at an amazing tasting up against some of my favorite ba stouts and this was the best. We opened BC Coffee (my previous #1) right after this and it didnít even come close. Even later in night trying Rare and Murdaíd Out, this still stood out as the best. Fuck man, amazing.
2014 vintage, on 10/18 at the Malloy tasting, thanks steve, reminded again if how good this is. More maple than I remember. Ton of coffee, not much bourbon, maybe just covered by the intense coffee and maple. Either way amazing. This and vanilla darklord are my top 2. And Iím not sure if I could settle that debate without a best of 7 head to head.
11/22/14 13v14. Still amazing as it gets. Intense coffee, maple and bourbon. 14 is a little more sweeter and just has all around bolder flavors. I thought it was better fresh, although it was a split decision between the group. Not much drop off on it.
deekyn (1335) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A- pours an oily and sleek deep deep brown with a thin, quick deep tan head that does not linger. S- reminiscent of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - just a little better. Whiskey, rich vanilla, molasses and toffee persist. A hint of grains, chocolate covered raisins, graham crackers, marshmallows, caramelized sugar, wood and sugar cookie batter. M- light carbonation supports a full body and a smooth, oily full palate. T- tangy cacao, coffee, burning alcohol and vanilla get you going up front. More sugary maple syrup, dried fruits, marshmallows, fudge, mocha and molasses form a sweet and solid middle. Some tangy hints of overripe apples and bing cherries. Whiskey persists throughout. Walnuts, grains, dry grass bitterness form towards the end. Ending is long and sweet with a rich chocolate, maple, toffee and cake. Is this Heaven? No, it's a beer from Iowa.
b3shine (6400) - Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle to oversized snifter (shared with the Mrs.; thanks JAXSON). Bottle # 257 of 300. Looks good; a mostly opaque black with thin mocha head that quickly dissipates into thin lacing. Smells great! Dark malt, chocolate, coffee, whiskey, and a bit of oak. Tastes like it smells, with a bit of pancakes and maple syrup too. Great on the palate. This beer is LEGIT!
Steasy66 (1054) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oily black no head. Slightly bourbony nose but muted. Flavor is real sweet and oily with some batter.