Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is truly a beer worthy of its title. Chocolate, coffee and oatmeal definitely makes your mouth water with anticipation in its aroma. Layers of complexity hit your palate and send you into visions of an early morning breakfast consisting of a good cup of joe and chocolate chip pancakes. Big mouthfeel and the sweet silky character of the lactose sugars blend beautifully with the assertive coffee flavours. Just a barely perceptible level of hops make their appearance to balance out the maltiness of this wonderful brew. A finish that just lingers on the tongue well after the experience has passed. Well done and a must try!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Bottle. A coffee loverís dream. Aroma was dominated by roasted cofeeealongside a good dose of dark chocalate. Poured pretty thick and it coated the mouth nicely, very velvety. Taste lingered for a while with its strong coffee and dark chocolate notes. I wouldnít mind getting my hands on a few more of these.
EithCubes (5475) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Lots of coffee, roast and chocolate in the nose, but the coffee is really exemplary. Easily the darkest black pour Iíve seen (through 926), not just opaque, but seemingly drawing and absorbing light from sources around it. Little, sticky dark brown head. Robust salty flavor, dark chocolate and roast and coffee. Really salty. Dryness increases to an almost unbearable level toward the end, and the brutally dry and roasty aftertaste is memorable to say the least. Full body also has light sour notes, but the mf is light with a creamy texture. Redefines the scale for coffee flavor in stouts; the minor flaws here are found in the body (not as full as it could be) and the aroma (not as intense as others in the style), but theyíre really just little nits. Intense!
marcus (8901) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Artusory. This dark brown ale poured with a thin dark tan head, eliciting a malt and alcohol aroma. There is a lot of chocolate and coffee in the flavor, with a spicy alcohol finish. One sip can be savored for quite a while, as the chocolate sticks to the palate. This could be a standalone meal - delicious.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a dark, creamy head. Strong aromas of chocolate and coffee. Excellent mouthfeel, not horribly thick, but clings for a decent period of time. Excellent beer.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from bottle to my Delirium Tulip glass.
Pours black as can be with a slight 1/4 inch head. Nice ring of lacing around the glass.
Smell is roasted coffee(mostly), a slight alcohol and some chocolate notes coming through.
Taste is roasted, robust dark coffee. Iím also getting somewhat of a tobacco taste in there as well.
The secret to this beer is letting it warm up to close to room temperature. Directly out of the fridge, the coffee taste is too dominant. Letting this warm up allows the mouthfeel to get a little thicker and creamier. It also allows the other flavors to come out and make themselves known. Mainly the bakers chocolate and molasses.
This goes from an average beer to a world class stout at room temperature. Glad I have more of these to look forward to.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #333. 12oz bottle, fresh from Michigan, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan!! Pours a pitch black core with thin brown edges; medium tan head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Full aroma: enormous amounts of roasted coffee and chocolate. Full, velvety mouthfeel: layers upon layers of bitter chocolate and coffee beans; roasted malts, hints of dough and bread; nice balancing bitterness from what I can only guess are light, piney hops. Long, balanced, dark and milk chocolate finish, with plenty of roasted coffee threaded throughout. Iím not normally one for coffee-based stouts, but this is incredibly good and not green in the slightest.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2007 Pours a dark chocolatey black, with a quickly diminishing light brown head. Coffee anybody?? thats really all I get in the smell as it is so overpowering that its hard to detect much else. Quite dandy though. the taste is oviously coffee as well, finish kind of tastes like a frappucino. Lovely chocolate in it as well. This is my kind of beer. Nicely done.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dense black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is huge, it escapes from your glass and fills your personal space quite well. Amazing roasted coffee aroma melds perfectly with a big, sweet chocolate presence. Cocoa butter is detectable as well. Initial taste is of a strong espresso, then leads you down a path of bitter chocolates, and finally ending up with a semi-sweet, roasted finish. Mouthfeel is not as thick as expected, and the head didnít last too long, but these are the only negatives found in this extraordinary beer, along with its limited release. Almost perfect, thanks Ron!
eaglefan538 (3019) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Combo review, original and re-rate: Iím a firm believer that beerís not just a breakfast beverage, but man, this one sure leads the pack for top breakfast picks!!! Worth the wait, since Iíve not been able to score this one in a long while, very pleasing, smooth, a great drinker. Pour is jet black, yet still reveals some mahoganey hues around the edges. The head is tan and generous in the beginning, resides to a thin (1-2mm) coating with excellent retention, and yields fine lacing in this stout glass. Re-rate from the tulip glass in 2/07 was likewise impressive in apperance. The aroma is whamo coffee, strong bitter and sweet coffee scents, not a lot of hopping detected (and as much as Iíve wanted this one for a while, I had no idea what to expect). This brew hits the tongue and impresses with a burst of coffee and nice, smoothy, silky mouthfeel comforting the tongue and mouth. The coffee hits from many different angles, itís not strong enough to take over the beer, yet is dominant and delicious. The alcohol is invisible, imperial stout? Oh, ok, 8.3%, but still, really smooth. There is a mild sweetness behind this thing, yet a subtle dryness, and a bittering balance. The bitterness doesnít have a lot of flavor, not seemingly from significant hopping, moreso from a bitter coffee malt presence. The interplay here is quite nice. The aftertaste and lick of the lips reveals dark fruits, very light chocolate, but this is a coffee imperial stout, among the best in coffee strength while not being overdone. Great sweet / bitter balance here, the semi-dry aspect to the finish (including a graininess) is akin to that which accompanies St. Ambroiseís. Hats off to Founders for this concoction.