JMerritt (1940) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a thin, medium-brown head that falls to a wisp. Rich cocoa powder and coffee aroma - not a lot of roast, but instead largely dominated by the cocoa. Flavor has the roast - nice charred malt flavors with rather subtle, earthy hops. Finish returns to cocoa with light grain and wheat notes and ends bitter. Mild-to-medium carbonation, a bit thin-bodied. A nice stout, but I’m honestly surprised by the hype - this is good but not world-class, and definitely not a Top 50 beer of the world.
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black with nice creamy an head. This is actually really dry with lots of cocoa powder flavor. Creamy oats, roasted malt, cold coffee, dry bitter chocolate, and cocoa. Excellent! I expect nothing less from Founders.
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark think black. The nose is strong in coffee and oatmeal. The taste is very similar but the taste brings out more oatmeal qualities and the finish has more coffee qualities.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Big roast and coffee nose. Very dark almost black. Lots of dark roast and coffee flavor. Moderately sweet with nice lingering coffee and touch of bitterness in the finish with touch of warming. Really excellent.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Chumley’s.
Appears oily black with nice thick tan head. The aroma is of great coffee, chocolate, and dark roasted malts. The flavor is similar to the aroma, coffee, sweet malts, and bitter chocolate all balancing out very nicely. The mouthfeel is wonderfully thick, creamy, and warming. Overall, this is very fine beer.
BelgianBeerGal (3722) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via trade. Wow was this nice. Not an overpowering impy stout, surprisingly easy drinking. Pours oily black with an explosive, foamy brown head. Aroma and flavour were full of bitter coffee and roasted malt, semisweet chocolate and a hint of sigar and cinnamon spice. RIch, creamy mouthfeel. I am a big fan.
travita (4805) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smell is fresh ground coffee, roasty, malts, oatmeal, chocolate. Very nice aromas. The look is black, really dark, with a camel hair colored head. The taste is roasty, coffee, chocolate, malts, and oatmeal. Very good.
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark dark pour, thin and filmy brown head, decent lacing
very roasty aroma, burnt coffee, some chocolate, and dark cherries
very smooth mouthfeel (the oatmeal?) and fairly oily
taste is more subdued, moslty roasted coffee and bitterness (from malt, not hops)
very long bittersweet malty finish
nice beer, though the bitterness from the coffee/malt is pretty intense
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 12 oz bottle. Pours a coffee black color, very thick with a small tan head. Before I even leaned over to smell it, during the pour, I had this outburst of coffee smell engulfing my nose, which I love because I like coffee, but even this was a lot. You can tell just from the smell that you are dealing with a lot of coffee. The only downside is that coffee is the only thing you can get from it, not able to smell anything else. As it warms, more oat smells come out. The taste is of an extreme amount of coffee, kind of makes me think of what it would be like to chew on a coffee bean. There are very subtle hints of oatmeal, but it is over-powered by the coffee (which I personally enjoy). It is pretty smooth going down, as long as you can handle the coffee. Overall, an interesting take on Breakfast stout, but maybe they over-did it on the coffee part, as I was expecting more oatmeal too.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
fresh roasted chocolaty coffee that will get me drunk. i like how this beer is a little overcarbonated for the style. somehow it works.