beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a pitch black color. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and fruits. Very good flavor of roasted malt, chocolate and ftuits. Light to medium body, syrupy texture. Very good imperial stout, I haven’t tasted a Founders so far that I didn’t like.
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at XBF:
Freshly roasted coffee beans develop into a straightforward but wealthy perfume of dark chocolate and pumpernickel.
Strong roasted malt bitterness and green hoppiness contribute to empowering the powdery chocolate and latent vinosity. Cohesive but powerful, a sipper that commands attention.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Poured Black and thick. Not a lot of head, but it was dark brown and clung to the side of the glass. Aroma was of the style, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. This was dry, sweet and bitter? It left my mouth watering for more. I KNOW I am serving this a little cold, but, damn, It was-2 degrees this morning, !!! As is warms more complex flavors are coming out. Bitter coffee is strong at the front of the tongue. The full body then turns sweet with an ever so slight bitter/dry finish. I am really enjoying this, if you can’t tell. It is so smooth, it could almost be a session brew. If dark brew is for you, trade-drive-cheat-steal to get this one. Mmmmmmmm! This is really Great!!!
rerate on 3-22-05 I am completely bewildered by these ratings. This is my favorite Impy. Stout. Get with it people.
Sammy (7740) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 A bit sour Balkan, but that sourness was moderated. Smooth and rich to sip. Good appearance and chocolate roast aroma. Whisper of smoke. Medium to full mouthfeel. Good lunch accompaniment. I think you brought it in Wohlfs, so thank you. Second bottle sent by Dr. Jay and not sourness.
Cdog (32) - Farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark & thick with only a bit of a brown head. It has a big chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavor. Thick, yet very smooth, with nice dry wine finish.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very thick, very dark body with a small brown head. Faint aroma of coffee and a bit of sweetness. Flavor is nutty, then chocolate, finished off with a bitter coffee. Alcohol was barely noticeable until I stood up.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Pours black with only film for a head. Aroma is caramelized malt with chocolate and coffee. Initial taste is a sweet maltiness that fades to bitter coffee and hops. Very smooth palate/mouthfeel, but lacks complexity for an imperial.
Re-rate: I have been doing a little re-rating and this picked up .3 of a point second time around. Had better body, flavor and overall.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick black with moderate litht brown head. Oily. Nose is big chocolate, robust and slightly vinous. Flavor is hugely chocolate, coffeeish, raisiny and roasted malt. Thick, yet smooth. Finishes with nice dry bitterness.
Pailhead (4245) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2005 Bottle: Excellent aroma of chocolate, cream, fruit, and black licorice. Pours a very dark brown, virtually black, with a decent size dark brown head that diminishes somewhat quickly. The very first sip is very salty up front and covers up just about any flavor that could be in the initial taste. After that first sip the saltiness really fades and the front is malty with chocolate. Finishes with a strong black coffee presence with black licorice and light chocolate. Leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Doesn’t have the alcohol bite in the finish that I look for in an imperial stout. Still very good though. *****Re-rate. Picked some more of this up to use in a trade and had to try another myself. Much better than the first time I had it. Don’t know where that saltiness came from, but nowhere to be found in this one. Much more malty the second time around. Chocolate really stands out the the strong black coffee presence I got the first time has really mellowed. Black licorice is present in the finish. Much better than I remember. Something I’ll have to keep on hand from now on because this is excellent. Old score was 9-4-7-3-15.
rajendra82 (914) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one year old bottle was personally aged and sent to me by my Secret Santa. The beer poured opaque reddish brown-black with an inch thick brown head. Lacing was solid despite the high strength.
The aroma was a blend of roasted and fruity flavors like coffee, chocolate, raisins, and figs. The taste was bitter at first sip with unsweetened espresso flavor being at the forefront. As I let the sip linger on my tongue, chocolate, grapes, toffee, and soy sauce made a brief appearance, before being washed away in the herbal hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel was thick, sticky, and smooth. The 10% ABV was not a major detractor from drinkability, except in the mild afterburn in the stomach.
Not quite as intense as other American Imperial Stouts that I have sampled, but rather more in line with the English varieties.