michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malts, light burnt malts, chocolate, light coffee, cocoa, and espresso. Poured black in color with a small, dark brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Decent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, slight tar, charcoal, and bitter coffee. Medium, to full body. Viscous, lightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, slightly bitter, chocolate malt finish. 10% ABV totally undetectable.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle form Archer Liquors. Pours very dark brown with thin dark tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malt and chocolate with some molassas. Flavor is nicely balance with roasted malt and chocolate with some molassas and light coffee. Mouthfeel is rich and silky. Nice to have a nicely balanced RIS that doesn’t go overboard with coffee or booze. Nice job Founders.
Ibrew2or3 (7260) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Gillard for this. Pours very dark brown with amber edges and tiny tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts, a dash of coffee, molasses and burnt malts. The taste is much the same with roasty malts slowly turning burnt with chocolate, molasses and some more burnt malts in tow. I’m told there are hops in this beer somewhere. I just don’t smell or taste any. I do get a modest roasted malt astringency balancing out the mouth feel into the finish. Yummy stuff.
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch b;ack pour into a snifter. Sweet aroma and roasted malts. The alcohol is very obvious. Almost a bubblegum flavor along with roasted malts, coffee and bitter chocolate. It sits on the palate nicely and has a good mouthfeel but the alcohol and medicinal flavor is strong. I am extremely dissapointed. its not bad just not up to par. Usually Founders is impecable.......I need to try this again.
markwise (4586) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2011 Rerate vintage 09 in 2011. Outstanding. Pitch black color with a ton of yellow lace. Nose is roast, chocolate, earth, some ash, some coffee, but sweet chocolate. Flavor is an unbridled imperial stout. Roast All over with coffee and earthy chocolate up front, ash, coffee, and earth in the mid, finishing with chocolate and char. Thick and loveable.
Thanks Gillard for the share. Pours a dark brown with a slight khaki head. Aroma is coffee bitterness, licorice, and a tremendous roasted character. Flavor is very earthy with roasted characteristics, licorice, coffee, and a tiny bit of bittersweet chocolate with some bitterness and faintly noticeable floral hops. Finish is bitter. Nice Imp Stout. licorice,
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a black black color with a tan head that’s about two inches tall. Some earthy bitterness and lots of liquorice and coffee. The flavor has all the coffee and chocolate you’d expect along with with a good dose of liquorice and some faint smoke. There might be some milky sweetness too. It’s in like every other sip. Thick but not the thickest. Really solid.
pineypower (2635) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a trade a few years back...I’d say this is an 06 bottling...possibly an 07. Pours out black with a small brown head. Nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits and some burnt sugar. Very nice smooth mouthfeel with no note of the 10% ABV. Taste is complex, roasted malts, some bitter chocolate, dark dried fruit and some other lingering sweet notes in there, very well balanced.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. Opaque and dark pour with a thick tan head. Smoky and sweet smelling, banana bread, chocolate, piney hops, coffee, vanilla, earth. Similar but less complex flavor. Smoky and bittersweet chocolate finish. Alcohol is apparent. Really great finish. Thick on the palate. Very nice.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black with a small head... Nose of roasty malts, slight notes of coffee, chocolate and raisin... Flavorful, creamy, roasty, with a touch of alcohol in the finish... Robust roasty flavor with notes of chocolate, black licorice, and coffee... Full bodied but not overly full... Excellent stout...
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. It pours deep black with a 1/2 inch brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, some sort of fruit, malts and soy sauce. The taste is very good for the style. The finish is bitter chocolate, plenty of hops and coffee. Highly recommended!