TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a rich dark black. Nose is sweet boozy and roasted malts. This is big solid impy stout. Lots of roasted malts carry thi. Hints of coffee and vanilla , but chocolate and roasted malts carry the flavor. A hint of the abv carries the finish. Big and bitter and top notch.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle courtesy of rayl101!!). Pours black with brown head and tiny carbonation bubble. Aroma of dark chocolate, wood, dark fruit. Taste is sweet with some roastiness. Full bodied with creamy texture. Finish is bitter (roasty). Excellent IMP! Love it.
Ron (3612) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out very black with a nice tan head. The aroma is of licorice, chocolate, a touch of coffee and something sweet. This receded quickly, but the initial appearance is stunning. The palate is velvety, thick, sweet, chewy, the chocolate malt figuring prominently. Still, there is a grainy-hoppy mid-feel to it keeping it in balance. I really liked it. Thanks for the trade JB. Iím cellaring the 2nd one.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2009 vintage, itís been sitting in my cellar for a while. Poured into a tulip glass a very dark brown/black color with a big, think fluffy dark tan head that slowly settles down the glass. Nice left from the head. A big whiff yields some very strong notes of dark chocolate, molassess, coffee, and a slight hint of booze. The mouthfeel is surprisingly a little lighter than I thought with a nice medium, velvety feel. Dark roast coffee flavors mix really well with dark chocolate. There is some sweetness that is really nice in this. Some licorice notes as well. Very nice beer my only knock would be the mouthfeel, wish is was just a little heavier.
guzzler67 (1670) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Requisite black appearance with a small, medium brown head and good lacing. Most noticable aspect of the aroma is the roasted chocolate malts, but after a few moments there are dark fruits, nougat and brown bread in the mix. Bittersweetness and earthiness coexist in the taste, with random notes of vanilla bean, coffee, ripe fruit; even some charcoal in the aftertaste, Alcohol is evident in the creamy, full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel, leading to a long lasting finish.
Nickls (2389) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a midnight black color with a finger of than foam, with minimal lacing. Roasted malts, licorice, and dark chocolate in the aroma. Much more roasted in the flavor, but cut with a smooth sweetness that carried honey and chocolate, as well as anise. Fuller body, with a lingering sweet and roasted finish. Shit, nice big Impy Stout.
jar72404 (426) - USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasty malts. Flavor is also roasty, with noticeable chocolate and a nice lingering bitterness. Great stout.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: pours black like oil and just as thick. Thin dense head of espresso crema which fades into a thin broken film, still espresso hued. Swirls with thin layers of lace and a thicker collar.
Nose: roasted and burnt with the heavy weight of delicious char. Black strap molasses, licorice root, and burnt marshmallows. Dry brittle burnt chocolates and pure roasted cacao beans. Wood and black earth, scorched of course. Burnt caramel.
Palate: full, heavy, thick, chewy, and delicious. Did I mention delicious? Good. Immediately coats mouth and tongue and lips in burnt chocolates, fudge, espresso crema, and char. Licorice root in back along with pure cacao and burnt caramel. Lips remain coated from first quaff to last in char, fudge, and burnt caramel. Top of tongue slowly starts to dry. Brittle burnt black chocolates in the finish a dry ashy presence lingering in my breath. Lovely.
Final Thoughts: well, I bet if you werenít thirsty for a Founders Imperial Stout before reading this review, you are now. I know I am.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
G: 18-ounce glass snifter.
A: Pours a thick, dark, opaque liquid, reminiscent of Hersheyís syrup in color. Starts off with about a finger-and-a-half of head that is nutty in color. There are a decent amount of carbonation bubbles visible on the top of the head, and the head recedes quickly to about half a finger. Decent amount of lacing as it goes down.
S: Very smeet malt smell from the start, fading into a calming alcohol presence. Hints of dark, unsweetened chocolate and a subtle whiff of coffee. Little to no hop presence, although I cannot be sure how old this beer is, as I donít believe it has any sort of bottled-on date.
T: The initial taste first brings a sweetness that hits the back corners of the mouth--reminds me of the feel of green apple Jolly Ranchers in the mouth, though with much less pungency. A mild caramel biscuit flavor underneath the sweetness.
M: Medium-bodied and crisp. Mild carbonation on the tongue and crisp as it goes down. Maybe just a little bit hot in the mouth--Iíd bet the mouthfeel would be sublime with a year or two on it.
D: Quite savory. Not quite as complex as Expedition, although itíll definitely factor into the rotation. Iíll definitely lay a couple of these down to see how the flavor profile develops over time.
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 Tasted from a 12oz bottle purchased at Lush West Town (rated while listening to Big Boi). Bottled on 11/20/09. The pour is oil black with a thick brown head that cascades into leaving a thick lace collar. The nose is much more subdued than I would like with milk chocolate, coffee, darkly roasted malt, molasses, and bitter hops peaking through. The flavor is similar, starting with the molasses and milk chocolate, but then moves to the bitter coffee and darkly roasted malt with the hops adding an extra bitter component. The body is massive with light carbonation and a long roasted malt and bitter coffe flavor. I will admit that I am a bit disappointed by this beer, but to its credit, the alcohol is masked very well.