TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a menacing opaque dark-brown-black withthin mocha head that eventually recedes to a ring-rim that leaves touches of lace here and there. Aroma is pretty strong but mostly one-dimensional of bitter roast-grain and some coffee beans. Flavor delivers where the aroma didnít. This is intense stuff. Very coffee, bitter dark roast, a subdued but nonetheless surprising dried-fruit note (raisins mostly), note of otherwise well-hidden alcohol (never would have guessed it was 12%), and a charming underlying malt sweetness. Palate is at once creamy and a bit gritty -- interesting trick. A bit too much coffee-bitter for my tastes but the nice shot of malt sweetness at the end helps alleviate. A really fine beer.
thegreenrooster (3174) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is a complete black with almost no head. Aroma is a nice mix of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Flavor is a chewy chocolate with a dose of espresso and a heaping helping of alcohol. Goes down creamy and smooth with a nice woody, burnt aftertaste. Very enjoyable brew from one of my fav brewers.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with a thin tan head. Good lacing. Aromas of roasted malts. chocolate, molasses, caramel, cherry, currant and port. Taste is smooth but the alcohol is noticable. Palate has a powerful hard liquor sensation, but I like that. A good winter warmer for sure.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Very nice beer. Black oily body with a small but distinct brown head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and alcohol. Toasted malts dominate the flavor a little too much, with balance from bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Oily smooth palate. I havenít tried the Breakfast Stout yet (or any other Founders for that matter), but Iím impressed with this one.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Didnít hold this one up to a light as I poured, so in the glass, itís black with a tanned leather head. Aroma has strong notes of dark chocolate and coffee--somewhat like the breakfast stout, though not as sweet. Also some smokiness. Not too much hops as far as I can tell, as the only bitterness comes from the roasted malts. Lotsa coffee and roasted malts, with the chocolate taking the back seat. Aftertaste has some earthiness. Dry finish. Soft carbonation, alcohol is noticable.
SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tan head that fades quickly into a black body.
Coffee and chocolate aroma.
Smooth, creamy palate that deliver some flavors of chocolate and coffee before leaving with some dryness as it fades into the finish. O.K., but disappointing when compared to their Breakfast Stout.
Suttree (5073) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, brown head. Smells like milk chocolate, prune, and grape, with notes of coffee and maybe even caramel. Big flavors up front of chocolate and raisin. Notes of coffe and some other dry flavors in the finish. Nice creamy palate. Thanks to Springslicker for sharing!
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark thick brownish black with dark brown reddish head that fades quickly. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, hops, sweet malts and some earthiness. Flavor is very developed, but finishes with an overly powerful alcoholic-ness. Still delightfully delicious.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle obtained via trade with beeryum. Pours deep, deep black with a medium reddish brown head. Rich roasted coffee, caramel, hops and soy sauce in the nose. Flavor has notes of licorice, wood, dark fruits, deep-roasted coffee, dark chocolate and caramel. Ample sweetness backed up by roasty bitterness. Alcohol content is very well hidden. Ends with a slightly burnt aftertaste. Medium but creamy smooth body with subtle fine-beaded carbonation. Overall, very well-done but not quite as memorable as some of Foundersí other beers.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate soda and coffee aroma,brown black color with 1 inch tan head, big mocha taste,with an aftertaste very much like an old drug store chocolate soda made with thick Hersheys syrup, a mellow creamy palate,that seems to get a little thin at the end. A slightly thicker, more chewy palate and this is a twenty