nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2010
On tap at the brewery along with KBS. Pours a silky roasted coffee color with a creamy tan head that leaves spotted lacing. Smells predominantly of coffee and caramel. The maple becomes more apparent as it warms. Malty flavor with rounded notes of coffee, cocoa, oatmeal, raisin, and maple syrup. Delicious. My favorite of the different versions. mar (5436) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Handbottle thanks to thirdeye11. Poured pitch black with a khaki head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, syrup, vanilla, and roasted malts, nice lacing too. Nice thickness, flavor is syrupy, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and a roasted finish. Atom (2558) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2015 On tap pours dark brown/black with dark frothy tan head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is strong of oak, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Nice balance with oak and vanilla nicely rounded. However, there was just not even a hint of maple at all, the barrels added to the sweetness but not overall to the beer, disappointed hard to distinguish from KBS really which I also didn’t find better then BS.
Updated ad I was altogether drunk the first time I had this. However, I remember, at the time, getting my first CBS and not believing it was it thinking it was a KBS mispour.
On tap at pats pours a dark black/brown with a small tan head. Sweet aroma of chocolates with mild coffee and bourbon. Taste is very sweet, loads of chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses and vanilla, bourbon and oak well balanced, with a hint of sweet maple syrup, finishing with dry roasted coffee and hop bitterness. I like this more than I remember from the last time I had it.
DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2010
On tap. Dark black pour, medium head and a decadent aroma of sweet roasted malts, coffee and chocolate and plenty of lacing as the head subsided. Flavor is rich sweet syrupy coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt sugar, vanilla and finished silky smooth and slightly warm. This is one of those beers that has some of that intangable awesomeness, get some at any cost!!! mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2010
On tap. Pours black with a tiny khaki head. Sweet aroma of vanilla, slight maple, and booze. Flavor is sweet with vanilla, wood, chocolate, maple in the finish with some bitter hops. Really good, but a tad too sweet for me.
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2010
(Bottle thanks to my good friend Kevin on BA) black pour that is obviously viscous in the glass, few bubbles on the edges. Nose of vanilla, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, alcohol, toasted grain, bourbon. Taste of vanilla, toasted caramel, maple, sweet chocolate syrup, and a slightly undercarbonated finish. Medium thick, long lasting vanilla, toasty and maple flavor. Nice beer! Wish the carbonation would have held up longer. KyotoLefty (10603) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 28, 2010
Draught at the brewery, side-by-side with KBS, as my first 2 drinks of 2010 RBSG. Somewhat funky, sweet, milky aroma with coffee, maple and vanilla. Very sweet, obviously coming from the maple, but a distinct maple flavor is lacking. Coffee and burnt malt as expected. A bit cloying. Nice enough as a dessert beer, but it was no where as nice as the KBS for me. Just too sweet.
kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 Draft. Dark as ever black/brown with a nice tan head. Notes of chocolate and coffee in the nose. Maple not that present. Very smooth taste. Good but really expected more out of his after hearing about it for so long.
Draft at Mackenzies for ABR. Poured a very dark brown color with a reddish tan head that quickly settles to a slight collar. The aroma is more coffee and leather than I remember with slight chocolate aromas as well. Nice coffee taste with dark chocolate bitterness. Again, I really don’t pick up major maple flavors at all although it has a pretty malty sweet taste but as it warms you do get a slight maple aroma. Medium mouthfeel, wish it was a little heavier. Pretty drinkable. Lingering bitter coffee flavor. BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2010
This is yummy, although not tremendously different from Breakfast Stout (which is obviously yummy as well). The hints of maple are very subtle - barely noticeable. Slight sweeter than FBS with just as nice of lingering, tooth-sticking mouthfeel. Founders made a fantastic stout ever slightly better. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Draft at Founders Brew Pub. Pours black with a fluffy creamy tan head. Aroma is definitely much sweeter, lots of maple in there really giving it a nice complexity with the bitter coffee and semi sweet cocoa. All of those play nicely together. Flavor is less impacted by the maple, though its still there. Still an excellent coffee bean bitterness and the cocoa becomes less sweet. Some vanilla and a crisp black coffee with a little sugar finish. Rich full body and a nice soft carbonation. Really rich and satisfying dessert