Founders American Black Ale | Founders Brewing Company

Founders American Black AleFounders American Black Ale
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Founders American Black AleFounders American Black Ale

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 02-06-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby twist off bottle.

Appearance: A dark brown pour with chocolate, clear edging. A filmy, sudsy tan head forms that clings to the glass.

Smell: Bittering hops, cocoa, carmel, some brown sugar, and yams.

Taste: A smooth blend of chocolate, smoke, wood, and bittering hops. There is a touch of sweetness like maple syrup or carmel that balances it out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and velvety.

Drinkability: Enjoyable enough to keep the palate interested but nice enough not to destroy it. Too bad this is retired. Another nice one from Founders.

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Photo of maxpower
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, nice lasting creamy tan head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, roasty chocolate-coffee aromas. Roasted burnt chocolate coffee flavors, nice bitter-sweet flavors, good roasted bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a nice, soft and creamy mouthfeel, another good one from Founders.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Usual high carbonation on this as on the other Founders I've had lately, so it's time to play the waiting game, I guess...
enormous creamy tan head...dark brown body, with crimson shades shining through the sides...nice, toasty, sweet aroma, slightly cola-ish, though, little bit o' spice...Taste: big hops at the fore, huge carbonation, rich and full, bits of cocoa, and nuttiness, as well.
it's a brown ale, not a "black ale" as the label calls it, and it's a nice one. Very active mouthfeel, very spritzy, lively, tasty.
Body is fullish, texture is bold and flavorful, finish is medium and I like it pretty well. Better than many a brown ale out there.

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Photo of frazbri
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black body that shows deep red when held to the light. Light tan colored head that poured dense and sustained throughout the glass. The aroma held a little bit of chocolate and a tinge of hops.
I tasted espresso and chocolate on first sip. There was also a slightly fruity flavor like a strawberry. The body is lighter than you might expect. It doesn't have the girth of a porter or a stout. It feels more like a pale or an ESB.

This is not a porter, stout or brown ale. To me this is a Schwarzbier brewed with ale yeast. It's one of those beers that does not fit squarely into our style definitions. Open your mind and your mouth to this beer, and you will be rewarded.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.12/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very black ale with very thin tan head. Very similar to guiness. The aroma reminds me of a sweet porter. The initial taste is pretty bold with a very roasted nut taste. Hints of coffee are definately present. The finish just doesn't come together very well. It is pretty unbalanced. This just doesn't seem to fit together too good. To weak for a porter and a little too heavy for a brown.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly dark beer bottle brown color, nearly black stout-like appearance, finger high head of creamed cocoa brown sits long before staying as a thin skim always present, lacing in large amounts of globs and ink blots.

Smell is really nice, nothing faint here, all browns(black) ales need to smell like this. Some favorable soft bakers chocolate and richly roasted black malt sweetness make the top and hardy blackened bready biscuits takes the bottom. The malted sweetness adds a nice balance to the roasty/burnt breads.

Taste has a nice black malt sweetness, chocolate breadyness, soft, yielding roastyness, then it takes a turn towards the finish where some nice leafy hop bitterneess comes through and ends late with leftover chocolatey dryness. Nice finish, subtle, complex, hop bittering mixed with the roastyness and dry chocolate.

Feel is sweet, dry, roasty, just shy of medium body with a nice finish. Porter-like character overall.

This brown ale thinks its a porter. A great attitude to have.

A big U.P. thanks goes to trbeer for the many samples.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, with a mild head that dissipates kinda quickly. Odd looking, with sediment floating around as if in suspension.

Smells of malts and burnt coffee.

Malty with coffee and mocha flavors, but mellow. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, it is a very smooth beer. Kinda chalky and bitter at the end, but nice. Easy and mellow to drink. Almost like a poor man's porter.

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Photo of budsboy
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date.
Pours a very deep brown with a small white head that disappates quickly.

Chocolate and grainy malt smell with a faint scent of pepper.

Cocoa and bitter coffee taste is upfront with a bit of fruity lightness interlaced. Not bad at all.

Not as silky as it appears, chalky in some ways. But altogether an easy-drinking brown ale.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is...well, black, with a . The smell is a fairly dry malt. The taste is a nice roasty coffee dark malt with a bit of sweetness in the taste as well, and a coffee bitter finish. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, quite good.

Thank you to trbeer. A unique beer...I liked the description of a mix between porter and brown ale because this fits very nicely. A wonderful session beer, and certainly one I'd have again.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black body with a great tan head, highly retentive and a great sticky lace engine. The nose is light and of roasted malts and nuts. A really love porter style flavor with nice roastiness and great bitterness. A good medium feel with plenty of following flavor. Great drinkability; the alcohol may be there but it's highly hidden. Very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of Wildman
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For a brown ale, this poured and looked more like a stout. It was black and no light was really getting throught it. It formed a small offwhite bubbly head that left coated the sides with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt and hops with a touch of coffee and chocolate. A flavor of malt, hops and light touches of burnt coffee which was also present in the the light finish. Not sure what kind of beer it is trying to be, but it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark for a brown ale and has a tan head that goes large and dissapears quickly. Quite a stouty aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar except weaker than a stout. Roasted coffee/chocolate is prevalent. Exciting hops jump on board creating a nice balance. Astringent grains become more apparent by the middle. The finish seems to be of burnt barley and alcohol. This is actually quite nice. A very good beer esp. for its style.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear black brew with hints of ruby around the edges forms a light tan head which thins quickly to an 1/8" layer atop small bubbles. Lace is sparse. Mild to medium carbonation. Aroma is good, with pronounced coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some grainy notes and delicate hops. Mouthfeel is sharp with a medium body. Flavor starts with bright hops, fades into astringent black patent and coffee, followed by a subtle alcohol bite. The astringency becomes more pronounced before the clean, grainy bittering hop finish. All in all, a pretty good beer. This brew has character somewhere in between Bell's Porter and Grant's Perfect Porter.

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Founders American Black Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.2% out of 100 with 13 ratings
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