TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with maple hues. Thick beige ring of foam retains well. Spent coffee beans aroma with chalky accents. Phenolic, toffee pudding, and lactose whispers. Notably airy and fuzzy. Light bodied. Heavy acidity stymies the fullness with a frontal assault of yogurt and soured plums. Smoky phenols lurk in the background. Lengthy java finish shows hints of cinnamon, roasty malt, and more custard flavors as the body possesses just enough softness to curtail the acridness. The full-blown acidity is puzzling, especially with this being a relatively young bottle. Otherwise, behind the overt coffee presence in the aroma, there’s a good degree a brightness. A noble effort.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong cocoa and roasted malt, coffee-like aroma. Opaque brown-black with decent but short-lived, off-white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Chocolate, pit fruit and roasted malts with a mild cabbagey note in the flavour that is not wholly unappealing. Medium body with moderate carbonation that feels a bit strong. Tulip glass, just above fridge temp. Enjoyed with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2005
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #36. Sampled in our motel room, joined by the locquacious and sagacious ClarkVV. 12 oz bottle. Solid black, tiny head falls into a miniscule ring...absolutely jawdropping chocolate-latte aroma, burnt caramel rustling with bourbon vanilla and the tiniest hint of black cherry...sweetened Turkish coffee in the body, bit of wine...somewhat thin and too-carbonated late, so it doesn’t quite ascend the mountain, but damn if I can’t still smell it.
Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks again Clark! This Kuhnhenn stout sure does resemble the acclaimed Founders Breakfast stout. It is very dark brown and proposes a nice off-white ring. Its aroma is an overwhelming espresso medley, not even beany, this wins big points considering the vanilla undertones. I rarely encounter them without this usually unpleasant beany aspect. Strong chocolate complexities make this a total dessert brew. Strongly carbonated body, medium in size. It has pleasant sweet and tart vanilla essence notes that match the chocolate in an overall sweet flavour profile that doesn’t quite match the aroma, but this remains a surprisingly good stout.
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Scrumptious coffee beans and cream flourish within the dark chocolate...Mild coffee bean and malt roastiness blend well and fade into a sweet, quiet finish...Decadent simplicity remains simply decadent...Thanks Clark for this bottle!!...
jtw (1122) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2006 draft and bottled versions are nearly identical. intense coffee aroma, but augmented by a strong sweet caramel aroma--an interesting contrast. quite silky smooth, essentially no element of alcohol. unfortunately, later batches of this have been plagued by infections. i’ve decided to average the scores based on the decent taste of fresh stuff and the acidic artificial taste of the bad stuff since i probably had more samples of bad bottles.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Draft at Kuhnhenn. Pours an oily black color with basically no head. Nose is sweet sugary malt with tons of fresh ground coffee. Taste is vanilla ice cream dunked in a latte. Very sweet but not overly powering, there is still lots of coffee and lots of roasty flavors. Vanilla seaps through the edges to give a tinge and it finishes with a filmy palate.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This stuff is more like a shot of beer in a mug of coffee rather than the other way around. But damn it works. Plenty of java in the aroma. Nice deserty flavors of chocolate and roasted malts.
This stuff is the best breakfast beer in Motown.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black, tan creamy head. The aroma was awesome if you dig desert. Loads of vanilla crème brule, cold espresso grounds, and a nice hint of milk chocolate. Tasted like liquid vanilla custard, coffee, and chocolate. A light hop bitterness at the end kept it only steps away from hitting the cloying line. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, caramelized vanilla custard like finish. Good stuff, but you probably don’t want to make this your session stout....
flemdawg (534) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On nitro at the release party. Dark brown, almost black with a foamy tan head and great lacing. Lots of carmel and coffee in the aroma. Coffee, chocolate, and hints of carmel in the taste. A bit thinner than I would have expected, but that makes it a bit easier to drink. Overall, a very tasty, easy to drink brew.