Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Raleigh. It pours pitch black with a thick and dense brown head. This stuff is thick. The nose is potent with lots of roasted malt, coffee, mocha, very dark chocolate, and a slight oxidation. The flavor is pretty outrageous as well. Mostly roasted malt, coffee, some burnt notes, ash, a subtle sweetness, and an underlying fruitiness. A little paper as well. Warming alcohol on the back end. Thick and delicious with low carbonation. This is a perfect winter brew. Very nice and it’s held up very well over the past couple of years. Highly recommended.
JStax (5034) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a thick black with just a rim of brown foam. Pours about like motor oil. Aroma is dark chocolates, black coffee, alcohol, and some smoke and light licorice. Taste is in your face coffee that turns into complex alcoholic flavors of flowers, ginger, and licorice. As I drank, I found the beer grew on me. I may let the rest of them sit for a little bit. The alcohol presence is a bit rough right now.
Gription79 (2802) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate
T: coffee, roasted malts, black cherry
A thick warming stout. A very good Imperial stout.
burg326 (5266) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured pitch black with a dark tan head that stained the glass walls. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste follows the aroma, as it warms, of the alcohol flavors become prominent. Really nice beer to end the day with.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Super dark thick pour with a brown head. Aroma is full of chocolate malts, fudge, oak, and slight booze. Flavor is a little overwhelmed by the ABV but still pretty easy to drink. Would love to try this one again.
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2011 Pours thick and dark with almost no head. Fantastic beer, extremly rich with tonnes of everything. Coffee, chocolate, port wine and much more...your pick...cheers!!
Nisse666 (6143) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, sample GBF 2011 cons 2011-09-02
AR: chocolate, coffey, roasted malt
AP: pitch black
F: vanilla beans, residuals, some sourness
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Appearance: Pure black and opaque with dark brown head that leaves light lacing behind. By the way, I love the English-like crest on the label.
Aroma: Burnt molasses, licorice, dark chocolate, roasted barley and nose-burning alcohol.
Taste: Burnt molasses, heavily roasted barley, dark chocolate, licorice and strong coffee. Decent level of bitterness at the end, with a long roasted aftertaste. Slightly too much burnt molasses for my liking, but that is a minor gripe.
Palate: Low carbonation, smooth body, exceedingly thick and creamy (almost as much as the Egg Nog I had earlier), dry finish.
Overall: Another great beer from Founders, although not one of my favorites by them since so many of their beers are just exceptional. Not one of my absolute favorite RIS either (Yeti, Darkness, Storm King, Old Rasputin), but still very, very good.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A copletely black pouring beer with a neat dark brown frothy head. Quite a black beauty. A fine roasted nose with hints of tobacco and coffee combined with wooden notes. The mouthfeel is round and creamy on the fat site. A really glass slinger. The taste is huge with an overall bitter roastedness and a long lasting bitter sweetness that is there to the very end. Again there are some coffee and tobacco. This is a truely good imp. stout whit all what an imp. stout should be about. Thumps..and glasses up.
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
sample at Casa De Childs, Ossining NY. This will cure what Ales you! (Hee Hee). Thick Black pour with a thin Tan head. Deep taste. Very flavorful. Coffee, chocholet, roasted malt, licorice. The pallet here is extraordinary. Get it every time you have an opportunity!