Black Biscuit | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A cross between an Old Ale and a Baltic Porter. Brewed with a significant amount of biscuit malt and molasses.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 150
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mondegreen
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.88/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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3.58/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
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!

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3/5  rDev -33.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Black Biscuit from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 257 ratings