fishbrew (13) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a tulip glass while very young (bottled on 11/27/09)
Extremely rich, complex, and mean imperial stout.
Aroma: Very sweet and (pleasantly) pungent. Very roasty, evident alcohol. Foreshadows the punch that this beer packs.
Appearance: A rather meaningless category for an imperial stout. Black, viscous, nice lacing, minimal head.
Taste: Roast and malty sweetness up front, followed by intense bitterness. Very enjoyable.
Palate: High viscosity, very creamy and oily. Perfect amount of carbonation lets the flavors come through.
Overall: Even though this beer was quite young when consumed, it was extremely complex, enjoyable, and balanced. Founders proves yet again that their brewing prowess is among the best in the state of Michigan.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow these guys do it again. Just shy of being pitch black on the pour with minimal head as I think the initial temperature was a touch too cold. One can smell coffee, lots and lots of chocolate, slight caramel there as well. Full bodied but with light carbonation. Damn smooth yet does remind you that it is very strong. Liquid chocolate at first with coffee flavors pushing middle way through to the end. Hides the hops very well for having 90 IBUs. Will age very well I think. Awesome imperial stout!
tennisjoel (1314) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is black with a thin light brown head. Aromas of cocoa, ripe green apple, brown sugar, and light hops. Some subtle smoke in the flavor. Pretty interesting brew here. Warming and rich palate. Good with the exception of the green apple aroma. Luckily this is pretty well hidden in the flavor. Otherwise solid.
guil0000 (349) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours black with a brown white head. Glass from Eulogy in Philadelphia. Aroma of roasted coffee bean and Chocolate. Very full bodied and creamy. Very full of taste and full. I loved it!
yamar1221 (40) - USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very thick, deep, and dark pour that has an enjoyable malty aroma with a rothy, lasting head. Great masking for 10.5% and with such a rich, complex flavor of roasted coffee, earthy, and hardy grain tones with hints of sweet chocolate. What a beer, I gotta say that I enjoy this much just as much if not more than the breakfast stout.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
didn’t even know founders had an imperial stout, but here it is. dark black thick pour with a heavy brown head. burnt roasty nose with a little sweet and a little smoke. taste is raisen and dark chocolate with a little candy sugar. typical imperial stout, which is typically good.
BrewmeisterEd (61) - USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured pitch black with a brown head (pint glass) - head remained a good number of minutes...smells like thick homebrew burnt and heavy. Sweeter than I anticipated...I think of stouts as dry, but maybe that’s the ’imperial’ shining through? Nonetheless, smooth going down without betraying the abv...an oily mouth feel lingers, but not too long - a mighty nice new year’s brew...no discernible hops to speak of which is a good thing - but a hint of bitterness in the after taste too....
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a snifter glass at cellar temp. Poured a very dark black, with a thin tan head. Aroma has a mixture of coffee and pine. Taste has a nice mixture of dark chocolate, coffee and spicey hops all wrapped up with a very creamy and smooth palate. All of the flavors balance each other very nicely, though the coffee does stick around more on the aftertaste. The balance and mouthfeel is what really distinguishes this beer from many of its contemporaries.
deyholla (9731) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Poured black and oily with a very small grayish brown head. Aroma full of chocolate and coffee malts with notes with undertones of caramel. Well balanced between the malt flavors with a nice roasted note towards the finish. Thick like oil.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. FIS pours black and inky with an almost nonexistant head. The aroma is very nice with fresh plums and vanilla, The body is thick and slightly oily. There isn’t much liveliness; the beer comes across as slighly flat. The taste is quite nice though. Notes of oak, alcohol, salad oil and coffee. The finish is slightly bitter and surprisingly light.