closey22 (1119) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Brown with sweet spicy roAsty aroma; Flava is complex roasty sweet hint of berry malty and touch of hops and cigar tobacco; feels medium slight fizz; finishes tangy roasty mildly dry
bellco33 (456) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love rye, Founders dark beers, and black IPAs. This one was cheating. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Aroma of rye spice, roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is more of the same with a nice rye presences, a bit of sweetness from the malt, and a good hop bite to balance it out. Medium body, nice carbonation. This is a really solid beer.
Dorkenstein (43) - - MAY 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
real smokey aroma. Taste is velvety milk chocolate, toasted rye and barley, and a little smoke. Some bitter hops in the after taste. A very layered and balanced good beer.
Theydon_Bois (12113) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the Thirsty Monk, Asheville, 17/02/15.
Off black with a decent light tan covering.
Nose is charr, light roast, dark malt, dates, cocoa rub.
Taste comprises spice, chocolate malt, toffee, brown bread, charr.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Evolutionary (348) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at pies and pints. Pour is black and thick. Head is tan and lingers. Nose is cocoa and coffee and awesome. Thick mouthfeel and smoky notes hiding the rye grain. A bit of sweet balance from the cocoa too without being overpowering.
katrinaez (416) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black but not imperial. Light enough to get the great rye and bitter taste. Tap.
c0fein (336) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Whole Foods - Tribeca, New York. Thanks Jesse!
Black colour with a beige head. Hoppy, roasty, malty, some coffee. Nice palate and good drinkability.
rondphoto (2690) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque black color, frothy tan head, stripes of lace. Taste is rich roasted toffee malt that contains rye that moves through the palate, becoming a little sweeter with the addition of chocolate, not needing additional bittering to sustain balance. A big, solid brew that leans toward bitter rye.
beernovice39 (3234) - Montana, USA - MAY 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours black with a tan top that fizzles away fast. Nose of rye, chocolate and smoke. Taste is rye, toast and a hint of bitter chocolate.
tennisjoel (1209) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark body, minimal head almost nonexistent. Aroma of black smoky malts, chocolate, and hops. Rye is restrained but most notable in the taste. Pretty good effort, what I come to expect from Founders.