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 (404) - 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 (10914) - 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
nuplastikk (5255) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz shorty bottle. Thick black color with faded patches of rusty orange head. Smooth and luscious, probably the best oatmeal stout I’ve ever had. Perfect mouthfeel, full of flavor yet semi subued. Not syrupy or hoppy. I taste the coffee, but really don’t find it overwhelming, just part of the equation. Excellent stuff, creamy and rich, mellow carbonation.
blklab2007 (2108) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 bottle poured into a snifter has a dark ink black color and a frothy true brown head that pulls back to a ring. aroma has dark roasted coffee, rich dark cocoa,fresh earth, and some toasted wood. mouth feel is not overwhelming and it coats the tongue completely. the flavor and texture have both benefited well from the oats. flavor has powerful dark roasted coffee and a perfect level of bitterness. dark truffle like chocolate and sweetness come across as it warmed up finishing smooth with a slight bitter bite at the sides of the tongue. superb balance for such a huge beer
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
When poured has the consistency of watered down motor oil (yes I know that is an oxymoron). The smell is of burnt coffee, but I like that smell so it worked for me. Moderate to thick mouth feel. You can taste the chocolate and coffee, as well as the bitterness of the hops. I love the aftertaste of coffee in the morning and this has the same aftertaste so it lives up to its name of a Breakfast Stout. Label creeps me out but that will not reflect in score. Awesome beer. This stout reinforces why I love sweet stouts. The mix of sweet, bitter, and coffee will for ever leave me in aw.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great tasting stout. Really smooth and drinkable with no taste of alcohol. Almost too smooth, I would have preferred some other flavors in the beer besides coffee and chocolate. Not much else going on. Very full bodied and densely flavored. Strong aroma. Light carbonation and low head.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Poured black with a nice tan head. Sweet chocolate, coffee malty aroma. This beer really is amazing. Incredibly complex malt flavors with not a hint of the 8.3% alcohol. Great mouthfeel
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with a thin brownish tan head. Strong chocolate aroma with a hint of coffee. Taste is malty but a little bitter with a dry finish.