koleminer20 (4261) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2018
On draft at Founders for the Saturday session of the Cellar Raid. The pour is a dark black with a dark brown head that falls to a thin film with a couple spots of lace. The aroma is great. Thebdark roasted malt and a light smokiness are prominent from the beginning. There is a sweet oak and a nice light vanilla with a growing bourbon. This is excellent. The flavor is a little better. The bourbon and roasted malt balance perfectly with a heavy oak and growing vanilla. The dark fruits are just lovely. This is so complex and deep that it makes me happy. The mouth feel is medium to heavy bodied with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly roasty and oak heavy vanilla and bourbon. I like this one a whole lot. 8 5 8 4 17 Manslow (2001) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 12, 2017
Butelka 355ml. Kolor ciemny, nieprzejrzysty, piana niezbyt duża, pozostawia małą obrączkę na szkle. Aromat uwalnia się zaraz po otwarciu butelki, czekolada, kawa a w tle ciemne owoce. W smaku cała gama słodyczy z dominującą czekoladą. Piwo bardzo łagodne na podniebieniu, półwytrawne, świetne piwo. wxman (1870) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2017
Very dark opaque brown with a substantial pale tan head that sticks around and coats the glass. Aroma of merlot and bitter chocolate. Thick rich sweet taste, but not cloying. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon in the back. Velvety, coating mouthfeel. Some alcohol warmth after the swallow, but nothing like you’d expect from a 11.5% ABV brew. Outstanding. FROTHINGSLOSH (8375) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2016 Sampled on draft at Tapped this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy dark brown head that lingered and left excellent lacing. The aroma was toasty malts, chocolate, anise and floral hops. The flavor was whiskey, toasty malts, anise, port wine cocoa, and bitter floral hops. Amazingly long finish. Moderately full bodied. Well done. closey22 (2132) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Black with rimming brown head; aroma is malty roAsty slight smoke; Flava is sweet malty roasted smoke notesof molasses on fringe; feels thick medium silky; finishes roasty sweet
beersnobsunited (7) - - JUN 28, 2014 does not count
Appearance: Dark as night. No light was able to penetrate this abyssal blackness. To dark to see carbonation streams or yeast chunks. Head poured a two finger dark mocha cap, smooth at first and slowly becoming more rocky as it settled. A fine cap retains the entire time. Lacing had thick streamers and dissipated into dalmatian like dots.
Smell: Aggressive chocolate and coffee clash instead of blending. Both try to take the spotlight, while subtle caramel and hints of vanilla sit in the back ground. The roasted notes add more complexity and depth instead of a in your face style trait.
Taste: OMFG this is good. Huge coffee taste, huge bitter chocolate. Caramel and other sweet malt brings up the backbone. The 10.5% ABV is just ever so lightly noticed in the after taste. Roasted and earthy tones mix in to create a wonderfully complex experience.
Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy. Motor Oil like, with an aggressive nip of carbonation on the tip of the tongue. Very dry but somehow keeps your mouth watering. Carbonation keeps the palate stimulated until your next decadent sip.
Overall: If only it was legal to marry a beer... David46 (14) - St Matthews, Kentucky, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Founders knows how to do stout. This one is a favorite, but not better than Breakfast Stout. yidi (20) - okemos, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2014
Dark brown color with thin head. Chocolate smells. Milk chocolate and roasted malt tasted. italarican (1606) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Cask at Sweet Afton. Pours an oily black, headless, with some thin tannish bubbles. Aroma has a balance of cocoa and oak. Flavor is rich and delicious of espresso, cocoa, vanilla, and oak. Some warming brandy and pipe notes follow that make it particularly memorable. Brandy warmth and vanilla sweetness complement a primarily bitter cocoa finish. Fantastic stuff! kylechaney (10) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2012
This is a serious beer. Pours almost black with a soft brown head, like the inside of a 3 muskateers bar. Tastes like a chocolate/tobacco milk shake. Very heavy, nice lacing. I can slightly taste the alcohol (its a 10% beer) and wish it was a little more subdued. A really great, tasty beer, through and through.