brokensail (16053) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: The pour is viscous and black with a finger or so off mocha colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly, but leaves a nice bit of lacing.
S: Loads of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol.
T: The amount of chocolate in this beer is amazing. A very smooth chocolate and coffee taste with a nice hint of bitterness on the finish.
M: Very smooth, rich, and creamy.
D: An awesome RIS, one of the better ones Iíve had, actually. The alcohol is pretty much non-existent and the flavors are absolutely amazing and epitomize an RIS.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a grey-black-brown-silver head. Reminded me of the Rogue Black Lager I drank earlier. Smell is roasty, full of coffee and wood fire notes. Flavor is chocolate, with some coffee notes. Finishes bitter, and a good bitter at that. Some sweetness in this, but its a pretty hearty RIS. Very Licorice-flavored, when you get right down to it. I mean, donít get me wrong, I like Licorice as much as the next guy - but at times it can be a bit overpowering. But on the other hand, its a fairly smooth beer - think absinthe in beer. If I were to sidecar with this beer, it would be absinthe.
Strykzone (6717) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Founders always produce a great stout. Lets see if they have done it again. This beer pours almost black with red appearing only during the pour. A late forming head is quite small. It is also angry looking. It doesnít, however, last long. Wish I could find an aroma but a head cold wonít allow it. First sip says the feel is velvety and somehow chunky and very thick. This beer is quite robust with well roasted malt. If it is found at Starbucks it is in this beer. Coffee, espresso, gobs of dark semi sweet chocolate. Those flavors are so big it is difficult to discern the subtler notes. Still, vanilla, dark fruit, licorice. Just a wonderful beer! Founders out did themselves on this imperial stout.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice foamy black pour with nice thick head. aroma is malty and birnt, flavor is big. the finish is overly bitter and burnt which detracts from the nice flavors in the beer. still tasty, but needs a lil sweetness, hence breakfast.
DaHopzilla (5) - USA - FEB 16, 2010 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
aroma is wonderful ,full of dark roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. This is one of the best looking beers I have ever seen. Pours thick and black with very thick tan head. I could make a icecream float with this bad boy.Taste of roasted love and smooth creamyness.one of the best imperials ive had. This beer really should be rated higher!
madvike (3200) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours black with a small brownish head. Chocolatey up front, with a sharp booze finish and some roasted malt notes. As for the taste, smoky malt compliments some nice roasty bitterness, but with a touch of sweetness as well. Smooth and fairly chewy, this was solid and pleasant, but not a stand-out.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with a crimson mocha head. Aroma somewhat subdued - dark chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, alcohol. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, and burnt espresso leaving a long lasting bitterness to the tongue that is quite pleasing. A very nice imperial stout.
phiconners (150) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours super thick black, little to no head. Very nice roasted flavor, smooth. Feels as thick as it looks. Alcohol comes through just a bit. One of the best imperial stouts Iíve had.
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours impenetrable motor oil with a super dark rich head, aroma is raisins, roasted esters, and some rum, full oily mouthfeel, warm, rich with dried fruits and a bitter roasted wallop on finish, excellent imperial stout
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Like pouring a quart of motor oil, thick and viscous, and almost no head. This beer is a liver-killer, rich with dark fruit and cough syrup, but in a good way. Delicious. (#3839, 2/13/2010)