Founders Black Biscuit - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 262
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sweemzander on 12-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A cross between an Old Ale and a Baltic Porter. Brewed with a significant amount of biscuit malt and molasses.
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Reviews by Reagan1984:
Photo of Reagan1984
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed two glasses of this at the Armsby Abbey Stoutfest this weekend. Besides Canadian Breakfast Stout, this was my favorite beer. Truly a treat to drink. The first thing I enjoy is the classification. Old Ale, Stout?? What the hell is it? Well, it's fantastic.

Came in a tulip glass with a thick, creamy tan head that showed great retention. Slowly faded to a cap and then proceeded to leave a great deal of lacing in the glass. Dark brown and almost black. Just a shade lighter than most imperial stouts, but very very dark.

Aroma was the first treat. While it was definitely subtle, it was fantastic. Vanilla, bourbon, rich roasted malts all combined for a great aroma.

Vanilla, brown sugar, roasted malt, (not charred or burnt at all) bourbon and a sense of the wood. Every once in a while a maple flavor but I wasn't sure if it was maple or just a combination of the vanilla and brown sugar. Smooth yet complex. Another example where I am disappointed that these beers are limited to one time. This is a great beer and should be brewed again. There is a great deal of complexity here and I made sure to slowly enjoy the glasses.

Silky smooth mouth feel and the slightest carbonation. Fairly bold body but not syrup like at all. Lay on the tongue and the flavor lingered nicely.

If the keg didn't kick, I would have ordered a third.. That should speak nicely to the drinkability.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SkiBum22
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours jet black with a half inch of mocha head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like molasses, brown sugar, caramel, smoke, licorice, and a hint of oak. Whiskey is definitly present also.

T - Chocolate, dark fruits, sweet caramel, some toffee, whiskey. The whiskey note isn't as strong on the palate as the nose.

M - Full, rich and thick, smooth, soft carbonation, creamy finish.

O - This is another great beer from Founders that I feel gets a little over looked. I wish this was available more often.

Photo of mondegreen
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with faint garnet highlights when help to the light. Has a thin off white head that recedes to a rim around the top of the beer and stays.

Carries a sweet aroma. The molasses is definitely present, along with bready, roasty flavors peaking through.

Taste is fairly subdued for a beer of this magnitude. Yes, there is a touch of sweetness, but the rest of the flavors keep the molasses sweetness from getting out of hand. The malt plays a role in the balance game with a delicate balance between the typical roasted flavors of a Baltic Porter and the strong backing sweetness of an old ale. The flavors of this beer work very well in concert with one another, making this a very enjoyable brew.

Mouth is full and creamy. Delicious.

Would love to have this one again. Maybe Founders will consider putting it in their premiere 4-pack rotation. One can hope.

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses with mild amounts of heavily toasted - though not quite roasted - malts. Also present are solid amounts of maple syrup and vanilla buttressed by mild amounts of bourbon.

Tastes similar to how it smells although the sweetness is toned down a bit. Moderately sweet toasted malt flavors with heavy molasses flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip good amounts of vanilla and lighter amounts of bourbon flavors work their way into things. Before the end of the sip a light spiciness akin to that in an old ale is present before giving way to maple syrup flavors that carry through to an ending equally parts bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but it still ranks as my least favorite of those aged in the maple bourbon barrels. That being said, it's still a great beer and if you liked Nemesis and CBS you will undoubtedly like this beer.

Photo of coryking
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tap at the International Tap House in Soulard in St. Louis.

A: Extremely dark brown. Looks black, but when backlit, you can see a dark brown hue around the edges.

S: Charcoal, burnt molasses, toffee, bourbon, dark fruits, brown sugars, maple wood. Sweeter than most of the big things that come out of Founders.

T: Definitely let this warm before you really get into it. Pretty boozy, but as it warms, the dark sweet fruits blend in to make it like a huge chocolate bourbon burnt port. Big malty, biscuity, backbone running around on my tongue now. Loving the biscuity character, but the sweetness and hot booze isnt in perfect harmony yet. Pretty nice, would love to age this one for a couple of years and return back. Pretty sweet overall, other than the booze on the backside. At only 10.5%, it drinks pretty hot still.

M/D: A big medium body, surprisingly thinner than I was expecting. Keeps drinkability up, but reduces the mouthfeel a bit.

A solid brew, hard to come by, worth it, but would love some age on it.

Photo of Stigs
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour at Smokin Joes as part of a Big Pour event...served in a mini almost weizen-style glass

A - one finger of medium khaki, loosely fluffy foam settles rather quickly to some floating bubbles and a ring. the beer is pretty much pitch black.

