Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2009
This beer has every type of malt you could possibly love in it for a stout. Sweet chocolate notes with bitterness from other chocolate blending in with the bitter flavor of the coffee. Oatmeal thrown in to smooth it all out. Delicious! Bonster (182) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle from my local. Black as night pour with a small khaki colored head. Some nice drippy lacing remains on the glass as I drain this one down. Coffee dominates this aroma, some nice chocolate malts and spice in the background. Big outstanding flavor...starts off as mostly roasted coffee beans and then notes of bitter chocolate emerge with the faint bite of alcohol in the finish. Mmmmm, breakfast of champions in my opinion. Shakesbeere (219) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2009 12 oz. bottle. Strong aroma of coffee with light chocolate and a hint of vegetable spice. Flavor is of coffee beans, chocolate, and hazelnut with a distinct roasted character. Palate is thick. Thick finish with some extent of bitter chocolate and breakfast food (a slight sense of hot sauce and omelet). A complex flavor and a very good beer. It’s a rough n’ ready yet sophisticated waking meal. An anorexic would have this for breakfast. amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2009
strong aroma of coffee. maybe even some vegetable aroma. pours very dark with little head. taste is strong with coffee with a bitter herb finish. Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle. Pours and looks like motor oil, thick and black with a thin brown head. Smoky, coffee aroma is strong but not especially noteworthy. Flavor is unbelievably strong...Sweet chocolate coats the tongue for a second and then bursts into a huge hazelnut coffee flavor...a bitterness begins to develop and as the tongue reacts to the bitterness a second more roasted coffee taste dominates. Long aftertaste. I’ve never had a beer where multiple flavor stages were so distinct and perceptable but if you dont like coffee the flavor of this beer can wear out. Still Founders should be proud of the refinement of this beer.
baraciisch (3400) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Slight coffee aroma... Deep black with rich tan head... Flavor is pure coffee beans with a hint of dark chocolate and rich roasted malts... Roasted malt on the palate.... Decent Dorstig (51) - Oegstgeest, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2009
Black with a fluffy beige head. On the nose its coffee, oat flakes, some caramel notes. Very smooth with a soft watery mouthfeeling. Very balanced palate with mild carbonation with a biitter medium finish. A beer to explore again; perhaps for breakfast...? shrubber85 (11666) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle. Strong chocolate/coffee aroma - light astringency. Dark black/brown color with nice head and lacing. Chocolate, coffee, light burnt charcoal and creamy malt flavor. Hides its strength well - excellent. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a medium tan head and nice lacing. Fantastic roasty coffee and chocolate aroma. Rich coffee, chocolate and burnt earth flavor. Nice thick body with a creamy mouth feel. A scrumptious stout destined to be one of my favorites. JackT (71) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Pours black with a fluffy tan head. The aroma is amazing, strong with fresh ground coffee and roasted malts. Tastes like coffee, cream, and dark chocolate. Mildly carbonated, heavy body, and silky mouthfeel. Finish is slightly bitter. This is a world class stout for sure, one of my absolute favorites.