closey22 (1247) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with rimming brown head; aroma is malty roAsty slight smoke; Flava is sweet malty roasted smoke notesof molasses on fringe; feels thick medium silky; finishes roasty sweet
beersnobsunited (7) - - JUN 28, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Dark as night. No light was able to penetrate this abyssal blackness. To dark to see carbonation streams or yeast chunks. Head poured a two finger dark mocha cap, smooth at first and slowly becoming more rocky as it settled. A fine cap retains the entire time. Lacing had thick streamers and dissipated into dalmatian like dots.
Smell: Aggressive chocolate and coffee clash instead of blending. Both try to take the spotlight, while subtle caramel and hints of vanilla sit in the back ground. The roasted notes add more complexity and depth instead of a in your face style trait.
Taste: OMFG this is good. Huge coffee taste, huge bitter chocolate. Caramel and other sweet malt brings up the backbone. The 10.5% ABV is just ever so lightly noticed in the after taste. Roasted and earthy tones mix in to create a wonderfully complex experience.
Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy. Motor Oil like, with an aggressive nip of carbonation on the tip of the tongue. Very dry but somehow keeps your mouth watering. Carbonation keeps the palate stimulated until your next decadent sip.
Overall: If only it was legal to marry a beer...
David46 (10) - St Matthews, Kentucky, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Founders knows how to do stout. This one is a favorite, but not better than Breakfast Stout.
yidi (20) - okemos, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with thin head. Chocolate smells. Milk chocolate and roasted malt tasted.
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Sweet Afton. Pours an oily black, headless, with some thin tannish bubbles. Aroma has a balance of cocoa and oak. Flavor is rich and delicious of espresso, cocoa, vanilla, and oak. Some warming brandy and pipe notes follow that make it particularly memorable. Brandy warmth and vanilla sweetness complement a primarily bitter cocoa finish. Fantastic stuff!
kylechaney (10) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a serious beer. Pours almost black with a soft brown head, like the inside of a 3 muskateers bar. Tastes like a chocolate/tobacco milk shake. Very heavy, nice lacing. I can slightly taste the alcohol (its a 10% beer) and wish it was a little more subdued. A really great, tasty beer, through and through.
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap. Bridge View Tavern. Nice dark brown pour with a nice head. Roasty flavor And bitter hops round out this great brew. Coffee spice with a bit of pine. Very refreshing.
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the brewery in the summer of 09. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roast, malt, rich bourbon. The roasted malts and bourbon become strong as it warms. Dark black in appearance with a tan head that’s thinly bubbled. Creamy roast flavors with bourbon, chocolate, and bitter roast. Solid stuff.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Founders Brewhouse in July 2009.
Pours a deep black with a rich, high mahogany head. Plenty of lacing is it goes down. The smell is uber strong with plenty of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a slight woodiness. The same notes come out in the taste, with a little bit more of the barrel-aging present in the taste. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, yet still quite creamy. Alcohol is hidden well. Drinkability would be the one drawback, as it is quite good, but nowhere near as good at making me compulsively sip as something like CBS.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-05-2009
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
tiny layer of brown head, a swirl brings a delayed layer to the surface. aroma is pretty much pure bourbon, some slight roast and peat notes. the taste is slightly more balanced, though still a boubon bomb, which i love. this one is good, i like the heat and bourbon on it myself.