BeNobleDark (62) - Allendale, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A fantastic brew from founders - full of explosive flavor that will keep you coming back for more. Delicious chocolate and java notes, and a very well-bodied brew. Goes down smooth and finishes with a small bitter kick.
zethca (62) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours oily black. Barely makes a sound. Thick creamy head. Biggest coffee presence of any of any imp stout I’ve tried. Amazing brew.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on tap @ Barley’s Smokehouse as a very limited edition guest tap. Was having a few with my roommate Scott. Nose of alcohol, brown sugar, coffee, chocolate and flowers. The brew is black. The mostly lasting frothy/creamy brown head leaves light lace. The front is roasted coffee, light acidity and some alcohol warmth in the fruity middle, and a long roasted floral finish follows. The full body is soft and creamy with a dry feel to the finish.
valpoaj (631) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black pour, thin dark tan head. Aroma is mostly espresso with some burnt malt mixed in. Flavor is heavy coffee; they tote this brew as a double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout, but I’d bill it as a triple coffee stout with hints of chocolate and oatmeal, and the oatmeal hints were hard to find. That being said, if you like dark coffee, this is a winner. Very smooth on the palate with a ’sweet and bitter’ aftertaste...very appealing. Make sure to let this one warm a bit before consumption!
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from buckybeer:
pours completely black with a huge cark cocoa head.
aroma is bitter cocoa powder and some espresso and a slight nuttiness.
flavour is milk chocolate and cocoa, espresso and some nutty oatness. a nice mix of biter and sweet with a slick start to the palate the a chewy finish.
emacgee (4024) - 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 (1081) - 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.