jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So delicously dark you can almost eat it. I cannot wait to try the KBS, if it really is better than this, it will be impressive.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I picked this up during a trip to Asheville, NC in November í08 before Founders started showing up in Richmond in Spring í09. This was my first Founders beer, and it is certainly quite a treat. Pours black as can be. This beer is insanely drinkable. I was very surprised considering that this is a 8.3% imperial stout, many of which are good, but sometimes tough to drink. I immediately get oats and chocolate with a finishing bitter flavor from coffee and hops. This is the breakfast of champions.
thewombat (112) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark black, thick with brown head. Aroma is bitter roast coffee, Tastes semi-dry, not very sweet, strong coffee flavor, a bit of dark chocolate, Very intense dry bitter beer.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle acquired via trade and consumed while camping Memorial Day in the AM. Pours out pitch black with a massive mocha colored head. Aroma is hefty on roasted coffee, with light chocolate and some molasses as well. The flavor is all roasted coffee save for a very mild chocolate presence for some slight balance. Still extremely tasty though, wish I had a few more.
TC (1) - USA - JUN 19, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I rolled the dice and bought this beer hoping it was good. Wow, it was home run! Mind you, Iím totally new at this (tasting and rating beer) But, this was great. I liked the strong coffee flavour and the dark chocolate mix. I like the rich creamy feel and aroma. Great beer.
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells of bitter dark chocolate, light fresh sourdough bread and used coffee grounds. Flavor is dominated by nasty used coffee grounds, not roasty just bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is just average for the style and could definitely use more weight and silkiness. Overall a bland palate and overdone done coffee. Sorry Founders, I love you anyway. 2008 12 oz.
Oscbert (1165) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Gypsy19 for sharing!
~Pours pitch black with small brown head.
~Strong coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt aroma.
~Bitter coffee flavor with dark chocolate.
~Thin oily feel, bitter coffee finish, burns back of mouth.
~Good beer. Very bitter, a bit thin. Good aroma and flavor.
trevor211 (1479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to MrChopin for this one. Really glad I finally got to try it - been hearing about it forever. Pours black, with a thinnish light brown head. Big aroma of stale coffee, some spices (anise, cloves?), and some of the traditional chocolate and molasses. But itís definitely more roasty than sweet. Nice mouthfeel, and man, thereís a lot of coffee in here. I wish there was a bit more carbonation - it isnít quite lively enough. Really nice flavor, though - and I could see this being great in the late morning / early afternoon hours (though thatís still a concept Iím not used to). Lots and lots of roasty coffee, layered over dark chocolate and burnt molasses. Nice, but honestly? I donít think itís quite worth the hype.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2014 Sampled on draft at Smokin Joes in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a pitch black color with a a large, creamy and exceptionally dark brown head - absolutely lovely. The aroma was fairly mediocre dry roasty coffee with not a whole lot more going on. The flavor was an incredibly rich and complex mix of sweet chocolate, cream, toasty malts, marshmallow, malted milk and light sweet coffee. The finish was exceptionally long and smooth with sweet toasty chocolate and malted milk. The mouthfeel was thick and smooth. Very complex with a whole lot going on. Incredible!
bleeng (1595) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Long ago trade with pantanap-thanks. Black, no head. Lots of coffee, chocolate, smoothness. Suprisingly a bit thinner than expected. Alcohol subdued. Well done but I like the KBS better.