pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours blacker than black with just a trace of a dense tan head. The nose is fiercly coffee. Acidic dark roasted coffee with a touch of fruit. Caramel and roasted malts provide a touch of sweetness. Bitter chocoate pervades. The texture is really unbelievable. Viscous and oily with minor carbonation, this is a beer I swear you could chew. Next time I hear someone carrying on about the virtues of Guinness and how meal-like it is, I’ll suggest trying one of these first. The tastes are just as rewarding. Big rather sweet malt comes out of nowhere like a truck. It’s married so naturally with the bitterness of the coffee and chocolate that it doesn’t overwhelm or even approach the realm of cloying. Deep coffee-like roast and fruity acidity unfront. This tastes like a coffee with cream! There’s some subdued caramel and chocolate filling in nicely. Perhaps light floral hops filling in the background. This is a beautifully orchestrated beer. I enjoyed it more with each sip, once getting through the initial acidity. Now I hope the lingering acidic chocolate coffee never go away! Bravo Founders!
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in color, definitely cant see through this one. Very thin brown head. A lot going on in the aroma- theres big coffee, big chocolate, oats and vanilla. In the flavor, I mostly get the coffee and roasty flavours, along with a very slight unexpected fruityness and vanilla. Creamy, smooth palate. Bitter rosaty finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Bottle from Styles. Thanks man. Pours thick and black with a small tan head that quickly fades to a hazy cover. The aroma is incredible, lots of chocolate, coffee and molases. The flavor is rich and decadant, bitter dark chocolate covering espresso beans. The mouthfeel is soft and silky with a long, bitter finish.
TheEpeeist (3520) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Black licorice rises from a squid ink pour. Cookie dough head rings a bubbling espresso center. Settles to a wafer. Bittersweet chocolate, oatmeal cookie, dusty coffee beans and dark fruits. Chocolate liquor with some herbal notes. Sours leaving coffee and lime peel. Medium plus body with a little carb. Smooth and rich without being heavy. Mmmmm!
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not my favorite and unfortunately so because I had been really looking forward to this one. The pour is fantastic, almost syrupy, like black limoncello, but there the beer peaks. The smell is nice and full of toasty, almost burnt, coffee. The taste is off mcdonald’s coffee with 5 sugars; with a bit of hops, not terrible, but not overwhelmingly good either. Aftertaste is bitter.
thornecb (4784) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick black into an english pint. Mocha micro head quickly recedes with no evident lacing. Abundant chocolate and coffee aromas - smells like an italian cafe. Spectacular up front sweet chocolate with a dry bitter chocolate finish. Wow.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark exxon valdez pour thick and oil. Short deep burgandy head with non uniform bubble size. Nose is strong on coffee, a deep roast; with notes of powdered sugar, and alcohol. Extremely chewy and full in the mouth. Fairly simple molasses and coffee. I detect some lactose or other unfermented adjunct. Coffee and maple, with a flour thickness.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
No doubt about it, this belongs in the stout hall of fame. Incredible silky body, smooth flavors of subtle dark chocolate and roasted coffee, a hint of bitterness. Not overly sweet, but just incredibly smooth. That 8.3% is nowhere to be seen. This is about as good as I could imagine a sweet stoud could be, brilliantly balanced, thoroughly refreshing. My thanks to Carl.
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have to say that this is about as good as it gets! Get your A$$ to Grand Rapids and buy some Founders. This beer is everything it should be and more: its got roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, mollasses, malt flavor, oats and then more coffee. Its very thick and filling - truly an amazing beverage.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured deep black with a miniscule though beautifully dark head. Aroma is rock-your-socks-off bitter belgian coffee chocolate (ho ho some surprise there) with slight oats (see I’m just reading the label here). The taste is an interesting experience as it starts kinda watery and lacking though it finishes with an all out blast of said flavors, perfectly balanced and brutal though still delicate and wonderful. The coffee is not as pronounced as, say, Bells Java Stout, and makes a nicer addition rather than being an all-encompassing force. This is a delicious beer, no doubt.