Bopper81 (31) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2012
After Having this pour CLUMPY.....i kid you not, there were actual clumps pouring from my bottle, i almost disposed of this.
Then, after giving it a quick smell, a rush of guilt swooped acrooss my mind. It would be almost criminal not to taste something that smells this good, regardless of "texture". lol.
So i took a sip, and the flavor did not disappoint. Dark, mocha (coffee & chocolate) roasts are most dominant. This one is a sipper, for sure. Especially my particular bottle, as those yeastie beasie’s await me at the bottom of my glass. Such a shame the clumps.....an otherwise amazing stout. sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2013 Black with thin brown head. Great roasted malt aroma of chocolate carmel and a hint of coffee. Flavor follows aroma and is rather sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Palate is thick with moderate carbonation. alexsdad06 (10407) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle and draft (rating from the bottle). Pours a very dark brown to black in color with a thin khaki head. The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate and black coffee. Flavor is much of the same; big roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Medium bodied; actually a touch thinner than I would have expected. The flavor grows and adds a touch of char as it warms. I enjoy this with a bit of age, but fresh on draft is very good too. fiveacestx (970) - Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle - Pours jet black with a cola colored thin head. Tastes much like the Alaskan Perseverance Ale only better. I could smell the roasted aroma right off and the taste is very smooth. Has a coffee finish to it. Another excellent beer from Founders. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottled on 12/22/2011. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass at cellar temperature.
A - Pitch black with a lasting dark khaki head. Decent lacing and retention.
S - Super roasty. Some smoke, leather and dark malts followed by light chocolate and coffee notes.
T - Similar to the nose. Starts off roasty and malty, but this leads to some very sweet chocolate and coffee notes. Given the 90 IBU’s it does have a bitter finish, but not exceedingly so. Very smooth and velvety. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.
O - Probably one of the best non barrel aged stouts I’ve tried. Really great roasty body with just the right amount of sweetness and hop bitterness to balance it out. The mouth feel is near perfect.
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2015 Pours oily black with tan head. The smell is heavily roasted grain, chocolatey with an almost burnt aroma. The taste is similar with a great grainy depth roasted to the limits almost smoky and charred but not quite keeping it’s smoothness. There is a smooth sultry palate that makes it highly drinkable with all the above roasted delicacies. This is about as robust as any stout gets grain wise but the 90 ibu also isn?t timid. There is a massive dry chocolate malt finish and a long lingering finish sticks to the tongue and throat with just a little booze to reinforce it’s strength. Pretty enjoyable I’d say. Having had several verticals it seems to get easier on the palate up to 5 years, and presents a great dichotomy of rich freshness to smooth subtle aging. Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Thick black pour with huge dark brown head. Tremendous lacing. Smell is rich dark chocolate, roast coffee, dark malts. The taste is superb. Creamy chocolate, coffee, molasses, nice hop bitterness, sweet. Really nice and certainly deserves the over 4 score. No real alcohol, but certainly a warming sipper. iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Pours black like used motor oil, with a tan head, and little lacing. Aromas of roasted coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Taste is great balance of sweet and bitter, with notes of soy. Smooth, slick, and little carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, and there is a warming as I drink, Overall, this is a wonderful beer. Very drinkable, with a nice smoothness and bitterness to it. No surprise from Founders. ep2021 (29) - SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2012
I know this is a high rating but god i love this beer. pors antimatter black with medium mocka head. aroma of rosty coffee and wood and fruit. big flavour of malts hit the palette, full on bitter malts chocolate coffee and alcohol. perfectly balanced sweetness and bitterness that lingers. warm alcohol. love it. if you get the chance, try this beer! big up founders. myersk27 (26) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Aroma: smells robust, rich, sweet molasses and chocolates. the smell makes you want to drink it.
appearance: jet black, thick dark tan head recedes quickly, moderate lacing on the glass.
taste: robust, sweet, this one takes you places. thick mouthfeel. dark, rich, very very tasty
overall: awesome brew. served at cellar temp. doesn’t disappoint at all. great brew from a great brewery.