S - bourbon, lightly sweetened with some vanilla,brown sugar, rum, pistachio nuttiness. slightly charred black malts and overly toasted biscuits.

T - great complexity here. dark chocolates, molasses, vanilla and rum provide sweetness that melds nicely with the bourbon and alcohol heat. pungent biscuity malts add another dimension near the end and finish. yum.

M - medium bodied, adequate punchy and tight carbonation. slightly creamy with a sweet but dry finish. lingering boozyness.

D - very solid one here, wonderfully balanced...heavy yet delicate and complex. hard to stop sipping this, ABV really makes it dangerous.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Definitely the find of my beer career. Growler from Decicco's Ardsley. Poured into a Portsmouth snifter. Shared by schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a 2.5 finger frothy light mocha head. Beer is a clear dark brown. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good cling. Very attractive overall with a slight deduction for head retention that could use a little work.

S: Nose is light roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, brownie, cocoa, and some chocolate. Slight bourbon and vanilla characteristics in the background. Aromatic and appreciatively complex.

T: Opens bourbon, honey, molasses, and chocolate. Slight roasted malt character in the middle along with prunes, other dark fruit, and stale hops. Brownie, cocoa powder, and honey at the end with a sweet, brown sugar spice finish and nutty aftertaste. Nothing too outrageous but very well balanced.

M: Medium to full bodied to light carbonation. Slightly bready and robust in the mouth and smooth and silky going down. Easily the smoothest beer at its ABV. Finish is slightly messy with a quick and dry aftertaste. Perfect in every way and the most sessional 10% beer I have ever come across.

O: An extremely hyped beer and deservedly so. Founders Black Biscuit doesn't have the intense flavors to blow you away but it's incredible balance and perfect mouthfeel make it an extremely impressive offering. Not to be missed if you ever come across it.

Photo of mikey711
3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to cory for this one!

A: Dark brown when poured but it sat pretty much black in the glass. nice carbonation level that held nicely for a hand bottle and left some splattered lacing.

S: Lots of biscuit notes with hints of chocolate. lots of toffee and caramel as well. Some butterscotch notes. Some burnt flavors as well. A bit of roasty flavor as well.

T: This is one of the most complex beers have ever tried. the flavor profile starts out with toffee and burnt caramel. it transitions a bit into a roasted bready note with some chocolate notes. Some maple syrup notes and butterscotch

M: A bit on the thin side yet there is still some heat present.

D: This is one to drink slowly. this is my secod time having it and i am enjoying it more now than the first time.

Photo of nickd717
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Some time, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, ask them to go in there with all they've got and win just one for the Ticker. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Seventeenth of July, and we will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from tick deprivation. We are fighting for our right to tick. Should we win today, the Seventeenth of July will be known as the day the tickers of the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not go thirsty without a fight! We're going to tick on! That beer is going to survive to be ticked!" Aye, tick and your BeerAdvocate dignity may die. Don't tick, and it'll live... at least for a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the beers, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR TWO OUNCES TO FREEDOM!

Growler thanks to a very, very generous BA whose name I'll leave out of this review to avoid controversy. He came through with a HUGE assist though - this guy is pretty much the Steve Nash of beer ticking.

Shared with largadeer, alfrantzell, chswimmer, and the late great 2ozToFreedom. The 36 hour old growler pours clear darkest brown in color with some tannish bubbles that leave a bubbly ring and some swirls. Excellent aroma. Smells like a great old ale with a little impy stout mixed in. A lot of barrel and maple. Some bourbon or cognac. Sweet toffeeish malt and vanilla. Amazing flavor. Very sweet in a good way. The -bal aging is strong with this one. Lots of oak, vanilla, and maple. Great caramel, toffee, and milk chocolate malt base. I'm even getting some rye, although I don't know if there's actually rye in there. Oh yeah, also delicious rarity. Man, I love that taste. Extremely smooth on the mouthfeel with medium-full body and low carbonation. Very, very drinkable for a rich -bal aged old ale. Lives up to the hype. Tick this beer if you can.

Photo of Shumista
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from earlier this evening, on tap the at brewery. A healthy "8 oz" pour into a snifter.

Pours deep dark brown (black) with a small light brown head. Smell is a lot of maple, some chocolate and brown sugar and a bit of bourbon. Taste is dominated by a hershey chocolate bar like chocolate flavor, with bourbon, maple, coffee and vanilla undertones.

