Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to Ryan! ABV is 10,5%. An opaque black beer, with a small, frothy, fully dimishing brown head. The aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, chocolate, hint of coffee), very iightly hoppy (pine), with notes of licorice and a touch of alcohol and vanilla. The flavor is heavily sweet, light acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, oliy texture, soft/lively carbonation, very long finish with moderate to heavy bitterness, moderately alcoholic. Fantastic stout, it actually tatses better than it smells. Very roasty aroma, perhaps not original, but balanced flavors and just the right amount of alcohol. Excellent winter beer.
Tanksley (28) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The malt body on this one is varied and complex: the coffee/chocolate complexity is balanced well with slight dark fruit flavors. Carbonation was good
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
36cl, at 10.5%Vol, exclusive American brew, thx to Wimenels!, very complex Stout, heavily roasted and slightly bitter/fruity, balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, yet expensive!
Niko100 (2700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of smoky toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, & some licorice; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel/syrup, rich dark chocolate, espresso, and some licorice; Warm finish; Nicely balanced and complex; Overall, really good stout.
Sarlacc83 (1952) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 vintage poured into a tulip. Aroma is heavy on the chocolate and espresso. Thereís some dark fruit, but itís faint. Appearance is as dark as one could hope from an Imperial Stout and sticks to my glass nicely. Taste returns to espresso, coffee, chocolate, and espresso. A slight alcohol which is noticeable enough to detract from the experience. Palate is oily, yet coating. Overall, I would definitely pick up packs of this if I lived on the East Coast, though I feel I should have aged this longer.
Atom (2168) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle shared w mattyb83 2010 pours thick black/brown with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, soy, dark fruits, and booze. Taste similar to aroma lots of booze and bitter chocolate.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2012 Bottle. 2010. Thanks to myself for this. Thick, opaque black color with a small cinnamon layer for a head. Chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow, citrus? And booze. Chocolate, huge roast malt and coffee character, bitter, and some hop character. Fuck this is crazy. Good shit.
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Location/Date:Catching up on Ratings, November 2011.
Appearance: Pours an opaque black with the required light brown/red head for a 5 rating.
Aroma: Aroma is of licorice and chocolate..
Taste: Some bitternes of hop, chocolate, smooth.
Palate: Medium body, lingering but not overbearing aftertaste.
Summary: I always expect a great stout from Founders, this does not disapoint.
Dunt (310) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 vintage poured into my Canadian Breakfast Stout snifter. The pour was an oil like black in color. A half fingers worth of dark cocoa colored head. Itís opaque with very little head retention. The nose is comprised of bakers chocolate, anise/black licorice, coffee roast, rich malt, and some light oak. The taste starts out bitter coffee and sweet malt. It gets dry and oaky mid palate and finishes nice and chocolatey. It has a medium to full body with a lingering finish. Itís dry, but has a smooth texture. The carbonation is perfect, it is soft without being still. This is just about a perfect beer for me. In my opinion, it has some of the best depth of any straight forward imperial stout out there. I canít wait until they release this years batch so I can grab a case or two of it.
alex4r (82) - - NOV 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours almost pitch black with a small brown head, very impressive color. On the nose I get chocolate, roasty malts, licorice and resin hops; just beautiful. Full bodied with nice viscosity coating the glass. Taste is excellent; chocolate, a nice sweetness, very powerful. Alcohol is present but the heat is just right. Superb Imperial Stout.