ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours an ultra-viscous looking pitch black color. Itís an amazingly heavy looking monster. The head is a one-finger dark tan color with fantastic texturing. Retention isnít perfect, but the level of lacing is downright beautiful. It just looks amazing.
S: Wow, this is one of the most chocolaty-smelling imperial stouts Iíve ever encountered. There are also notes of hazelnut, cream, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, and slight dark fruit. No frills, but fuckiní fantastic regardless.
T: It seems like Founders took the basic essence of a standard-issue RIS and distilled it into rapturous glory. I first notice flavors of cream, vanilla, and chocolate; before roasted malts envelop the tastebuds. The umami qualities on the finish are glorious, melding together with anise, tobacco, and pine flavors. It has just enough complexity to keep the palate guessing, while being simple enough that one can easily pick out the differing handful of flavors. Yum.
M: You wouldnít expect such a thick, creamy monster to be so drinkable - but the delicately dry finish and brilliant alcohol concealment means this will be all gone before you know what to do. Itís not so dry as to render its aftertaste gutted, however; some syrupy linger remains without creating overpowering sweetness. One of the best RIS palate feels Iíve ever encountered outside of Nogne Oís RIS.
O: Founders didnít reinvent the wheel, they just showed every other brewer how it should be made in the first place. A brilliant reminder why this is my favorite style out there, and a not-so-brilliant reminder that this was the only bottle I had. :(
tightslice (707) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beltramoís in Menlo Park, CA. Pours a thick black cola with a chocolate brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, cherry liqueur, chocolate liqueur. Taste is slightly boozy with some lovely dark chocolate and cherry. A great mix of silky and roasted malts.
BeerInHeaven (313) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours pitch black with a surreal reddish brown head. aroma is toasted malts, some bread, and black coffee. Thick creamy mouth feel, like a beer smoothie. Rich dark malt, dark chocolate, black coffee taste. Some moderate bitterness and a warming comforting finish and linger. Absolutely perfect for a cold winter night. Great beer!
Mrnoluv (273) - long beach, California, USA - FEB 5, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown head, dark as night, so dark color, rich flavor coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wheat/barley, incredible taste! Founders I have to say does it right. If you are a stout guy, Founders has to be the best brew makers for you! This is rich, thick, bitter but sweet, the burn is incredible! One of the best.
oskart (53) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick syrup pour, dark brown to black. Thick creamy reddish tan head. Strong toasty malt, raisin and biter dark chocolate aroma. Flavors of malt, soy sauce, bitter dark chocolate. Alcohol warming. Belgium lacing coats the glass. Thick full body. Slick warming mouthfeel. Bitter coffee, dark chocolate, malt aftertaste.
beertholomeus (1438) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thick tan head. Roasted malt, soy sauce, caramel, toast, licorice and chocolate aroma. Roasted malt, licorice, raisin, fig, chocolate, soy sauce, toast, coffee, vanilla and grain flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Chocolate, licorice and roasted malt finish. Very good but a little too much licorice comes through.
jbuskirk (1022) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 27, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Ten malted barley varieties and over ten percent ABV were used to create Founders Imperial Stout. Yeah, this is about the purest representation of the American-style Imperial Stout as you could hope for. Bitter, absolutely black, viscous, strong, and smooth. Bottled just after the start of December, my serving of Founders Imperial Stout was plenty aggressive yet surprisingly approachable. Flavors of bold black coffee, bitter chocolate, booze, and some smoke. Full-bodied. It takes a while to get through this Stout, but itís time well spent.
Voodoo (499) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick opaque brown with a dark brown head.....aroma of coffee, chocolate, raisin......taste is smooth and boozy sliding into bitter dark chocolate, vanilla following with coffee grounds. Noticeably low carb and in this case itís a bit plus. Excellent!
JoshRaburn (104) - - JAN 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This ones a real thick syrup of a beer. Not too much carbonation either. Good and strong RIS.
mduspara (25) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 26, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It was 6 months over best before date and it was perfect! Thick velvety black with minimal dark brown head. Malty with aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa beans and roasted caramel malts. Full bodied and creamy. Tastes of raw licorice, chocolate and cocoa. Light ashy ending with smooth bitterness in the aftertaste. Perfectly balanced. Itís like chocolate milk for grownups! But much better!
gkeh (358) - Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oil black pour. Dark tan head. Leaves nice lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, licorice. Taste is bitter coffee, roasted malts, oak, dark chocolate. Rich, smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Just lovely.