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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Oatmeal and 20 pounds of fresh roasted coffee from the Ugly Mug Cafe contribute to a mildly chalky espresso character balanced by a rich, sweet, creamy maltiness. coffee finish dissolves into chocolate with a slight roasty bitterness. Brewed with 100% fair-trade coffee from the Ugly Mug Café and Roastery in Ypsilanti, MI. Pairs well with desserts, especially dark chocolate, raspberries, and cheesecake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Dark brown body with ruddy highlights at the edges, thin tan head. Aroma is mostly coffee and roasted malts. Rather dry, plain body of coffee beans. Soft, rather thin. Light sweetness. Seems everyone has picked up on the "Breakfast Stout" theme, but Founders reigns supreme (and, I admit, I’m biased).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtw (1149) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2007
12 oz bottle, pours deep brown and nearly flat. Coffee and roast and sweet aroma, slightly phenolic and artificially acidic. Overly acidified and somewhat medicinal, not a very good coffee stout. Definitely feels like extract was added, although really not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Tap. Black body, tan head, espresso nose. Coffee, chocolate, some toffee (!) notes, thin body but good flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2007
On tap at Pizza Plant. Black as a stout should be, brown head, I really liked this stout. Not overpowering, smooth, yet full of flavor, and excellent with dinner. Not as stout as a stout is expected to be, still had enough body and flavor to please me and go back for seconds.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
demitriustown (1166) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2007
12 oz bottle: Aroma is very high on coffee, mainly spent coffee grindings. It smells like more a batch of iced or chilled coffee than a brew all the same. A little bit of detectable malts in this brew as well. Pours a pitch black with little or no head. Taste has a definite coffee backing. It tastes very similar to the last batch of Founders Breakfast Stout. All coffee and nothing else that made the brew good. I’m glad I rated that brew when it was half-way decent. This brew on the other hand is average. Too much of an coffee taste for me. Palate is almost coffee like with a coffee aftertaste in the brew. Overall, I like a good cup of joe, but this is too much like one to be really enjoyable as a beer. Decent, but not great at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rob897 (62) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Dark coffee aroma and taste but not as good as I was hoping for, seemed to lose some of its characteristics near the end of the pint

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2007
12oz - Aroma is dark coffee, roasted chocolate and some chewy malts. Pours black with no head or lacing. Flavor is watery mocha with a nice roasty finish. Palate is dry. Not a bad brew, but there are many other better coffee stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (813) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2007
black body, no head, malty mocha nose, sweet chocolate flavor, vanilla, creamy mouthfeel, good coffee flavor without the acidic bitterness that some coffee stouts have, licorice/anise, very sweet and very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
12 oz bottle, shared by CharlesDarwin. Pours an opaque mahogany brown with a very small brown head that ran to a thin ring. Nice chocolaty coffee nose, a little roasted malt, and minimal to no hops. Flavor is kinda murky, a mix of day old coffee, cocoa, and a heavily yeasty stout. Light to moderate bitterness with a little astringency. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. Lingering wet coffee grounds finish, sort of like that last sip of an espresso with the silt like sludge. Overall, a little muddled, but still a coffee beer (my favorite), and that counts for something with me. I’d drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Thanks, Tom! Pours a murky, dark brown color, like a muddy espresso; minimal head formation. Dense, tootsie rolls and nougat in the aroma; espresso and plenty of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel: nougaty and chewy espresso core; lightly roasted coffee character (no greenness), with a light citrus note; ends with plenty of roasted coffee and oily nuttiness.

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