oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Used motor oil pour with one finger tan head that dissipates into a veneer. Aroma is chocolate cream and roast. Coffee and some boozyness sneak in there as well. Flavor is loaded with dark chocolate, cream, and dry bitter roast. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but doesn’t interfere with the flavors in any way. Palate is syrup like- viscous and silky. Couldn’t ask for much better than this.
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small film of brown head. Aroma is dark and rich, mainly of dark chocolate, molasses, and roasts. Palate medium in fullness, mildly carbonated, creamy-smooth, and slightly dry at the finish. Oh, but the flavors! A wonderful blend that starts with deep dark chocolate, moves into dry cocoa and espresso, filters this over smoky, roasted fine wood, and ends with distinct piney hops. Goodness gracious, this is good! Along with Victory Storm King, this is probably my favorite in the roasty-bitter RIS sub-category.
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy SamGamgee. Pours pitch black with a beige lasting head. Graham crackery sweetness in the aroma with milk chocolate and cocoa powder. No indication of what’s to come in the flavor, which is massively roasted with notes of the darkest chocolates. Highly bitter and slightly ashy. Surprisingly dry on the palate with no trace of the high alcohol. Medium-heavy body, smooth and drinkable.
trevor211 (1408) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to MrChopin for including this one in a trade! This is exactly the kind of stout the last one I had was attempting (and failing) to be. Pours pitch black from the bottle, with a dense, slow-forming, mocha-colored head. Aroma has dark chocolate, lots of roasty coffee and molasses, some smoke. The flavor brings the hop contingent around, is just a tad boozy, and finishes with dry, roasty coffee. Mouthfeel is wonderful - this is really thick stuff, but silky smooth, and hides its 10% very well. Really, really good stuff - I’d love to try an oaked version...
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice beer! Pours deep black with dark brown head that quickly dissipates. Roasted coffee and notes with nice smokey notes. Bitter lasting finish. Very enjoyable.
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Founders. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is very similar. Not a lot to say, but this is a damn good imperial stout.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pitch black with large tan head. roasty nose and moderate carbonation. initially the alcohol is present before some bittering hops and a decent amount of hop flavor then a lot of sweetness and chocolate before a roasty and long finish. the alcohol is present throughout, which adds depth at the end, but could be more mild in general. a very nice imperial stout that might beenfit from more aging
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Source: 12 oz bottle purchased from Bruisin Ales in Asheville.
Glass: Samichlaus snifter.
Appearance: Oily black pour with a thin ring of brown head.
Aroma: Roasted malt dominates, but hints of milk chocolate and nuts are present.
Flavor: Ashy, roasted malt base, with a chocolate finish.
Palate: Full body with soft carbonation.
Overall: Another excellent offering from Founders. I have yet to be disappointed by anything they make.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Big coffee chocolate nose with molasses, caramel, and some licorice. Mild bitter hop aroma, nutty. Sweet alcohol and a bit of lactose. Jet black body, a little hazy, with dark cocoa-colored foamy-creamy lacing head. Medium-heavy chewy body with medium carbonation and warming. Starts with tons of malt sweetness but not cloying. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice, vanilla. Medium dull bitter finish. Burnt grain and nutty yeasty chalky after.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I really like most of what Founders puts out but something about this one was amiss. It started out great with a black pour with a thin tan head and some splotchy lace. IT smelled pretty damn good too with chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, molasses, sweet malt and barley on the nose. But then it kind of went down hill as it just ended up tasting too salty. Taste of roasted malt, alcohol, salt, bitter chocolate and very dark roasted malts. Perhaps I ended up with a bad bottle, but I just couldn’t finish it. I’ll check back sometime down the road on this one.