slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"seems like the smoke character comes out more in the aroma and flavor with a little age. maple and smoke are a nice touch, everything else takes a bac seat. sweet flavor of dark fruit, chocolate, maple and smoke. medium bodied, full flavored." thewolf (12949) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle @ Sour’n’Bitter, 2012.Pinball (12610) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2012
Pours deep blackish brown with a small, frothy, beige head. Aroma has sweet chocolate, light coffee, black currant tartness. Medium carbonation, great dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has soft chocolate, very mild tartness, syrup, oaky. Nice, but really not very sour.
bottle at papsoe 20120202
cloudy amber, almost no head. aroma of booze, malts, bourbon, wood. flavor is wood, booze, borbon, dark malts. dark fruits, dryness. deyholla (12590) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a slight amber hue and a brown head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has lots of smoke with hints of dark grains and maple syrup. Flavor begins with maple syrup but quickly becomes smoky with a lot of campfire. Not working for me. madsberg (11799) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2012
Bottled. Burgundy colorued. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma of sweetness, ripe fruits, herbs, caramel, spice, light medicin. Flavour of light smoke, caramel, ripe fruits, sweetness, light alcohol and spice. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a fruity and light roasted note. Pleasant alcohol bite
hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle… Dark brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The nose is a menagerie of smoked meat, smoked gouda and malty maple. Full-bodied and quite viscous with modest carbonation. The flavor is chocolaty with a load of smoke and a touch of maple. Perfectly balanced. Finishes minerally and smoky. Odd bird, but darn nice. Bottle courtesy of 50belair. Thanks Matt! alexsdad06 (11238) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2013
750 ml bottle shared with the group (may ’12). Pours a clear caramel brown color with a medium sized beige head that disappeared quickly. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts, maple syrup, a mild smokey character, hints of sausage in maple syrup, dark fruit, woody, rich with good mouthfeel. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Dark brown pour. Small tan head. Aroma is sweet and smoke. Flavor has smoke, maple, toffee, light sour mash notes. Not bad. phaleslu (10906) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by STLWill- thanks again, Will! Pours a deep, clear mahogany color with a big foamy tan head. Aroma of bacon, butterscotch, tree bark, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and maple syrup. Flavor of smoke, maple syrup, roast, dark chocolate, earth, and vanilla. So complex and all over the place. Medium-bodied, with a roasty, sweet, dry mouthfeel and medium soft carbonation. Very sweet. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Blatant maple syrup, caramel and bread-y cereals conjure up quite the dessert brew, as alcohol heat assures the impression of a clean finish.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam covers the dark brown.
-The nose portends exactly what the flavor profile delivers: sweetness.
-The soft carbonation makes the sweetness even more apparent. This is a sipper, no doubt.
-Even though this is not something I would go for personally, I have to recognize that it is an exciting brew for sweet teeth. It’s also one of the best brews I’ve had for those who really want maple syrup flavors to shine.
-Smoke flavor is present, but tends to be dominated by the prevalent sweetness.