nuplastikk (4668) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz shorty bottle. Opaque blackness, with an oily tan minimal non-head. Sweet chocolate and coffee aroma, quiet pleasant. Rich and syrupy thick, solid bitter chocolate tastes. Maybe some underlying hops under the rugged malt body. Some smoky coffee nuances as well. A great IS, a touch thin oddly enough body-wise, which makes it all the more on point. Classic.
douglas88 (6248) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2014 12 oz bottle thanks to Odeed. Man, I can?t believe I haven?t had this beer. Pours a pure black color with a nice beige/brown/orange colored head. A nice aroma of vanilla, coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. The flavor is strong; sweet mocha coffee, vanilla, roasted malts and chocolate, bitter hops, Light ash and lots of alcohol also. Very nice.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had high hopes, but was rather disappointed by this one. I like the other Founders stouts (and even non-stouts) that Iíve had, but this one just didnít stand up. A bunch of flavors that I didnít feel blended together very well.
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler pour thanks to the Grand Rapid guys I met at DLD. Dark black pour with a tan head. Great aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Taste reflects the aroma but only more so. Another top notch Founders. Left a nice mouthfeel.
nickd717 (3562) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade from rtravers on BA. Pours black and thick with a tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee, chocolate, and slight hops. Flavor was coffee, roast, chocolate, earth, molasses, and slight hop bitterness. Full and smooth on the palate. A very good RIS.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: Hid alcohol well. A great imperial stout that had a weak aroma, which was the only thing stopping it from being perfect. One of the best balanced beers Iíve ever had.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with a small, light brown head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate roasted malt, chocolate and mild coffee; and moderate piney hops. The initial flavor was very sweet and bitter; while the finish was bitter and sweet with a long duration. There was chocolate, a little coffee, and pine hops. All the flavors were very intense. The full body was syrupy and stick on the lips, but also oily with tingly carbonation and a light astringent and light alcoholic finish.
blutt59 (6028) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, deep inky black motor oil pour, thin ring of foam, aroma has a lot of chocolate and whiskey notes, flavor is strong chocolate, more fruit and alcohol, viscous finish
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another fantastic impy. pours out a black color with a nice brown head. aroma is sweet with notes of malt, choco and a bit of coffee. flavor was full of the same with a nice smooth finish. overall a great impy
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a small brown head. Good lacing in my snifter.Aromas of Chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. Roasted bitterness leads to a subtle sweetness. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Velvet smooth mouth feel. Another winner from founders.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Charles St. Cloak of black with well-toasted brown head. Aroma is the best part for me with a deep dark chocolate coffee burn. Flavor and texture are both a perfect cocktail of Dark Lord and Speedway: texture is between those two and the dry chocolate and coffee just steamroll with that signature Speedway alcohol demi-burn. Where this loses point for is originality, subflavors, and the finish which gets just a bit too soy sauce for my taste.