The base is described as vanilla bean but I'm really not picking up much of the beans qualities. There's actually a bit of saltiness going on which might be overriding those vanilla bean specks I see. It's definitely a unique base that you have to get used to. The caramel adds more of a buttery sweetness that counteracts some of the saltiness in the base. Add in some added saltiness and crunch from the almonds and there’s something really familiar about this flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Oh wait, this flavor reminds me a lot of Jeni's Brown Butter Almond Brittle. It's not as buttery but there are a lot of similarities and I wouldn't be hesitant to say I enjoy this flavor more than I did Jeni's based on an overall product. I know that sounds like blasphemy but you have to take my word on this one. The combination of flavors works perfectly for a nice sweet and salty punch.
My only minor complaint has to do with distribution of ingredients in my particular pint. While the top layer has a lot of caramel and some almonds, one third of the way down in my pint there was only few traces of either ingredient. This isn't necessarily a bad thing in my case since it let me really get a feel for Maple’s quality as well as the base’s flavor.
Verdict? The almonds and caramel are the equivalent of the combination of peanut butter and chocolate
Buy again? Yeah and I can't wait to try out the other flavors now