This one was served pretty cold so I got to really experience it open up as it warmed. It definitely became more and more complex and enjoyable as it warmed, however after a certain point with too much warmth it became a little boozy and cloying causing drinkability to suffer. I was ready to be done with it by the time my glass was empty. Probably best drank in a small range of temperatures. Overall, I was really excited to try this one, but I feel like Founders has better barrel aged offerings.

Photo of Kegatron
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Union Jacks (Boyertown, PA) on 2/13/10. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours black as night in the glass, being topped with a creamy half finger of light mocha colored head. This retains with a very frothy and rich look, just slathering the sides of the glass with a ridiculous amount of lacing. The aroma smells of chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and molasses, which all just seems to blow up in the nose all at once. Some lighter notes of char and woody tannins float along the back of this this, adding an outlying earthy texture to the bouquet. Wow, this is pretty freaking outrageous smelling.

The taste starts with a big chewy base of roasty chocolate sweetness and dark cherries, which spread all around in the mouth. This is surrounded by sticky notes of vanilla, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, and char all just sticking to the roof of the mouth, with the woody tannins of the barrel hanging in there especially tough. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a VERY mellow chewiness to it for such a big beer. The syrupy slickness of the barrel character especially really makes this flow nicely, with that big ABV being magnificently hidden here. I'm getting pretty much no warmth at all, with the alcohol only being detectable as part of the general beefiness of this.

Every time I have another barrel-aged beer from this brewery, the more and more I become a believer in them. This new usage of the maple syrup barrels just works so well with these dark beers (I felt that this was almost on par with CBS) and the feel on this was just exceptional. Definitely seek this out on tap if it hits your state, as this is one of those beers that I could just revisit again and again, as each sip of it seemed to bring something new out each time.

Photo of bashiba
3.58/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown/black with a thick tan head that left light lacing and a long bubbly ring.

The smell was a strange mixture of molasses and bitter dark chocolate.

The flavor was very sweet with big molasses notes and some deep dark chocolate, heavy malts with lots of noticeable dark fruits and a slightly burnt black bitterness that doesn't quite come close to balancing out the sweetness. Didn't really get much of the biscuit flavors this is famous for.

The mouthfeel was actually a bit thin for a beer of this style, also a bit hot.

This was interesting, very much a dark molasses bomb, but the execution wasn't great. I managed to drink two pints, so I guess it was drinkable for a beer this size, but still a bit much after a while.

Photo of thagr81us
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from tap into a goblet at the Founders event at Duckworth's in Charlotte. Poured black as sin with a minimal light light tan head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, bourbon, and chocolate. The flavor was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, slight vanilla, and bourbon (this wasn't barrel aged!? WHA!?!?!?). It had an extremely heavy (almost syrupy) feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one was QUITE excellent and probably my second favorite brew of the event (CBS being #1). The flavors in this one were very nicely balanced and I was surprised that this one wasn't barrel aged as the flavor would make you think otherwise. It did take a good bit of warming up for the aroma to make its way through though, but once it did it was quite nice as well. The heavy mouthfeel was almost a turn-off for me, but the mild carbonation helps to break it up and make it quite drinkable. Big thanks to Duckworth's for giving me the opportunity to try this one!

Photo of alleykatking
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap last night at Fiddler's. Was pretty stoked to see this on tap.

A- Pours a deep dark brown (pretty much black). A good pour to me with a finger and a half light mocha colored head that shows medium retention. Streaking lacing on the sides of the glass in medium amounts.

S- Had to let this one warm up a bit before smelling. Nice bourbon notes right upfront with a strong maple tone. Some vanilla and light oak notes. Chocolate, caramel and biscuity malts in the backing of all the other aromas.

T- Drank this one warm and it was amazing. Bourbon tones and a sweet maple taste was upfront and in a nice balanced tone surprisingly. A darker fruit(s) comes through with figs and maybe some light raisin. Toffee and biscuity malts comes through in the middle before being overtaken by a brown sugary sweetness toward the end. A light warming alcohol flavor (mostly bourbon) in the ending with some oaky notes.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the this is a mixed style it's hard to define if the bubbles were too much or not enough. Slick coating from the beer on the palate. Good overall flavors and everything is brought out flavor wise. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Sweet malts and maple left on the palate with a bourbon oaky aftertaste with some sweetness to it after each sip.

D- This is a very drinkable beer despite the higher ABV. An interesting take on two very different styles blended together. Founder's always amazes me with these one off beers they do. The ABV though caps this beer off at no more than a couple of pours sadly.

Photo of Bung
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At the brewery week of the 4th.
A pretty much black pour, but started with almost 4 fingers of head that looked like a chocolate malt. Eventually recedes to a finger of multilayered cream to brown head that grips the glass.

