everettvh (34) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A beautiful walnut brown pour with a decent tan head. Aroma of bitter dark chocolate with toffee and coffee. Peat, smoke, dark chocolate and roasted malt in the falvor, and some hoppiness. Good mouthfeel. Short finish. Excellent brew from the fine folks at Founders.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy opaque red brown pour with a thin white head. Nutty malt aroma. Some roast as well. Bitter chocolate and caramel malt flavor with almost a smokiness and lots of bitter hops to finish. Very dry without any sweetness, but balanced. Alcohol lingers a bit on tongue.
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle: Pours cloudy brown with an orangish-tint. Slight to no-head. Sweet roasted aroma with hints of caramel and toffee. Lots of caramel and some smokiness initially. Finishes hoppy and slightly dry. Medium body and good carbonation...this beer is well balanced and goes down very smoothly. I’ll definitely pick this one up again.
BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle acquired through Sparky27...ERIC, you da man!!! Butterscotch candy color with a nice 1/2 inch pale yellow head. Smell is quite sweet and sugary. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and even a touch of hops. Flavor is roasted malt and all of the flavors that accompany it...the mild citrus bite is evident in the finish. Syrupy and good...great on pancakes and waffles!!!
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a reddish brown in color. Theres a nice half inch of beige head sitting atop after the pour. It quickly recedes to a ring of froth. Smell is wonderful. Very incredible malts and a nice scotch like, peaty scent. Taste is more velvety smooth malt. Some toffee and some liquor like qualities. Very smooth with just a hint of hop bite at the end. Incredible beer. No hint of the ABV while drinking. I could drink this all the time.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy caramel color with a tan head. Toffee and caramel nose, toast, alcohol as it warms. Roasty malt flavor, brown sugar, tiny bit of smoke and chocolate. Light bitter hops. Slightly metallic finish. Easy drinking for ABV.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber with a 2 finger light tan head and spotty lacing. Nose is caramel, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is smoke, roasted malt, caramelized sugar, bitter dark chocolate and some hoppy alcohol bite in the finish. Medium mouth feel. Not bad at all.
Guerde (1194) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) I’ve had samples of this beer at tastings before, but didn’t rate it because I didn’t think I could give it an honest rating. Pours chestnut brown with a thin beige head and sticky lacing. The aroma is incredibly complex, with each sniff producing a new scent. Scents of chocolate, peat, banana, bubblegum, light mint, bread, vanilla, and some toasty malt as well. The aroma becomes increasingly peaty as the beer warms. The taste is very malty sweet with toffee, peat, chocolate, banana,and bread. The sweet flavors then switch to a smoky, lightly bitter finish that reminds me of some bittersweet dark chocolate. The palate is incredibly smooth and rich with a perfect amount of carbonation. I’m glad I bought a bottle of this, and could see myself purchasing more in the future.
TURDFERGUSON (4002) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the crunkleton in chapel hill. Pours a dark brownish red with a small off-white head. Nose is sweet with a bit of chocolate, roast, coffee, toffee, hops, and a bit of peat. Flavor is similar with a bit of alcohol showing. This beer was nice but overall a bit too sweet for my tastes. Not a huge fan of the style to begin with.
Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dense and breadlike, almost reminiscent of kvass. Wonderful notes of chocolate, coffee, and mocha dominate with a smooth, surprisingly short finish that leaves the palate with a distinctly anise flavor. Wonderful on a cool autumn evening!