ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 Bottle - Thanks tjthresh! - Pours thick dk dk brown with a small tan had...aroma is char, coffee and roasted grain...flavour is fantastic, dry, malty but still maintains a burnt bitterness, finishes creamy with a fair amount of carbonation...all the coffee talk, but it isn’t overpowering...wow...
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with a ring of brown head that leaves some lace. Aroma is mostly coffee grounds with cocoa, scorched earth roastiness, and a little milk. Flavor is rich with bitter coffee, cocoa, heavily roasted malt and some sweeter creamy notes. Balances and finishes quite bitter. Full bodied, with a thick oaty palate and moderate carbonation. No real alcohol presence to speak of. Relatively easy drinking, but fat and rather assaulting on the senses, so you’d probably want a limited session. For what it is, a strong coffee stout, its quite good.
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured thick dark black with a two-finger brown head. The aroma was malty with some coffee and chocolate notes. The flavor was coffee and chocolate notes with some light fruity esters and some bitterness from the coffee or chocolate. There was little hop character and I detected a bit of ash tray which I did not like. The mouthfeel is just awesome, thick and chewy, which really boosts this beer in my opinion. Very little medicinal character which I get a lot of times with these heavy stouts. Very drinkable but in no way a session beer, this is a one off dessert beer.
Salvatorberi (5) - Delmar, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An interesting and complex take on the imperial stout, Founders mixes a bit of the kitchen sink of stouts, oatmeal, chocolate and coffee pile on the traditional malt bill of a stout. The flavor leaned heavily toward coffee, espresso character to me, with some nice lift from the oatmeal to keep the body together.
pumpmaster (1267) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Archer Liquors Chicago, IL for $3.99 Excellent!
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
rating #300, bottle, pours thick black with a thin dark tan head. Aromas of coffee and dark chocolate dominate but are fairly light. Loads of coffee and expresso flavors and bitterness, some sweet chocolate and burnt malt. Nice mixture of flavors. The mouth is creamy and smooth with a light carbonation only felt in the finish. Finishes with a lingering expresso flavor. Tons of great flavor, and a great stout.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, deep black, although not as oily as KBS. Very enticing aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol. Very heavy flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Some hop bitterness, as well as coffee bitterness. Good balance of sweetness from the malt and some hints of oats. Solid mouthfeel...very smooth, although could be a bit thicker for a stout of this flavor profile. Highly drinkable.
ScoWRee (401) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that quickly disapates. Aroma of Coffee. Deep dark roasted malt. Tastes of coffee and coffee and more coffee. The commercial discription is acurate
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2009 Beer trade with nearbeer. Appearance: It pours a pitch black beer with no head at all. Aroma: Extremely strong with a huge amount of an excellent coffee blend which is accompanied by basil, (chili), sage and dark chocolate. Flavor and palate: Terribly complex. A huge amount of coffee appearing. Very low carbonation. Oats showing up. Smooth. Very long, deeply pleasant finish. Overall impression: A great beer. Wonderful. Thanks a lot nearbeer- I believe this to me one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had- I would love to try more beers from Founders!
Bov (10454) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy of Allen - pitch black colour without head; pure and intense aroma of coffee beans with notes of sage and basil; roasted; thick and oily, low carbonation, solid bitterness; very long roasted coffeish aftertaste with more undefined herbal notes - powerful and quite complex: a beautiful beer