oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Huge thanks to craftycarl21. Gorgeous death black pour with a super tight foamy brown head. Perhaps the darkest head I’ve ever seen- rivals ten-fidy. Aroma is woody and boozy with huge notes of maple syrup roasted barley, cocoa nib, chocolate cake, coffee, vanilla, hazelnut, and cream. Flavor is powerful and explosive- ashen burnt sugars combine with molasses, maple syrup, gratuitous roasted barley, bakers chocolate, and dark roast espresso. Palate is thick, rich, fulfilling, creamy, and thick. Finish is chalky and dry in its roasty bitterness. Big ups to Sean for this new offering- this is world class dude... craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Stoked for this one. Got 3 of the 92 bottles in the batch. Completely black pour with a dark brown head that darkens as it dissipates. Aroma is excellent; tons of wood, roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, maple, vanilla, caramel, espresso, and hazelnut. This is a complex imp. stout aroma, top notch so far. Flavor is also superb; amazing notes of charred wood and fireplace ash, aggressively bitter chocolate, and awesome but balanced alcohol presence. The maple is present, but subdued and not overdone, which I really appreciate; so many inferior small-batch brewers would make this into a mediocre and cloying stout. Palate is thick and complex. Huge respect to Lawson’s Finest, an excellent imperial stout. Slipstream (2612) - USA - MAY 13, 2012
UPDATED: APR 18, 2015 Thanks to Adrian. Dark, foamy pour and a cool, old school label. I am upping my rating after having some on draft at the Trevere. Apparently this is made with maple sap added to the brew kettle, and the result is wonderful! The aroma is roasty, sweet, and full of grain and maple. The taste is smoky and malty, with lots of fresh maple flavor. There is also a little limey tang, molasses, and pumpernickel. It doesn’t get overbearing thou - stays fresh and delicious to the last drop. An awesome brew, and so far as I know, a unique one. arminjewell (9585) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Bottle # 20/72, big, big thanks to Jason, big want of mine. Thick oily black pour with tan head, lacing well with nice alcohol legs. Aroma has notes of big maple, sweet caramel notes, chocolate/coffee notes with more maple. Wow, the maple jumps out like crazy. Big maple and dark fruit, some notes of toffee, vanilla, chocolate, with big chocolate and maple in the finish. Wow, I love these types of beers, and this beer hit the maple to a tee. Awesome. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Black pour with a tight-as-ass tan head. Maple nuttiness in the aroma, some brash booziness but also some creamy vanilla wood. bitter chocolate balanced by sweet maple wood. mouthful is thick and viscous. Char and ash abound in this brew, nicely put together with a subdued maple sweetness. A little rough a bitter around the edges but this is welcomed. At first the sip is a little sweet and chocolate with some booze but then plunges to a place of bitter char. Impressive depth of flavor. This is going places.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2011
750mL bottle, #20/72 shared by Jason. Pours to a pitch black body with a dark brown dense creamy head. The aroma is maple syrup, leafy hops, and sweet and dry chocolate. The flavor is sweet cocoa powder with a maple syrup and candi sugar. Roasted charred malts. The palate is full bodied and very coating. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2012
750, very roasty and dark with a dark tan head. Sweetish stout, maple flavors, hoppy flavors and bitter finish. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Black pour, brown head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, some maple notes, oak. Flavor is rich and roasty, some maple notes, cocoa, coffee. Nice! jcartamdg (3409) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Pours a thick dark black with a dark brown head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, molasses and roast. Taste is bittersweet, chocolate and roast with slight sweetness. Coffee and hops in the finish. Very chewy. Complex impy stout with a little sweetness from the maple. I love this one.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone slowrunner77 (11930) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"200-some odd imperial stouts later, I don’t think i’m EVER going to get sick of this style. Here is another really nice entry into the catergory. The maple in this 2011 bottle is quite subtle, but adds another component to a very complex brew. Chocolate malt, roasted coffee, a decent amount of bittering hops on the back end, vanilla. Covers up the 10% exceedingly well and is very smooth on the palate. well done! close to a 4.4 but after 1 try I’ll go with the lower score for now."