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RATINGS: 3451   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The coffee lovers consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates and two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.

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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jthg (86) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2009
A great beer that slowly mixes the tastes together coffee with the bitterness perfectly. A very smooth beer. Very smooth beer. Finishes great.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (9973) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 BOTTLE: jet black oily pour, chocolately and roasty coffee nose. Somewhat bitter taste - roasted coffee comes through, and lots of dark chocolate. Ridiculously good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2009
So delicously dark you can almost eat it. I cannot wait to try the KBS, if it really is better than this, it will be impressive.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2009
I picked this up during a trip to Asheville, NC in November 08 before Founders started showing up in Richmond in Spring 09. This was my first Founders beer, and it is certainly quite a treat. Pours black as can be. This beer is insanely drinkable. I was very surprised considering that this is a 8.3% imperial stout, many of which are good, but sometimes tough to drink. I immediately get oats and chocolate with a finishing bitter flavor from coffee and hops. This is the breakfast of champions.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewombat (112) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark black, thick with brown head. Aroma is bitter roast coffee, Tastes semi-dry, not very sweet, strong coffee flavor, a bit of dark chocolate, Very intense dry bitter beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2009
12 oz bottle acquired via trade and consumed while camping Memorial Day in the AM. Pours out pitch black with a massive mocha colored head. Aroma is hefty on roasted coffee, with light chocolate and some molasses as well. The flavor is all roasted coffee save for a very mild chocolate presence for some slight balance. Still extremely tasty though, wish I had a few more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TC (1) - USA - JUN 19, 2009 does not count
I rolled the dice and bought this beer hoping it was good. Wow, it was home run! Mind you, Im totally new at this (tasting and rating beer) But, this was great. I liked the strong coffee flavour and the dark chocolate mix. I like the rich creamy feel and aroma. Great beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Smells of bitter dark chocolate, light fresh sourdough bread and used coffee grounds. Flavor is dominated by nasty used coffee grounds, not roasty just bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is just average for the style and could definitely use more weight and silkiness. Overall a bland palate and overdone done coffee. Sorry Founders, I love you anyway. 2008 12 oz.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oscbert (1275) - Lincoln, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Thanks to Gypsy19 for sharing! ~Pours pitch black with small brown head. ~Strong coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt aroma. ~Bitter coffee flavor with dark chocolate. ~Thin oily feel, bitter coffee finish, burns back of mouth. ~Good beer. Very bitter, a bit thin. Good aroma and flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1658) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Big thanks to MrChopin for this one. Really glad I finally got to try it - been hearing about it forever. Pours black, with a thinnish light brown head. Big aroma of stale coffee, some spices (anise, cloves?), and some of the traditional chocolate and molasses. But its definitely more roasty than sweet. Nice mouthfeel, and man, theres a lot of coffee in here. I wish there was a bit more carbonation - it isnt quite lively enough. Really nice flavor, though - and I could see this being great in the late morning / early afternoon hours (though thats still a concept Im not used to). Lots and lots of roasty coffee, layered over dark chocolate and burnt molasses. Nice, but honestly? I dont think its quite worth the hype.


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