dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a chestnut brown color with a big pillowy tan head that retained throughout the beer. Aroma was very nutty, hazelnut was very dominant, coffee notes. Flavor was dominated by coffee and nuts. The more you drink the more this beer grows on you. Amazing beer from an amazing company.
ebone1988 (1035) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2016 Rerate after nearly four years, and this will be much mess amateur-ish. Bottle shared with koleminer20 at the intermission to The Chouffe Party 2016. Aroma is hazelnut, bready, coffee, nutty, just as good as I remembered. Appearance is dark brown, light tan head. Taste is hazelnuts, coffee, bready, nutty, all-around goodness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body, light carbonation, lots of hazelnut coffee in the aftertaste. Overall, this is just as great as I remember.
yespr (39114) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is spiced and herbal. Dark roasted malty. Caramelish, toasted and light herbal. Spiced and dey caramelish. Bitter and toasted dark malty finish.
scooter520 (185) - - JUL 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber brown with off white head. Aroma is coffee and hazelnut sweetness and nuttiness. Taste follows suit. Clean thin smooth mouth. Wasn't very impressed. Probably one of my least favorite of the typically flawless Founders.
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Damico (3119) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours unclear chestnut amber brown with a nice off white head. The aroma is pours hazelnut syrup sweetness and nuttiness. The flavor of hazelnut syrup as well, earthy and nuttiness, not sweet really at all. This is all on a clean body, not thick but smooth.
nuplastikk (5615) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml sought done by Anndiesel. Quite attractive unfiltered thick brown color, massive steady off-white head. Pronounced coffee aroma, Big coffee tastes, coupled by some nutty caramel tones. Mellow, subdued carbonation really accentuates the creamy richness. This is really a perfect Imperial Brown Ale, with a great coffee balance. A masterpiece beer, incredible.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample from Greg, thanks! Pour is a clear dark red copper, with a bit of white head, and no lacing. Aroma is iced coffee with TONS of nuts. Not much else there. Taste is very much the same, though the coffee bean notes fade to the background and are overtaken with more nuttyness. A fair bit of chalk on the finish. Just OK.
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle is dark reddish almost brown with thin white head, aroma has notes of big nutty notes with peanut, hazelnut, coffee grounds, touch of caramel, toffee, hints of dark chocolate as well, but the hazelnut coffee dominates. Taste is very sweet, with lots of sweet cream, hazelnut, peanut, some chocolate, coffee notes, more sweet cream, finishing fairly sweet with some more coffee and hazelnut cream notes. Tastes like the hazelnut creamer you would put into coffee, with some cocoa notes.
kylemack629 (5) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark brown with minimal white head. aroma resembles a cup of hazelnut coffee. taste is identical to a cup of black hazelnut coffee. taste in my head resembled more of a porter or stout, left me wanting more body.
umich03jm (3307) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2012 Bottle poured in snifter. Nice dark brown pour with a light frothy head that fades quickly. Lots of lacing on the glass. Huge hazelnut coffee aroma but not much else. Taste is slightly sweet, lots of nutty and coffee character. Very little bitterness or hops. Very smooth finish with no alcohol burn. The hazelnut coffee taste lingers awhile. Fairly thin body makes it very easy to drink. Slightly disappointed by this beer considering the price and the hype. It’s still a very good beer and its exactly what it says it is. But I would take any of the Founder’s stouts before this one