Cdog (32) - Farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A wonderful jet black ale, with some brown highights make this beer very differnt. The soff-white colored head on top of the very dark liquid is quite attractive. The aroma of coffee & chocolate hit the nose as well This is a very full body stout and not for the week. The balance of hops to malt with just a touch of rey make it top notch.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very near black, stiff tan head, nice lace. Aromas include toast, malt, fruit, hops, alcohol, chocolate and coffee beans. Flavors of dark roasted malt, coffee, herbs, dark fruit, and toffee/carmel with a nice bitter hop finish. Great creamy texture and chewy mouthfeel.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Growler,draught. Nice black pour with a tan head. Looks like porter,smells like hops,chocolate,and sweet rye bread. The flavor is awesome,like others have said here..kind of like IPA meets stout,and the flavor changes throughout the glass,some coffee,and dark bread notes, awesome smooth mouthfeel, and a crisp hop finish...my burps tasted like hops. Founders does some mind blowing things with rye. The Bomb !
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle...dark semi-transparent pour with a nice tan head that lingers a while. Roasted malt aroma, peaty and earthy as well. Roasty malt flavor to start, a hint of hop bitterness in the middle, and a wonderful choco-roasty-malt finish. The rye lends a beautiful bitterness in the finish also. This is another incredible beer from the folks at Founders. The sweetness just before the roasty bitter finish is impeccable. The last two brews I have drank (Red’s Rye and this Black Rye) are absolutely tremendous.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium viscosity, black and nearly opaque in color with a frothy, anamorphic and dark tan head. Aroma makes me its bitch. Flagrant rye does combat with a motherload of freshly harvested hops. Some chocolate, dark cigar wrappers and wet birch wood harmoniously assault my nose as well. Flavor seals the deal. Rye and chocolate malts are curt, layering on black licorice in a silent but deadly sequence. Some burnt pumpernickel dinner rolls, rye Chex Mix chips and a hearty Turkish coffee bite. Oozy fluidity and a palate rapist. Everything balance-wise is amped-up like it should be, almost as if I special ordered it. Burnt walnuts come in on the finish, along with bittering agents, espresso sludge and an oily layer on the palatary playing field. Very impressive. I don’t think this beer could have been brewed any better.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2006 Dark colour, with a small bubbly head. The aroma is my favorite part of this beer. Its chocolatey, malty, with rye, roasty, and a bit hoppy. There is a lot going on in the aroma, but it all works really well together. In the flavour you get less of the chocolate (though its still definitely there!), less malt, and more of the roasty flavours, a lot more hops, the rye really comes out nicely and some nutty flavours. Finishes with toasted nuts and some bitterness. A great beer!
railcat1 (689) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
this was a great tasteing beer black like a stout and smooth like a ips a great drinking beer anytime
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 Black with a light brown head that fades fast. Noticed some floaties as well. Aroma is sweet, toasty, chocolate, and caramel. The toasted chocolate notes were rather savory. Very malty body with the hops coming through in the finish. Flavor is chocolate, toasted bread, nuttiness, a hint of vanilla, and floral/grassy hops. Creamy texture that coats the mouth and leaves a film. The finish was SLIGHTLY dry. Left lacing all the way down the glass.
surlysober (41) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
SECOND TRIAL: This is a dynamite beer. I really enjoy the rich bitter chocolate flavors and the extremely dry finish. The beer pours a nice black, with a modest head. The aroma is bitter chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is very similar: very, very roasted malt, burnt pizza crust, and a nice bitter chocolate. The finish is very dry and leaves a bit of a burnt malt flavor on the palate. I really, really enjoy this beer. It reminds me a bit of Three Floyd’s Alpha Klaus, but it’s quite a bit cheaper, making it an excellent choice. Another great Founder’s brew.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured into tall tulip. i like this. pours a dark black with full caramel head that stays, looks like a deep stout, very sticky and thick head, a complex nose of initial sweetness, to a coca, to malt and then the rye, full bodied mouthfull, initial is wonderfully overwhelmingly complex, a milky initial with slight tickle on the front to a full finish that brings all the malt, rye and coca complexity around, very long aftertaste that slowly leaves, a slight bitterness is present, as you take more sips you notice the chocolate milkshake that keeps you drinking, very milky on the palate and with the swirl... good stuff...