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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Photo of WesWes
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent black and caramel malt aroma as well as a mildly aggressive bourbon character. The maple aroma is subtle and seems to just be complimentary to the already sweet crystal malts. The taste is very good. It has a complex array of flavors ranging from you traditional Imperial stout tastes to bourbon to maple syrup. It's incredibly smooth with lots of caramel and maple sweetness. It does have an earthy black malt edge as well as a warm bourbon character. There is a lot going on with this beer. The mouthfeel is outstanding. Their big beers, especially the breakfast stouts and this one, are so damn smooth and creamy. It's what a beer should be like. This is another kick ass beer from Founders. I've come to expect only great things from this brewery. This beer is no exception.

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Photo of treyrab
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A colossal thanks goes to my man Shane for this. I have heard such great things about this beer but never thought I'd try it. I owe you one buddy.

A: Pours vigoursly from the bottle to yield a nice tan head in my snifter. Appears brown but nice mahogany hues come through when held to the light. Georgeous look.

S: Wow. Amazong bourbon hits you first and blends magically with the sweet maple undertones. The maple is great, sweet, and near perfection in the scent. Some nice roast and coffee come through as well but the bourbon and maple really shine.

T: This is the best old ale I have ever had. I say that without hesitation. The first flavors you get are good quality bourbon that blend gracefully with sweet maple. I love sweet beers (not the kind that slap you with a bag of sugar), but naturally sweet beers like this. The roast is there to balance the sweetness too, but the maple and bourbon shine again.

Overal, this is a masterpiece of a beer and realy cannot thank you enough Shane!

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Photo of brundo4
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow. Had this on nitro-tap 2/27/10 at The Fickle Peach in Muncie, IN. Served in a Matilda open mouth chalice. Reviewed from tasting notes.

A- Black. Darkness in a glass. Liquid night. You get the idea. A striking off-white head of 1/2 a finger. Sticks around and leaves a super sticky lacing.

S- Heavy Heavy Heavy! Bourbon in your face, along with serious maple syrup and malt smokiness.

T- Wow. Strong bourbon, even stronger maple syrup. Heavy, dominant malts with smoky, carmelly undertones. Some rich, deep, sweet fruits in there along with a simple straight-forward nutty quality somewhere in the middle.

M- So thick and rich. Like what I imagine eating a storm cloud would be like. Or drinking motor oil, and I mean that in a magical, life-affirming way.

D- The one I had kicked my ass so hard I dropped down to Gumball Head after. Should've manned up and had two. Or more. Or all of it, until it was gone. It's that good, but it smacks you up and you like it.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Chappy's in Dayton. Reviewed from notes

A: very dark brown, almost black. Poured into snifter with no head. Decent lacing as this went down.

S: Tons of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Some coffee and roasted malts can be picked up.

T: Simply amazing. Lots of oak and bourbon. I get hints of chocolate and sweetness. I also seem to be picking up some chocolate covered cherry in the flavor. Very well balances and flavorful.

M: Hard to describe. It has a chewy characteristic, but not a super thick body. Actually a little thinner than I expected. Not over carbonated. Very nice.

D: Very drinkable for a barrel aged beer. High amount of alcohol though. Be careful, cause this went down very easy. If the keg didnt run out, I could have drank this all night long.

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Photo of ltjska04
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a Founders tasting event at Party Town in Florence and was lucky enough to get the very last half-growler fill to take home with me (sorry beerman207!).

A- Black with brown highlights and brown head that doesn't stick around too long. Leave a slight ring around the glass.

S- Sweet with some chocolate. I get a lot of wood smell, vinous, and maybe a bit of barnyard.

T- As sweet as the nose with no hop flavor. Chocolate and syrup but no alcohol taste

M- Very smooth; coating and lingering. One of the best mouthfeels ever

D- Good because of the great flavors and mouthfeel but by the end of the half growler I was ready for something else. Not something I'd want to bombard my palate with all night long but having a few servings is perfect. Another winner from Founders.

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Photo of beerman207
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this sampled at Party Town in Florence, KY. This was certainly popular and I'm bummed I wasn't able to get my hands on more of it.

