Founders Black Biscuit | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: 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.

Added by sweemzander on 12-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

Had multiple servings of this one.

Pours a light tan head. Color is a dark brown, near black. Good retention.

Aroma: Sweet maple, bourbonm oak. Sweet dried fruits, chocolate, and caramel.

Taste: Mich bigger bourbon flavors here. Warming with sweet maple. Vanilla, caramel, dried fruits, raisins, plums, and molasses.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, and dry. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very sweet.

Overall, this is a great beer. It was very drinkable as well with tons of great flavors. I am very happy to have finally drank this one.

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4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sitting at the Capone's bar rocking a phone review.

A: Pours a very dark, near black with the slightest hint of--surprisingly enough--pure maple syrup coloring. Not much head or lacing, other than a whisp here and there after a good swirl, but it still looks beautiful sitting in the glass. Lacing improves a good deal with agitation as it warms up.

S: The initial whiff is plenty of maple syrup alongside some darker ripe fruits, mostly making me think of dark semi-tart cherries. A wee bit of oak and the accompanying vanilla. Hints of molasses and brown sugar.

T: Again, loads of maple alongside some oak, sweet vanilla, molasses, and dark sugars. Not as much of the cherry-type tartness that I got from the nose.

M: A little bit thin, but this is made up for in part as there isnt a cloying sweetness like with many Old Ales, nor is there any discernable alcohol presence.

D: Very nice. Glad I got up here to try this one before it kicked. Hopefully other breweries will start following in Founders' footsteps and start maple aging some of their bigger beers.

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4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Stoutfest @ Armsby Abbey.

A: Pitch black, very light creamy head that barely covers the pitch black beer.

N: Lighter nose, which has some dark malts, a little syrupy sweetness, roast, bakers chocolate, a little alcohol, black patent malt, some nice dark roasty aromas. I think there's a hint of earthy hops. The nose is way too light though.

T: Sweet! Lots of caramel and maple, brown sugar, and even molasses. Toasted malts, some biscuity malt flavors, with some roast but not as much as I expected. Chewy malts, thick and rich, somewhat velvety with a little oatmeal as well. Some vanilla and oak come through as well. A very little bit of raisiny sugar with a touch of booze. It hides the booze well though. I think I get a hint of a bitter earthiness from both hops and scorched roast.

M: Pretty thick, chewy and smooth, decent carbonation.

F: Dries pretty well but there's still a slightly sweet syrupy finish. More roast comes out on the finish, with some bitterness coming from a slight hoppy flavor and lots from the scorched malts. A little candied raisin and caramelized brown sugar, and a long malty biscuit flavor.

A really nice beer, I could drink this plenty. A little more drinkability than most of the heavy dark beers, but I still think I like CBS and KBS better.

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4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/16/2011 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, bourbon and vanilla.

T: The taste is very malty as you would expect with flavors of dark fruit, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and bourbon flavors. The sweetness is strong but not over-powering or cloying. The hops presence is very mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice malt bomb to drink for as long as you can handle it.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
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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4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey. Poured dark and looked nearly black in the dimly lit bar. It had a thin spotty head to it that clung to the edges of the glass. It left some moderate lacing as I drank it.

The aroma had bourbon and a little vanilla to it. It's moderately sweet with a malt and molasses flavor to it. A little alcohol was present as well. The aroma was good but a little mild compared to how flavorful the taste is. Everything still came together very well in the aroma though.

The taste seemed to be almost equal in it's sweet, malty, caramel and molasses flavors and it's roasty, chocolate, bitterness. It mixes the two styles very well. Bourbon comes through in the finish with a hint of vanilla. The bourbon was very well done and added flavor without much alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side with low carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it was so flavorful and surprisingly smooth drinking considering the abv% and barrel aging. I had this next to CBS and I thought this one was smoother and easier to drink, although they were both fantastic.

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4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mdfb79
4.01/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey in DC.

a - Pours a dark black color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly of coffee up front, as well as molasses, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and maybe a hint of alcohol. The more of it I drank, the more the alcohol seemed to come out in the smell.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and toasted, bready malts.

m - Medium body and almost no carbonation. This one was insanely smooth and easy to drink. Perfect mouthfeel.

d - I thought this was a pretty good beer. It looked great and smelled amazing, but I would have liked a little less alcohol and coffee in the smell. Overall another very solid beer from Founders that I'm glad I tried and would drink again.

