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 (1612) - 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 (2279) - 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.
edward_violet (63) - Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is nice and rich...
Potentially the darkest head I’ve seen; cocoa-mix brown. Dark dark brown pour, sits in glass nearly black.
Toasty, nutty, chocolatey, coffee-like malt.
Hints of soy sauce, ginger, cough drop. Earthy yeast.
Slight evergreen-like hops.
Long warming finish.
Bought a four-pack... will enjoy the rest without regretting buying, for sure. Not tonight, though. High ABV.
infestaxion (22) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a nice thick black with a mocha head that fades into a lacing around the glass.
S - Mostly malty chocolate. Slight hint of caramel.
T - Big roasted malt with bitter chocolate. Again a hint of caramel. A bit of warmth in the aftertaste. Complex and rich. I love the creaminess.
M - Nice and thick. Just the way I love it.
D - A bit warm but not overly so considering the ABV. Smooth going down. I could have a couple of these.
This is a pretty good Imperial Stout. I feel like one lucky little boy right now.
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. I love Founders, and heard such great things about the imperial stout, so I’m very excited to try this. Pours a completely opaque black with a tiny brown head that dies quickly. Smells of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, maybe a hint of vanilla, and possibly some bourbon too. Very complex and powerful smell. All of those smells are pronounced in the flavor too. Very full-bodied, and reminds me a lot of Bells’ Expedition stout. Very good, in the top 5 or so of best stouts I have had.