MrTipple (6000) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2017
Intense, sweet coffee, dark chocolate, cacao, caramel, dark, toasted malts Hazy, very dark brown, medium, creamy, beige head. Light bitter. More dark roast coffee, citrus fruits, lemon, dark, bitter, toasted malts, soft carbonation, full bodied. Beautiful Impy, intense and complex, well-balanced. Keg at GABF17, Denver. Alengrin (5639) - BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2017 So here we are then: one of these hugely hyped Toppling Goliath stouts and the third highest ranking beer on this website, I've been looking forward to this for a long time. American-style imperial stout with coffee and maple syrup, 2016 vintage. Yellowish beige, creamy head, thin and open in the middle but retaining around the edge, on a black beer with warm mahogany edges. Very intense, concentrated, beguiling bouquet of chocolate fondant, chocolate liqueur, strong maple syrup, dried figs drenched in whisky, cappuccino and coffee liqueur, fudge, toasted chestnuts, dry leather, toffee, cognac, hazelnut oil, madera, subtle but clear glue-ish and solvent-like effects. The mouthwatering promises made by the aroma are perfectly met by the flavour, kicking off with thick sweet maple syrup embellished with dried fruit notes and a thin sourish accent, blending in well with the caramelly, toffeeish and profoundly nutty, big, oily malt body, perfectly (i.e. softly) carbonated fit for this style. The nuttiness shifts colours to a darker, bitter black 'chocolateness', bitterly toasty yet not overly roasted: the creaminess of the maple syrup lies a perfectly measured layer of soothing sweetness on top of it, and the no doubt copious amounts of coffee that went in here, provide delightful retronasal aromas and a refined, spicy, delicate and warm roastedness that is more expressive and vivid than the actual roasted barley. Ends with vanilla- and cinnamon-like accents, very rich, a coffee dessert with alcohol - which takes on a long, heating, brandy-like quality, yet at the same time completely avoids obnoxious wryness. Tasted this next to a 2015 vintage as well, which was just as rich and ravishingly beautiful, yet a tad softer and more rounded, a bit less sharp in terms of solvents and a little bit less aromatically coffee-ish - but these were 'microscopic' differences due to age alone, presumably. Well, now that I finally had a taste of this nectar of the gods: not sure if this is the single best stout I ever had - but it comes very, very close. Then again, the whole hype surrounding this beer, one of these artificially mystified beers (admittedly largely due to geeks like ourselves here, ironically perhaps), should not matter in judging this: any experienced taster with a basic technical knowledge will be able to assess that this is a work of great beauty, class and craftmanship. A huge, detailed and completely flawless construction of flavours, the essence of American-style RIS with maple syrup and coffee dosed in such a way that they actually accentuate the features of this beer in a tastefully balanced way rather than overpowering them. For these reasons, I cannot but give it a close to perfect store. Unforgettable, hopefully I get the chance to revisit this one day, or taste later editions of it. vincentvega72 (854) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2017 Puur zwart bier met mokka schuimkraag. Zoet aroma en smaak. Koffie, gebrande noten, héél véél maple. Dik, stroperig. Lange afdronk. MarcoDL (5321) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2017
Bottle at Hopishop 2017. Batch 3 and 4. Thick black pour. Aroma of maple, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel fudge, booze and coffee. Flavor has lots of maple, caramel fudge and vanilla, and sweet roasted malt, coffee, booze, umami, raisin and an endlessly evolving finish. Worth of the hype, amazing. BeerRay (3) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 2, 2017 does not count
Great coffee nose and taste upfront, amazing maple back end. Awesome beer!
beskid (271) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2017 Draft at Mon Petit Cafe, Stuttgart. Outstanding aroma: maple syrup and coffee perfectly matched together, roasted but composed to perfection. Sweet taste, medium body, again lots of coffee and maple, dark chocolate, pumpernickel. Long warming aftertaste. SG111 (1980) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2017
12 oz bottle via trade. MDb4. Pours pitch black, gorgeous mocha tan head. Aroma bursts with coffee and maple syrup. They say explosive espresso and damn are they right. Lots of coffee beans, maple syrup, some vanilla, chocolate. Nice. Flavor is intense coffee bitterness, maple syrup sweetness, notes of vanilla, again, chocolate. Coffee predominates here. The balance of the intense coffee bitterness and the intense sweetness of the syrup is very interesting. Not bad, but I won't be seeking this one again. drsordr (2798) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2017
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque black with minimal head. Nose huge maple syrup and coffee, vanilla, smells sweet. Taste if there is such a thing as maple flavored coffee, or coffee flavored maple syrup this is it. Some vanilla overtones. Coffee vanilla aftertaste. Giant flavors throughout. Super thick mouth feel. Outstanding. Tmoney99 (14866) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2017 Bottle shared by alexasdad06. BC AFRTANHMLGL CBSMTFC MHDTSMMF MHDTMSF MLD. Standout beer. jc1762 (1588) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 11, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2017 Thanks Jay for sharing the bottle! Poured into a Morning Delight espresso cup (inside joke for those who know my alcohol tolerance) showing pitch black with no head.
The nose shows a pronounced maple syrup forwardness with an equally strong and balancing roast coffee background.
The palate is full bodied, oily, slick and lightly carbonated. Maple syrup forward but still with a restrained moderate sweetness. Strong roasted coffee background throughout with a very light coffee tartness and more strong black coffee bitterness on the finish. Interplay and balance between maple syrup and coffee is incredible.
B2 - 10/20/2017
Bottle into a wineglass showing pitch black and thin coffee colored rims.
The nose shows pronounced maple syrup with light notes of coffee.
The palate is oily, slick, and fully carbonated. Strong maple syrup in the background throughout with a coffee forwardness and a light coffee tartness. Strong alcoholic spiciness throughout. Dry milk chocolate and maple syrup on the finish.