jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle poured black with a small head. Very dry malty flavor with a lasting finish.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, they’ve got the name, and description pretty much perfect. It smells, and tastes like a cup of coffee, chilled of course. It pours an opaque black, with a tan head. Like I said, it tastes like a cup of fresh brewed coffee, with some subtle chocolate notes, and malt on the finish. I would say this is my new favorite stout! Very good impression from Founders. Cheers!
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.3% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 180 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $2.75
Aroma: inviting, cocoa, chocolate, roasted, coffee. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: beautiful label, black, opaque, everlasting tan head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, chocolate malt, subtle hops, tempered strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, creamy, long quiet finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: a delicious dessert. I’ll have it again. A favorite. Medium value, high craft. 20 out of 20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2008 Bottle. Very deep and dark color. A chocolate black with a thing tan head that quickly fades. Smells heavy with coffee. Taste like a high quality roasted coffee with some subtly and tasty chocolate flavors. You can taste the quality that when into making this beer.
Fruitfly (59) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Heavy burnt nose of chocolate grain, roasted barley, and an excessive dose of coffee. The head is very fine and creamy tan. The beer is black. Full body but not as robust as expected--creamy texture but without viscosity. It isn’t bitter and it isn’t sweet: making it disappointingly balanced. Softly carbonated with a long pleasant finish. It’s a nice beer but a bit overrated.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on draft.Poured a beautiful thick black color with a small, thin tan head.The aromas were heavy roasted coffee and light chocolate.Naturally the coffee was very present in the flavor,as well as some chocolate and vanilla,with a great finish as well as some nice lacing.Well done by the folks at Founders.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2009 Bottle.Thick black pour,with a tan head. Aroma mostly of coffee,some chocolate.Flavor of coffee,chocolate,smokey toasted malt,oats,and some alcohol, Nice lacing,and a diverse range of flavors as this warms. Ultra Yummy !
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Pours black with traces of dark, dark brown near the edge. Very little head to speak of, more like a very thin tan film. Aroma is amazing - chocolate, coffee, roast, and grain all hitting your brain simultaneously. Taste is similarly complex and perfectly balanced. Finish is a bitter and little boozier than I remember it, but it’s not unwelcome. Creamy texture with little carbonation. Amazing stuff.
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, pours jet black with small head. Aroma of coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Basically that’s it, this is a cup of coffee with alcohol in it. Taste is overwhelmingly coffee, with a touch of bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I love the Bourbon version of this better, because it is more varied and complex, as opposed to straight coffee. Not bad.
HonkeyBra (4023) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours absolutely black with a tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee. Almost smells like the inside of a coffee house. Flavor is the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had, dark chocolate, nutty, some oatmeal, some milk-sweetness. Been waiting on this for a while, and it was worth it. This is just intense, worth all the hype.