nimbleprop (6996) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle sampled at home pours a very deep, completely opaque, viscous, heavy looking black with a thin, ringing brown head. Aroma is very nice and complex. I felt the dark malts and grains came through exceptionally well. Some imperial stouts smell more like booze or coffee than actual beer. This smells, like dark, hearty beer. The nose is also very sweet, brown sugar, caramel, some light cinnamon, coffee with cream, a little hazelnut. The flavor is nice. Coffee, nuts, molasses, burnt toast, burnt sugar, brown sugar, cola. The mouthfeel is very thick, almost gooey and seems a little too much. There’s a strong, lasting coffee like bitterness, almost like Kahlua. It might be TOO big at 10%. I love Founders, and I wanted to love this. I thought it was good but lacked the finesse of a world class Imperial Stout.
Angelmonster (176) - Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2016 Pours a 2 finger dark chocolate head, body is pitch black and no light goes through. Head died kinda fast and lacing wasnt really presentAroma is big on burnt, roasted malts. There?s also some coffee grounds, hops, and faint alcohol. Taste is of charred oak, roasted coffee at first. Chocolate syrup comes in next and hop bitterness is present also. Alcohol is present but not too overbearing for being almost 11 percentMouthfeel was good. Body was thick and smooth going down. Carbonation was aggressive for the style. Head contributed nothing to the beer which was disappointing Drinkability was good. Overall this beer is a sipper but rather complex and deserves to be savored. Disappointed that head died so fast and didnt add any creaminess. Good stout, better than KBS but would prefer the regular Breakfast Stout
nwiseman (195) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from VBS. Aroma is lots of dark fruits and a fair amount of alcohol. Pours almost pitch black with a deep molasses colored head (what head there was). At first taste I notice an intense malt roastiness with lots of lingering bitterness. A very full mouthfeel. Not quite what I was expecting, but still a very well crafted stout.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours super black syrupy and thick with no light penetration at all producing a thin dark coffee mocha colored head.(looks my used motor oil) the aromas are very chocolately and malty with lots of roasted malts, dark caramel, some coffee, slight dark fruits and its generally very robust in the nose. it is full bodied and thick with an awsome mouthfeel that felt like whole milk rolling across my tongue. it tastes like heaven in its fermented form, but seriously, it tastes very malty and thick with chocolate and toasted malts. its sweet but perfectly balanced with hops which are so light but detectable in the finish. it finishes very full and heavy with a really nice malty sweet aftertaste. awsome beer.
jefcon (1595) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wallop of cocoa issues from a deep brown pour. A thin, lighter brown head rises from the beer and lasts. Cocoa and bittersweet chocolate with a nice heat from the alcohol and the pine of hops. Medium palate, very slick, and a real depth of flavor, though the flavors are very straightforward and accessible. A true imperial stout that shows off the best aspects of the style.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma very complex. Smells of coffee, chocolate, malt and alcohol. Very cremy, thick mouthfeel. Taste is very malty with an aftertaste of hops and coffee. Great beer.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates. Roasted barley, hops and a bit of alcohol in the aroma. More roasty barley in the flavor. The alcohol in the aroma doesn’t come through in the flavor. Big rich body. Fair amount of hop bitterness. Long dry finish of chocolate malt. Solid beer.
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2012 12 oz. bottle poured into snifter. Aroma is rich earthy scents with faint coffee, chocolate prunes, figs, tobacco and soy. Appearance is thick black-brown in color, nice minimal head and secure lacing. Taste first starts with rich dark chocolate with it going to bitterness, dark prunes and finishes to a dry soy, coffee, and tobacco in the finish. Palate is creamy thick and maybe a little oily. Overall a very very good imperial stout. Founders has yet to disappoint!
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2011 12oz bottled Nov 20, 2009. Pours thick black with a one finger dark brown head into a Duvel tulip. Reduces to a whispy covering with large bubbles along the edges.
Aroma is deep dark roasted malts and dark chocolate, these dominate with some dark fruits underneath.
Flavor is rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, then some milk chocolate. Some minor notes of molasses, licorice. Incredibly strong chocolaty flavors overall. A bit of alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel is very rich, full-bodied but not overly so, leaving it quite drinkable for a big imperial stout.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is
chocolate, toast, caramel, plum, some roast, and sweet molasses.
Flavor is chocolate, molasses, toffee, cocoa, some plum, roast, and a
bitter roasty finish.