Style: Strong Ale

ABV: 8.0 IBU: 20.0

Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 5

Founders Brewing Marvelroast

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What the brewers say

Imperial golden ale with coffee, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and milk sugar.

What our panel thought

Cocoa-marshmallow wafts demand a blood sugar check—sweet coffee, vanilla, pie crust, Nestle Quik. In the flavor, cocoa-vanilla up front. Unsweetened baker's chocolate stands firm; flickers of cotton candy. Coffee drifts in and out. Crème brûlée latte.

What our editors thought

Smell the sweetness—the lactose-coffee-vanilla blend is pervasive, grounded by nutty, earthy cocoa-powder. The sip pushes that cocoa with a bitter-coffee touch, softened by vanilla. Not too sweet—a feat of balance for a beer that convinces you it's going only in one direction.



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