17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2010 Fresh 08 bottle. Pours like a thick black cola with big soda like carbonation bubbles and clumpy brown head. Aroma of coffee spilled on coffee cake, coffee grounds, cinnamon. This is a really nice coffee stout. The oatmeal adds a nice vanilla cream sweetness, however it finishes dry and bitter like black coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate. Earthy, some tobacco as well. I think I might like this better than Kentucky breakfast, the sweet bourbon just conflicts with the coffee there. Medium body with light soda-like carbonation, fluffs up in the mouth just a bit. Fast drinking... 18.104.22.168.18 . . . . . . . . . . . [fresh 2010 bottle 10.8.10] Okay, well the first time I had this was one of my first real big coffee stouts so I was probably blown away a bit, or maybe it was that good. This fresh 10 bottle isn’t quite as good as before as an initial impression. Seems maybe just a bit green, very bitter, lots of bitter piney hops, very bitter coffee finish, bit harsh on the alcohol, let me give this a chance to warm up. Getting some cola notes, but still this bitter boozy aftertaste that I don’t ever remember having. Carbonation is nice, easy drinking, very sharp fizzy. 22.214.171.124.17
ewestern (256) - Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/black pour with a dark tan head, left nice lacing. Coffee and dark chocolate aroma, a little extreme on the coffee. Watery coffee flavor with a mild chocolate taste to is, some oats in there as well. Smooth on the tongue with a light burnt coffee finish.
Complex beer that is well done, just not my cup of tea.....or coffee.
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle poured black with a small head. Very dry malty flavor with a lasting finish.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, they’ve got the name, and description pretty much perfect. It smells, and tastes like a cup of coffee, chilled of course. It pours an opaque black, with a tan head. Like I said, it tastes like a cup of fresh brewed coffee, with some subtle chocolate notes, and malt on the finish. I would say this is my new favorite stout! Very good impression from Founders. Cheers!
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.3% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 180 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $2.75
Aroma: inviting, cocoa, chocolate, roasted, coffee. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: beautiful label, black, opaque, everlasting tan head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, chocolate malt, subtle hops, tempered strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, creamy, long quiet finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: a delicious dessert. I’ll have it again. A favorite. Medium value, high craft. 20 out of 20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2008 Bottle. Very deep and dark color. A chocolate black with a thing tan head that quickly fades. Smells heavy with coffee. Taste like a high quality roasted coffee with some subtly and tasty chocolate flavors. You can taste the quality that when into making this beer.
Fruitfly (59) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Heavy burnt nose of chocolate grain, roasted barley, and an excessive dose of coffee. The head is very fine and creamy tan. The beer is black. Full body but not as robust as expected--creamy texture but without viscosity. It isn’t bitter and it isn’t sweet: making it disappointingly balanced. Softly carbonated with a long pleasant finish. It’s a nice beer but a bit overrated.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on draft.Poured a beautiful thick black color with a small, thin tan head.The aromas were heavy roasted coffee and light chocolate.Naturally the coffee was very present in the flavor,as well as some chocolate and vanilla,with a great finish as well as some nice lacing.Well done by the folks at Founders.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2009 Bottle.Thick black pour,with a tan head. Aroma mostly of coffee,some chocolate.Flavor of coffee,chocolate,smokey toasted malt,oats,and some alcohol, Nice lacing,and a diverse range of flavors as this warms. Ultra Yummy !
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Pours black with traces of dark, dark brown near the edge. Very little head to speak of, more like a very thin tan film. Aroma is amazing - chocolate, coffee, roast, and grain all hitting your brain simultaneously. Taste is similarly complex and perfectly balanced. Finish is a bitter and little boozier than I remember it, but it’s not unwelcome. Creamy texture with little carbonation. Amazing stuff.