A- Pours very dark and black into the cup I sampled this from. Some moderate lacing left behind.

S- Picking up vanilla, bourbon barrel, chocolate, and some heavy malt in the nose

T- vanilla, maple, bourbon, sweet malt, and dark chocolate. In many ways this has some comparison to the backwoods bastard but darker and chewier

M- Moderate carbonation, goes down smooth.

D- Fantastic offering once again from founders. The tasting I attended had so many people at it that I couldn't get a growler of this fantastic beer. I hope they decide to bottle this gem.

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

Served on-tap at EBF 2010 in Boston, MA into a tasting glass at the appropriate temperature (02/20/10).

A: Pours an opaque chocolate brown with a cap of a light tan/espresso colored head.

S: Lost of roasted malt up front quickly followed by some sweet and sugary maple syrup. Hints of bourbon and a mild bread-like quality. Perhaps just a faint hint of oak.

T: Roasted chocolate and a smokey yet sugary maple syrup hit the palate first. Bourbon is there as is the wood and certainly becomes more apparent as it warms. The bready aroma leads more of a bread/waffle taste that melds extremely well with the smokey maple syrup. Very complex.

M: Fuller-bodied with lower carbonation with a nice degree of creaminess that truly coats the palate and feels rather chewy.

D: The 10.5% is hidden well and the complex yet balanced flavors allow this to be quite drinkable.

Overall this is a great beer and a wonderful Old Ale. Founders is certainly on a roll with their recent offerings. Recommended.

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Photo of BirdFlu
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

absolutely phenomenal. tried several pours at EBF '10. The first beer with maple as a highlighted ingredient to truly taste just like maple syrup. It was like drinking waffles.. sure a lot of other beers are mapley, even Canadian Breakfast has some noticeable maple but those still are like a beer that has strong malt aspect and usually coffee and or chocolate, but this was just straight up maple syrup. absolutely amazing. They MUST bottle this asap..

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Photo of TaddyPorter
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a Founders dinner at Brews a couple of weeks ago; I missed the dinner but have been happily helping clean up the leftovers at the bar. Black Biscuit is an old ale aged in oak barrels that were first used for bourbon, then for maple syrup, then for this beer. I'd love to know what happened to that bourbon-infused maple syrup...

A finger and a half of cappuccino foam floats over a cloudy chestnut brew. Very inviting to the eye.

Roasty, sugary malt with a bit of the maple syrup pushing through at first. A bit of doughy pumpernickel. Virtually no bourbon until it warms up, at which point sweet bourbon and maple start to release more.

Light brown sugar followed by slightly sour belgiany yeast. Finishes smoky and a touch ashy, with a solid base of peat leaving lingering dark and earthy malt notes.

Smooth, very light carbonation. Finishes chewy, thick, and coating.

It is wonderfully roasty and smooth. It's surprisingly easy drinking and great for cold weather, and at the same time deep and robust, complex and subtle. More flavors keep coming out as it warms up, and it's a very special treat that I'd welcome in my glass any time. Nice work Founders!

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Photo of Kegatron
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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Photo of Thorpe429
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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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At the Comet tonight for the B-B Imperial- I got this as a bonus!

Pours purely black motor oil-the name has it right there is nothing un-black about this pour- there is a small twinge of chocolate head.
Smell is has an interesting aroma-definitely some coffee but I'm not sure what this other is-maybe mwa is right and it's soy sauce but I would lean towards a fruity ester.
Taste is almost like drinking alcoholic chocolate milk- for toasted coffee ground flavor rounds out the end of the flavor.
Finish is nearly overwhelming like malty and with sweet toasted chocolate and a hint of ester.
As my colleague wrote before me this is dangerously drinkable-I think I would try to session this and make it through 2 before passing out on myself.

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Photo of mwa423
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The surprise keg at Comet after Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout!.

A - Jet black with a light tan head, nothing else, just black.

S - Interesting smell, reminds me of coffee and soy sauce. However this has a very smooth and cool aroma.

T - Wow, founders outdid themselves! Taste is a mil malt bomb for the color with an imperial stout flavor in the aftertaste.

