deyholla (8124) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Poured black and oily with a very small grayish brown head. Aroma full of chocolate and coffee malts with notes with undertones of caramel. Well balanced between the malt flavors with a nice roasted note towards the finish. Thick like oil.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. FIS pours black and inky with an almost nonexistant head. The aroma is very nice with fresh plums and vanilla, The body is thick and slightly oily. There isn’t much liveliness; the beer comes across as slighly flat. The taste is quite nice though. Notes of oak, alcohol, salad oil and coffee. The finish is slightly bitter and surprisingly light.
BrewmeisterEd (61) - USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured pitch black with a brown head (pint glass) - head remained a good number of minutes...smells like thick homebrew burnt and heavy. Sweeter than I anticipated...I think of stouts as dry, but maybe that’s the ’imperial’ shining through? Nonetheless, smooth going down without betraying the abv...an oily mouth feel lingers, but not too long - a mighty nice new year’s brew...no discernible hops to speak of which is a good thing - but a hint of bitterness in the after taste too....
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
didn’t even know founders had an imperial stout, but here it is. dark black thick pour with a heavy brown head. burnt roasty nose with a little sweet and a little smoke. taste is raisen and dark chocolate with a little candy sugar. typical imperial stout, which is typically good.
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an oily black with a thin dark tan head. Smells of malt, licorice and alcohol. Taste is a heavy malt, bitter chocolate, some licorice and a hop bitter to finish. Alcohol is there but in a good way with the bitter finish. Outstanding.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Notes of bitter roast, chocolate, and dark caramel. Heavy bodied with noticeable but not overwhelming alcohol. Will rate this one again soon.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a snifter glass at cellar temp. Poured a very dark black, with a thin tan head. Aroma has a mixture of coffee and pine. Taste has a nice mixture of dark chocolate, coffee and spicey hops all wrapped up with a very creamy and smooth palate. All of the flavors balance each other very nicely, though the coffee does stick around more on the aftertaste. The balance and mouthfeel is what really distinguishes this beer from many of its contemporaries.
SanfordBrewer (1408) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 br-btl cm-lbl, 12oz, $3.99, 90 IBU, 10.5%)
opq-bk ,^dense-br-head, silky-full-body, ^co2.
aroma: ^chclt roast-malt.
flavor: chclt co2 T1, crmy-brnt-chclt espresso §silage/herbal T2, used-coffee-grounds §chclt §sweet T3.
rich and intense, but lacks complexity and roundness/balance IMO.
DWestrick (474) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. very nice Imperial Stout - terrific characteristics with strong flavors. well crafted beer.
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a motor oil consistency. One finger cinnamon-tan head. Noticed a chunk of yeast plop into the glass. Mostly chocolate and hops on the nose with a hint of alcohol and something else. Maybe vanilla? Flavor is loaded with familiar tastes. Smoke, chocolate, coffee and alcohol dominate. Very thick, oily mouthfeel. A little too carbonated for an imperial stout in my opinion. Good lacing and a warming finish.