Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, - NOV 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A gentle beige cover thrones above the oily blackness. Well integrated bourbon procuring sweet and liquorous oaky vanilla notes to a sweet and maple-like base beer which lost a lot of its sharp burnt bread roast character. Instead, plasticy phenols, tropical fruits (litchi, pineapple) and blueberries/cherries greet the nose with a fair sense of balance. There remains enough roast to balance out the sweetness. Unagressive hoppiness for a Lawson’s Finest, leaving some room for the senses to notice the obvious maple presence. Complexity is not out of this world. Rich chocolate decadence called off, today and while a few nuances are original enough (barrel integration and related fruitiness, supported maple presence), there does not seem to be any trait that feels distinguishable enough to warrant such a high price tag. It’s fairly simple, in fact and despite its residual sugars aplenty, does not propose an especially rich mouthfeel. With only a few 375 ml bottles released each year, this may have a lot of "rare" taste, but for the same price, I’d rather be drinking and sharing more than 1 L of their intense, yet gloriously aromatic IPA.
SHIG (4956) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a dark brown with tan circle. Aroma is maple sweet. Sweet tooth maple bourbon.
BuckeyeBoy (7354) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 22, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle thanks to Matt. Pours out a rich thick black topped with a small tan head. Nose is amazing sweet maple syrup rich roasted malt nice bourbon barrel touch brown sugar sweetness and a nice chocolate. Taste is more of the maple syrup nice Bourbon Barrel notes vanilla brown sugar molasses roast malt and a little coffee.
Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thx Fred82.
Pours black with high brown creamy head. Good lacing. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malt, bourbon. Taste is of slight acidity, some alcohol, ashes, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Palate: Full bodied. Soft-medium carbonation. Some alcohol warmth. Overall: Nice. Lots of malt features. Strong. Well preserved.
czar (8895) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours unclear very dark brown with a small beige cap, some retention and lacing. tons of hazelnuts, almost burnt caramel, raisins, smooth wood - softly bourbony; hint of smoke - candied bacon; nicely roasted charred maltiness, molasses, salt, minerals. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily; semi-sweet, gently smoked woodsy finish. so nutty it’s like nutella *TM on toasts. very good stuff!
Fred82 (2277) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black small head. Nose nutty with toasted bread. Chocolate, Taste chocolate coffee light vanilla bourbon notes. Finish spirit-y coffee. Bitter cold coffee. Nice sweet finish. Nice vanilla finish. Resinous hops. Slightly acidic. Nice beer well balanced.
rxeight (3012) - Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 12oz bottle. Heavily roasted dark malts. Underlying sweetness. Slight maple and bourbon but the roasted malts really dominate in this one. Carbonation seemed a bit high for the style and abv.
PartyFowle (954) - - APR 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Oily, syrupy, abyssal black. This is menacing. A sticky, half-finger head the color of cinnamon rises from the depths slowly. Chocolatey nose. Milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, cocoa nibs. A little oak, some red wine grape and barrel notes. Lots of alcohol as well. Malted chocolate spiked with vanilla vodka in the flavor. A hint of green apple, fruity oak. Very grape-heavy. A little too fruity and alcoholic. Maybe some maple, and vanilla, too. The body is medium, not as heavy as expected, but fairly oily. Mild, tingly carbonation. A good amount of tongue-numbing alcohol. Good aroma; nice chocolate notes; a lovely ouch of maple. Just too boozy -- it detracts from the other flavors.
Jool (198) - - OCT 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 375 mL. Fall 2012. Noire avec une mousse qui s’estompe rapidement. Nez de cacao, grains torréfiés et bourbon. La bouche semble un peu moins complexe que la version régulière. L’érable s’estompe un peu au profil du bourbon et on ressent une légère astringence due à la barrique. Excellente.
slowrunner77 (11659) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"they’ll end up scoring the same, but i’d pick the base beer 6-7 times out of ten over this one. Classic case of gaining delicious bourbony goodness and losing complexity. Depends what you are in the mood for. The aroma of this beer is fantastic. The maple is still subtle, and the bourbon, while not hot, overpowers many of the subtleties that made the base stout so good. this beer still rocks, just in a different way. the bourbon used reminded me of dark intrique."
djd07 (13989) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Nick. Pours a dark brown with beige head that lasts. The aroma is bourbon, maple, caramel, and wood. Thin mouthfeel with rich chocolate malt, light maple, sweet boozy finish. Very good.