M/D - Mouthfeel is perfect, smooth and rich, floats down the throat. This is the most dangerously drinkable 10 percenter I have had. Good thing this isn't in bottles, you would never see me sober again.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this growler on 2/4/10 (and also for not dumping any out of my glass this time)!

A - Emerged from the growler as a very deep brown liquid, almost bordering black territory, with copper and burgundy hues around the bottom and a creamy tan head that settled into a milky film and deposited plenty of spotty lace around the glass.

S - Initial aroma combines sweet chocolate with a dark fruit presence and lush vanilla notes. Hints of raisins, sweet tobacco leaf and a definite cherry tartness mingle in the background. However, the predominant aroma I pick up on is chocolate.

T - Black Biscuit opens with vanilla and chocolate notes acting in concert to provide an underlying sweetness, while a more subtle raspberry or cherry pie filling character adds a hint of tartness to the fold. Finish is extraordinary and lends a raspberry vanilla dessert sweetness with just a hint of tart cherry character. Oh man, this is simply delicious!

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and soft mouthfeel, yet enough carbonation is present, giving it quite a bit of life. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Freakin' Founders! The last couple of beers I've had have all been off the hook, and this one is no exception. Simply a delicious brew from one of the best breweries in the country!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Cave Du Vin, served in a small goblet. I was surprised to see it on tap, and there was no fanfare or anything. When I asked what was on tap, they recommended everything else first. I think they're trying to make this last for some event or something...

The beer is black and opaque, with almost no head. Kind of flacid looking with no head and all, but there was definitely some carbonation in there. It has a big aroma, heavy sweet malts, bourbon barrel, some toffee and maple, and whiffs of ethanol. It smells STRONG. Same with the taste, this is sweet and boozy, with maple notes and a little alcohol burn. Light carbonation and full body. This beer was just too big to rate drinkability very high, a sipper that lasted me over 1 hour.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was fortunate enough to catch this on-tap at South Park Tavern in Dayton. Poured into a New Holland tulip glass. Drank at room temperature.

A- Pours a dark chocolate brown. Produced two fingers with of cream colored head. Great head retention and some minor lacing as consumed.

S- Definitely picking up notes of bourbon barrel and sweet maple. Not overpowering in any way. In fact, I think it could have been ratcheted up a bit. Also noticed some vanilla and sweet malts.

T- To me this was heavenly...possibly better than Canadian Breakfast Stout, at least in terms of flavor. Perfect combination and quantity of vanilla, maple, bourbon, sweet malts and dark chocolate. The mix of flavors were so unique that it gave the beer a sweet, marshmellow deliciousness. Just the right amount of sweetness on the finish.

M- I originally was going to give this a 4.0 because it was a little on the thin side, especially for such a big beer. On the flipside the lighter body really brought life to the marshmellow flavor noted above and also gave it a similar texture.

D- One of the most, if not the most, drinkable BA beer I have ever had. If it wasn't for the +10% abv, I probably could put down five or so pints of this stuff.

Overall, Founders has nailed these maple barrel aged beers. I don't know how they do it, but keep it up. Both this and CBS are spot on. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BigMike
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Capone's. Served in a 9oz. snifter.

Pure black in color. No light or any ruby red color around the edges. Pretty close to no head at all. Even as the glass emptied a few swills produced no head. No lacing present either.

Smell is beautiful. Lots of Bourbon, lots of dark roasted malts. Chocolate like and coffee. And you can definitely smell the maple and oak.

Right off the bat you get the Bourbon flavor. It makes its presence known but not in a hot alcohol way. Lots of chocolate and a touch of coffee in there too. You can taste the oak and dried raisin like flavors. The maple is very present and on the finish a huge amount of sweetness hits you. At first it seems almost too sweet but as the beer warms it mellows and becomes quite nice.

Mouthfeel is definitely full bodied. This one is thick and coats the entire mouth. The large amount of sweetness takes a little away from the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkabilty is good. With all the flavors and the high alcohol i could probably only drink maybe 2 of these 9oz glasses. Thats doesn't mean its not a great beer. Just a bit heavy.

