chandler0201 (649) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tan pour with brownish head. Great aroma of coffee and some caramel, maybe some toffee. Sugary coffee in the flavor. Drinkable for a stout too, nice beer.
zizzybalubba (1587) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle purchased from Samís Quik Shop. Pours black with a 1/2 inch head. Very little aroma which is not a bad thing, not too hoppy and not too much alcohol. You would be hard pressed to find a better Imperial Stout anywhere.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours very black with a thin caramel tan head that stuck around the rim of the glass. nice full bodied coffee and chocolate aroma with smooth coffee and smokey malts through the front of the palate. finishes sweet and creamy with hints of chocolate and a hint of vanilla. great drinking stout
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn thats tasty. Pitch black with a dark mocha head. Very bitter chocolate and intensely roasted malts. So hoppy it sucks at your tongue in the aftertaste, A very unique Imperial, and another winner from Founders.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Samís. Pours a dark black with a thin beige head. Full roasty nose, toasted malts, chocolate. Flavors start off with red fruit that isnít that appealing, but it fades as it warms to let the chocolates and roast dominate. Bitter chocolate flavors are abundant with floral hops peeking through. The bitter and milk chocolates are really nice and the alcohol is hardly noticeable for 10%. A well done imperial stout.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome. Superb. Etc. Etc.
Pours exactly as an Imperial stout should- thick, vicoous, motor-oil-looking blackness. Thin dark tan head with some decent sticking time and lacing.
Initial smell is all dark roasted malt- heavy, burnt toast smells. Also some hints of pumpernickel, dark pipe tobacco, and some vague generally woody notes.
Flavor is thick and full, with lots of roasted action, a decent amount of alcohol heat, some bitter dark chocolate. A hefty bite of bitterness with some light floral hop notes. Tastes like all the flavor of a solid imperial stout, drinks as quick and easy as a session dry irish stout. Enough booze to be nice and warming, without being overpowering. more flavor than many Impy stouts, but also lots of balance and mellowness.
Finish/palate is a bit on the acrid/sharp side, but not bad enough to really detract.
Superb Imperial Stout.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Dark black pour with a thin, tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruits, piney hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Flavor is very full, with chocolate and bitter coffee. Finish is biter as well, with some warming alcohol. Another great beer from Founders.
SrSilliGose (3287) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as good as breakfast stout, to be sure. very smooth and drinkable for 10percent ALc
craftbeerdesign (2228) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle poured into a snifter. I scored a ton of Founders stuff up in Durham, NC last weekend and got some of this.... absolute beauty. Founders IS is like a ton of hops coated in espresso and chocolate. Huge coffee aroma exudes from this pitch black pour with a solid quarter inch tan head. The high IBU ranking (90 IBUs) makes itself known from start to finish... there is a mild hop undertone on the aroma but once the beer hits your tongue, you can feel the bitterness up front, coated with deep malts, coffee and chocolate. This beer is thick - it has a chewy body... very smooth over the palate... almost velvety. Solid finish all the way through... big malt and hop notes complement each other quite well. Simply outstanding as all Founders beers are...
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with dark brown head. Boozy, smokey nose. Big flavor of roasted malt, raisins, brown sugar/cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate. Smokey, slightly bitter finish. Complex and well done. Worth every penny.