Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2007 Jimmack04 and Joeec5, great guys to shared brew with. Poured dark brown, black. Overwhelimg coffee aroma, like roasted coffee beans, with molasses as well. Taste was like a double esspreso. Full mouth feel and nice dry finish. Great.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a small tan head. Big time aroma of dark roasted coffee, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Initial flavor is of the coffee, then the roasted malts and
dark chocolate. Some smokiness. Great mouthfeel with a very dry finish. Thanks to Flemdawg for the trade!
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a thick tan head. Big aroma of coffee and berries. A thick, fruity stout, not quite imperial but heavier than average, very sweet with moderate roast. Great beer.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque with well retained dark tan colored head. Aroma is very rich with heavily roasted coffee beans, and a bit of hops. Flavor is really rich and very expresso like with a delicous and judicous use of hops in the finish. Nice bit of dark choclate as well. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety without going overboard. As a coffee lover, this is almost perfect.
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Begins nearly black with very little head that quickly fades. Nose is very nice...full of chocolate with coffee accents. Flavor is full with a nice roastiness and with chocolatey flavors popping out of every drop. Has some dryness to the flavor, but not nearly so much as dry stouts. Really an exceptional brew. A step above Founders’ Imperial Stout and Porter, which are also noteworthy.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thank you Flemdog, This a big thick brew
black with amber notes , light brown head that faded quickly.Earthy coffee aroma ,bitter roast taste, unbalanced black malt harshness .I am sure it will grow on me
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to styles: This pours to a thick, oily, opaque dark brown with a small, thick creamy brown head. The nose is dominated by roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and dark roasted malt. There’s hints of vanilla, floral hops, and soil in here too. It’s increadibly thick and creamy on the palate, with mild carbonation. Bitter roasted coffee hits my tongue first, followed by dark chocolate and lots of darkly roasted malt. There’s also some notes of burnt or smoked wood, vanilla, oats, very mild spicy hops, espresso, and chalk with just a hint of alcohol near the end. The finish is super smooth and silky with lots of roasted coffee and roasted malt, with a slight hint of vanilla and wood lingering towards the very end.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 Notoriously dark, deep brown and red staring back at me with an almost non-existent head. Beautiful. Smells wonderfully of roast malt followed by rich coffee and chocolate to round it out. A bit of molasses as well in the nose. Taste is initially of black coffee with a hint of sugar and then some chocolate. Could use a little bit more carbonation, however. Taste has some fruit in the finish as well. Overall, a good beer.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Balanced in its aggressiveness on the coffee, milk chocolate and hop fronts (citrus and pine in equal proportions) this has a great body and nose. Pours beautifully. Finally a Founders brew I can get behind.
Metalhead (615) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 I deleted my original rating. I must have had that one at THE perfect temp. I bought a case($54) and the next few were not as impressive. Pours almost black,mild head,aroma of decent coffee,mocha and chocolate. Tastes like decent coffee with a couple Herseys kisses tossed in. Semi creamy mouthfeel but on the thin side. Needs more body and kick the ABV up. I like Their less $$ Impy stout better. We’ll let 8 or 10 age and see
3-04-06 Re rate. Crap this stuff ages awesome. Chill one and toss a Starbucks espresso in it after Sunday pancakes. YOW!