TheGB (562) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours basically black with very little head. Not a lot of aroma, but there is roasted malt, coffee and anise. Taste is full bodied with good layers of toasted malt, coffee, anise and some hops. Palate is nice and smooth. Good, but could be more aromatic and better balanced with more hops.
SM_Jenkins (48) - Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great beer but not exactly what I expected from Founders; more bitter than sweet, but still very balanced
wxman (1552) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an absolutely opaque midnight dark brown with a medium to small espresso-like head. Aroma is roasted malt and licorice. Rich almost astringent yet pleasant, well balanced taste of coffee, licorice, buttery sweet roasted malt and blackstrap mollasses. Alcohol is present but not to the degree 10.5% ABV would indicate. A pretty damn fine imperial stout.
nimbleprop (5799) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle sampled at home pours a very deep, completely opaque, viscous, heavy looking black with a thin, ringing brown head. Aroma is very nice and complex. I felt the dark malts and grains came through exceptionally well. Some imperial stouts smell more like booze or coffee than actual beer. This smells, like dark, hearty beer. The nose is also very sweet, brown sugar, caramel, some light cinnamon, coffee with cream, a little hazelnut. The flavor is nice. Coffee, nuts, molasses, burnt toast, burnt sugar, brown sugar, cola. The mouthfeel is very thick, almost gooey and seems a little too much. There’s a strong, lasting coffee like bitterness, almost like Kahlua. It might be TOO big at 10%. I love Founders, and I wanted to love this. I thought it was good but lacked the finesse of a world class Imperial Stout.
Angelmonster (144) - Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a 2 finger dark chocolate head, body is pitch black and no light goes through. Head died kinda fast and lacing wasnt really present
Aroma is big on burnt, roasted malts. There’s also some coffee grounds, hops, and faint alcohol.
Taste is of charred oak, roasted coffee at first. Chocolate syrup comes in next and hop bitterness is present also. Alcohol is present but not too overbearing for being almost 11 percent
Mouthfeel was good. Body was thick and smooth going down. Carbonation was aggressive for the style. Head contributed nothing to the beer which was disappointing
Drinkability was good. Overall this beer is a sipper but rather complex and deserves to be savored. Disappointed that head died so fast and didnt add any creaminess. Good stout, better than KBS but would prefer the regular Breakfast Stout
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from VBS. Aroma is lots of dark fruits and a fair amount of alcohol. Pours almost pitch black with a deep molasses colored head (what head there was). At first taste I notice an intense malt roastiness with lots of lingering bitterness. A very full mouthfeel. Not quite what I was expecting, but still a very well crafted stout.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours super black syrupy and thick with no light penetration at all producing a thin dark coffee mocha colored head.(looks my used motor oil) the aromas are very chocolately and malty with lots of roasted malts, dark caramel, some coffee, slight dark fruits and its generally very robust in the nose. it is full bodied and thick with an awsome mouthfeel that felt like whole milk rolling across my tongue. it tastes like heaven in its fermented form, but seriously, it tastes very malty and thick with chocolate and toasted malts. its sweet but perfectly balanced with hops which are so light but detectable in the finish. it finishes very full and heavy with a really nice malty sweet aftertaste. awsome beer.
jefcon (1496) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wallop of cocoa issues from a deep brown pour. A thin, lighter brown head rises from the beer and lasts. Cocoa and bittersweet chocolate with a nice heat from the alcohol and the pine of hops. Medium palate, very slick, and a real depth of flavor, though the flavors are very straightforward and accessible. A true imperial stout that shows off the best aspects of the style.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma very complex. Smells of coffee, chocolate, malt and alcohol. Very cremy, thick mouthfeel. Taste is very malty with an aftertaste of hops and coffee. Great beer.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates. Roasted barley, hops and a bit of alcohol in the aroma. More roasty barley in the flavor. The alcohol in the aroma doesn’t come through in the flavor. Big rich body. Fair amount of hop bitterness. Long dry finish of chocolate malt. Solid beer.