Theydon_Bois (12695) - 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 (391) - 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 (580) - 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 (356) - 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 (2881) - 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 (3267) - 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 (1218) - 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.
Niko100 (2239) - Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma toasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, & some rye; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, rye, hops, and dark chocolate; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Decent.
bartzluke (322) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2015 12 oz pour from 50ish-degree bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a huge and fluffy head. Tan-to-brown and long lasting. Beautiful. Black as night and opaque. Nose is rich caramel, brown sugar, mild fruit, and mild wood. Full bodied and fairly creamy. Taste has a good amount going on. Nuts, woody, maybe pine, a bit of caramel sweetness, maybe a tiny bit of fruit, and a little coffee bitterness. Aftertaste has some espresso tartness. Neat overall beer. Very smooth and great flavors.
tfontana (156) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Hannaford Exeter NH. Aroma is resin, herbs, cereal, bread, dough. Appearance is thick, creamy beige head with decent retention and fluffy lacing. Color is deep, dark reddish-brown, virtually black. Taste is roasted bitterness balanced with sweet. Palate is decadent, thick, creamy texture, medium to full bodied with enough carbonation to give it backbone but is restrained and doesn’t call attention to itself. Finish is pleasantly long and mildly bitter. Overall, this beer is a delight to all senses and is satisfying in every way.