JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Thick oily pour, like strained soupy extract of beer. Very strong whiskey nose, with deep malts and a mellowed quality that almost suggest it’s been aged. Nice sipper, very thick bodied. Flavor is certainly quite complex, almost like Old Curmudgeon with far more chocolate malts and a hint of roasted ones to boot. Nice.
klingea1 (28) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Founders, black with a tan head. Floral aromas behind malt and dark fruit. Loads of malt, molasses, and plum flavors. A good beer, but was a bit too sweet for me.
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a black color with a caramel colored foam head. Has an aroma of dark fruit, molasses and chocolate. Has a sweet boozy taste. Smooth despite the high abv. A nice velvety chocolate finish. Has a dark fruit underbelly. Thin to medium mouthfeel.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black, tan head, nose of maple and vanilla. flavor maple vanilla toffee with some slight smoke at the end. lots of residual sugars left.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Mackenzies for ABR. Pours a very dark brown almost black color with a slight tan wispy head. Really good aroma of dark roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate, with a slight alcohol note. The taste is very robust. Very solid velvety medium/heavy mouthfeel. Semi sweet up from followed by a good blend of dark fruit like plum, chocolate, and light coffee. Fairly sweet after taste that lingers along with some licorice notes. Good lace. Overall, a very solid beer.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on draft at Smokin Joe’s, part of the Big Pour Event.
A-pours a dark brown, almost black color. it is virtually opaque with a thin tan latte colored head.
S-the nose is lighter in strength and seems dominated by chocolate and roasted coffee. the bourbon and wood is faint and seems slightly chalky with notes of creamy vanilla and maple syrup.
T-the tastes starts with loads of roasted malts, coffee, hints of creamy vanilla and some light appearance of maple syrupy. a rich chocolate cake flavor steps in on the middle of the tongue as the bourbon comes in with extremely dry oak. a dark fruity malt sweetness comes in at the back as a coffee bitterness lingers in the finish.
M-this is soft and creamy on the palate with a good full body but not chewy or thick, rather full and creamy.
D-this is a tasty brew, nice balance of the malt to the bourbon and the barrel. the sweetness opens up as it warms and becomes a rather nice compliment to the rich chocolate cakiness to this beer. Subtle, soft and balanced.
BelgianBeerGal (3708) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at KC Flying Saucer. This was the highlight of the afternoon for me. This reminded me very seriously of Stone’s Smoked Vanilla Bean Porter...Imperialized. The vanilla notes were strong in the aroma and flavor. The alcohol was well hidden until a warming touch in the finish. Just really well done.
radagast83 (6943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Churchkey, pours almost pitch black. Aroma is sweet - probably from the molasses. Sweet and roasty flavor. Real smooth, quality beer if I do say so myself.
vyvvy (5466) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a dense tan head. The aroma has lots of bourbon, smooth rich dark roasted malt with very little bitterness, vanilla, cream, oak and dark caramel. The body is quite thick with gentle carbonation. The flavor begins with a nice melding of malt and bourbon traits and is very smooth with dark caramel, rich malt and vanilla that is probably from the barrels. The finish has more bourbon and a warmth of alcohol (warm, not a burn) and a bit of biscuit shows through. Very well done beer.
islay (2094) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Founders Black Biscuit. Approximately 10 oz. pour on tap at release at HauteDish on 9-1-10. Vegetal aroma features compost, raisin, and bread dough (undercooked cinnamon raisin bagel) scents. Very interesting smell. Pours a very dark brown with a small amount of beige head. Taste is milky, creamy, and fruity. Strawberry Starburst. Quite sweet. Port wine and caramel. Apricot, peach, tangerine, and watermelon. Very little hops presence in aroma or flavor. Unique flavor. Medium body. Reasonably lively in the palate. Good, not great, but fascinating.