BrettTaylor (521) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle on a dark and dreary August day that is more like mid-fall than August. Dark dark brown in the glass with a minimal, tan-colored head. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is mostly rich dark chocolate with dark coffee, leather, butter, alcohol, and a touch of hops (pine) underneath. Taste: obvious alcohol presence at 10.5%, but dark coffee, caramel, coffee, chocolate and wood - maybe even a touch of charcoal. The texture is very silky as it passes over your tongue - very rich and full. Finish is medium and a pleasant mild "burn" from the alcohol at the back of your throat. Eat this with a rich beef stew on a cold winter’s day and you’ll never be happier!
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A great stout. I can hardly wait for my next bottle to fill a tall and frosty glass. :-)
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Vignale (2149) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska från SB. Så mörkt brun att den nästan är svart, lågt mjölkchokladfärgat snabbt försvinnande skum. Stor ganska söt doft av fudge, chokladkola, kaffelikör och melass. Relativt lättdrucken, stor sötma, lätt beska. Kraftig, fyllig, välbalanserad och riktigt riktigt god.
gegwilson (1381) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Rehills of Jesmond. Pours black with a nice chocolate head. The taste is rich chocolate pudding with coffee and a little liquorice. Some spiciness to go along with it. Nice warming alcohol. Luxurious mouth feel. Excellent beer.
Kauge (252) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Pothole in Tallinn (€ 4,60). Pours... black as a raven in the night. Brown head is thick but brief, lacing nicely, retains around the edge - initially - disappears completely after only a while. Aroma... that just kicks me off my socks... humongous thickness filled with chocolate and raw cocoa butter, red berries soaked in rum, liquorice and roasted malts, coffee and wild cherry liqueur... Robust yet soft. Accidentally dipped my nose in the beer for at least 5 times - it’s that good. There is only this distinct note of doughiness (?) that I dislike that keeps me from giving it a 9/10. Taste is liqueury-chocolaty, wild red berries and dark fruits, did I say chocolaty?, considerably bitter, roasty... Full body, thick vinous and sticky palate, smooth velvety mouthfeel, carbonation kept low but there’s detectable prickliness in the throat, the lingering finish is bitter of some indistinct fruits and resin. Alcohol fairly hidden but I’d still guess it to be around 10.
This beer is awesome. Kind of makes me afraid of all the allegedly even better American beers that I haven’t had and are not sold in Estonia... and the other Founders’ beers I still have in the fridge...
7stern (410) - Bromma, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, much lacing. Dark chocolate aroma, vanilla hints with the alcohol. Full bodied, smoke, coffee, chocolate. All hiding the alcohol.
ElCapitan22 (116) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Colored like molases, this beer smells of caramel, vanilla, and booze. Has good lacing, but no head retention....mostly due to the alcohol though. Tastes of lots of fresh chocolate and high alcohol.
Scouser (257) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with on a little brown lacing and no head. Caramel, vanilla, etoh aroma. Chocolate, chocolate oh and a bit of etoh then more chocolate. What a good winter beer.
shoulderbroken (2160) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craftheads. Nice aroma, bit peppery, roast, booze, spice. Good stuff. Taste is good too. Thick, oaty, toasty, dark, chocolate, lightly bitter. Big body, booze. Something umami.
s_hartshorne (1630) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to sarkynortherner Black great dark coffee head. Aroma is coffee dark fruits. Taste is great sweet lactose choc coffee dark fruits good roasted dark malts lots of alchol warmth. Great body oily mouthfeel. Very very good this.
suurjuust (1143) - ESTONIA - NOV 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown to black beer, dark brown head with filmy retention. Nose is roasty, coffee, dark chocolate, dried fruit in the background. The flavor begins semi-sweet with dried fruit, coffee and caramel, then develops into a bitter hardroasted finish with lots of coffee, dry notes, alcohol and roasty bitterness. Very long aftertaste with roast, coffee, chocolate and warm alcohol. Thick and massive istout.