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Brewed By: Founders Brewing Company

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Number of Ratings: 3971

Style: American Double / Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stout

Brewed In: 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA

ABV: 12.3%

IBU: 70

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Tasting Notes

Please sign in to post comments about this beer and see your Beer Buddies' comments. profile - May 4, 2020
A. 2020 had great coffee aroma and flavor with enough chocolate and bourbon to be very good.
MonicaAJC profile pictureMonicaAJC - March 1, 2020
A guy at a beer store recommended this to me when I wasn?t wearing my glasses?what a shock when I got home to find the ABV @12.3 percent! Bourbon stout is not my preferred style of beer, and 12.3 is not my preferred ABV, but this is super flavorful and well done. The coffee and chocolate flavors are quite strong and tasty. The bourbon is there as well, but not so forward. Probably won?t have it again (one beer can bring on a hangover?) but I?m glad I tried it.
Saigoda profile pictureSaigoda - September 26, 2019
This is the only Founders stout that I like. Still, I?ll stick to my Ten Fidy. profile - May 2, 2019
Did a side by side of 2017,18&19. 17 had the most oaky Barrel flavors B+. 2018 was everyone?s favorite, most bourbon, but mellow and well balanced A. 2018 was heavy on a cold steep coffee flavor, which really cleaned the palate, the other two sort of lingered on the tongue B. profile - April 18, 2019
From bottle. Absolutely delicious. Vanilla, chocolate and coffee but with the barrel aged flavor taking center stage. Bravo.
Rewoken06 profile pictureRewoken06 - April 15, 2019
Partial to Founders, but this is arguably the best of their barrel aged stouts. It?s the perfect balance of bourbon aged flavor and the cocoa and coffee flavors really round it out. Pour, let it set for a few minutes and warm up. I like it almost at room temperature for the best least the first one, lol. 4 stars all day, every day. profile - March 24, 2019
2019 Version. Clean, smooth taste. Nice bitter chocolate flavor layered over a traditional stout character.
jdh profile picturejdh - September 18, 2018
Great taste and smell. Flavor of coffee, chocolate hint of bourbon to finish. Love to find more!
truss profile picturetruss - August 3, 2018
Let it be known that he has officially made the yummy sound. Though I am not a huge fan of coffee stouts, this one wins because of the full body, hint of bitter chocolate, and excellent bourbon barreling. And not overly detectable coffee. Had at Lake Washburn. Had again in December and this one is a winner. It would be a good entry level barrel stout, but it is going to work for more seasoned drinkers too. It may not be as rich or intense as some other barrel stouts, but you can pour a whole pint and drink it like a regular beer and you could want one the next day too. By avoiding overkill, this one hits a sweet spot. Had again in June 2019, not long after a revisit of Founders CBS: Founders knows how to use coffee in beer, unlike most other brewers who overdo and unbalanced it.
NavyDoc profile pictureNavyDoc - July 6, 2018
Pours dark, looks like soy sauce, but boy what a taste. Heavy, thick and sweet - almost detecting a licorice taste in addition to the coffee. Great for sipping and enjoying.
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