beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
This is a battle between coffee and chocolate. But I like it. And at only 8.3% alcohol it doesn’t knock you down. A little carbonation helps balance the brew. Acetobacter (815) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a pub glass. The beer pours an opaque black with a small medium brown head. The nose brings notes of coffee, unflavored oatmeal, burnt sugar, and a little bit of espresso. The palate is smooth and nicely full, thoroughly helped by a low but perceptible level of carbonation. The beer shows coffee/espresso up front, flowing into some roasted malt notes, an assertive level of bitterness, and the smooth texture lent to beers by the addition of oat flakes. I really like the idea of adding oats, as it mitigates the other notes, and helps to mask alcohol, of which there is just barely a trace in this example. The finish is long, a bit bitter, and roasty. Very well done. BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Dark and slick. A great morning beer with strong coffee notes and the hops & alcohol well balanced and coming through at just the right times. Drinks very smooth and warming. evergreen0199 (3492) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2011 Bottle bought at WLV liquors in Chicago. Black pour with medium beige head. Coffee/chocolate/malt aroma. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, malty, creamy taste. This stout is incredibly smooth. An enjoyable brew from Founders. Oct 2009.
-------& this on draught at American Craft in Boston last October and it was absolutely sublime, I was punching the air with delight after 3 glasses, fabulous stuff, decided to rerate it higher. mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle. Dark as night with a mocha-colored head. Nice smell of coffee and roast. Flavor is the same, but with some roasty bitterness at the end. Smooth mouthfeel. Good but not worth the hype.
spiritsbeerman (47) - Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2009
I love this beer. A coffee lovers dream. Pours like oil. A hard pour and still no head but still a nice lacing. 60 IBU’s must be at the front end,because it is such a smooth beer. The best stout or coffee stout I have ever had. If someone knows a better one hook me up. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Bottle thanks to StFun. Dark black with a thin but lasting dark tan head. Lovely roasted coffee bean aroma, astringent roasted malts. Taste is again very roasty, astringent malts, coffee, then a nicely sweet chocolate finish. bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Pours a rich black with a medium creamy brown head which lingers. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee. A lot of flavor: coffee, chocolate, caramel, toasted malts, and oats. Mouthfeel is very creamy, low carbonation level, alcohol is masked well, and has a nice bitter finish. Fantastic brew. dand645 (131) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2009
rich dark pour with a cascading brown head...tons of coffee goodness...great bitterness Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours midnight black with a big creamy deep tan head, great lacing. The nose first hits you with fresh coffee followed by cocoa dust. Flavor is very chocolaty a good amount of coffee and toasted malts to back things up. Finish is bittersweet chocolate and quite creamy. A little more coffee in this one than I was expecting, damn good overall.