elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2011 12oz bottled Nov 20, 2009. Pours thick black with a one finger dark brown head into a Duvel tulip. Reduces to a whispy covering with large bubbles along the edges.
Aroma is deep dark roasted malts and dark chocolate, these dominate with some dark fruits underneath.
Flavor is rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, then some milk chocolate. Some minor notes of molasses, licorice. Incredibly strong chocolaty flavors overall. A bit of alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel is very rich, full-bodied but not overly so, leaving it quite drinkable for a big imperial stout.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is
chocolate, toast, caramel, plum, some roast, and sweet molasses.
Flavor is chocolate, molasses, toffee, cocoa, some plum, roast, and a
bitter roasty finish.
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 (2165) - 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 (950) - 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