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!
ekstedt (6488) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle at GBF 2011. Black with beige head. Strong coffee aroms, some tar, and piney hops. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Fairly dry, medium bitterness.
Dazz3 (1797) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
100/10 i mörkhet. Luktar rökigt chokladigt. Rökig och lite chokladig i smaken med en besk rökig eftersmak.
rtbrmn88 (12) - Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: pours dark used oil black, visually syrupy. Thin dark brown head that is about a quarter inch thick that settled to decent halo
S: great mix of vanilla, dark roasted malt, chocolate and a very light amount of coffee.
T: dark roasted malt sweetness upfront, then chocolate, vanilla, and more of a coffee bitterness. A light amount of alcohol burn on the back end.
M: very thick and syrupy, coating, very low carbonation.
O: oddly this bottle is the first time I’ve seen this available locally, it is a great beer, and only wish it was more available
finol (3039) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at The Rover.
Pours dark brown with a small head.
Chocolate liqour, malty with some soy.
hirigalzkar (2896) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. This is a quite vinous impy. Chocolate liquor. A little smoke. Very smooth.
Reynolds314 (3302) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2012 Aroma is intensely rich and roasty. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel. Taste is an amazing roasty nutty stout with well hidden alcohol. Really is a nice traditional imp stout without the cloying dark fruit sweetness that some imperials have. Great Job.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black beer with a dark chocolate head. The aroma is malt, chocolate, dried fruit, soya and ash. The flavor follows the nose with additional alcohol. The palate is dry. Overall a really good beer.
thewolf (12027) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ HJ Hansen, Odense.
Completely black with a lovely, small, frothy, dark brown head that settles as more and more creamy. Lovely dark chocolate aroma, mild roasted malts, some liqourice. Oats, coffee and sweet molasses. Low to medium carbonation, fat and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is initially quite dominated by liqourice, coffee and lots of hard roasted notes, bordering on fruity. Deep dark chocolate comes later, some biscuity malts, light chewy. Mildly warming, only light vinious. Elegant and very good, but not among the very best.
evantwomey (6) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally! I happily stumbled across a few bottles of this in 2008 and have been chasing it down without success until now. 2011 batch.
Pour is just straight obsidian-black. Edges are only jet-black. Head is a deep chocolate brown, somewhat sparse but pops up with a swirl, good lacing. Aroma: like you put a chocolate cake on a grill. Big bitter chocolate, some char, melting, oozy chocolate hitting coals. Dark fruit action here too, but not particularly intense, and definitely plays a supporting role to the roast. Taste follows nose-- bitter chocolate, background notes of almost incinerated malts, but not in a bad way. This beer has a lot of contrast - it is bitter in two ways: hoppy (mostly in bitterness, not hop flavor) and roast (think bitter chocolate), and sweet enough to balance out the bitterness. The sweetness is complex also - dark caramel. Some darker fruit flavors would be welcome here, maybe that comes with age though as this is still a young beer. Mouthfeel is exceptional, super thick but not cloying, just enough carbonation to lift the syrupyness off your tongue. A touch of heat on the finish, not surprising though for a big beer like this.
I keep an active spreadsheet of every Imperial stout I’ve tried. Currently there are 35 beers on that list and Founders has been #1 since the first time I had it when the list was young. Now that I’ve had it again it has solidified its spot at #1. This beer proves you don’t need to bourbon-barrel age something to make it special. Most other imperial stouts I try, I compare to this beer. To my taste, it is the benchmark for the style."