mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
[6624-20140815] Bottle. Sweet roasted grains aroma has a hint of spices. Black cola brown body with a quick foamy tan head. Minty chocolate roasted grains flavour has a weird liqueur thing. Full body. Glad to try but a bit odd. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5
douglas88 (9188) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2009
(@ Campground Brewdown 2014, Millmont, PA)
An awesome rarity thanks to ditmier at Toby’s tasting, thanks Eric. Pours a pure black color with no light getting through, a small head. The aroma was dominated by rich milky coffee notes, some sweetness was noticed and a bit of wood. The flavor was great; the coffee was strong as ever, but the powerful syrupy goodness was sweet and very noticeable. Vanilla and wood as well. A great beer. Wow! Number 1,400. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010
Big coffee aroma. Beige head Black strong in alcohol hoppy and initially sweet on the palate with a hint of bitterness in a dry full coffee roast finish. czar (9085) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2015
sample @ EBF 2015. unclear very dark brown with a frothy and creamy beige head, good retention and strong lacing. smoky roastiness, burnt malts - toffee, coffee and cream - double double as in overdonely cloying, chocolate-covered shiitakes, some resin and minerals. light carboantion, full body - syrupy and smooth; warming, sticky, cloying and smoky-woody-resinous finish. complex for sure, but hard to drink. solidfunk (8964) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Amazing. Touch of maple with lots of roast and dark chocolate. Pours black with great head and lacing. Awesome balance, slightly creamy and thick consistency. Medium bitter finish with some light sweetness from chocolate and maple. Bourbon blends well. Only had a taste of this at Churchkey’s 5th anniversary thanks to Lea for a taste of this.
b3shine (8874) - Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Notes from 10/2/11
8 oz. pour into a snifter at the brewery today (10/1) during the release party. Appearance is flawless; black with little to no head. Smells solid; malt and wood are both present, and you can catch a scent of the whiskey in it as well. Tastes great. All of the aforementioned items are present. This was my first maple imperial stout, and I enjoyed it. The maple wasn’t too prominent, but it mellowed the flavors of the wood and whiskey nicely. Mouthfeel was great for a beer of its abv. This is a GREAT beer. Very excited to have waited in line with my wife (twice), and to have scored 8 of them today while getting to drink it at the pub too! drowland (8744) - Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2011
11/25/11. 750mL bottle courtesy dfclav! Tasted alongside the regular BS and a KBS, both 12oz bottles also courtesy dfclav. Thanks, man! The pour is an opaque jet black with a small light brown head that cuts to a ringlet but sticks and laces a bit. The aroma is bold coffee followed by a touch of bourbon/alcohol, wood from the barrel, and a distinct sweetness... but I can’t say I’m getting tons of maple syrup. The difference between this and KBS for aroma seems to be that the bold woody vanilla aspect is replaced by sweetness. The flavor again packs a bold coffee punch at first, followed by loads of milk chocolate, a bit of ash, char, woodiness, and bourbon. The secondary flavors develop into chocolate milk, sweet maple syrup on pancakes, and lingering coffee and bourbon. Compared to KBS on flavor, there’s less of a bourbon punch as well as less of a roasted, bitter coffee punch. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel as always. All in all - pretty good shit! I’d say I still like BS the best, followed by KBS, then CBS. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Big thanks to Gunhaver for sharing this mapley beast. Pours deep dark with no head. The aroma is rich fabulous good ole -yum- with oak crushed into smooth rich maple syrup and fudge brownie. Wow. The taste has loads of roasty malt goodness moving into oak and rich maple yum. The oak gets a bit brighter by midway with a dash of nearly burnt malts. So balanced and oh so good. SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Handbottle from Matt, sample from 22oz from Bill, and 2 more samples from other tastings .. . deep brown black .. medium foam .. . aroma of maple, sweet tar, and maple infused chocolate syrup .. . taste isn’t as good as the nose, but still very nice .. . overall: a good brew but no where as good as the insanity that surrounds it .. . . bytemesis (8411) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 8, 2014
How many fingers am I holding up in front of your eyes right now? .. 3 .. .. That’s good. That’s pretty good, considering that he’s blind.
Bottle - thanks to Cocoapuph for helping me to spear this wale! Pours deep black with a medium brown head that dissipates rather quickly with good lacing. Aroma is maple, chocolate, roasty, with a touch of wood. Flavor is similar, quite sweet initially, cut by medium bitterness that lingers into the far finish. Maple, chocolate, anise notes predominate. Finish is quite bitter indeed. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. There was very little evidence of the time spent in barrels left in the beer after a couple of years.