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RATINGS: 1515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.26%
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Our Original Stout, brewed with real Hardcore Coffee from Sebastopol. 29.5 IBU 1.076 OG

2007, 8.3% ABV
2008, 8.29% ABV
2009, 9.26% ABV
2010, 8.8% ABV


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2006
A thin dark brown liquid with a medium light tan head , definetly not opaque. Slight coffee aroma, not as strong as I thought it would be. The flavor isnít as dominated by coffee as one would think from reading the label...but you do get coffee notes as well as milk chocolate, a bit of vanilla, and a malty bitterness in the back. Thin and well carbonated, this reminds me of Fullerís London Porter than more than Founderís Breakfast Stout. Which I donít really like compairing beers like that, but in this case that is what is really striking me. By no means do I find this as a bad thing, itís a very good and well balanced beer.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Thin pour, settling in the snifter as translucent and cherry chestnut in color with a head formation looking like saliva wisp in the shape of a fish, with even a bubble in place of its eye. Aroma elicits an "awe yeah" from me - bitter chocolate nodes signal Hershey baking bars and an iced mocha cappuccino. Some vanilla and caramel sweetly warm the deliciousness of the nose. Flavor proceeds similarly. Modest coffee grinds partner with a blend of milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Sweet placidness almost gives a syrupy feel. Tree bark flavors and texture, and an underlying mocha coffee syrup sweetener. Coffee strikes a chord of upfront pins and needles, and then the bitterness presses down like a needle hairbrush on bare skin. Iím on the fence with the carbonation conjecture, but itís balanced otherwise. Finish is all about sucking on mocha coffee beans and licking burr grinded coffee off the countertop. Thanks for the bomber, tpkenned!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cdog69 (28) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Draft. A dark brown brew with a sweet coffee aroma. A off white head was present... for a moment. Very subtle coffee flavor carried by the sweet malt. Creamy to oily mouthfeel with a dry coffee aftertaste. Overall not a bad beer. It was sweeter than I expected.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle acquired in trade, I forget from who, if by chance you read this, lmk. dark brown with minimal off-white head, appears to be quite oily. Aroma is very sweet malt, chocolate and mellow coffee. Flavor has an initial sweet chocolate flavor for a second, turns to coffee rather quickly. Creamy/oily mouthfeel. Long residuel coffee aftertaste. just to much coffee for my liking.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Dark brown, almost black color with a medium thick and foamy beige head. Thin wisps of lacing. Coffee is in the aroma naturally, along with some sweet malt. Medium-bodied with a coffee flavor that is actually pretty subtle. Sweet malt, caramel and hops flavors are evident. The finish is hoppy with a little cappucino kick. If this beer were richer with a more pronounced coffee flavor I would have enjoyed it more.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Poured brown with a thin brown head. Aromas of coffee, molasses, toffee and caramel. Taste was kind of watery in my opinion. Palate was too sweet. Not my favorite from Lagunitas.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2006
On Tap Smokin Joeís, Pgh, PA

Poured dark, 1-inch thick tan head. Aroma of roasty coffee beans. Flavor most of the same, robust coffee, malts, and a sweet tone of caramel in the aftertaste. Slightly bitter aftertones as it warms. WOW! I had no idea this was a 7.9% ABV beer. Thin mouthfeel, but velvety and creamy to drink.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 Beer poured a clear, dark brown color with an average-sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma was moderately-to-heavily malty with notes of roasted grain, lighter notes of caramel, molasses and coffee; lightly hoppy with light pine notes; trace miscellaneous notes of green olives/brine, vanilla and smoke.<P> The flavor was moderately sweet, lightly bitter with a lightly bitter finish.<P> The body is medium, the texture is medium-to-full, and the carbonation is lively.<P>

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3466) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2006
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark brown pour with red highlights and a nice and creamy tan head. Dark aroma of roasted malts, burnt malts and some coffee. Definitely not as much coffee as I thought would be in it up to this point. The taste was roasty and malty with hints of burnt coffee, chocolate and some pine. Bitter coffee finish. A little thin bodied. Not too bad otherwise.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2006
This was less than impressing. The aroma and the appearance were wonderful. poruing a thick and grainy moderately dark brown color with a thick creamy tan head. Think thick and rich coffee milkshake made with half and half. An almost oily presence in the mouth really take away from the enjoyment and the flavors are somewhat muted.


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