CanIHave4Beers (4188) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Pours a deep black with a good head and some lace, but not much lace. The aroma is roasty coffee cold but gets a little boozy and sweeter as it warms. Some noticeable grain alcohol kind of booziness comes out after a while which is weird and not great. But the awesome coffee and dark chocolate aromas from the original breakfast stout are all here as well. The flavor cold is really strikingly similar to breakfast stout the coffee the nice booziness and the dark chocolate are all there, however there is a nice maple-y and vanilla sweetness as it warms. Although again it gets boozier in an unpleasant way as it warms which sort of throws off the balance. Pretty good beer but I don’t know that it’s better than the original base beer. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this hand bottle.
The beer pours black with no head. There are a few tan bubbles floating on the surface of the beer. The aroma is great. I get notes of maple syrup, oak, chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is equally impressive. There is a lot of maple, vanilla, chocolate milk, coffee, roasted malt and the slightest hint of soy sauce. Low carbonation and medium to thick mouthfeel. A great beer that lived up to the hype. Hopefully I will get to try this again. ketchepillar (1199) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2011 7/25/10 On tap at Founders. Boozy nose in a vodka-y way. A bit harsh. Coffee in the nose, less in the flavor. Not much maple syrup. Messy. 7/4/7/3/16 - 3.7
11/25/11 Bottle at Black Friday Tasting. Pure coffee in the nose. Flavor is messy. Coffee grounds. Boozy. Slight maple. 8/4/7/3/14 3.6
flatmatt (1586) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 Re-rate 09-Oct-2010 from the 750 mL bottle release. Still pours black with a tan head. Strong roasted coffee aroma, sweet brown sugar, chocolate syrup, vanilla, dark fruit. Flavor leads with roasty coffee backed by syrupy molasses and cocoa, sweet maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, and oak notes. Pretty much as I tasted it last year, but I’m able to focus on it and appreciate it a bit more now. Absolutely top notch.StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Original rating: On tap at MBGSF 2010. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is strong roasted coffee, very creamy with strong vanilla, cocoa. Flavors of roasted coffee, vanilla, cocoa, with a strong maple sweetness. Great! 9/4/9/5/17/4.4
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2010 8oz snifter pour at founders brewery. I was supposed to be on a bus to bells but I just could not make it. Pours an opaque black color with a small khaki head. Nose is coffee, whiskey, vanilla and more coffee. Flavor is dominated by coffee and coffee grounds with some sweet vanilla and biter walnuts filling in the sides and back. Palate is full and creamy. Finishes with lingering biter coffee. Overall: very tasty.
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours an oily black with a tan ring around the edges. Aroma of chocolate, homemade brownies, fudge. Light maple sweetness. Fresh coffee and chocolate bars. Might be the best smelling beer I’ve ever had. Flavor of dark chocolate, coffee. Light oak and vanilla. Some maple sweetness. Delicious. Full mouthfeel, finishes with bitter coffee. Took a long time for me to finally try this beer and it was as good as I imagined. Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
Draft at Founders at RBSG. Pours opaque black, thin tan head, no real lacing. Nose is whiskey, candy, chocolate, marshmallows, quite sweet smelling; Flavours of brown sugar, Rocky Road candy bars, very chocolatey, booze is very well hidden. An excellent dessert stout. Drake (13953) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2010
This was the first beer I drank during the 2010 Ratebeer Summer Gathering. Good place to start. Served on draft at Founders Brewing Company. Pours a pitch black color with a medium brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Big maple notes in the aroma with chocolate and bourbon. The taste is chocolate, caramel, maple, coffee and a bitter leafy hop finish. Full bodied. Very nice beer. arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Pours deep black from 12 oz bottle with thin tan head that laced a little bit. Maple syrup, toffee up front leads into coffee, vanilla, a bit of burnt biscuity malt, leading into a big chocolate end that finishes bitter. Like a chocolate chip pancake with syrup on it, I could have this all the time. Delicious, blended perfectly, and the tastes and mouthfeel are perfect. hellbilly (3248) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2010
bottle by way of boltz on 3/21/2010.
nice brownish shade of black colored pour with a tan head.
loverly smell... coffee, roast, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup and the savory woodiness that goes with it.
the flavor is the same. awesome. sweet and mouth coating but delicious with tons of coffee and maple. 9/4/8/4/17/4.2