satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2011Dogbrick (12912) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2011
pint at brewpub. aroma is old cold coffee, clearner beans (unground), light bakers chocolate backdrop. appearance is opaque, ring head and filthy legs. flavor is dead metallic up front, bitter bakers chocolate bitting later. big stress on the latter note as the pint wears on. despite overt roast i saw more mild ale/ESB tendencies than IPA.
Sample at the Sour Village / CCB Tasting on 05/20/2011. Growler brought back by a friend. Pours nearly black with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and hops. Medium body with a roasty character and flavors of coffee and chocolate malt primarily, along with some hops and spice. The finish is hoppy with a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. Pretty good all around. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2011
pours nice and black with brown head..aroma of florals and pine. spicy and inviting. flavor of toasted barley, smoke, and pine. crisp and refreshing..an outstanding session beer JaBier (7841) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Growler brought back by a friend. Black pour with a medium tan head. Roasty coffee aroma with a spicy note that I equate to rye malt, but I’ve no clue as to whether there’s any rye actually in this brew. Malty flavor with chocolate and more of that spicy rye character before a bitter coffee finish. Awesome for a session beer. JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Porsche jet black with a dense note of roasted grain and coffee. Deeper hits of spiced notes drive through the pleasant finish. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2011
On tap at the brewery last Friday. Served in a snifter.
Pours near black with a good creamy off-white head. Good retention and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose starts out with a great coffee and mild roast aroma. Behind that comes some nice piney bitterness. The flavor combines the roasted malt and pine-hop character quite well. Nice bitterness coming from multiple angles. Light coffee as well. Light body with a nice, dry finish. Highly recommended. Founders wins, as per usual.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-03-2011