Aroma is multi-dimensional malt and molasses. Maple, oak, dark chocolate as well. Not much more to say, very nice.

Worlds of malt, roast and maple bourbon syrup. Pumpernikel, some peat and leather. Finishes pleasantly with cocoa, molasses and oak barrel.

Near full bodied with an extreamely smooth creaminess. Nearly no warmth, one could easily ko themselves with this stuff at 9%. It said 9% on their board for this batch anyway.

This stuff is special, a must try if you are fortunate to come across. Another fantastic one from Founders and yet another one they should bottle. "Where do they get these wonderful toys?"

Photo of Neffbeer
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap Dec 17 from notes:

A: Its' appearance is slippery and oily black. Good size tan head with moderate retention and excellent lacing.

S: The nose is potent to say the least. Some hops, oak, dark malt, maple, and a hint of booze. Raisins and coco appear as the beer warms.

T: It starts out with oak, vanilla, and a fruity/ester flavor I can't put my finger on. Very boozy and woody in a good way. There are a ton of interesting flavor notes going on. A symphony of sorts.

M: Slick and thick with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel really adds to the overall effect of this beverage.

D: Great brew that I will seek out again. It is a bit too strong for more than 1 in a sitting, but delicious none the less.

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt Capone for sharing this growler at Stone Soup.

A: The old ale is a dark color, nearly black but not quite. More of a deep red hue. A thin head, a tan-colored brown, never really musters up to very much.

S: The nose is decadent, with maple syrup richness emerging immediately. Vanilla beans and coconut follow but the maple is the stand out.

T: Black biscuit indeed. Biscuity malts, chocolate and burnt toast all mix together before yielding to the maple. The sweetness is strong at first before gradually yielding to bourbon. Roasted bitterness occasionally peaks through the maple and bourbon.

M: The mouthfeel, hopefully, signals the start of a new trend of maple barrel aging. Much like CBS and Maple Mountain Brown, Black Biscuit brings a new, dynamic flavor to beer.

D: Even at 10%+, this is a very drinkable beer. The maple barrel concept is brilliant.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 oz tap pour into a snifter and shared with Sweemzander at Founder's Black Party 2010.

A - Well, it certainly is black. A thin ring of light tan foam floats on top with an arch of lace left over from smelling it on an angle. No head what-so-ever.

S - Barrel-aged bourbon wood comes out right away with roasted malts and sweet chocolate caramel behind. A small hint of hops on the finish but the nose is very boozy and vintage/old ale-like.

T - Rich roasted malts provide a strong backbone to a bold Old ale flavor of boozy alcohol, light fruit hints, and a caramel toasted finish. No hop flavor at all.

M - Medium-full bodied and rich, roasted. A good balance of roasted, bitter malts, sweet, rich malts, and a dry finish.

D - Sweet but not too sweet, its well-balanced and while the booze is there with it being 10.5%, it isn't too much. No alcohol sensation to make it off-putting.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is simply extraordinary. One of the best things I have ever had the pleasure to try. I cannot thank the BA who sent me this growler enough. Simply put you made my week. Served at cellar temp and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/04/2010.

A stunning, perfect pour. Dark as night with no light coming through at all. A large, three finger head of chocolate colored foam rose up from the depths to cap the top of this one, nearly spilling over out of the glass. It settles slowly but coats the sides of the glass so completely that you can barely see through it even when empty.

The sweetest, most intoxicatingly rediculous aroma I have ever come across. Simply amazing as the maple syrup, vanilla, molasses, rich chocolate and coffee notes combine so perfectly and completely I was actually salivating. Warming brings a touch of coffee to the front, but this had the most amazing sweet aroma and taste, I was in awe. It seemed each sip was more complex then the one before. Rich, decadent vanilla and the most raw maple sweetness I have ever tasted. Light bourbon notes poking through, dark, forboding, but light and sweet it is stunning. A silky, creamy finish leaves a light flavor on the tongue that begs me for more and hides all the alcohol.

Overall this was easily one of the best beers ever made IMO. The balance, the sweetness, the richness in unmatched. If you can you have to try this, it is simply too good to be true.

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nickd717 for sharing a growler of this long-time want. Dark mahogany brown in the glass, there's a slight translucency and a small tan cap.

The aroma has a big molasses and licorice character at the forefront, some spiciness and boozy bourbon backed by maple syrup sweetness. This smells great.

