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 (6709) - 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.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewed in the USA..... Pours black in color with a super thin tan head. Aroma of coffee, sweet chocolate, and oats. The taste is of bold dark coffee, bitter sweet chocolate, and molasses. The mouthfeel is silky and has a wonderful bitter chocolate texture that leaves you wanting more and more. This brew is yummy and robust, get some.
Travlr (15054) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 Jet black, scant brown head. Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Smooth as silk. A keeper.
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours black and oily with a thin, brown head -- doesn’t mess around with tan... Aroma is dominated by coffee, with chocolate and roast notes as well. Flavor follows suit with a massive amount of coffee flavor and a nice, smooth chocolaty finish. Good amounts of sweet caramel and molasses notes as well. No real hops flavor to speak of, but sufficient bitterness from roast.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black oil body with a thin tannish head. Aroma is medium sweet, roasty, big time coffee and chocolate as well as light floral. Flavor is bitter coffee and chocolate with a light roasty component. Finishes long and bitter. Texture is very creamy with light carbonation.