muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, a freebie thrown my way by Mr. JPDIPSO, all praises to him...inky/oily black in color with a small brown-sugar hued head that dissipates to a thin ring...extremely strong, assertive tarry/smoky burnt coffee nose with much licorice swirling underneath and a touch of blackberries...flavor is just as potent, but more than a little overpowering, one-note almost and that note is coffee, coffee, coffee, bitter Turkish coffee with hints of nutmeg and just barely any sweetness upfront, with a finish thatís extremely dry and bitter. I can understand the praise, but personally Iíve finally met a coffee stout thatís too coffeeish for me to want again soon...
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just not a big enough fan of chocolate and coffee to fall in love with this beer. But interesting enough to want to try other Founders Beers.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow...thanks to duane and captaincouger for this...coffee ontop of coffee dominates the aroma, with chocolate tones. Mouthfeel is a chewy medium to full body giving way to a ton of coffee flavor. As I smelled and tasted this, I had a flashback to touring the Hershey chocolate factory...thats how strong the aroma and flavor are. Absolutely no bitterness on the tail. I love this stuff.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a very good beer but a little too coffee-like for me. Regardless, it was well worth trying and a great choice for all those stout drinkers.
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Combination of my two drink loves: coffee and a great stout! Smells and tates like black coffee laced with anise and a hint of alcohol at the end. I never knew a coffee stout could have...well so much coffee! Great beer!
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12 oz into a pint glass, black, not as thick as I thought it would be, very good, excellent aroma, that island coffee flavor really shines, sweetness tempers the bitter a bit, a ton of flavor. My first Founderís, I will be trying more.
Kinz (3164) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oily black pour with a tinge of brown, decent head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate, emphasis on coffee. Thanks to BBB63, while Iím thinking about it! Flavor is a nice meld of espresso roast and chocolate flavors. Hint of acidity from the coffee. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice stuff!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank goes to JPDIPSO for this trade. Great Stout. Chocolate, coffee and molasses flavors. Finishes clean, smooth, and thick.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coal black color,small dark brown head that faded quickly leaving just a slight lace behind.The aroma smelled like coffee grounds that have sat over night in the filter,some faint stale cigerette smell,and maybe a little chocolate in there as well but very faint.Holy Hanna,this is like drinking old cold coffee.
This brew needs to be warmed up some for the other flavors to come through.The coffee mellows a bit after warming letting the chocolate finally come through with a decent hop presence and a good coffee bitter chocolate after taste.Itís a bit more coffee then i care for but to rate it for what it is itís a very nicely done brew and with a few more bottles i could see this brew growing on me very easily.Thanks go to Footbalm for sending another fine brew to this desperate rater.Thanks Bud.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black in colour with an aroma of coffee. Flavour is coffee and anise with a very dry roasted flavour. Good but nowhere near complex enough to be rated as high as it is. And "drink it with a fork" please....not even near thick enough for that.