KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark color, Pours out like its oil. Smell of roasted coffee beans, hops, syrup, alcohol, molasses, bitters, caramel and light dark chocolate. Taste of roasted and toasted coffee, hops, malt, sugar, raspberries, cherries and hints of chocolate. Nice bitterness that lasts for a bit. I think last years had more chocolate backing. Still a great stout.
WJL2 (9) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2006 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great color, aroma, and taste. Has a complex flavor of oats, coffee, chocolate, and faint vanilla. Thin creamy head that leaves just the smallest evidence of lace behind. Was every bit what I had expected and could (should) replace my morning cup o’ joe and wheaties.
IrishBoy (3944) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from ogglethorp, THANKS! Black as a moonless night with a few tiny, rusty colored bubbles appearing in the center of the glass, then Poof, the’re gone! The nose is of, what else, COFFEE, with a nice roastiness, and some faint chocolate notes. Flavor is of COFFEE, and some tongue-tickling bitterness, which lasts to the finish in the medium-heavy body. Wish I could drink a bottle every morning for breakfast!
vyvvy (4625) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has been aged for about nine months. I have previously done this and it got rid of most of the coffee flavors - no such luck this time, the evil flavor of coffee was present.... dammit. Pours thick oily black with a dark brown head. The aroma has lots of wretched coffee, dark chocolate and heavily roasted malt. Thick body with a fairly light amount of sharp carbonation on the finish. The taste is dominated by that beastly taste of coffee, lovely roasted malt, some sourness and cream. The finish has lots of disgusting coffee bitterness and light spice. Whilst I talk about coffee as something terrible (which to me all coffee tastes like it is from the bowels of hell) it does taste like it would be good coffee for someone who likes that sort of thing so I take no points away for that. This was good for what it is, but if Founder’s would make a straight strong double chocolate stout I would be very happy.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from trade with OhioDad. Thanks Scott. Pours a thick black color with a small brown head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is very dry and bitter like strong day old coffee. Some malty undertones but the coffee dominants completely. A very different stout. The Founders Imperial Stout is a far better beer IMHO.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very dark in color, especially darker than most stouts in the pour. Dark tanned head. Very much like the commercial description says. I get oats, coffee, and gourmet chocolates. I pickup more of the chocolates in the taste than the coffee, although it to is noticable. I love chocolate, and the darker the better, and it is the best player in this brew. The alcohol content is just right, not overpowering like in most stouts. I think those high alcohol contents are uncalled for most of the time and this beer didnt try covering up the flavor with it. An amazing beer, even better than expected. Well worth the $15 for a four pack.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Bottle: Thanks matt. This thing pours black, deep dark black. The head is a nice brown, darkest head I think I have seen in a beer, but it doesnt seem to stick around long. Smell is magnificent!! As the description says, you have to truly appreciate coffee to appreciate this brew. Good thing I love coffee! The smell is exactly that, coffee bean, and lots of it. I smell like I just took a whiff directly out of a coffee bag, such as Folgers or any other coffee brand. This would smell great eminating in the house in the morning. Taste is very enjoyable as well. It started off a bit weak, but the aftertaste was great again. More coffee and some chocolate in there as well. Yet, the beer is so much easier to drink than a coffee (even a coffee lover must admit it can be hard to drink sometimes) The coffee and chocolate taste blended together almost take like one of those frappucino drinks from starbucks. Wow, I wish I could get more of this beer. I love it!
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Founder’s Breakfast Stout
12 oz bottle
Hard pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, breakfasted 12/06
Poured black with a large mocha frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.
Smelt of strong coffee cream and sugar, with light burnt grain notes.
Taste was upfront strong bitter coffee with moderate cream and sugar, and dark molasses sweetness followed by more strong bitter coffee and moderate sweet creaminess and sugar with bitter roasted grain on a long coffee finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, soft and creamy, softly carbonated, and strongly astringent in the way coffee is.
Overall, it feels like that first cup of morning coffee. Killer stuff. Best coffee stout I’ve ever had.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of coffee and chocolate--but mostly roasted coffee. Deep black pour with a nice dark brown head. The palate is the fullest and creamiest I’ve had to date--incredibly smooth and creamy. Tons of coffee with hints of chocolate. Very full flavor--definitley not one to trifle with. Take your time sipping this one.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really like one dimensional beers. There. I said it. I love complex beers just the same. But if a beer is one dimensional it better be friggin’ awesome. Alas, this beer was one dimensional and that one dimension was used coffee grounds. Coffee in the nose, coffee in the flavor...coffee coffee coffee. I would have liked another bottle to age for a bit, perhaps the coffee will mellow out over time but at the time of tasting it was way overboard. Still, it wasn’t a disaster and is still better than some out there. Give me Speedway any day.