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 ArrogantJaron
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to drink this amazing beer on tap at THE OLD BAG OF NAILS in Columbus, Ohio. The only keg in the area. What a great day!

A- a deep dark ale. It is the color of a strong RIS instead of an old ale! Almost no lacing at all. Small, white creamy head that disipates quickly. Maybe the perfect color.

S- The nose is dominanted chocolate, surprisingly not a lot of maple and almost no bozziness!

T- Absolutely amazing! This neer has sooo many different features!!!! The beer is extremely strong while it is cold. The maple flavor is sooo strong a full and finishes with a vanilla flavor. As it warms, the bourbon starts to take over but u do not lose that wonderful maple. The roasted coffee comes through as it warms. Almost no bozziness at all. I feel like I can't describe the complexedy of this beer while u drink it! How great that I get a 10 ounce pour for only 3.75!

M- a sweet mouthful that us surprisingly thin but leaves nothing wanting, great finish!

D- this is extremely drinkable! It goes down smooth and easy! You will never know you're drinking an 11% beer until you're on the floor!

Once again founders presents another original, fantastic ne'er that makes my pallet salivate at the thought of it!

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Photo of jampics2
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Luckily, I got to try this at the Beer Engine's Wood Aged Beer Event. A growler had been saved from the special tapping the Sunday night before.

I had a few pours, so probably 12oz or so. This was hands down the best beer I had that day.

Poured into a small tasting glass, this brown body has a creamy head that really sticks around. Darker that Old Curmudgeon.

Smell is awesome. Brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, wood, bourbon. Nice!

Taste is amazing, might even be better than CBS in showcasing the unique syrup bourbon barrels. Tastes like maple brown sugar, vanilla, sweet bourbon, all in perfect harmony. This was just a wonderful blend of the flavors I like best about wood and bourbon aging.

Creamy mouthfeel, absolutely dances across the tongue. Perfect.

Drinkability was exceptional as well. Just a pleasure.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.51/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Teresa's in a Tulip on a cold night.

A- Black bisquit is black with brown edges and a medium tan head that stayed a bit, loose lacing, nuff said.

S- Smells of a maple syrup glazed chocolate cake with a big malt presense and a hint of alcohol from the huge ABV, mollasses and some vanilla.

T- This is a sweet old ale and quite different from the others i've tried mainly due to the barrel aging. Chocolate, vanilla, syrup, no hops, alot of malt, that's black biscuit folks.

M- Very full and chewy, very sweet, almost reminded me of a few Southern tier beers in taste and feel. With that said this was a bit to sweet for my taste. No sign of the alcohol except a small hint.

D- I think this is the 3rd thing from founders in a maple barrel and while this was good, it was my least favorite out of the 3. It seemed a bit big in sweetness and the maple kind of dominated leaving me trying to find some true old ale flavors. Either way cheers to founder's for this offering and i'll give it another go for good measure.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door on 1/6/10.

A-Opaque dark brown-black with a one inch tan head.

S-Dark, sweet, rich chocolate aromas with plenty of vanilla. Not a bit of booziness, which is not a criticism.

T-Sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors in the front, balanced by a graham cracker malt sweetness and a warming alcohol finish.

M-Medium bodied with light carbonation.

D-Goes down smooth and easy, almost dangerously so. A bit overly sweet to drink in volume but otherwise quite nice.


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Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had probably 6-7 glasses of this over a few visits to the Founders brewpub. By far the best thing that they had on tap while there.

Pours a midnight black with a touch of mocha-colored head along with some 's' shaped swirls. Smells strongly of vanilla, fig newtons, with a sweet bourbon undertone. The taste is similar and very sweet, with slight roasted malts, spices and more vanilla, leaving a maple syrup aftertaste. The maple is not as pronounced as with the CBS or Sappy Slappy Bastard, but very well integrated into the beer.

Great mouthfeel with a medium to heavier viscosity, medium carbonation and somewhat chewy. This goes down way too easily and on my first visit I found myself finishing my 4th glass and contemplating another glass but instead went with a Sappy Slappy (which was not as good). The second visit I made sure to slow the pace knowing that this can sneak up on you.

Another great maple syrup barrel aged beer from Founders. Hope that this can make it's way to bottles sometime soon.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.63/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

8oz. tap pour at Founders into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a thick & syrupy pitch black color that momentarily cascaded as it was pulled from the tap right in front of me. Produced a rather frothy & fluffy very light tan head with some good retention to it.

(S)- Tons of butterscotch, molasses, vanilla, toffee, and coffee. Man, this is rich & malty!

(T)- Very decadent & rich malted chocolate shake with toffee, butterscotch, cocoa, molasses, raisins, and caramel mixed into it. The slightest bitterness from hops, and a slight roasted component mixed into the various elements. Very sweet but is a rollercoaster of flavor. They said it was an old ale, but its really like that only combined with a stout and a barleywine put together; crazy!

(M)- Great carbonation level to it. Rather thick & very sweet tasting; its almost to the point of being too much, but not quite. This screams dessert beer in every sense.

(D)- A sipper meant to be savored after dinner as a special treat. Very sweet & rich but not in an off-sugary way; Tons upon tons of malts in this! I would love to see this bottled just so I could age it to see how it would change cause this has alot going for it, but it really fills you up with its thick & rich body.

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Founders Black Biscuit from Founders Brewing Company
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