Bertrand (7) - Grand Rapids / Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
picked up 4 pack from Founders...this beer is an experience...looks like crude oil in the glass, but tastes great...heavy on the coffee, chocolate...if I wasn’t looking at the bottle, I would swear it was stronger than 8.3%, but still smooth and delicious
jspruit (122) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this as a gift from my brother for Christmas, and shared it with a friend here in Ireland.
Poured into two different small glasses from a 12oz bottle and shared. Pours very thick like a thick dark black/brown molasses oil or something, but looks great with a 1/2 finger cream colored head that doesnt stick around too long.
First smells are of coffee and chocolate, definitely what I would have imagined from Founders out of this one.
Deep flavors of coffee and chocolate come through in the first tastes-exactly what would be expected based on the smell. Well balanced I think and not too strong, but definitely has a kick.
Tastes great as it goes down and as smooth as a beer of this style can go down really-a bit sticky here and there.
I’d like to say I could drink this all night, as I do enjoy the taste, but I do know that it does pack a pretty solid punch. I have another one of these as well and look forward to a whole one myself.
hapjydeuce (921) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Sampled this one right after toast, eggs, and Italian sausage in the late morning...just as the name suggests. Oily pitch black pour with a fantastic appearance! Cascading deep beige head with maroon colors around the edges. Plenty of lace all the way through the bottle. Coffee, coffee and more coffee in the aroma, with sweet milk chocolate, honey and smoky earth tones. The chocolate comes out ahead in the flavor, with oatmeal noticeable after the coffee grounds notes fade out. Sweet, but bitter enough to balance it nicely. Extremely chewy mouthfeel; superb finish. A great beer, but I would still choose the Kentucky over this.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just what I look for in an imperial stout. The nose of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate carries into a creamy midpalate with good verve on the finish. Really well-balanced beer that is enjoyable from start to finish.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a beautiful chocolate head. Aromas of deep, dark, sumptuous roasted malts, with fresh roasted coffee and rich dark chocolate. The flavor is so incredibly robust and potent. Roasted malt and coffee notes abound, with a surprising amount of bittersweet chocolate and smooth, creamy notes. The alcohol is a bit too present, and offsets the general smooth taste of the beer. Mouthfeel is incredibly full. A fantastic imperial stout, that I’d love to try on tap.
chronictonic (471) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap - Capone’s Restaurant - Norristown, PA - WOW - such a great stout! Pours black as tar with a deep tan head. Mild aroma of coffee and roasted malts - maybe some lactose, but if so, very very little. Flavor is crisp and big. Dry unsweetened chocolate, roasted malts and coffee flavors abound. Finishes crisp and clean with a nice cleansing hop bite. A damn near perfect stout.
dankman (253) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with very little head. Lots of roasted coffee on the nose with a hint of booze to boot. Coffee flavor that has hints of chocolate and some syrupy sweetness. Long lasting finish and a bit cloying.
bierkoning (9756) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Almost black, opague. Dark chocolate and coffee in the abundant aroma. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Dark roasted, creamy flavor with pepper, licorice, dark chocolate and coffee. Complex, delicious and overloaded with flavors and aromas.
pepsican (1417) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2012 Pours black with a thin dark tan head. Aroma of coffee and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is coffee up front, but chocolate, maple syrup, oatmeal, malt, and smoke round this out nicely. Nothing is overdone though, and it is indeed just about everything I love about breakfast packed into a bottle. Little carbonation, little trace of the alcohol. Very well done!
UPDATE! R U JOKIN OR WAT PEPSICAN? Thick, harshly bitter, not really picking up on much of what I picked up on for the original rate. Still looks pretty, smells decent, but this is just too much for me. Original rating was 4.1.
IEBAILI (123) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black and viscous with a huge brown head that fades to a thin layer but leaaves lots of heavy lacing. Smell is almost all coffee, strong but simple. Somewhere in there is a little chocolate. Texture is very lush, rich and smooth with a long creamy finish. Flavor is much better than aroma, coffee is strong but does not overpower the chocolate, fig/ date, even a bit of cherry/ berry. A very good breakfast indeed.