Overall Founders does an excellent job once again. There isn't too much that they're doing wrong these days in my opinion and that why they're one of my favorite breweries. Try this one if you ever see it!

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

Very deep brown completely opaque with a thick half inch mocha head.

Roasted malts with chocolate, hints of
Date, caramel, raisin, hints of maple syrup, vanilla, and bourbon.

Amazingly smooth with a good amount of maple, hints of bourbon, wood, raisin, dates, fig, mollasses, and more. Not cloying at all creamy and delicious.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Black Biscuit, on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Arrives an absolute pitch black, completely devoid of any hint of translucence save a few stray photons that break through around the rim. Also arrives completely devoid of, well, head, with pnly the faintest hint of the crown remains in the form of the thinnest of lace necklaces. Unsure if this is a result of the beer or of the ridiculously full glasses that you get at Capone's - when they say it's a 10 oz. beer, you're gonna get 10 oz. of beer. However, the assumption of an ethereal head is strengthened by the lacing once sipping begins, as it leaves only small dollops of occasional ornamentation along the snifter's sides. Small, very slow, and very infrequent bubbles suggest a subtly carbonated and soft beer.

Aroma: Maple syrup dominates here, sweet, woody, and pungently perfect, mingling with a bourbon note the heat and harsh spice of which has been nearly entirely neutralized by the sweet, sticky, naturally caramelized green sugar notes, leaving a pleasantly spicy, earthy, wooden spirit note. It's interesting how these two interplay with one another, largely diminishing the contribution of bittersweet cocoa, faint toast, earth, brown sugar, and vanilla ... but not enough to deny this one a near perfect score.

Taste: Wowzers. An intensely flavored brew that runs the flavor gamut admirably. As above, maple syrup can probably be characterized as the upfront note, though there also enormous wood, vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate liquor, cream, caramel, raisins, toffee, and coffee liquor. The sweetness really does lend a woody, earthy liquor note to things, but despite this, it's never hot. It's barely even warming, really, and then only in sensation rather than in taste. My only knock is that all the stray sugars do make this one almost a little too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Oily but with enough carbonation to make for a smooth, slightly crisp body. Creaminess augments the cocoa and vanilla, and though this does contribute to the above "too sweet" problem, I imagine it would have been worse in any other presentation or format.

Drinkability: My first shot at one of what I think is gonna be a big trend in beers soon - maple syrup barrel aging. I know Founders CBS is all the rage right now, and I'm looking forward (hopefully) to Nemesis being released soon, but I'll have to tide myself over with the memories of this one 'til I can get my hands on either or both of those. And what a memory - though the maple syrup notes can get a little sweet, borderline cloying even, they weave beautifully complex tapestries of flavor and aroma with the array of other authentic, sweet, and earthy tones you find in this brew. Kudos to Founders for a solid brew.

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Photo of John_M
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the recent Stone Soup event at the General Lafayette Inn. There were way too may great beers at this event to even begin taking any notes, but this beer was so memorable, I feel OK doing a review. This was generously provided by Matt C., the owner of Capone's.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with very good head retention and lot of sticky lacing all around. The beer smells every bit as good as it looks, with a considerable amount of coffee, choclate, black cherry, vanilla and maple syrup. Flavors replicate the nose almost exactly, but what really sets this beer apart is the mouthfeel. This beer is almost viscuous, and just has a lovely, crowd pleasing richness about it. This beer is so smooth and long, and the flavor is just mouth coating. Drinkability is stupid good. You can pretty much tell the alcohol is up there, but there is so much sweet, decadent creamy goodness, that you hardly even notice the alcohol.

Matt mentioned that this beer reminds him of a somewhat less rich version of CBS, and I would have to agree. This is a beer I will always order whenever I'm lucky enough to see it on tap. Just delicious.

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled on draft tonight at Capone's.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with only the slightest of dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger frothy chocolate beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring that coats the glass with sheets of lacing.

Complex aroma with a lot of different scents bouncing off of one another. Lots of sweetness from the barrel, especially heavy bourbon, oak and vanilla along with some sweet maple syrup notes. Underneath there is a strong chocolate malt presence that is only slightly roasty with hints of coffee/espresso bean, caramel, toffee and licorice. More sweet alcohol and subtle bitter hops towards the end of the nose. This beer smells amazing.

