BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared for breakfast by decaturstevo. Poured black with a tall creamy brown head that is lasting and left big chunky lace. Huge coffee and chocolate aroma. Truly a breakfast beer with lots of roast coffee in the flavor. Full body that is bitter sweet and smooth. A very great stout!!
DialSquare (3028) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from marinos in toledo. pitch black pour with almost no head. awesome aroma - strong coffee and a hint of cinnamon. medium oily texture. sweet coffee and chocolate taste. oatmeal and a bit of vanilla come through. burnt coffee finish - but in a smooth way. really fantastic stout. K-9
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pitch black with mild tan head. Mild carbonation, thick mouthfeel. Roasted nose with some hints of coffee. Huge flavor, which well represents all three major ingredients oats, coffee, and chocolate very well. Some roasted malt in there as well. Not a style I am incredibly famaliar with, but it’s very flavorful, but the flavors don’t meld perfectly, though I think this is more of a style characteristic. Very good beer
changeup45 (1718) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very thick and dark and near pitch black with a thin brown head. Roasty and bitter dark coffee, turning creamy in the middle with the bitterness returning towards the finish. Notes of chocolate as well but I noticed that probably a little more in the aroma than the flavor, where coffee seems to be the strongest flavor by far. This is a good beer, maybe a little thin and straight forward to warrant a higher rating but certainly a solid drink.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. This beer has such a strong aroma. Coffee with a hint of choclate. The flavor is so strong you want to look at the bottom of the glass for the grinds. The palate is unreal. This is a great brew.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 bitter dark choclate and expresso yet creamy smooth oat. Intense but not dynamic. Lacks the soft edge of their Kentucky barrel aged stout. Very good but not living up to rating and my expecation for Founders.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2011 darft at barleys in greenville. wow. that was my first impression. pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a one inch cinnamon brown head that lasted through the whole pint. aroma is huge and simply amazing. scents of roasted coffee, dark expresso, cinnamon bun, maple syrup, walnut, and dark chocolate fliter from the glass. flavor is purely delicious. black coffee up front with dark malt, dark chocolate, smoke, and dark rum. silky smooth mouthfeel with nicely warming alcohol. simply a spectacular stout. **update** 2009 batch has finally made it to VA and this brew continues to amaze! big roast, big coffee, big chocolate, and a fresh element of dry, earthy hops come through. damn, i’m glad I can get this one regularly now! **update** 2010 edition is freakin’ stellar. huge roasted coffe, huge chocolate, beautiful balance. god i love this beer.
blipp (6429) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 Bottle. Number 1000. Huge thanks to KingpinIPA. Pours black, with a lasting brown head. The aroma has rich roasted coffee, hazelnut, toasted oats, and just a hint of chocolate. Smooth, heavy body. The flavor has roasted coffee, roasted oats, charred wood, some dark chocolate bittersweetness, and roasted chestnuts. It finishes with a nice roasted and lightly hoppy bitterness. Very delicious. Dangerously drinkable. <br\>
Re-rate. Finally revisiting my first big milestone beer. This was on tap at my local Newark hangout, so I grabbed a full pint. A big, rich, coffee dominated oatmeal stout. Not too sweet. Really a damn good beer. I probably would give it closer to a 4.3 or 4.4 if I were to re-score, but I’ll let my original rating stand as a snapshot in time of my 1000th rating.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Very heavy on the mocha aroma, coffee beans and dry dark chocolate, not bad smelling though despite the high level of sweetness. Pretty pour with a good sized chocolate cream head that laces nicely, fairly thick, coffee brown-black in color. Similar to the aroma in taste, and very smooth and good feeling from start to finish. Normally would go much further with my description because this beer, but essentially it really is what it says it is… a breakfast stout, or a coffee beer to me. Ultimately what I’m trying to say is that this beer is much too sweet for my liking not out of balance in any way though, and I can definitely see how this beer came highly recommended from P.
kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate. Opaque brown with a creamy light brown head that laces the glass nicely. Roast coffee flavor is up front, robust, but not overly bitter. Nice aftertaste of roast coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Full, creamy with nice lingering bitterness. Very good.