craftycarl21 (2302) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Motor oil pour with a small tan head- thick and viscous, with great lacing. Aroma is rich with chocolate, espresso, cream, and alcohol. Rich flavor holds coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and a chalkiness that combines with a creamy and smooth palate to form a complex and excellent body. Alcohol is beautifully present at the finish; I can feel it seeping into my gums. Delicious impy.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2009 Black Pour, thick and gloppy. slight head, tan. creamy chocolate aromas, bitter and nice, some booziness in the end. Mouthfeel is oily, some chalky chocolate in the taste, bitter baking chocolate. some coffee notes are present as well. Palate is incredibly viscous and smooth like silk. Fantastic.
oteyj (2139) - 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 (1533) - 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 (2245) - 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 (1470) - 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.