Rastacouere (6119) - 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 (7677) - 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 (1085) - 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 (529) - Naples, Florida, 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.
HiABV4Me (1) - USA - FEB 21, 2005 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First, let me say that I had HUGE expectations for this beer. I’m a big fan of Kuhnhenn brews 99% of the time, HOWEVER - This one just didn’t do it for me. The stout was almost black with a darker tan head. The aroma was reminiscent of flavored caramel coffee to me. The tast however, was nothing like the strong "in your face" nose. The beer struck me as sweet at first, then watery and thin - followed by bitter coffee. I was a bit disappointed, but hey - beer can be fickle...
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost totally black with a creamy tan head. Roasted espresso aroma which is just heaven. Taste is thinner in body than expected but tasty none the less. Nice vanilla flavors compliment the rich coffee & chocolate taste.
Pailhead (4607) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 On tap: The aroma contains lots of expresso, chocolate, and cream. It’s a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate and some roasted malt. There’s lots of expresso in the finish with light vanilla and cream. The flavor reminds me of a dark chocolate and coffee truffle,