Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours midnight black with a big creamy deep tan head, great lacing. The nose first hits you with fresh coffee followed by cocoa dust. Flavor is very chocolaty a good amount of coffee and toasted malts to back things up. Finish is bittersweet chocolate and quite creamy. A little more coffee in this one than I was expecting, damn good overall.
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that lasts and a dark brown, almost black body. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste is a wonderful mixture of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a touch of bitterness in the finish. A most delicious stout.
lamas (1570) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A jet-black, oily pour with a thin mocha head. Loads of RICH, roasty coffee, chocolates, and caramel maltiness in the pungent aroma. Grapefruits are apparent as it warms up a bit. Full-bodied and pretty smooth. The flavor starts off with a bit of sweet caramel and milk chocolate and quickly transitions to a bitter dark chocolatiness. A further bitter finish with loads of roasted coffee qualities. Some citrus at the end too. Iím a little disappointed with this beer. It took me so long to finally have the opportunity to try this and I kept building this beer up in my head, almost putting it up on a pedestal. In the meantime, Iíve had plenty of other coffee-ish impy stouts and this just doesnít (or couldnít) live up to my expectations. Whatever. Rating #700 biatch!!!
kcdoom (18) - merriam, Kansas, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
aromas of cocoa and coffee with dark chocolate. this beer is a great way to taste the best coffee stout ever. the appearance is black with a creamy head that flows into the aromas of coffee. the taste is all kona coffee and oats with cocoa on top.
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Oslo, Ratebeer tasting under the Bridge 12/9. Ebony body and small tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, a little oats and a bit of nuttiness. Top notch, i wish i had another to try for brekky.
matthewjk (1073) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Now rated 3x over the span of three years (consolidated version) - Damn this just gets better and better. Almost off the charts on every subjective category. How does Founders do it? The best and boldest malts paired with just the right amount of coffee and chocolate. And of course the oats are responsible for this thing being so smooth. I canít say enough about this and their imperial stout.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ox bottle. OK, so I was in Wisconsin visiting my folks and figured I must pick up a bottle to see if this really lives up to its name. As I poured the beautiful blackness I could smell the coffee permeate the air. As I dug my nose in deeper, you can really appreciate the hints of chocolate, roasted malts, and a slight sweetness. Flavor is made only for true beer lovers and I felt slightly guilty that I was not really worthy to rate such a complex beer. Flavor is blended so well with coffee, oats, and chocolate. A slight bitterness in the finish and just enough warming to make one truely fall in love this beer.
highlandlad (1474) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Rolls Royce of an imperial stout, smooth, refined, sophisticated. Creamy mouthfeel. Coffee, chocolate and alcohol - whatís not to like? A sweet impy and very moreish. Would love to have regular access to this one in winter. (Bottle courtesy of Oslo - thanks buddy - at the Milson Point park session September 09)
WVHouseofBeer (1026) - Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2009 Pours pitch black with a decent amount of tan head. It smells of coffee and malt. Excellent coffee flavor along with malts and a hint of chocolate, and nice thick body. This is a great Imperial Stout.
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours pitch black, dark brown head. strong coffee aromas with chocolate. very thick! it even gets better as it warms up. the flavor lingers. i was very impressed, extremely potent brew!