emacgee (3871) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 Received in trade. Pours an oily black, as all Founders Imperial Stouts do. The head is really thin, tan, creamy. The aroma is strong coffee, sweet, chocolate, beautiful aroma, vanilla beans. The flavor is sweet, coffee, vanilla, light alcohol, chocolate, mild hops and a light waxy feel. Feels really smooth on the tongue and has a nice lasting sweet aftertaste. Founders has consistently impressed me with their dark beers.
Acknud (1072) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome...Black as night and pours like crude oil. Heavy aroma and taste of dark chocolate and coffee. Very creamy mouth.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was a beautiful dark chocolate black. The head was thin, creamy, and medium tan. The aroma was stong dark roast coffee, roasty, molasses, sweet malt, and chocolate. The flavor was coffee, molasses, and sweet roasty malt. The palate was smooth. The finish was warm and roasty.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade with kryptic. Coffee dominates the aroma. Not roasted or roasting) but spent grounds and cold press. There’s some bitter chocolate and darkly roasted malt as well. Pours as deep, dark brown... almost black with a fairly long lasting reddish brown head. Lots of sticky golden/brown oily legs down the glass after a gentle swirl. The chocolate and coffee are more balanced on the palate with the chocolate hitting you first and the coffee on the backside of the palate. There’s an odd salty component that I can’t quite put my finger on. Alcohol is expertly hidden. Fairly full bodied and creamy. Finishes with a lasting bitterness.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 I got one bottle from dra19 and one from dankman38, so whoevers bottle I opened last night, thanks! The pour was a semi-viscous and basically black blob that barely produced a one-finger head. Tiny bits of lacing. The initial aroma is like I popped open a bottle of Hershey’s syrup. Pure chocolate. Not the dry baking-chocolate aroma often associated with stouts and porters, we’re talking chocolate-chocolate. Smoky, roasted malt comes into play briefly before the smell of burnt coffee beans/espresso comes into play. The rest of the time I spent drinking this was a fight between chocolate and coffee over who would dominate my nostrils. No clear winner, but I’ll give the edge to chocolate as it came out of the blocks stronger. The flavor was as you might expect, a lot of chocolate and a lot of coffee. I had hopes that the roasty malt and campfire that slipped in initially would come out to play or that some hops would come through, but I think the dryness of the oatmeal combined with the aggressive chocolate/coffee blast took out any chance of this thing becoming super-deep in terms of flavor. The mouthfeel was ridiculously dry and the body was medium. Alcohol? What alcohol? Didn’t even notice it. A great beer.
deline7 (13) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark and creamy. Flavor of cocoa, roast malt, and coffee. Carbonation was OK, but could be a bit less. Complex, and overwhelming. A great drink for someone who likes fantastic flavors other than beer flavors.
tmongoose (1085) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW. a very dark pour and the instant aroma of coffee and it stayed strong all the way through to the last drop. what was interesting was the way the beer stayed on the glass. even though it is double chocolate i had a hard time with detecting that flavor. still this is a very good morning wakeup beer. not a great stout fan but loved it.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 Bottle. Pours a deep used motor oil black with a thick brown head. Aroma of coffee and cocoa. This is one amazing brew. Flavors of chocolate and coffee dominate, along with a malt roastiness, but develops a slight sweet creaminess also. AWESOME!!!!!
phrygian68 (9) - Columbiana, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured thick black,with a nice tan head!
great aroma of coffee and roasted malts!
first sip was of heavy coffee and roasted malts! also oats and vanilla! a very complex and powerfull beer! a great breakfast meal! very thick and chewy! the best imperial stout i have had yet!
waolsen (1338) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. thanks bri. black pour with rediculous frothy tan head. nice lacing. large ammounts of oats, chocolate, coffe and hops in aroma. smooth and creamy. nice coffee flavor. balanced well. oates and chocolate. awesome.