ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, bought at Wine Gallery in Brookline, MA 10-11-07. Pours dark as the night with a thick heavy body. Very thin deep chocolate colored head that leave little lacing behind. The nose is full of strong Sumatra coffee, like a two day old pot that has been kept hot the whole time. Strong soak on the tongue, but very little alcohol burn, flavors of coffee, chocolate, oats (or bran) and wheat sink deep into the pallate. Very dry finish, little caramel sugar and crisp yeasty pop. Delicious!
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 yum. fantastic brew. dark black pour, and fantastic aroma of coffee and chocolate. creamy, but not chewing it down creamy. still very good balance though. the only way this could be better if it was aged in bourbon barrels ;)
jstraw (1922) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2012 Black with big, creamy, brown head / Big nose of cigar box, coffee, and chocolate / Medium to full body, chewy and dry, some acidity and lively carbonation, with good balance and lightly bitter finish / Flavors of cigar box, bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, oatmeal, and root beer / Not a complete monster, but rich and dry.
Lowe1983 (1349) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iíve been waiting a long time to try this. Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is strong of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and some caramel malts. Pretty strong with the coffee and roasted malt flavors with dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and caramel malts behind it. Has a dry and bitter finish that covers up the alcohol. Quite an amazing brew.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
although strong in the roasted malt dept. this imp stouts manages to transition to a rich sweet roasty chocolate almost cream like flavor midway through somehow pulling off a dry mildly bitter finish. A must try stout.
One of the best.
cheap (4055) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Finally after all these years I get a chance to taste this stuff on tap at the Vintage Estates Octoberfest Beer Tasting in Boardman Ohio. Black opague pour, looks like used motor oil out of my shovel head. Very thin oily head. What head there is is like chocolate mousse. The smell is freshly brewed strong coffee. I think Iím gonna ask for some creamer! Taste is rich quality black iced coffee. That is all that can be tasted, it even covers the alky flavors and at nearly 9%, that is a tuff thing to do. No carbonation can be detected probably due to the single mindedness of this brew. If your a coffee lover, you gonna like it. Otherwise, if you you canít appreciate coffee, forgettabouttit. Bitter lingering strong black coffee finish. IMHO the aroma and appearance of this brew is what keeps it above average. Otherwise, would not buy again.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
#100. Pours an intense black, very little tan head. Not as thick as the Kentucky version. Aroma is mouthwatering--bittersweet chocolate, coffee, a little alcohol and some hops. Iím not kidding, every time I smell this my mouth waters. Flavor is intense and very pronounced. Wow this is one amazing beer. The flavor comes in waves of dark bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Rogue Chocolate stout eat your heart out. There is a backbone of sweet malts and oats. There is some subtle bitterness from hops throughout. The palate is very very smooth, but the viscosity is not as high as the Kentucky, which is one of the things I liked about it. I would like this beer to be thicker. I have to say this beer tastes the most like coffee/chocolate of any Iíve had. It is very very drinkable, and the alcohol is not apparent (until youíre drunk of course). A great brew from Founderís.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 12oz Stubby
Founderís Breakfast Stout pours a black hole of heavy liquid. This beer makes the room darker actually swallowing up the light. A brown two finger head formed on the pour and slowly fell to a thick cap leaving thick sheet lacing on itís way down and drink lines after each sip. An excellent looking beer, just the way a big stout should look.
The smell alone is intoxicating. Roasted malts open the curtain and give a brief introduction. Big shavings of bittersweet chocolate enter stage right and show themselves off. Freshly ground coffee and a spicy hop presence take over mid-palate and lead to the finish. Smells exceptional!
Flavor is right in-line with the aroma. Roasty malts create the backdrop before bakers chocolate pushes it aside. Then comes the mouthful of freshly brewed black coffee. Mild hop spiciness just before hte swallow. The swallow gives a perfect mixture of coffee beans and milk chocolate.
Perfect mouthfeel for a stout this robust. Thick and viscous body that just rolls over the tongue slowly but surely. The body is like rick lush velvet.
This beer goes down incredibly easy. I can see myself drinking this with a bowl of oatmeal and some thick cut bacon and being perfectly happy.
Another superb beer from Founders. I feel lucky when I have the opportunity to drink beers of this quality. I canít get enough of this or the KBS.
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark black/brown with a tan head, a little lacing. Aroma of fresh roasty coffee beans mixed with used coffee grounds. Flavor is also full of bitter coffee, but it also has a huge sweet dark chocolate taste. Body is a little thin for a stout, but not in a bad way... This beer is entirely drinkable and very flavorful. Alcohol content is hidden extremely well. If it werenít for the high price, this is something I would buy over and over again.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 Fresh 12oz stubby. I really wanted to drink this for breakfast but I couldnít wait 12 hours. Pours very black with a dark, rusty colored head that is small and doesnít stick around too long. Aroma is unambiguous coffee. Strong, rich, and roasty. It has a tiny bit of that old coffee ground smell that I detected in the KBS but here it is very minor and not at all distracting. The coffee aroma is pleasant and enticing. The intense coffee aroma drowns out pretty much everything else in the smell with the exception of some roastiness. Almost smells like pure coffee. A bunch of coffee in the taste as well. Roasty, rich, lightly bitter coffee from start to finish. The taste is a little one dimensional, though the coffee is a good flavor. If I try really hard I can taste some chocolate in the finish. The biggest downside is the body, which is way too thin for this beer. A nice, thick, creamy mouthfeel would have rocked my world but instead it was much thinner than anticipated. Bummer. While this beer certainly uses a coffee flavor better than almost any beer I can think of, its one-dimensional character and lack of body makes this fall considerably short of its potential. RE-RATE. After going through several more 4 packs I realize I underrated this beer. Sure the mouthfeel is still a bit thin but when drinking this next to other coffee stouts the true character comes out. The flavor and aroma on this are really spectacular. And this satisifies both my desire for beer and coffee, which no other beer has done before. This is great, it just took me a bit to figure that out.