zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 (bottle - 12 oz) Dark black pour with not much of a head, but whatís there is dark brown. Looks like used motor oil. Aroma is chock full of coffee, chocolate and oatmeal. So thick and inviting. The taste is out of this world. The coffee flavors envelope your tongue at the start and permit some of the chocolate and oatmeal sweetness to join in for a quick romp. Then it gently slides away into a wonderfully creamy finish with an aftertaste of chocolate and coffee. Feels like liquid velvet. It took nearly 800 beers to do it, but I finally found a beer worth of a perfect 5. I need to get more of this beer.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dirty motor oil black pour with a small dark tan...completely opaque. This is a sweet stout that drinks more like and imperial stout than anything else. Thick, chewy and full of flavor...this is a beer I would pair with dessert. The nose is full of roasted coffee beans, vanilla, and dark chocolate. The flavor is amazingly balanced...coffee, dark chocolate, caramel malts, and vanilla...nothing comes on too strong...though coffee seems dominant on the back through the finish...carmelized sugar at the very end. Creamy on the tounge, and rich throughout but not too heavy...this brew is as smooth as silk...amazing drinkability.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Itís not just for breakfast anymore. Pours thick and black with a thin brown head. Huge espresso aroma that may overpower anything else going on. The espresso is not as strong in the flavor and chocolate and molasses come through. This is really nice. In fact, the next time I go to my favorite BYOB brunch spot, I am ditching the Bloody Maryís and bringing this.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. strong pleasant aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor of sweet milk chocolate and dark bitter chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and vanilla. palate is excelent. This beer truely warms the soul. Another good offering from founders.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This offering from Founderís is all that I expected and more. It pours onyx black leaving a creamy tan head that is sticky, and clings to the glass. The nose is fantastic roasted coffee beans, creamy vanilla under tones, and a warm inviting presence of alcohal. The taste on the palate is very nice, creamy, milky, it starts bitter, roasted espresso is very present. You can taste a toffee sweetness, also some bittersweet chocolate is infused in this brew, it then finishes syrup thick that coats the tongue. I love this brew it just solidifies my love for the American Stout.
kwoeltje (2152) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) Pours an oily black with almost no head initially, although a light brown head forms when finished. Aroma is black coffee. Flavor is bitter black coffee. I didnít notice much chocolate. Hops finish noticable as it warms. I love coffee, and drink it black, but Iím underwhelmed.
BitchesBrew (713) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
[bottle] Looks beautiful, smells like COFFEE.. really nice coffee. Taste is massive: chocolate, coffee, kind of nutty oats. The flavors last for a really long time.. giving way to fine coffee/chocolate and a slight bitterness. This is a wonderful beer- I could definitely drink this for breakfast.
MrBunn (2321) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Outstanding brew! So dark with a nice dark khaki head with some orangish tint. Aroma is of coffee, spice and malt. Flavor is a punch in the mouth of dark fruit, burnt malt and coffee with spice undertones that pleasantly highlight the other flavors. You can feel a bith of alcoholic warmth as the silky liquid coats your palate. Top notch!
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle special thanks to Silphium. Pours very dark with a brown head. Huge aromas of coffee, chocolate and more coffee. Flavors were more of the same with a strong hop finish. As things went on, the hops seemed to get stronger. Coffee aromas held strong to the end. Very tasty.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown, just one shade before black, with a brief espresso colored head. Nose is robust and appetizing with a roast front, shades of chocolate, and then full, bold coffee. Palate is silky smooth and richly thick. Flavor starts with chocolate and nut before the strong coffee and is rounded out by a bourbon character that continues the depth and richness. Impressive and powerful this is an excellent sweet stout that is not for the noncommital. Much recommended.