Black licorice and molasses come through just as strongly on the palate, and there's an equally prominent note of rootbeer-like spiciness, it's almost peppery. Orange peel-like fruitiness and bitter roasted malt appear toward the finish, along with an earthy, spicy quality that makes me think of rye bread. Alcohol is evident, but not particularly harsh - it's almost reminiscent of liqueur, but with a big bitter finish that reminds you that you're still drinking beer. I think it could stand to be a touch more full-bodied, but I may be spoiled from recently drinking The Bruery's Bourbon Barrel Aged Coton. All the same, this is another great beer from Founders. Hopefully we see bottles at some point in the future.

Photo of Randalld
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draught at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. I was pleasantly surprised to see this one on tap again aside from a fest or the brewery.

A-Pours very similar to a stout in color. A very dark opaque black with some very subtle mahagony hues that come through when held into the light. 1/4 inch creamy beige head that recedes almost immediately into spotted lacing.

S-Wonderful nose that took me a while to get past before indulging into my first sip. Lots of vanilla beans, creme brule, maple, chocolate roasted malts, sweet malts, caramel, bourbon, and a little booze.

T-Stays pretty consistant with the smell. Starts off with sweet vanilla, caramel, toasted biscuits, and maple flavors. Picked up on some toffee flavor as well. very smooth and creamy. Mild hops, bourbon and oak in the finish that keeps all the sweets in check.

M-Silky smooth, milk like mouthfeel. Very creamy. Mild hops in the finish.

D-Black biscuit goes down wayyy to easy for the 10%ABV. I had a hard time setting my glass down between drinks. I hope they bottle this one day so it can find it's way into my collection.

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is near black in color (traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light) and poured with a thin tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are faint aromas of raisings in the nose, however the smell becomes much stronger as the beer begins to warm up.
T: The taste has flavors of alcohol, bitter coffee, chocolate and raisins and becomes more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels full-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Warming from the alcohol is definitely noticeable.
O: This is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped given its strength and the amount of alcohol in the taste.

Photo of vacax
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to have tried this twice now, thanks to Andrew for sharing this growler with the WWF. Pours next to black, ruby brown, with a small tightly beaded head. Aroma of maple, bourbon, pearl sugar, dark fruit, mildly Belgian esters. The flavor is strong with maple, raisin, fig, again pick up a bit of Belgian yeast flair to some degree. Finish brings loads of caramel, borderline cloying, but not yet offensive. Definitely a sweet take on an old ale, but very tasty in my book. Full bodied and rich with soft, creamy carbonation. I found this one quite delicious, nice dessert beer I'd say. I'd like to have a few bottles of this in my stash.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DeCicco's. Out of a wine glass.

A- Blackish brown, slightly opaque. Light khaki colored head with some mild lacing.

S- Smells like a hoppy old ale, with some notes of caramel. The porter comes through as a little creaminess in the smell. Both provide a little sweetness.

T- Very smooth. The old ale is dominant initially with notes of molassas, chocolate, malt, and hops. The baltic is mostly on the aftertaste, with sweetness and dark malt coming through. I get a little hint of booziness, but it is far from intolerable.

M- Spot on. The carbonation was a little light but fitting for the style. I could have used a touch more body.

O- Another solid beer from Founders. Would love to see a bourbon barrel aged variation of this. Got better and better as it warmed up.


Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw this on tap at Teresa's Next Door and couldn't let myself pass it up. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: A deep and nearly opaque molasses brown color that produces rich ruby hues why held to the light. 1-finger head looks creamy and thick, and when I get the beer, there are cascade-like bubbles that look like this was poured from a nitro tap. Thick rings of well-spaced foam stick to the glass as the lacing spans about 50% of the circumference of the glass.

S: Maple syrup is very potent. It is blended nicely with molasses, caramel, and a light roasty aroma as well. There is not even a touch of booze in the nose.

T: The longer this beer sits on the palate, even after you swallow, the better this beer gets. The flavor begins with the taste of real maple syrup mixed with caramel notes. The flavor then begins to move to roasted malts and a toasted grain flavor, all the while maintaining the maple and caramel character. Dark fruits and raisins come out in the middle, and the beer rounds out with a full and satisfying vanilla. The aftertaste of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla that develops more and more as it sits. Surprisingly, there is no muddling of flavors. This is one awesome beer.

M/D: A surprisingly light consistency, low carbonation that leads to a very smooth and creamy feel. The finish on this beer is delightful. The high alcohol, content, while not evident in the flavor, makes this one for sipping. The complexity is through the roof. A great after-dinner beer. This beer is one helluva find.

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Founders Black Biscuit from Founders Brewing Company
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