metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Triangle Wine Co. Pours black with a light tan colored head. Aroma is sweet, bready and slightly malty. Tastes like slight chocolate and oatmeal, kind of watery too though. Body was much thinner than I like. Slightly creamy but not really enough to make up for how thin and watery it tasted. This is the first beer from Founders that I have come away from highly unimpressed.
John25 (685) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Black with a tight mocha head. Aroma is char and roasted malt. The taste follows and adds a hint of earthy hops on the finish. Smooth creamy feel. Incredibly clean finish. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mike5326 (1020) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a tap. Dark brown color, medium creamy off white head. Strong roasted coffee aroma. Medium body with a watery roasted malt flavor and a medium finish.
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zach8270 (3583) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(nitro @ Founders Brewing Company - Grand Rapids, MI) Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Very lightly roasted aroma, not much hint of oatmeal. Flavor is pretty much the same. Light roast but not much oatmeal or chocolate. A bit mild and thin.
Tejas (882) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 Draught > Libertine Bar. Taste fine, palate is great but it's just too small. I don't need a 9% stout but 4.5% is just too small.
obguthr (4077) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft: Bakers’ chocolate and medium roast coffee nose. Black, medium tan head, cascading carbonation, good lacing. Soil with very subtle moss and coffee notes. Creamy, but a tad astringent. Founders does nitrogenated beers very well, perhaps the best in the US. This beer would not be nearly as good on CO2.
ARH (558) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2014 On tap, poured into a shaker. The aroma is initially strong raisin but then turns mellow and mild with notes of cookies, coffee, and chocolate. It pours a dark brown black with a tan, big soapy head that reduces to a thick ring with a messy surface, and it leaves a messy lace. The taste is a medium sweet with a very light bitter. The texture is thin, with a medium-light body, and a smooth, creamy carbonation. The flavors are mostly a coffee chocolate blend with some grains at the finish and a roasted note as well. It?s pretty clean and kinda dry with a light cookie-like linger to the aftertaste.
RobertDale (3705) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Comes black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and coffee. Rich and smooth. Very nice.
johnnnniee (2456) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On nitro at River Rd Tavern with Todd Feels a lot like a dry stout but that could be the nitro treatment, Creamy roasty with hints oft cereal and lightly sweet
nuplastikk (4705) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint at Glass Nickel. The steady creamy beige head accentuates the soft mouthfeel. Coffee, cocoa. A touch more depth than a typical nitro Stout. Classic. Well done.
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On nitro at World of Beer Tioga (Gainesville, FL). Pours pitch black with a beautiful creamy espresso head on top. Aroma of next to nothing here, maybe some lightly roasted malts, water, that’s it. Flavor follows incredibly bland, watered down roast with very little else going on. Thin mouthfeel even for nitro--which always comes off thin to me, despite the silkiness--and low carbonation. Overall, I would take this over Guinness, but it’s just not my style. What’s the point? I’d just rather drink water and save the liver.