brigg (598) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Pours a dark syrupy velvet brown, almost black, with a small and dense but disappearing head. Dark roast malt aroma, coffee, chocolate; sweet with notes of alcohol. Full, syrupy body; creamy, then slightly sticky. Flavor is dark roasted malt, medium sweet; light bitterness with smoky notes blended nicely and balanced. Very smooth overall.
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The head quickly disappeared upon pouring to a thin tan ring around the edge of the glass. Very dark brown with mahogany hues at the edge. Very strong roasted presence as well as some raisinlike sweetness and chocolate flavors. Great well rounded mouthfeel and a nice lingering finish.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inky oil-slick jet black in color. Solid layer of tan foamy head that leaves behind spotty lacing.
Aroma has a very pleasant mild chocolate aspect alongside the more standard roasted malt & bitter coffee elements of a stout.
Flavor follows along the same lines as the aroma, but the roasty aspects really dominate here. The beer finishes with a nice bitter coffee flavor.
Mouthfeel is excellent - super silky smooth and oily. The high abv is almost totally hidden making this one dangerously drinkable.
Another top quality beer from Founders. Highly recommended.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter and couldn’t finish it; that’s how rich, viscous, and oily this one is. It sat still beneath a couple of bubbles that quickly dissipated. The flavor began wonderfully, with complex layers of lactose and caramel interplaying with the roasted malt. Unfortunately, there is so much roast bitterness in the finish that the primary flavors are but a memory, and my palate is Russia after Napoleon’s troops left. A disappointment from a brewery that I usually like a lot.
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark pour and dark brown head. This was a bottle aged for one year. Great complex imperial stout with cocoa and hints of coffee. There is quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of this beer. Very slight hint of alcohol at the end of the palate.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Insanely aggressive pour gave two fingers of thick, but frothy dark brown head. Retention was average, but it left lots of creamy lacing behind.
4.0 S: Lots of roasted barley with a touch of sweet caramel. Dark chocolate and molasses are also big. Good, but nothing to write home about.
4.0 T: Lots of roasted flavors again to the point of having a slight burntness. Earthy bitter hops blend well with a subtle sweetness from the malts. Dark chocolate again with a touch of black licorice. This beer definitely goes for a flavor explosion instead of elegant meshings of intrices.
4.0 M: Lighter heavy body. Smooth carbonation. Aside from the burntness, the beer itself is quite smooth. Alcohol warms, but does not dominate.
4.0 D: Pretty good, but one glass is enough.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-09-2010 03:40:49
dnstone (2490) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Chocolate and coffee aroma light smoke aromas. Pitch black with a tan head that fades to a whisp. Strong milk chocolate smootheness with roasty sweet coffee tones.
hallinghansen (2669) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from rgtravers, thanks. Black body with a small light brown head. Aroma is oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malt, baked hazelnuts, berries, fruity notes and alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, oat, dark fruit, alcohol, vanilla, roasted malt, hops. Thick texture, medium carbonation long alcohol finish. Nice lacings. Complex. Very good brew.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest trace of lighter color when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy mocha colored head. Decent retention, quickly fading to a lasting ring that leaves spots of lacing behind.
Dark roasted aroma with lots of silky dark chocolate character as well as hints of roasted coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal, nut, toffee burnt toast and alcohol sweetness.
Chewy full body with a deep roasted malt flavor. There is a huge silky chocolate and roasted coffee bean presence that is balanced vry nicely by a lactic cream character. I’m also picking up hints of toast, toffee, hazelnut, oatmeal and slight dark fruit. This beer is very comlex and the well masked ABV makes this dangerously drinkable. Slightly bittertowars the end of the palate with a bone dry finish and slight alcohol warmth. Excellent!
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, licorice, tobacco, wood, and light smoke. As good as I expected.