MeadMe (1472) - Riverview, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Pours a deep dark motor oil black. Nice tall tan head. Great retention and some solid lace.
S: Wonderful rich roasted aromas, strong coffee, chocolate malt, and mild vanilla. Light molasses and a touch of dark fruit.
T: Bold bold coffee, actually espresso. Dark chocolate with mild dark fruit notes. A touch of anise and a hint of herbal hops.
M: Rather full in body, big rich, and smooth.
D: Great an awesome stout.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to punkrkr27... Pours a thick black with a brown head... Aroma is roasted malts and dark fruits...Flavor is bitter dark chocolate and coffee...Thick and creamy. Awesome beer.
lefossoyeur (500) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Heavy nose of bitter chocolate and milk chocolate. Full body, creamy, low carbonation, very chocolatey stout, flavours all around the tongue. Beautiful Imp.Stout. Alcohol is very well hidden.
callmemickey (3663) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Pitch black body, with a thin tan head... very little lacing
S: Rich roasted coffee and chocolate.. bold and assertive...
T: Dulled down version of the nose... the flavors are still there, they are just lacking the pronounced "pop" the nose had... slight alcohol coming through.
M: Smooth medium body... nice carbonation leaves a slight carbonation tingle on the finish
O: Solid... but not my top choice for the style.
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 Rerate. ’11 bottle. Slick black pour with no head. Aroma is thick chocolate, light coffee, roast, darker fruit, and even some hop bitterness in the finish. Taste is huge chocolate and coffee with bitterness and roast. Some fig in there as well. Silky, thick mouthfeel. Bad ass IRS.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. not as great as the hype makes it out to be, but still a very good stout.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with Vin. Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown with a thin, creamy beige head. Aroma of chocolate malts, roast, vanilla, slight coffe bean notes, and a hint of ripe dark druits. Rich, full body wirth a smooth, sticky, boozy palate. Pretty awesome stuff.
mixmasterob (974) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beauty of a pour. Motor oil black, about the same consistency too. Nice and thick. No head to speak of, showed little carbonation. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee and smoke. Taste didn’t deviate too far from the wonderful aromas, nice dark chocolate flavors, some coffee bitterness and well rounded roasty flavors. Another winner from Founders.
JohnnyJ (4943) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Oily black pour, thick short tan head. Chocolate, raisins, plum, date, roasty dark malts, sweet toffee, ground coffee beens, and nice bitter vinous hops. A very nice, complex beer. I highly enjoyed it.
Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 vintage. I would describe this as an about averagge imperial stout. Good but not one of my favorites. At first whiff aroma is alcohal, but as it heats up, I can taste choclate, raisin and other dank fruit. Appearance is engine oil with a small tan head but nice lacing. Taste chocolate, raisin and roast. Palate is very smooth and a little lighter than one would expect for an impy. Pretty good brew.