polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Aroma is huge and all coffee and a slight chocolate note there. Average sized creamy brown head that mostly lasted and left ok lace. Pitch black hue. Flavor is espresso and dark chocolate. Palate is oily flat with a nice short finish. I didnít really like the kb version of this but this is a new batch and itís fantastic. I think it actually woke me up. Would recommend highly.
ElDuderino (184) - 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 (1959) - 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 (1480) - 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 (5154) - 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.