mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Mike. Pours a pitch black with a dark mocha foam which settles. Great lacing and retention. The nose is coffee beans, roasted malt, anise, lots of chocolate and a faint maple coated sweetness on the end. It smells really great, but a bit jumbled together as the anise roast bitter clashes a bit with the chocolate maple sweetness. It is pretty sweet. Not much from bourbon barrel. A little oak, and vanilla tastes really good. Rich and creamy mouth feel. Iím sure age comes into play since itís past the two year mark, Thereís an extra maple sweetness.
bytemesis (3017) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks to Cocoapuph for helping me to spear this wale! Pours deep black with a medium brown head that dissipates rather quickly with good lacing. Aroma is maple, chocolate, roasty, with a touch of wood. Flavor is similar, quite sweet initially, cut by medium bitterness that lingers into the far finish. Maple, chocolate, anise notes predominate. Finish is quite bitter indeed. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. There was very little evidence of the time spent in barrels left in the beer after a couple of years.
barn0216 (395) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from bytemesis, big thanks for sharing! Jet black, nice brown head. Maple, tobacco, roast, chocolate, licorice. Slightly sweet, maple and tobacco flavor, almond. Licorice again. Oily mouthfeel. Yum.
dfearnley (884) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to tulip
Anise, leather, cigarette smoke, motor oil, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. After smelling this for fifteen minutes, Iím getting a alcohol now but no maple. Deep black, a touch of red thin tan head.
Malty sweet, light caramel, at the beginning, then coffee, dark chocolate, black pepper, and red bell pepper. Very smooth, oily and slick. This is awesome, I spent a long time smelling it and minutes drinking it. Wow!
Ferris (3011) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Chocolate, leather, tobacco, coffee and dust. Jet black with a thin beige head. Coffee bean, dark chocolate, light bourbon and a bit of booze. So complex and fun to drink.
kbudd19 (562) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from alexisdad06 thanks a ton man! Black thick motor oil pour, bit of tan head. Aroma - coffee, bourbon, oak yum, yum and yum. Taste - syrupy mouthfeel, rich chocolate, roasted malts, some bourbon and a bit of maple in the finish. No idea what this was like fresh but right now its pouring great, itís very well balanced really great stuff.
beechner224 (625) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small tan head, very little carbonation. Aroma is chocolate, mild bourbon, roasted coffee. Taste is smooth, really coats the mouth. Like oil slick coating. Taste is surprinshly mild at first, even light bodied. Maple is there, but mellow now at 2 yrs old. Really yummy, in my belly, only wish I had 2 bottles.
Daniel719 (122) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Beechner224. Bottled October 2011 Pours a dark black with a nice brown head. Aroma is a little molasses and chocolate. Donít get a lot of bourbon. Maybe because it is 2 years old. The taste is awesome. A lot better as it warms up. At first you get more chocolate with some molasses. As it warms up you get more molasses. Starts coating your mouth. Itís great. Would loved to have compared it to a fresh bottle. But overall this beer is just phenomenal.
DrewFace (725) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle share thanks to beechner224 and his bro the whael slayer. Pours a very deep dark nearly black color with light brown head. Roasty, lightly bourbony, maple, malty, grainy aroma. Smooth chocolatey malt, roasty and coffee, bourbony, and syrup. Very thick and viscous, some light graininess in the mouthfeel. Very tasty.
davey101 (653) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge, huge thanks to KMack for the bottle! 750ml bottle from the October, 2011 bottling. Pours a pitch black body with a finger of dark mocha foam which settles slowly into some nice edging. Great lacing and retention. Looks like all the other Founder stouts. The nose is coffee beans, roasted malt, anise, lots of chocolate and a faint maple coated sweetness on the end. It smells really great, although maybe a bit jumbled together as the anise/roast/bitter beans clashes a bit with the chocolate/maple sweetness. Taste starts off with faded coffee beans, a sort of mash up of the normal coffee taste but with a slight vegetal and bitter like quality. Not bad per se, just obvious that itís lost itís luster. Next comes light roasted malts and anise and a very sweet combination of chocolate and maple sweetness. Itís not exactly in your face and it doesnít scream maple, but it is much sweeter then the other Founder stouts. Lots of anise on the finish. Maple syrup bourbon barrels...well I see the maple, but the bourbon and barrel elements tend to be nonexistent. Not getting any butterscotch, oak, or vanilla that I would associate with most BA beers, but thatís ok because honestly this tastes really damn good. Rich and creamy mouth feel. Alcohol is slightly warming but nice. Overall, this lives up to the hype for me. Iím sure bottle variation comes into play since itís past the two year mark, but this bottle is holding up phenomenally well. Very on par with aged KBS where the barrel and coffee tend to fizzle out but the chocolate and roast take center stage. Only thereís an extra maple sweetness, mmmmm.