StefanSD (2068) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2012 12 oz bottle courtesy of noblesquirrel. Pours a viscous opaque black with an ample tan head that had good retention. The aroma is rich with dark fruits, coffee and chocolate. The flavor is biter and earthy with dark chocolates, coffee, raisins, dates and blackened malts. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy with lively carbonation. The finish is long, dry and biter. Overall: A superb IRS. Re-rated on 3-24-2012 on a bottle from freehafe, Thanks.
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Worth the hassle of finding.Pours a rich black with a dark tannish red red. Notes of coffee, roasted malt, orange rind, and some earthy hops are present in aroma as well as flavor. Chocolate is definitely shown in this as well, a smooth creamy mouthfeel, with a bit of a funky bittersweet chocolate finish as it warms. Fantastic imperial.
shigadeyo (2973) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/23/2009: Founderís Imperial Stout has the same dark chocolate brown to near black appearance as the Founderís Porter. It also has a tan to brown head that slowly fades away. The aroma and flavor, however, are definitely stronger. The aroma is rich, deep, and complex. Dark and Belgian chocolates are blended smoothly together with heavily caramelized and roasted malt, coffee and a splash of cream. The flavor is deeply malty with some residual caramelized sugars paired with roasted coffee and char. Again, dark, bitter chocolate is quite evident. Smooth, warming alcohol peeks out through the earthy, grassy bitter finish. The bitterness is definitely high and provides a bite, especially in the finish and aftertaste. This beer has a medium-full body with a smooth and milky texture on the palate. At this point, this young brew is still fairly drinkable, but I bet that a year or two of age would do wonders for this beer. It seems a bit too green and slightly on the hot side right now to truly enjoy and call excellent.
12 fl. oz. short twist-off bottle (90 IBUís, 10.5% Alc. by Vol.) from Tmoney99. Thanks again Tom! Rating #457 for this beer.
jgb9348 (4625) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black in colour, large deep brown head. Slightly clear at bottom, around 95% opaque. Aroma of cherries, milk, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Full-bodied; Lactic tastes up front quickly followed by deep chocolate and roasted malt-then bitter coffee follows. Aftertaste is deep and mellow - subtle chocolate, cherries and molasses. Overall, a damn good Imperial Stout, definitely worth trying if you can find it. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased at Merchantís in Dearborn, Michigan on 22-May-2005.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is of hops, caramel, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruit, and chocolate. Lingering coffee and booze bite. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable. Huge warming feel from the alcohol. This beer is great.
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a thick black obsidian body with a dark tan, cream head. Fantastic lacing on the glass. The nose has notes of baking cocoa, french toast, maple syrup, dry grains and nutty dark chocolate. It hits the pallate with a smooth dry texture with little or no alcohol soak. The huge presence of hops really lets the caramel chocolate malts work their magic without being overbearing. The flavor is full of rich creamy chocolate notes with dark rich malts and some chewy toffee. There is a freshness in the bitter back end where the chocolate dries up and a toasted almond nuttiness really shores up the experience. I am off to buy more bottles of this immediately.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark roasted coffee aroma. Cocoa powder and freeze dried coffee powder flavor (both seemed dry, I dunno). Doesnít seem very complex to me, but it is well made, and a very solid imperial stout.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the better Imperial Stouts out there. Pours a deep black with a fantastic looking brown head. Aroma is roasted chocolate, barley, grains, and a hint of lactose. Flavor is chocolate, lactose, with lots of oat, roast and a touch of licorice. Nice hint of coffee and cookie as it warms. Maybe even a touch of maple syrup. Mouth feel is slightly oily. Amazing.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 Bottle. Aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, wood, dried dark fruits, some citrus, and licorice. Black with an average sized chocolate brown cascading head that left a little lace. Flavor is roasty sweet and finishes bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Very good Impy from one of my favorite breweries. Top notch.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Armanettiís on Lincoln. Pours black as night with a nice, dark head that dissipates into an oil slick on top of the blackness. Nose has some chocolate notes, touch of roasted grain and sweet kona coffee. Touch of alcohol burns the nose. Initial taste is a bit acrid, but full of roastiness and a tinge of sweet stone fruit buried in there, albeit roasted. The hops are definitely present in this one, though not as floral as the Storm King. This is a damn fine stout and Iím not sure why it took me so long to try it. Big mouthfeel. Delicious!