markwise (4524) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2011 Rerate vintage 09 in 2011. Outstanding. Pitch black color with a ton of yellow lace. Nose is roast, chocolate, earth, some ash, some coffee, but sweet chocolate. Flavor is an unbridled imperial stout. Roast All over with coffee and earthy chocolate up front, ash, coffee, and earth in the mid, finishing with chocolate and char. Thick and loveable.
Thanks Gillard for the share. Pours a dark brown with a slight khaki head. Aroma is coffee bitterness, licorice, and a tremendous roasted character. Flavor is very earthy with roasted characteristics, licorice, coffee, and a tiny bit of bittersweet chocolate with some bitterness and faintly noticeable floral hops. Finish is bitter. Nice Imp Stout. licorice,
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a black black color with a tan head that’s about two inches tall. Some earthy bitterness and lots of liquorice and coffee. The flavor has all the coffee and chocolate you’d expect along with with a good dose of liquorice and some faint smoke. There might be some milky sweetness too. It’s in like every other sip. Thick but not the thickest. Really solid.
pineypower (2528) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a trade a few years back...I’d say this is an 06 bottling...possibly an 07. Pours out black with a small brown head. Nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits and some burnt sugar. Very nice smooth mouthfeel with no note of the 10% ABV. Taste is complex, roasted malts, some bitter chocolate, dark dried fruit and some other lingering sweet notes in there, very well balanced.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. Opaque and dark pour with a thick tan head. Smoky and sweet smelling, banana bread, chocolate, piney hops, coffee, vanilla, earth. Similar but less complex flavor. Smoky and bittersweet chocolate finish. Alcohol is apparent. Really great finish. Thick on the palate. Very nice.
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black with a small head... Nose of roasty malts, slight notes of coffee, chocolate and raisin... Flavorful, creamy, roasty, with a touch of alcohol in the finish... Robust roasty flavor with notes of chocolate, black licorice, and coffee... Full bodied but not overly full... Excellent stout...
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. It pours deep black with a 1/2 inch brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, some sort of fruit, malts and soy sauce. The taste is very good for the style. The finish is bitter chocolate, plenty of hops and coffee. Highly recommended!
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
deep black pour with a thin espresso head that fades to a ring fast. thick nose of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice and dark fruits. nice thickness with a great flavor of coffee, bitter chocolate, dark chocolate and roasted malts.
dmac (4173) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Spirits RB. Pours a thick bodied pitch black with a sizeable creamy chocolate brown head. Initial aroma was on the sweet side with notes of vanilla extract, chocolate, black olives, soy sauce. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation and well hidden alcohol. Luckily the olive and soy sauce flavor don’t come through but lots of roasty and burnt notes take center stage. Some burnt coffee grounds and bitter dark chocolate notes are also detected. Yet another winner from Founders, I Love those guys.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, bro! Poured cold. Pours an oil-slick black with a thin mocha head that fades quickly. As I warm and swirl it in my hands the head gets thicker and creamier. Aroma is smoky, dark roasts, coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, wood, and dark fruit. Taste very much consists of bitter roastiness, some alcohol warmth, and finishes dry.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours motor oil black with a thin beige head. Aroma is smoky malt with a bit of coffee. Flavor is much of what is in the nose with a bit of molasses sweetness and an underlying bitterness. Sticky mouthfeel, definitely a thick one. Very nice, like a meal.