RIXbeer (102) - USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick almost clumpy darkness that would make a dark moonless night jealous. The froathy/creamy slightly cinnamon colored 2 finger head fades into a nice thin layer on the top and a slightly thicker ring along the sides. The direct keg version of this fine brew has more of a lactose flavor than the same brew out of the bottle. Nice SUPER dark and deep roasted coffee and slight mocha notes. No presence of chocolate in the aroma that is distinguishable from other aromas. This, like many [or all] FOUDNERS beers are GARGANTUEN. If Dark Lord is a Gargantuan Imperial Russian Stout than this is the same for coffee & oatmeal. The flavors are so strong that I feel like I’m drinking an Ice Coffee (but obviously much better than mere coffee). There are really nice bittersweet chocolate notes that seem to intermingle with the lactose. The coffee and oatmeal aftertaste is so big is tends to sit so long that you actually want an ice java (black)!!!! I loved this brew bottled and I love this brew even more on tap! This brew is hearty and full of everything the claim to be full of (oatmeal, coffee and some chocolate)!
This beer is just plain old delicious!!!
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. pours oily black with a dark brown head. a very light roasted barley aroma. moderate to thick body - impressively dry. not at all cloying. extremely smooth taste likely due to the oatmeal element. bitter sweet chocolate and espresso flavors on the back end. nicely balanced for an imperial. no alcohol noticeable in taste. i bet the carbonation would fall in perfectly with some cellaring.
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark almost black with a small head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee. Flavor is similar with a nice dry finish. Good for breakfast lunch and dinner.
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick dark black with a very thin tan head. Excellent roasted chocolate and coffee aromas with a hint of oak. Wonderful robust espresso and oatmeal flavor with a rich and creamy body. What a beer, I could drink this for breakfast lunch and dinner.
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black with a smallish tan head. Smell is of black roasted coffee, dark chocolate and oats. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Not much carbonation. Flavor was very complex, consisting of dark coffee, sweet roasted malts, and subtle coffee.
DSG (6326) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Re-rate 2/18/13: Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market. Thanks zvikar. Black with a light brown head. Great roasty aroma full of coffee beans and a bit of dark chocolate. Slightly sweetish flavor with some dark chocolate, mild smokiness and bitter roasted coffee beans. Rather full-bodied. Very good. 8/4/7/4/15=3.8
(10/13/08) Draught at Map Room in Chicago. Opaque black-colored with a medium light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee beans. Sweet roasty flavor with some Turkish coffee and finishes with lingering bitterness with roastiness and some herbal notes. Rather full-bodied. A very good Stout. 8/4/7/4/15=3.8
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Goblet poured draft at Flossmoor Station Brewpub. I jumped at the opportunity to try this draft and save my two bottles for trading / cellaring. Pours an opaque black pour with brown foamy head in the standard goblet. Aromas are very nice: cocoa, coffee, and chocolate with a touch of roasted malt. Sweetness evident. Initial is a wonderful serious but not overly sharp mix of chocolate and coffee, even a bit of mocha even. Some of the sharper coffee bitterness is evident in the body and finish with some subtle yet flavorful roasted malt characteristics. Oatmeal sweetness works into the body part way into the goblet. A very flavorful stout with a touch of warming booze on the back end and the lingering coffee with a touch of chocolate. Very nice. Cheers!
MrMugs (30) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle purchased at Corral Liquors in Granite City Il
As I poured it, I was reminded that I need to change the oil in my truck. Very minimal head.
I’m usually not that good at defining the smells and tastes of the beers I drink, but this one made it easy...Coffee, coffee, coffee and chocolate!
I’ll be buying more.
Drake (8980) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of ucusty. Thanks! Thick, viscous dark brown pour. Lots of coffee and bitter roasted malts in the aroma. Smooth coffee notes in the taste on top of bitter roasted malts and light smoke. Medium bodied.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
<b>Big thanks to Swolf3 for my 100th rating</b>
12oz bottle. Pours black as night with a thin beige collar and some very nice lacing. Aromas of coffee, coffee, chocolate, roasted/burnt malts, and some more coffee. Flavor is a nice rich mouth full of coffee grounds, milk chocolate, lactose, and roasted coffee, and roasted malts. Smooth, silky and easy drinking!