Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 From bottle for this rating, although sampled from the tap at Blind Pig, Champaign, IL, three weeks ago. (Little difference between the two, to my surprise.) This is one of my five favorite beers, and for $2.50 a bottle, one canít go wrong. The combination of oats, coffee, molasses, and chocolate makes for a sensous experience. The viscosity of BS must be among the highest. Ah Founders, youíve done so well here.
Rerate with a one-year aged bottle. Scores have to come down here a bit, given I found it ages rather pourly. Turns into something like Peche Mortel, and if you see my rating of that, youíll understand my meaning. Mostly flat and old coffee although still a great mouthfeel. Will lower the flavor by 1 point, the aroma by 1, and the overall by 2.
Crockett (1028) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big and brown to black with a big tan head. Aroma of mostly coffee. Flavour of mostly coffee. Okay.. it has some other qualities. Aroma has a little yeast and some mild hops. Lots of roast and something like oatmeal. Bittersweet chocolate. Scraping at some citric and berries. Everything is burried under all the coffee. One thig to be said that the beer is very even and smooth in nature. Luckily I really like coffee. Pretty one dimensional for a beer of this magnitude or worthy of a spot in the top fifty.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Ughsmash. Great aroma! Where to start? Oh, how about with the French roast coffee aroma. Semi-sweet chocolate, licorice, cooked vegetables and bit of a metallic nose. The last two knocked it down a notch. They seemed out of place. I mean, who really wants metallic vegetables for breakfast? Obviously, thereís a load of coffee and chocolate in the flavor, probably more coffee, but thatís pretty much all. Itís good, just simple. The finish is roasty and dry with a slight alcohol tingle. Thanks again Ughsmash!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black w/ creamy brown foam. Intense, roasty aroma predominately of coffee but w/ notes of chocolate, licorice, & cola as well. Thick, creamy feel. Flavour is roasty & coffee-ish w/ an underlying sweetness & a moderate hop bitterness.
DrnkMcDermott (2870) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2009 Bottled. Rating #600! And Iím rating this "live," which means Iím probably swayed by all the great numbers here. But thereís a wonderful oatmeal and coffee smell when I pour it out, into a pitch black body with a short, but dense foam thatís brown as the foam on an espresso. First taste impression is very coffee-bitter. Hell, I never take my coffee this bitter. Almost wonder if I should put in a little cream, or even some Kahlua. Nah, stick it out, Drink, olí boy. Chocolatey like those tiny squares of 75% cocoa chocolate at Starbucks. Alcohol may not be apparent, but I can sure tell itís there. Leaves my lips pretty sticky. Picking up a cherry cordial suggestion toward the end. Oh, and thereís plenty of good beery bitterness to go along. Itís kind of a little brother to a DFH WWStout. I could have followed the example of some other raters and had this over breakfast, but Iím much more eloquent this time of night and besides, I had a Smithwickís for breakfast at Midway airport last weekend that I still must (p)rate about.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of a bottle,thanks OhioDad. Well itís 1030am, so in true fashion itís breakfast. Aroma of chocolate,roast malts and coffee. Poured a thick black with a dense chocolate head. Taste was bitter chocolate and coffee. Good morning wake up with all the coffee. Palate was thick and chewy, I liked that very much. Overall a good choice, better yet better for breakfast.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours thickish opaque black. Huge chocolate aroma with some coffee, but a lost more chocolate. Chocolate and roasted malt and cofee flavors. Even decanted into a glass, it seemed a bit too carbonated. A touch of bitterness makes it really drinkable. I found 8.3% alcohol hidden decently.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 black, tan bubbles. aroma of chocolate, roast and lots and lots of coffee. flavour is tasty but itís just coffee and tons of it. a prickle of carbonation, a hint of chocolate, a whiff of smoke, something that might remind you of malt and hops all being crushed by a big old bag of coffee. that being said, itís still very tasty and thanks to the michigan boys for bringing it to the tasting.
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a disappearing tanned head. A very coffee dominated nose, almost like a cup of cold jo with some hints of malty bitterness. And the taste is very much like cold coffee, rather overpowering. Some sweetness, though, followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Radek Kliber (6587) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stout pours creamy, fluffy head, dark almost black in its appearance. Semi dry coffee aroma, slightly acidic, light woody character. Very nice. Mouthfeel was very clean, full bodied, plenty of roast coffee character. Nice bitters. Yet aroma promised more of roaster richer experience that flavour delivered.