PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - at drowland’s 7/7/12 going away tasting party - thanks daknole. Dark brown pour, off-white head. Aroma of hazelnuts. Flavor has the same hazelnut essence to it, some potting soil, a touch of coffee and a back end of pepper. Nice thick mouthfeel. Keyes88 (60) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Color: brown/red hue. Aroma: strong hazelnut coffee. Smells fresh. Taste: sweet coffee at first then becomes a nice coffee balanced drink similar to Dunkin Donuts Ice Coffee (don't hate me). hazelnut adds to the style of brown ale flavor.
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Courtesy of rayl101jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of coffee, roasted nuts, hazelnuts, and a hint of vanilla. It pours a hazy orangish-brown with a small beige head that fades to a soapy film. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate hazelnut, roasted nuts, vanilla, and light coffee. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, more hazelnut than coffee. My rating is based on a quarter bottle...and probably half a bottle. I think a whole bottle would probably wear on me.
I picked this up on the release date, and figured it was best to drink fresh. Pours dark ruby with rust-colored highlights, half-finger khaki head. Nose is big hazelnut coffee, pecan pie, bit of toffee and chocolate on the back end. More hazelnut coffee, warm, earthy tones, a little more chocolate. Amazingly smooth, clean finish. Soft carbonation. Pretty straightforward, but damn. jbruner (4745) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Shared a bottle with daknole and drowland. Pours a clear, dark brown with small tan head and little lacing. Aroma is strong hazelnut up front with a coffee and roasted malt back. Taste is similar, with heavy hazelnut and coffee, and a nice clean, lingering coffee finish. Wow, I want more.
drowland (8758) - Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
7/7/12. Shared at my going away tasting by daknole. Huge coffee and hazelnut aroma. Very nice but I get the pepper and veggie aspect. Really nice coffee hazelnut aspects with delicious brown ale aspects. Awesome. rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Thanks daknole! Clear brown pour with a white head. Aroma reminds me exactly of Breakfast Stout spiked with hazelnut creamer. Fantastic balance of coffee, hazelnuts, light roast and nutty bitterness. Fucking great. b3shine (8875) - Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; dark brown with low carbonation and thin lacing. Smells solid. Sweet and coffee. I moved this score from a 7 to an 8 as it opened up. Tastes good, but not amazing. Mikem409 called it: Nutella. Mouthfeel is decent, but a little thinner than I’d prefer for a beer like this. A very good beer, but I expected a little more on the heels of CBS. But that’s a tough act to follow... southerntear (11) - - JUL 7, 2012
Poured into a tulip glass at a little under cellar temperature. A nice one finger light tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly, no huge shock for a 9% abv brew. The aroma is a very pleasant hazelnut with a little bit of coffee beans on the backburner. On the first sip I get some of that great hazelnut coffee flavor, with surprisingly little bitterness, at which I was a bit disappointed. No alcohol burn at all which seems like a good thing, but the catch is the artificial sweetener aftertaste, which in my opinion kills this beer. Everything about this brew is great right up until that aftertaste, and what I thought at first might be one of my new favorite browns went on to become the somewhat of a Derek Rose in the finals; could have been great. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 6, 2012
750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Poured at around cellar temperature.
A - Dark brown body almost bordering on black when the glass is full. When the level is lower it allows a lot of light to penetrate. Small one finger high head with great lacing. Alcoholic legs after a swirl.
S - Initially its roasty coffee beans then a fantastic hazelnut sweetness sweeps over. Really one dimensional but smells a lot like liquid Nutella, which is not a bad thing at all.
T - Roasted malts, coffee beans, sweet and nutty hazelnuts then...ugh. Some sort of artificial sweetener aftertaste is going on here. Its similar to that twangy off flavor you get in drinks sweetened with sucralose, only much more subtle. Surprisingly no bitterness from the roasted malts or the coffee. Mouth feel is light and highly carbonated, pretty average for a brown ale. Alcohol is really well hidden here, too bad the flavor hiding it’s presence is the fake sweetness.
O - I love Founders. I thought Blushing Monk and CBH were excellent beers for their respected styles and did well in the backstage series. This beer was a huge letdown for me though. Smells fantastic and the initial taste is actually really great, its just this lingering artificial aftertaste that is killing it for me. I’ll have no problem killing this bottle by myself, but its just a very average beer in my opinion.