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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   ABV: -
Mishawaka Brewing Companys "Founders Stout" has been brewed since August 1992 and is the winner of multiple awards including the 1996 World Beer Cups "Gold Cup", the 1998 World Beer Cups "Silver Cup" and the 1995 Silver Medal Winner at the Great American Beer Festival. It is an Irish-style dry stout with seven malts. It has a roasted coffee flavor with a distinctive dry-roasted bitterness in the finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoffrobert (178) - Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours black but very thin... more thin than a soda. Bitter at first but gets better. Not much body to it or a stout. Would be good with beef.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Bottle. Pours a opaque black. Large brown head. Little lacing. Strong malty aroma. Very sour flavor with a dry finish. Like a tart apple. Bitter mouthfeel. Weak palate brings down the rating, a bit to thin for a stout. Definitely an unusual stout with the tartness. Would like to have tried it as a draft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ectuohy27 (1102) - ESTONIA - SEP 23, 2010
Impressively balanced, solid stout--little cloying caramel (appropriate for style), but the toasting is restrained and elegant (unlike Friend of an Irishman). Great surprise in what seems to be an excellent town for alcohol

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
650 ml bottle
Olive black and a little watery this is a run of the mill stout. Subpar for my expectations I still manged to drink most of it. Given the low price point I will not complain too much; however at the same time I will probably not try it again. I may purchase their other releases to get a sense of their overall style.

Aroma / Appearance - As mentioned above the olive black body is a little odd. Fluid and watery the tannish head is weak. Black coffee and dark chocolate provide some presence. I feel though that this could be thicker and richer without amping up the ABV too much.

Flavor / Palate - Dry, thin, and a little weak this needs more of a punch. It tastes mostly like cold black coffee which has been watered down to take off the bitter edge. On par with Guinness the difference is that this comes from a local/regional brewery rather than being nearly universal. For that I appreciate the effort. Ultimately though it doesnt do enough to make me want to rush out and buy more when I see it on the shelf.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (3421) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bomber from Kahns. Pours a very dark brown with some ruby tints and a fading head. The aroma is identifiable as a stout with light coffee, earth, and and wax chocolate. Palate is pretty light for the style with an equally gentle flavor. Flavors of cola, nuts, and instant coffee are noted. I can get down with some sessionable, lighter bodied stouts but this one is lacking any oomph whatsoever.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexsdad06 (9934) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks! Pours dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma is roasted malts (good), not much else (bad) and butter (ugly). The diacetyl was not expected. The flavor is ashy roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee and still a hint of diacetyl. Mouthfeel is watery, but still dry. This needs more body and...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
deyholla (11014) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle. Poured black with a thin light brown head. Aroma was full of roasted malts and a wooden note. Flavor began with roasted malts and and a strong wooden note emerges towards the finish. Very dry on the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MeadMe (1645) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2009
A: Dark black with a small tan Guinness lily pad type head. No real bubbles and no lacing. S: Burnt malt, coffee, and chocolate. Ho Hum. T: Nice and mild stout. Some chocolate and coffee taste but no real flavor explosion. Creamy yet dry. Not a bad brew. M: Creamy start, with a dry finish and a bit of bite. D: It was light enough to put down several without settling like concrete in the stomach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Pours very dark with a thin tan head. Aroma is of prunes. Taste is dry with a nice coffee aftertaste. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle. Fruity prune and coffee aroma. Black brown color with a creamy tan head. Flavor is acidic prune, molasses and bitter burnt toast. Light mouthfeel with a dry, almost tannic finish. Predominantly sour, not destined to be one of my favorites.

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