LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Poured black with a nice tan head. Sweet chocolate, coffee malty aroma. This beer really is amazing. Incredibly complex malt flavors with not a hint of the 8.3% alcohol. Great mouthfeel
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with a thin brownish tan head. Strong chocolate aroma with a hint of coffee. Taste is malty but a little bitter with a dry finish.
BenDover (216) - Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown so dark you might as well call it black. Not much head at all. Aroma of COFFEE, COFFEE, and COFFEE. Oh, and did I mention it smells like COFFEE? But in a GOOOOOD way. Yummmmm....
Taste is coffee like (heh), not too roastey or smokey, really good. There are stouts I like better (Bell’s Kalamazoo, Dominion Oak Barrel Stout, for example) but this is right up there.
cdizinno (6) - Gastonia, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2009 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
ON TAP!. This beer is at least 10% better on tap. I would assume due to the freshness? Only a 4.5 or less in the bottle. If you get the opportunity to try it on tap, DON’T MISS IT!!
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The label caught my attention first. When I was served the bottle, I had to warm the bottle a bit in my hands. Some bars don’t know unfortunately. The beers aroma instantly had hints of coffee. It poured black with a creamy brown head. It tasted deliscious. I enjoyed the aftertaste of the beer as much as the beer itself.
JMerritt (1895) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a thin, medium-brown head that falls to a wisp. Rich cocoa powder and coffee aroma - not a lot of roast, but instead largely dominated by the cocoa. Flavor has the roast - nice charred malt flavors with rather subtle, earthy hops. Finish returns to cocoa with light grain and wheat notes and ends bitter. Mild-to-medium carbonation, a bit thin-bodied. A nice stout, but I’m honestly surprised by the hype - this is good but not world-class, and definitely not a Top 50 beer of the world.
JohnnyJ (4954) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black with nice creamy an head. This is actually really dry with lots of cocoa powder flavor. Creamy oats, roasted malt, cold coffee, dry bitter chocolate, and cocoa. Excellent! I expect nothing less from Founders.
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark think black. The nose is strong in coffee and oatmeal. The taste is very similar but the taste brings out more oatmeal qualities and the finish has more coffee qualities.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Big roast and coffee nose. Very dark almost black. Lots of dark roast and coffee flavor. Moderately sweet with nice lingering coffee and touch of bitterness in the finish with touch of warming. Really excellent.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Chumley’s.
Appears oily black with nice thick tan head. The aroma is of great coffee, chocolate, and dark roasted malts. The flavor is similar to the aroma, coffee, sweet malts, and bitter chocolate all balancing out very nicely. The mouthfeel is wonderfully thick, creamy, and warming. Overall, this is very fine beer.