ESPh (77) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick, black with a nice head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, nice malt. Tastes of coffee, cocoa, nice bitterness (no cream or sugar needed). Very smooth, creamy, delicious. Sip it, appreciate the complexity. Great for after dinner; I haven’t had it for breakfast.
Nicksbeers (15) - - NOV 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I smell chocolate and coffee, very nice smelling. very dark, beige head. Nice mouth feel, slightly thinner then I thought it would be. I would like a double chocolate stout to have more chocolate, but it’s still very very good. Pick this up if you see it.
Maxbier (356) - Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark nearly black pour with thin brown head. Very roasty aroma with notes of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of cocoa powder and coffee, dark roasted malt. Long roasted coffee/cocoa bitter finish. Nice coating mouthfeel.
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c_lee_burton (105) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a 4 pack bottled 10/6/14. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a small tan head. Immediately smell coffee with some toasted oats. The taste is of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, some nice hop bitterness, cocoa, oats, and, cinnamon. Complex and delicious. Smooth and creamy on the palate with some earthy tones. Coffee lingers on the tongue along with a hop flavor.
bkurtz (860) - PERU - OCT 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Pours dark with almost no highlights. Rocky head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aromas of coffee and roasted malts. Carbonation is light on the tongue. Aromas carry through the taste with some chocolate and fig notes. Warming alcohol comes through and the finish is slightly bitter. A lot going on, but well made. Quality stout.
jbuskirk (466) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - OCT 30, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Again, I’m frightened by the bottle art. (Why the soulless infant eyes, Founders? Why?) But I can’t complain about anything else. Let’s start with that aroma. Damn, the roasted coffee smell is huge. Some toasty, bittersweet malt aromas come just behind it. Body is black as night and the brown head is tight and smooth. Flavor is massive. Bold coffee and bitter chocolate. I imagine that the oatmeal and chocolate sweetness is coaxed out with some aging, but this brew was fresh and strong - and that suits me just fine! Mouthfeel is silky smooth. I look forward to trying the other variations of this ale.
martjoobolut (867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,355L bottle, Best by 26.08.2014. Pours pitch black with brown head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is vanilla, coffee, licorice, dark chocolate, and some salty smoky notes. Flavor is sweet and bitter, dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, and some alcohol. Finish is coffe bitter with some alcohol. Overall: great brew.
GIJOE (673) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black as my ex's heart with a huge, brown head that stayed pillowy for a minute and then reduced to a thin, filmy coating that stayed. Generous lacing. Nose is a blast of dark roast coffee and some malty sweetness. Taste is blissfully balanced. There's a massive malt punch, but very nice bitter coffee and chocolate notes come through as well. Long bitter finish. Full body; vigorous carbonation. Superior brew.
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Zakoon (85) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle @ home. Pours black with a nice brown head. Aroma is rich coffee/espresso, heavy roasted malt, dark chocolate and oats. Flavour is intense bitter coffee and roasted malt, medium sweet. Full bodied, thick texture, average carbonation. The finish is mildly bitter and like a cup of strong coffee.
Luk_ (203) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, less than a month old. Pours a beautiful black with thick brown head. Aroma is rich coffee, chocolate. Very aromatic without being too desert because of the intense roastiness. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, oat and roasted bitterness. Palate is amazing because of the oat. Smooth and creamy. One of the best use of oat in a beer, it melds beautifully with the intense chocolate and roasted flavors. Feels softer than it really is.