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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Mike for sending me one of my "most wanted". Shared with fellow WWF drunkards during a homebrew collaboration session.

A: The pour is thick and black with a rather minimal tan head on top.

S: The bourbon stands out a bit more than the other maple beers, but this provides a bit more vanilla and booze aroma. The maple is somewhat subtle and provides a bit of sweetness. The base beer gives off a bit of dark malts and milk chocolate with maybe just a touch of dark fruits.

T: The maple and bourbon are much more balanced here with the maple really shining through and providing a sweet syrup flavor. Vanilla from the barrel along with sweet chocolate and a bit of bourbon on the finish. The sweetness from the base old ale is primarily in the form of dark fruits and milk chocolate.

M: A really thick, chewy, and creamy feel on the tongue. Full bodied with a smooth, low carbonation.

D: This one is another in the great line of Maple barrel aged beers from Founders. A really top notch beer that I'm pleased to have landed a growler of.

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3.76/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at ChurchKey.

And again, the CK makes itself known as the badass of badasses in the District. This guy pours a black so bleak it causes space madness, topped off by a short half-finger of dark ecru foam. The nose comprises some sharp bourbon, smoke and/or charcoal (I'll be honest, I can't figure out which it is here), molasses, burning (yes: burning), maple syrup, and what I can only describe as damp cardboard. I have no idea what to make of this smell. The taste is very similar, with the aforementioned elements along with chocolate, brown sugar, and graham crackers. These newcomers make everything copacetic once again. The body is a rather hefty medium, with a craggy feel (take from that what you's what I wrote in my notes...) and the vague impression of vibrating fizz, like what you feel when you lick a battery. I don't know what to tell you on that last one. Seeing the other reviews from the CK, though, I can't really blame it on the delivery of the beer. Overall, a very solid brew, but not really all that I heard it would be. The overly strong burn in the nose and the electric vibrating in the feel just drag what could have been a stellar brew into more modest company.

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3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

A: Dark brown at first. When held up to the light, the beer actually seems rather clear. Maybe a change of title is in order. There is a small head that leaves just a touch of lacing on the snifter.

S: Sweet malt, alcohol

T: This is decent beer, but I was pretty underwhelmed. Black Biscuit is a bit too sweet, and the alcohol is not only very present in the aroma, it is over-involved in the taste aspect as well. The body could be bigger and fuller, in my opinion. There is a sticky sweet quality to the beer that limits my enjoyment of this brew to one snifter.

M: Thinner than I expected, with an alcohol burn in the finish.

D: Overall, an ok beer. Perhaps the hype is derived from the rarity. I'm glad to have tried it.

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4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes taken on 2/11/10. Served into a snifter from draft at Capones during my first visit to this establishment that I have heard so much about.

Served in small snifter (9-10 oz?) slightly too cold and overflowing leaving absolutely no room for a formation of head. After a few sips, the only thing reminescent of a head is a penline of lace around the inside of the glass. Very minor amount of lacing. Color is pitch black with some browness and redness around the edges. Smells of coffee, chocolate and sweet maple. Taste is quite sweet with flavors of maple and chocolate dominating. Slight bitter coffee comes through in the finish with a nice amount of alcohol warmth that helps to balance out the sweetness of the maple. Medium feel with a low level of carbonation. Lingering alcohol taste blended with bitter chocolate and coffee clings to the inside of the mouth with every sip. Super drinkable and definately something I would go out of my way to try again. Of all the times you might have heard someone refer to a beer as a dessert treat, this is really one of the best I have had.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, slight dark citrus, wood, and strong alcohol. Fits the style of an Old Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, hops, alcohol (whiskey).

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep blackness (in this pitch dark bar) slimmed cocoa tan head.

Sweet roasted malt aroma, a little oat-y, creamy and smooth, a little toasty. Rich and chocolatey.

Taste: Cocoa and ash, charcoal and maple. A little coffee, a little toffee. ...silky smooth, undulating deliciousness, slick and tasty dark malt washes back wave after wave.
Long lasting finish, hangs in hard on the palate, never quite quits, never wants to, never will.
Straddles the line of sweetness and strength, malt dominates, hops lay low, flavor it unbeatable.
Goes without saying that this will be another classic once they bottle it. On top, it's utter loveliness.

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Founders Black Biscuit from Founders Brewing Company
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