BrockLanders (769) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 Canít believe I didnít cover this one. Big dark black pour...big brown head. Big choco-malt nose...some bitter notes, some strength is showing through already. Even bigger roasty malt flavor, chocolate, molasses, toffee and bitter burnt malts too. Medium bodied...smooth and vinous. Not a lot in the hop arena, but that isnít all bad.
demitriustown (1027) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a reddish-brown head. Chocolate, Bourbon, sticky bread, toffee, hazelnut aroma to this imperial stout. Very robust taste with dark chocolate and a roasted maltiness to the flavor, other notes of red wine and fresh rye bread. A nice complex Imperial stout with a robust aroma, rich taste, and pleasing bitter palate.
Boutip (4436) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium dark brown foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of deep black chocolate with slight roasted malt without any discernable hops. Taste is also dominated by the sweet black chocolate with some roasted malt. The taste is really sweeter then expected and I canít seem to notice any hops or bitterness which kind of seems to be missing. Body is above average with a full creamy texture. Alcohol is very well hidden which is another plus. Nice and enjoyable but would have appreciated a higher hops profile.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a frothy, dense, creamy, one-finger thick brown colored head. The beer is an opaque black color that shows a full, clear, dark chocolate color around the edges when held up to the light. The aroma is intensely roasted with a back drop of burnt raisin that peeks through in the finish. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee liquor comes to the fore as I take my second draught of the nose. The alcohol really becomes prominent as time goes on and my nose gets use to the other aromatic notes. The burn, roasted malt notes remain full strength throughout though. The aroma is quite nice, it is only if I smell too long that the alcohol becomes noticeable; so donít linger to on to the drinken.
Ah, this has the proper mouth coating, palate consuming heft to it that I crave in a proper winter whether Imperial Stout. ON top of this the beer is the most well balanced and flavorful big beer I have had from Founders; and by flavor I mean ones of the good tasting variety. The alcohol, while here, is quite subtle and relegated to being noticed only in the finish underneath a roast espresso acidity that lingers along with he creamy, mouth coating dark chocolate notes. I really like the balance between rich dark chocolate flavors, smooth coffee cream, and roasted espresso notes. The roast character is restrained enough that it is not harsh and acrid.
As the beer warms up it even becomes more balanced and rich, with the roast burnt notes balancing even a step more. It still finishes with that bit of roast acidity, which helps to balance the mouth coating thickness; making you to want to take another sip that much sooner.
stoutchap (370) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím not much of an expert, but this is probably my favorite Imperial so far. I know, I know I havenít tried all the top-rated stuff. But this was really solid and I like it. Iíll have to do a head-to-head with Old Rasputin some day soon. Anyways onto specifics.
Pours jet-black - held up to a light-bulb - inches away - not light passed through - a veritable black hole! Thick on the pour, a tight reddish-brown bubbly head.
Great nose - roasty malts, dark-dark chocolate, alcohol, and tar. (Only a true stoutie would appreciate it)
Starts with a deep roastd choco-coffee, with a little oily-tartness. With a bitter middle and portish alcohol finish.
Thick, oily mouthfeel.
Many will not like it - but IMHO this is great!
lamas (1308) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of CharlesDarwin. A jet-black pour with the slightest chestnut head. Rich, chocolatey aroma. Licorice, coffee, toffee and vanilla beans are also present. Thick, chewy body. Molasses dominates the roasty flavor. Some ample amounts of dark chocolate and black coffee present too. A dry, lingering finish with some warming alcohol. Very solid beer.
brainskins (14) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a tan head. Smells of raisins, licorice, coffee, and roasted chocolate malt. Very smooth creamy mouth feel. Taste chocolate at first then a hoppy alcoholic presence for a clean finish.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, very black very thick...almost like syrup. the Head, what there was of if was foamy and redish. Aroma is malty with a hint of chocolate.
Taste starts out very tart-malty... flavor starts out light grows to very intense then fades away with very little after taste...very clean finish for an imperial stout.
An excellent beer....I will have to make sure I get some more.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at FBC. Small black head that mostly diminished, fine-small sized bubbles, poor lacing, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a dark brown hue. Nose was malty, coffee, roasty, and burnt. Coffee, chocolate, vinuous, and roastiness flavor. Smooth palate. Medium-full body. Nicely done.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black pour with tan, tight-bubbled head. Heavy aromas of roasted malts, mile chocolate, oranges and a bit of licorice. The body is full with a consistency of cream. Smooth texture and mouthfeel. Robust with flavor of roasted chocolate malt with hints of pepper, caramel, coffee and licorice. The alcohol is quite prominent in the flavor.