BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle date 12/22/11. Poured black with a brown head. Aroma of burnt malts, ash, and hints of licorice and dark fruits. The flavor found roast, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Fully body, smooth, and a roasted malt aftertaste. PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
An opaque, dark brown / black ale, beautiful and thick as it pours out of the bottle. Poured into a snifter. Thin brown head disappears quickly. Aroma of pipe tobacco, ash, mild smoke, lactose, cocoa, coffee grounds. Thick mouthfeel, smooth on the tongue. Full bodied. I taste black cherry and mild grape notes leading to bitter leafy hops. There’s ash in there with a slight hint of vanilla before dark roasted espresso and more bitter hops in the finish. Thank you Kevin for the bottle! BierBrudder (8) - - APR 5, 2012 does not count
This is a beer worth having.
The aroma is of hop, charcoal, malt, and coffee
Taste: Charcoal, coffee, licorice, pine, and burnt malts
The mouthfeel is thick on the palate: this is an elixir
Overall, try this beer! From its motor oil pour to its soda colored head, it is irresistible! BigSound (196) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pours dark black with a very nice dark tan head, great lacing. Great aroma dark roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, hints of an almost bourbon like boozey. The taste is dark sweet roasted malt, coffee bitterness, more hops than i was expecting, caramel, some vanilla, a bit of smoke and a little more alcohol. Very pleasant smooth body, nice medium carbonation. Yum. mcmisko (358) - New York, USA - APR 4, 2012
Pours pitch black with a small dark copper head. Smell is complex with lots of roasted and burnt malts, hops, and some coffee and a hint of alcohol. Taste is thick and complex. Lots of roasted malts with dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, lots of hops, and warm booze. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture. Carbonation low-flat. This is a big and complex imperial stout. It might be too big for some, but I find it utterly enjoyable.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2013 Mild but tempting aroma and delicious black pour lead to an instantly warming mouthfeel and smooth taste. A great brew!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mrjaxson (575) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2012
Up there in the monstrous territory for aroma (chocolatey excess), taste (heavy, heavy sweetness with a lightly bitter finish) and palate (downright chewy). Plus who doesn’t love a beverage with three times the calories as a light beer. Another great one from Founders. moefriedman (34) - Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2012
Not as good as Breakfast Stout so why bother. It’s basically that minus the outmealy part. Lots of nice coffee and chocolate. jsmerig (1578) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Pours a deep black with a dark rich tab head. Pours very thick. Aroma of smoked maple syrup. Taste is very sweet followed by a dark roasted flavor balanced with earthy hops.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Pours thick and dark brown. Smell is heavy with chocolate. Tastes of chocolate with subtle coffee notes. This is an amazing brew from a great brewery. Founders has yet to disappoint. Fantastic experience!