punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Founders. Jet black pour with a dense, lasting, 1-finger, tan head and good lacing on the glass. Lots of bourbon in the aroma. So much so that it sort of burns and lingers after you take a whiff. The aroma also has oak, burnt coffee beans, molasses, rum, alcohol, some ripe dark fruit and milk chocolate. In the flavor the bourbon really comes out first again followed by burnt, bitter coffee. Thereís a subtle earthy vinousness to the flavor as well as notes of milk chocolate, candied dates, a lasting bitter finish and some vanilla that start to come out as the beer warms. Oily full body with moderate carbonation and lots of alcohol burn. I love how this beer manages to bring out such big bourbon character without covering up the subtleties of the great base imperial stout.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
8oz pour last weekend at founders... very similar looking to CBS as we had these side by side. deep black with reddish edges and a moderate tan head... nose starts off very heavy on the bourbon with lighter vanilla notes. smoothens out with chocolate undertones. a decent barrel-forward aroma... flavors of hot bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate that mellows out as it warms. turns a little hot towards the middle and on through the finish. slightly bitter in the finish.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Founders. I think this is actually their barrel aged imperial, bourbon imperial is older and different, but I donít feel like adding a new one. Black pour with a dark tan head. Lots of lacing. Lots of bourbon and molasses in the aroma. Lots of oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate and espresso in the taste. Full bodied, almost creamy mouthfeel, they really have the body of their double stouts consistent throughout the different varieties. Lots of lingering vanilla, barrel, toffee. Alcohol nearly non-existant, but this brew is definetely warming. This might be the best stout Iíve tasted from them, this could be better than the KBS, better than the CBS, but that is a slightly different beast.
In summary, lots of goodness. Not as bourbon-y as the Bourbon County, with all the benefits of the slightly overshadowed Founders Imperial.
Tmoney99 (9583) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Founders.
Poured black color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate roasted malt, chocolate, woody cherry and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted sweet woody flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet smooth finish of moderate to long duration.
Another standout brew.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Opaque black with burnt brown head. Big bourbon aroma with roasted malt, big sweet chocolate, vanilla, only a minimal amount cherry, really brings you in. Flavor is upfront espresso, bourbon, dry chocolate and roasted malt, light vanilla and alc, but not hot, barrel forward but balanced at the same time. Medium body with light carb and some creamy. Really tasty, well balanced as it warmed up it had a little tootsie roll. Spot on guys!!
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at 8th annual black party. Huge over the top aroma jumps straight out of the glass, i was so excited to try this i forgot to tell the bartender my mug number. Huge sticky malt taste that clings to your glass, tongue and throat. A lot of different varying flavors of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. I thought the palate was more cream and less sticky burning malts, could be from the espresso that was used. Very nicely done, another great one from Founders!
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Founders Black Party. Only ended up having one of these, too much beer, too little time. Pours very dark. Smells and tastes malty, and the higher alcohol is actually covered up quite nicely.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The best aroma of the entire Black Party. Literally ,just stuck my nose in and out of the glass for almost 5 minutes, the absolute perfect bourbon and malt aroma, full rich wood,vanilla,and excellent whiskey,blended with chocolate brownie ,with gooey frosting,taste smooth as chocolate and bourbon,this is what Greg Hall at Goose Island must have envisioned when he started this craze. An excellent barrel,with a great Imp Stout,aged for the perfect amount of time. Purer then the KBS because it laced the coffee distraction. One of the highlights of my year,worth alone the trip to Grand Rapids
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this is the right beer. It was on the board at Founderís as the Imperial Bourbon Barrel Stout so weíll go with this. Strong bourbon aromas, dark and malty flavors, very little alcohol was noticable. Fairly light on the palate. Rich and well balanced.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Imperial Stout pours a deep black color. Medium to small sized tan foamy head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of bourbon. Medium bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with a hint of bourbon and oak. The hops are earthy. Very smooth taste. Nice balance. Hides the alcohol very well. Hints of vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.