thepatrickman (1502) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2017
A taste from jamesy, who seemingly had to do ungodly things to get his hands on this. Thank you!Ahuth (665) - Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2017
This is one of the few beers that lives up to the hype. It's got all of the great chocolate, bourbon, and oak flavor of KBS, but the maple is still reasonably apparent, even after all these years. The swjeetness and extra aroma are brilliant, and they deepen everything that's already brilliant about KBS. I'm not sure I would be willing to do what jamesy did to get this, but I have to say, it might just be worth it...
At foundersfest. Pours black. Thick head. The palate thick and creamy. Taste is maple chocolate. Strong coffee aftertaste. Excellent beer bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Light bourbon and light maple aroma with caramel. Maple and bourbon flavor with rich sweet malt and caramel/toffee. Fuller bodied. Bourbon and maple lingers with rich sweet malt. SG111 (2034) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Tap at Barcade, 24th Street, NYC. 2014 vintage. Pours pitch black, tan head. Aroma is lots of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, very sweet, syrup. Flavor is sweet syrup, bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Very very similar to KBS just more syrupy and a bit thicker. Very good. Thrilled to finally try this one. Scotty001 (573) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2016
Poured a deep, dark brown black with an oily viscosity and a small tan ring,. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, roast coffee. Full body, flavour as the aroma, lushly smooth, some bourbon sweetness, slight hint of the maple syrup?
Swans (137) - FRANCE - DEC 5, 2016
KBS is one of my favorites. This One is a version with maple syrup. I hate the maple syrup but ok. Here is tasty!
ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Draught at Sunset Grill, for an EBF or ACBF event (don’t recall which), Winter/Spring 2009. I was actually bartending at the time, and poured myself one sample. Definitely did not need another.Alengrin (5724) - BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2016
Large, light tan head shows moderate to moderately-strong retention atop a dark cocoa-ebony body of undetermined clarity.
Spicy, peppery phenols from the maple in the nose mix with wood and coconut. Dark, rich caramel and honey notes work against the barrel spiciness/dryness with lingering acidity and a candy-like sugariness from the maple, that isn’t unpleasant. Still, it’s big and boozy though I suppose not any more so than most of its size.
Rich rum raisin, spicy bourbon and coconut are "balanced’ by caramel and toffee sweetness. Rich, soft, low carbonation and lots of sugar and booze. Not really all that different than KBS, though more acidity and candy-like character from the maple. Lots of roast on the end, as well, with wood, alcohol and spicy bourbon lingering. As with KBS and BS, a fine beer but incredibly overrated/overhyped.
At Hopishop. The legendary CBS, a variation on KBS with bourbon barrel aged maple syrup mixed into the whole, if I am correctly informed. Lacing, moussy, deep tan coloured head over an opaque jet black beer. Powerful, enticing bouquet of indeed maple syrup, warm chocolate sauce, bourbon, candied fig, soy sauce, liquorish, gravy, coffee liqueur, beef stock cubes, bayleaf, treacle. Intense flavor, kicking off with concentrated candied sweetness (date, raisin) with a thick but well-positioned beefy and soy sauce-like umami edge, softish carbo with very thick, syrupy, viscous mouthfeel, thick and deeply caramelly and chocolatey malt body with nutty accents and gentle coffeeish roastedness in the end, assisting the drying effect of woody tannins, peppery hops and heating, liqueurish but elegant alcohol, paired with liquorish- and evidently maple syrup-like spicy sweet notes going down deep into the throat. Needless to say, tasting a beer of this stature, complexity and opulence is a great pleasure, this is at least as good as KBS, though with more obvious sweetness, yet everything remains firmly in balance. An absolute delight and among the best stouts I ever had. MarcoDL (5399) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2016
At Hopishop 2016. Aroma of bourbon,sweet syrup, maple and caramel. Taste has sweet thick maple, caramel, milk chocolate, raisin, syrup, bourbon vanilla and some coffee. Deliciously rich beer, glad to have finally tasted this. jc1762 (1610) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2016 Tap at Snallyghaster 2016 showing pitch black with a finger of latte colored foam.
The nose shows a maple forward sweetness with bourbon notes of charred wood, smoke, and vanilla. Upon warming up, these notes seem to come together like a Sriracha chili sauce.
The palate is medium bodied and smoothly carbonated. Maple forward sweetness is apparent from the beginning with bourbon in the background - vanilla, smoke, and charred wood. The maple combines with the vanilla extremely well to create a minty mouthfeel throughout the beer. Alcoholic spice is completely disguised by this minty mouthfeel. Bourbon smoke and maple syrup are shown in a balanced finish without any bitterness.