Chewy medium body that is pleasantly viscous with a lot of sweet chocolate maltiness, lactic cream, toffee and subtle hops. This beer is only slightly roasty which is a welcome change to many of the beers in this style that I've had recently. Extremely smooth but still very complex. The bourbon is prominent but this beer is not hot at all. The prominent bourbon character ads tremendous flavor without killing or overpowering the other flavors. There is still plenty of silky chocolate, subtle licorice and hops, toffee, vanilla, sweet maple syrup and roasted coffee. There is a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish which was unexpected and added to the complexity of this amazing beers. I really can't get over how well balanced and smooth this beer drinks. The ABV is excellently masked and the only alcohol notes are from the bourbon which is subtle. All of the flavors are well integrated and none of the characteristics are overpowering. This beer is excellent and I could not recommend it any higher.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at South Philly Taproom. Poured from tap into a small 8oz snifter. Pours a dark brown to black in color. Little to absolutely no head, nor lacing. Then again, by the time it arrived at my table...a small head may have been present, but disapeared by the time it got to me.

The aroma is mostly sweet...most likely due to the maple barrels. Not boozy in the nose either. Again, not picking up anything perticular, just a lot of sweet caramel-maple-chocolate. first, flavor took a turn for the worst. Remings me of a maple syrup flavored cough syrup. So relatively thick in comparison to other old ales. After another taste or two...more tolerable. Still very sweet, and remained that way through-out. Picking up burboun flavors as well. A little french vanilla coffee flavor as well. Overall, tasty...but drinkablility lacked for me due to the extreme sweetness.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Floyds. Served in their usual snifter/tulip glass.

A - A finger of creamy chocolate mocha foam that has excellent retention. A thick ring, some haze, and a few fingers of lacing. Opaque dark brown body.

S - Roasted malt barley, biscuit (duh!), light caramel sweetness, and initially a touch soapy. As it warms up there is more whiskey flavor, and some earthiness. This is surprisingly restrained in the sweetness department for something aged in maple barrels, and I'm not getting much of the typical vanilla, coconut, or butterscotch flavors either.

T - Biscuit, maple, rye, baker's chocolate. Barrel and whiskey flavors are present but understated. Super bitter roasty aftertaste. Good blending of flavors - less overtly sweet than Canadian Breakfast Stout, although it gets a little more maple as time goes on. Aftertaste is whiskey barrel bitterness.

M - Low carbonation, thick, chewy, very tannic finish, minimal residual stickiness.

D - Easy drinking and well-hidden booze, even though it was my second big beer. I could definitely have a few if I weren't driving to Cincinnati after stopping in at the brewpub. The bitterness gets a touch harsh, but no other major impedance.

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Photo of grub
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at founders jan 23/2010.

pours deep dark brown, nearly black except for at the edge. once you get about half way down the glass you can see that it is crystal clear and has a fantastic super dark red colour. the very fine light brown head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. bourbon. vanilla. bit of raw oak. caramel and a bit of toffee. light toasty white bread. cracker. bit of alcohol. earthy. there's definitely hints of barleywine and some darker stout-like character. bit of orangey citrus.

taste is great. bourbon and vanilla. hint of raw oak. touch of coconut, but pretty faint. slightly sweet caramel and a bit of buttery toffee. lightly toasted white bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. touch of dark chocolate and coffee. big rich malt profile perfectly befitting an old ale or aged barleywine, with a touch of roast and darker character. the darker aspects are more portery than stouty - toasty rather than roasty.

mouthfeel is great. silky smooth just under medium carbonation level. nice big body.

drinkability is great. fairly balanced, with a bit of warming alcohol after a while. although the server mentioned that it's based on a barleywine, this one really screams old ale to me - medium-low bitterness level with a nice malty sweetness and lightly warming alcohol. great barrel integration. delicious!

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Founders Black Biscuit from Founders Brewing Company
4.42 out of 5 based on 257 ratings.
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