Beer 27 of Spring – Stout?

Founders Black Rye

Brewer: Founders       Craft: Black Rye       ABV: 7.5%

Founders just keeps crafting quality beer.  Another solid effort.  This Black Rye drinks, for me, just like a coffee stout.  The roasted malts provide a nice backbone.  I get some cocoa, coffee, and roasted barley notes.  Founders dry hops this dark ale, as they call it.  That dry hopping gives this craft a dry finish and a bitter balance to the sweetness of the malts.

The distinct flavor of the rye – that grain that you know you’re drinking because it’s spice, it’s floral, it’s got a bite, it’s sharp, it’s hoppy, it’s bitter.  The rye just elevates this craft from a basic dark ale to a craft that I’m looking forward to having again.  And again.  I could drink this anytime of the year.  It’s too bad it’s only a seasonal release.  I guess I better get to the store and get some more…

Rating: Buy as much of this as you can before it’s gone…


Beer 54 of winter – Seek and ye shall…

Founders Imperial Stout

Brewer: Founders       Craft: Imperial Stout       ABV: 10.5%

Find that this craft is no joke.  Rich, smooth, deep, luscious, thick, a flood of adjectives washes over me as I sip the Imperial Stout from Founders.  Solid notes of chocolate, coffee, licorice, and all of the roasted grains they use melt on your palate.  Reminiscent experience for me to drinking the Ten Fidy from Oskar Blues.  Both stouts border on tar-like in their consistency, which is not something you find too often.  And I think that’s a good thing.  That’s a compliment.

I had a feeling that Founders wouldn’t disappoint with their Imperial offering.  Their Breakfast Stout and their Kentucky Breakfast Stout are quality crafts and now I’ve found that their Imperial Stout falls right onto the list of beers I’d drink over and over.  You should do the same…Cheers.