Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a very good beer but a little too coffee-like for me. Regardless, it was well worth trying and a great choice for all those stout drinkers.
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Combination of my two drink loves: coffee and a great stout! Smells and tates like black coffee laced with anise and a hint of alcohol at the end. I never knew a coffee stout could have...well so much coffee! Great beer!
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12 oz into a pint glass, black, not as thick as I thought it would be, very good, excellent aroma, that island coffee flavor really shines, sweetness tempers the bitter a bit, a ton of flavor. My first Founder’s, I will be trying more.
Kinz (2973) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oily black pour with a tinge of brown, decent head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate, emphasis on coffee. Thanks to BBB63, while I’m thinking about it! Flavor is a nice meld of espresso roast and chocolate flavors. Hint of acidity from the coffee. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice stuff!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank goes to JPDIPSO for this trade. Great Stout. Chocolate, coffee and molasses flavors. Finishes clean, smooth, and thick.
Slick (1971) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coal black color,small dark brown head that faded quickly leaving just a slight lace behind.The aroma smelled like coffee grounds that have sat over night in the filter,some faint stale cigerette smell,and maybe a little chocolate in there as well but very faint.Holy Hanna,this is like drinking old cold coffee.
This brew needs to be warmed up some for the other flavors to come through.The coffee mellows a bit after warming letting the chocolate finally come through with a decent hop presence and a good coffee bitter chocolate after taste.It’s a bit more coffee then i care for but to rate it for what it is it’s a very nicely done brew and with a few more bottles i could see this brew growing on me very easily.Thanks go to Footbalm for sending another fine brew to this desperate rater.Thanks Bud.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black in colour with an aroma of coffee. Flavour is coffee and anise with a very dry roasted flavour. Good but nowhere near complex enough to be rated as high as it is. And "drink it with a fork" please....not even near thick enough for that.
Goblincat (372) - Westland, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like oil with a chocolate head. Nose comes off strongly of coffee. Very thick and bitter, with roasted coffee and malt. Good job Founders with this great entry to the Stout market.
cathcacr (622) - Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
If stouts were my thing, I’d be rolling around like a pig in slop with this one . . . over the top in its own stouty way, ridiculous amounts of coffee character in here. Pours thick, goes down thick, smells boggy murky thick, sounds thick, the full 5-senses thick. A real punisher in the appearance: just get a bunch of chunky-looking suds to sneer at the wary. There must be just a hateful level of carbs in here. Alcohol presence obvious but well-overwhelmed by all the other shit. Kudos to Founders for pushing the limits of the remotely reasonable; on another corner of the beer spectrum is its trillion-IBU Devil Dancer. If you fall head over heals for stout, put this in strong 9/10 territory. For those hop-junkies shivering, naked, over in that grimy, piss-stained corner, it’s an 8.5.
sloth (2241) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glides from bottle to glass as a twisted black ribbon giving rise to a small tight beaded creamy brown head that lasts. Big roast aromas leap out at you along with a faint rubberyness and of course coffee, all followed up with with smidgen of alcohol. Full bodied, viscous, coating and chewy. Lots of roasted coffee on the palate, chocolate thats bittersweet, some misplaced earthy notes. Finish is dry, roasty a bit chalky. Breakfast of champions! ? Hell yea! Thanks to Facto for this bonus brew!!