edward_violet (63) - Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is nice and rich...
Potentially the darkest head Iíve seen; cocoa-mix brown. Dark dark brown pour, sits in glass nearly black.
Toasty, nutty, chocolatey, coffee-like malt.
Hints of soy sauce, ginger, cough drop. Earthy yeast.
Slight evergreen-like hops.
Long warming finish.
Bought a four-pack... will enjoy the rest without regretting buying, for sure. Not tonight, though. High ABV.
infestaxion (22) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a nice thick black with a mocha head that fades into a lacing around the glass.
S - Mostly malty chocolate. Slight hint of caramel.
T - Big roasted malt with bitter chocolate. Again a hint of caramel. A bit of warmth in the aftertaste. Complex and rich. I love the creaminess.
M - Nice and thick. Just the way I love it.
D - A bit warm but not overly so considering the ABV. Smooth going down. I could have a couple of these.
This is a pretty good Imperial Stout. I feel like one lucky little boy right now.
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. I love Founders, and heard such great things about the imperial stout, so Iím very excited to try this. Pours a completely opaque black with a tiny brown head that dies quickly. Smells of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, maybe a hint of vanilla, and possibly some bourbon too. Very complex and powerful smell. All of those smells are pronounced in the flavor too. Very full-bodied, and reminds me a lot of Bellsí Expedition stout. Very good, in the top 5 or so of best stouts I have had.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Next to Dark Lord, this is easily the best imperial stout Iíve ever had. Tops Expedition in my opinion, and by a long shot.... Ok, beautiful black viscous pour, with a deep brown head that lasts. Aroma is wonderful and roasty, malty, all that good stuff. Flavor is loaded with chocolate, roasty goodness, a touch of coffe, but the best part about this is how damn drinkable it is. Itís not too bitter or over the top in any area, itís just an impy done perfectly!
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black pour with a dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt dark chocolate sole nuttiness. Flavor is roasted nutty chocolate coffee. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Rich creamy just slightly bitter. Excellent stout.
fidelis83 (2136) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black with a 1-2 finger rocky dark caramel brown head that has great retention. Aroma is huge on rich roast, sweet dark caramel, bittersweet chocolate, green wood, light musty dried grain notes and ethanol. Flavor is huge roast, sweet burnt sugar and licorice right away, followed by chocolate, espresso, light tobacco and toasted wood notes. Finishes with roast, moderately bitter hops, bakers chocolate and a hint of pine. Palate is heavy bodied with a creamy, bordering on syrupy entry leading to a rather dry finish and a light, but relatively sharp carbonation.
monkeychugg55 (941) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 Pours a dark, thick, black with a small brown head that lightens and eventually disappears. Mega roasty aroma, with some light chocolate and butterscotch. The aroma is pretty sweet overall. The flavor on the other hand, is very robust. In addition to the characteristics found in the aroma, there is also a hint of coffee and anise on the finish. Coffee bitterness finishes this one out. Thick and rich on the palate, the carbonation adds the slightest bit of texture. This is an amazing Imperial Stout, comparable to Expedition.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, no date. Pitch black with tan foam, very nice retention and lacing. Big notes of caramel malt in the nose, almost no roast or hop, just sweet with some booziness. Sweet, woo sweet, boozy fruitiness, lots of crystal malts and then an unwelcome bitterness, long lingering bitterness. Seems confused, too sweet & not enough roast to be a great imperial stout and way too bitter to be a great foreign export stout
SSSteve (3916) - - JAN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. whoa! didnít realize this was my 2112 beer. RUSH. nice milestone!.... black with medium sized cream brown head. cocoa, chocolate aroma with a small hint of fruity hops. very smooth and creamy. rich and robust. nice mix of dark and milk chocolate flavors with not too many hops. a plus imo. a really impressive palate on this beer. again, abv is well hidden.
Wellestone (33) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint at Stub and Herbís Mpls, MN with elgaucho on 1/14/09. Poured inky black with mahogany tones when swirled up to the light. Muddy and thick with medium lasting lt brown creamy head. Roasty malts complement the dark bitter chocolate and mild coffee nose with some slight hoppiness in the background. Flavor is moderately sweet with light hop bitterness and is dominated by the roasted chocolate. Finish is long. Mouthfeel is medium to full and syrupy with the lightest carbonation and moderate alcohol. Very very nice