kappldav123 (5855) - GERMANY - APR 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle looks great, as well as the beer in the glass. Dark black, nice head. Starts malty and strong, a bit warming-alcoholic, modest sweet. Notes of bitter chocolate and strong coffee. Finish drier, still complex-malty, a bit scratchy. Quite drinkable for an Imperial Stout. Great beer!
Cybercat (5054) - Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a luscious opaque sable, just a hair above jet black, with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Rich aroma is strongly of fine coffee with hints of cocoa and molasses. Flavor is like a good mocha, quality coffee with an undertone of dusty cocoa, a little oily, slightly bitter and just a bit sweet. Texture is smooth and just a little tingly, and has a good bite to it. Recommended to all stouties.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-Body is a thick, viscous, opaque dark brown hue. Pours with a small medium brown foamy head that quickly fades to a very thin collar. Some traces of lacing remain at the top of the glass.
S-Potent. Phenols come through over a deep, complex RIS nose. I pick up anise, raisins, dark chocolate malt, and a touch of roastiness. All well balanced but the phenols are very much upfront and the highlight of the nose.
T-Upfront is a mix of dark fruit and anise upfront with a thick roasted dark malt backbone. The flavor gets slightly bitter for the finish as the roasted component of the malt comes through more but all the complexity remains all the way through. A big warm alcohol blanket lingers and wraps the initial flavors.
P-Medium to high prickly carbonation and smooth, thick viscous body underneath.
O- This brew certainly lines up with RIS and is a good example of the style. Exactly what I think when I think of RIS’s. IMO, its also a step up from the other Founders stouts. This is good, but a pretty typical example of the style. ABV is high and somewhat prominent. Good beer overall that I would not hesitate to have again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-01-2009 02:47:37
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Black pour, brown head. Roasted coffee, alcohol, and soy sauce nose. Roasty, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, and alcohol in the flavor. Bitter finish, slightly astringent. Excellent.
Brewbie (476) - New York, USA - APR 24, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of ucusty. deep, dark silky pour. very thin tan head. nice aroma of cocoa and chocolate. very creamy mouth, silky as the pour, taste of roast and chocolate and bit of dark sweetness in the background. lingering taste of roast sits on the palate. delicious beer. Thanks, David.
phaleslu (9310) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. I’ve been sitting on this one a while, and figured it was about time to try it. Pours a motor oil black with a nice brown head that leaves some light and sloppy lacing and a film on top of the beer. Aroma of roasted barley malts, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, dirt, and toasted brown sugar. I think I am drinking this a little too cold. The flavor improves upon the aroma. The same notes are there- roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, earthy notes- along with some figs, smoked wood, burnt toast, nuts, hops, and plums. Some hop and alcohol bitterness comes in late. Full-bodied, with a rich, robust, and thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Dry, roasty, smoky aftertaste. Gets better as it warms. I’m not surprised that this is an awesome beer. Founders knows how to do an imperial stout.
TheAlum (6935) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Pours an opaque black pour, pitchblacn, a small light brown head that is a thick film, stays that way, laces ok. Aromas are dark and roasty, a firm roasty malt base leading into some dark chocolate, caramel malts provide some sweetness, a touch of brown sugar, light coffee. Initial is fuller bodied, medium to heavier of medium, a potent booziness and roast hit the palate, bitter chocolate, a touch of smokiness sneaks in and really does something interesting, pretty bitter end, sweetness subdues behind. Smoke lends a touch toward ash and maybe even a touch of campfire, dry roast with caramel and cocoa sticking a bit. A full flavorful foreigh stout, a bit simple for the style I think, but the faint smokiness lends an interesting take.
MadIndian (2724) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Phila Craft Store. Nice black pur with thick tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate and roasted malt.. Nice hop taste blended in perfect with rhe roast. A good dry finish and a mild pretzel taste. GOOD WORK!
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Coles, Buffalo, NY> Dark Dark pour. Nice lacing after a slowly diminishing dark khaki head. Aromas of dark chocolate, black coffee, deep roasted malts. Taste is Big roastiness, chocolate. Extremely favorful & Booziness is really well hidden. Very Very good
Fred82 (2138) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Julio’s
Appearance : Pours thick oily black with almost no head. I managed to get some foam but it was hard. Head is creamy and dark brown.
Aroma : Strong roasted malt with some resinous hops. Hints of coffee and chocolate. After heating up a bit I get strong notes of liquorice mixing with the hops and the roasted malts.
Taste : Strong roasted malt with quite a lot of hops. Finish is intensely roasty and warm with hops. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Finish starts almost fruity then very warm leading to a solid bitterness and ending with lots of roasted malts.
Overall : This is a sipper. You can feel the whole 10%. Highly complex and rich. Nice balance between hops and roasted malt. i could sip this all night. Very complex, very intense and tasty. Even warm it’s still awesome (maybe a bit too much alcohol when warm however). Awesome stuff !