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.
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, pours jet black with small head. Aroma of coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Basically that’s it, this is a cup of coffee with alcohol in it. Taste is overwhelmingly coffee, with a touch of bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I love the Bourbon version of this better, because it is more varied and complex, as opposed to straight coffee. Not bad.
HonkeyBra (3516) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours absolutely black with a tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee. Almost smells like the inside of a coffee house. Flavor is the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had, dark chocolate, nutty, some oatmeal, some milk-sweetness. Been waiting on this for a while, and it was worth it. This is just intense, worth all the hype.
flatmatt (1155) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 12 oz bottle. Pours black with little head. Aroma is strong roasted coffee, a little chocolate detectable underneath. Flavor is of course very much coffee, along with some underlying dark chocolate and a bit of sweetness, maybe some nutty flavors. At first taste, I thought it was a little too dominated by coffee and lacking in complexity, but I’ve quickly decided that the intense roasted coffee is enough. This is really nice stuff.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance is a dark brown hue, thin head of tan thick condensed foam mostly sustains, minimal lacing.
Smell is reminiscent of bitter coffee grounds, some burnt roasty malts, and a touch of sweetness, possibly the strongest coffee aromas I have experienced in a stout.
Taste is a big bitter coffee/espresso blast, so strong and dominant that I would peg this as a coffee, not beer, in a blind taste test, the roasty malts suppress most all other flavors, but some slight bittering grassy hops peak through, slight hints of chocolate, nuts, and oatmeal.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth and slick texture, mild carbonation.
This is possibly the most coffee-forward stout I have had (which reminds me of ST’s Choklat, the most chocolate-forward stout I have had), this typifies a "breakfast stout", I wouldn’t think twice about having this in the morning with some eggs and biscuits, definitely unique and a must-try for any fan of the style.