brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What’s not to like? Black pour, persistent tan head leaves consistent lacing. Heavenly aroma of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Very full body with thick texture. Nutty and very roasty flavor, pronounced but not overwhelming dark chocolate overlay. Good stuff.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2009 Bottle in the hotel on the way to the airport to avoid having to pack it. Tasted along with Great Lakes Blackout stout. Pours black with a thin tan head. Smells and tastes like DARK bitter chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, and roasty malt. Thick with a bitter, slightly mineral-ish finish.
jerico (3) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A real dark one here, head is dense and leaves bubble marks on it that look like craters on the moon. Its a bit nutty, with that toasty, mild coffee and chocolate smell that you’d expect. It’s thick and dense, toasty, tasting of bitter chocolate and coffee (like biting a coffee bean or cocoa nib). Its character really comes out when it warms up a bit.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks to MasterSki. A black beer with a thick light brown head. Amazing nose of fresh roasted coffee and malt. Thick creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Flavor is delicate, sweet malt, bitter chocolate, some really nice mild coffee notes, and maybe a touch of tobacco. Coffee, slightly acidic finish.
Damico (3140) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma is molasses and toffees with some sweetness. It has a thick, opaque deep brown, almost oil black color. There is a deep crimson head on top. It tastes like a rich full breakfast with the flavor of maple and coffee. This beer is absolutely whopping with flavor.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured oily black with a tan head. The aroma was mainly coffee. Taste was sweet and malty with some coffee and chocolate notes.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 12oz bottle shared by photomike. Coffee stouts scare me because they can go so wrong depending on the quality of the coffee. This one definitely delivered. The darkest (almost) dark brown color with a small tan head. The aroma is a blast of coffee and dark chocolate, with some oats and roasted malt underneath, but mostly coffee goodness. Less sweet than many big stouts, with lots of coffee, light roasted malt, chocolate, and mild hops. Medium-full body with smooth texture. Nice balance of coffee and chocolate that isn’t sticky or sweet. Very drinkable for an imperial stout. great stuff. (4.2)
Rerate: The coffee just seemed tired and thin in this this timme around, with a vegetal, harsh side to it. The aroma is a touch harsh before it breaths as well. Still good, but not really great. Thin as well.
halfonit (1321) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2009 Wow! Pitch black color with a thick dark brown head. Smells mostly of freshly ground coffee. It has a very subtle chocolate undertone. Tastes mostly of coffee. Probably decaf. Leaves a big coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Another good one from Founders.
caesar (6605) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark color. Aroma of loads of coffee, malt, chocolat, hint of vegetable that reminded me of the plastic bags you put in the garbagebin. Coffee and oatmeal. Decent cold cup of coffee.
skortila (5239) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Tnx Noize. Aroma has roast, chocolate, black currant and high quality coffee. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is sweet and ends bitter. Has the roast, coffee and chocolate. Less fruitiness in the taste than in the aroma. Medium bodied. Well balanced stuff.