GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am continually impressed with Founders and think that they are really underrated in the grand scheme of Michigan breweries. This might just be their best beer. A full on palate assault of chicory, molasses, chocolate covered raisins, coffee, nutty, caramel...man..I could go on and on. Appearance is pitch black, motor oil like in appearance with a smallish head. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, full and round. Flavor has all the character of the nose with an emphasis on the dark chocolate malts. Simply outstanding beer. Kudos to the brewers at Founders for this beauty.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle that I picked up at City-wide Liquors in South Bend, IN
Opaque oily black with the slightest brown ring around the edges.
Aromas of coffee, bakers chocolate, licorice, anise, burnt sugars, and tobacco spit.
Strong cup of coffee, chocolate concentrate, spicy hops, chewing tobacco, and cooked raisins.
Medium body. Light carbonation. Dry finish. Thin and oily.
TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, cellared 18 months. Dark brown with a brief tan head. Dusty chocolate and coffee. Taste is grape popsicles, mocha and leather. Finishes with a bitter kick; smoked grapefruit. Medium body, a little sticky, soft carb. Good stout.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 24, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Dirty motor oil black and pours just as thick, topped by a brown head. Sweet nose, dark chocolate and a definite dark fruit presence, plus a solid dose of roasted malt. Thick, satiny mouthfeel. Lots of dark chocolate goodness here, roasted malt, mild raisin notes. Slightly dry dark chocolate finish. A rich treat!
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 12oz bottle, 2005 vintage. i rarely drink beer before noon but my apartment is cold and on this saturday morning iím craving some chocolate. it is almost noon anyways. i donít plan on following this up with another beer however. this ones for holdenn who claims stouts are great with breakfast. first off, iíve had this beer several times and was surprised i never rated this. pours black with small soapy tan head. the nose has soy sauce and dark chocolate notes. as it warms up the nose becomes more salty and nutty. flavor has some nutty dark chocolate and slightly bitter coffee notes but those flatten out a bit on the palate evolving into more bready and soy sauce notes. this thing has really mellowed out, too much, as it seems aging for 2 years is pushing this thing causing more soy notes. it has a flat, dry, and watery finish. the alcohol is hardly noticible and the hops have faded out. i was never blown away by this beer but iíll have to rate a fresh bottle soon..3.1......................................... 2006 vintage, cellared a bit over a year. pours jet black with basically no head. nose of soy, espresso, chocolate, and some smoke. flavor is more robust than the 05, chocolate syrup, espresso, hints of soy, dark fruits, pretty sweet stuff. thick and slick mouth feel. alcohol is well hidden. this beer just doesnít do much for me, sure it is really chocolatey but this needs hops, roast, and a body that isnít so slick...3.4
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with a tan creamy head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Great smeller. Coffee and chocolate flavors mixed well together with a roasted feel in the finish. Thanks Matt for this!
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy after4ever. Pours opaque black with a thin brown head. Sweet and full aroma of chocolate and vanilla. Sweet and full body. The taste is marvelous, loaded with chocolate, vanilla, roasted hazelnuts. Soft espresso finish.
after4ever (6265) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. Thanks, MrFacto! Pours black with a thin, burnt tan head that falls away almost immediately. Big soy and pruney nose, but this falls away as it warms to reveal a lovely soft thick bittersweet chocolate note. Big thick velvety body--attack rolls bold right from the first drop. Riot of smoke, soy, prune, bittersweet chocolate all over the mid-palate. Sticky, slightly bittersweet finish, hops well hidden.
lunchbox582 (24) - St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a good stout. Taste of many malts, not too mention chocolate and coffee notes. I donít know what else to say except this was a damn good stout.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A small brown head slowly recedes into a black abyss, totally opaque and dense enough to appear heavy. The aroma is semi-sweet and utterly complex. Notes of chocolate, roasted grains, sticky caramel, vanilla, sweet smoke, mild bitter coffee, raw anise, minor tarry scents and light but raw ethanol. The flavor is focused while still retaining a mild tendency, a blend of ingredients subdued into a blanket, no sharp edges cutting away. Light bitterness is pleasing. Sweetness is medium and neither understated nor overdone, no sign of cloying. Acidity and astringency are nearly undetectable and further lend to an exciting multi-faceted malt progression where subtleties are easily defined amongst each other. Coffee notes slowly encompass chocolate, tarry sensations ascend up the ladder of intensity. More acidity is presented in the lightly bitter and slowly drying finish, a fading chocolate-coffee milkshake with light fruit notes lingering(black cherry). Alcohol is a non-factor throughout. The palate is full bodied and very slick, smooth and spurred with flavor full offshoots of mellow dark fruit acidity that only tingle the far recesses of the mouth. Carbonation is low and velvety, the entire mouthfeel akin to a creamy chocolate syrup thinned by additions of acids. A wonderful sipper, elegant and softly embracing.