tillmac62 (772) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Black pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention. Massive is the word. There is no bottle date, so this one might be nearly a year old.
Very good but light nose. Maple is present coupled with a light fruit ester (cherry/raspberry) over a very light char and roast background.
Medium body that is smooth but falls short of slick. Carbonation / body balance is a bit over the top with it being over carbonated. That said, it does make the flavors pop and from the middle on effervescence explodes. Finely bubbled and prickly all through the finish.
Even with probably a years age, this one is flavored OK - at best. Fresh it might have been outstanding, now it is not. The fruits dominate, particularly raspberry. Very little barrel is present (oak/vanilla). Maple is there but you have to search for it - hard. A light roast coupled with a hint of char lies underneath and appears before the finish. Bourbon is nowhere to be found.
Since fruits are so prevalent and this isn’t billed as containing fruits, a low score is warranted. Translation, there is probably an infection and explains the EXTREME carbonation and head volume. Oddly, this is a fairly good tasting raspberry porter ( I used to homebrew a killer raspberry stout ). Unfortunately, I can’t review it as such. Which is sad, because I really like the taste of this tart rascal!!
magsinva (1493) - Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle - pours pitch with a tan head. I’m getting a sweet porter, but the maple isn’t really popping for me. Solid. DiarmaidBHK (6170) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours black with a massive pillow brown head. Leaves a shitload of lacing in the glass. A fair amount of maple on the nose along with hints of bourbon and chocolate as well. Lots of maple on the tongue. Finished clean. Solid but not spectacular. Alpha10 (882) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2016
2016/12/22 - Pours jet black with a thick, foamy khaki head that slowly reduces and leaves no lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, burnt caramel with sweet maple and light bourbon and vanilla notes. Taste is cocoa, moderate oaky bourbon, light vanilla, salty caramel and toasted maple. Mouthfeel is light to medium and slick with lightly biting carbonation and a lightly warming, bittersweet finish. Solid beer. Maple and bourbon are evident, but not overstated. superspak (6375) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2016
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, light molasses/coffee, and oak/roast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, light molasses/coffee, and oak/roast/toasted earthiness. Light roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, maple, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, light molasses/coffee, and oak/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness from roast bitterness and oak spice as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly slick/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is incredible! Zero warming alcohol as expected of 7.5%. Overall this is a mind blowing barrel aged porter! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the big sweetness. Insanely rich and complex for the modest ABV. Never overly tannic, drying, or boozy on the barrel; but still has plenty of barrel presence and complexity. An absolutely amazing offering, one of the best dessert beers I have ever had.
jrob21 (3931) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2016
Solid sweet and coffee. Maple is light and complementary. Some sweet bourbon action late in the sip. Ahuth (665) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Bottled. Pours carbonated black. The smell is maple sweet with chocolate. The palate is carbonation and sticky. The taste is complex. Big maple syrup and bold bourbon after taste. Awesome beer. Wish I let it set a little longer to mature but nevertheless awesome beer. charule (2304) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2016
On tap at Ginger Man. Poured black with tan head. Aroma sweet maple punch malty choc. Light carb med bod. Taste light bourbon sweet burnt sugar maple. Wish it had more barrel. M JaBier (8445) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2016
750ml bottle at Winking Lizard Crosswoods on 4/2/16. Pours darkest brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, maple, caramel and bourbon. Malty flavor with sweet maple, chocolate and bourbon before a sweet caramel and maple finish. Very sweet, but good.