Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003, 12oz. Superb aero chocolate bar head dominates my large snifter. 30 minutes later, there’s still a good 2cm well laced foam. How many imperial stouts can do half as good? Opaque tar appearance. Very well balanced chocolate milk and coffee nose is backed up by a hefty dose of vinous fruits. Rich malt profile. Licorice reminiscent flavors emanate as the beer warm together with a mellow alcohol kiss. Apparent oatmeal character, velvety texture with extremely mellow carbonation enhancing the silky creamy feel. Understated foresty hops blend with the heavy roasted malts in elegance and taking good care of avoiding acidity. Stunning take on the style, possibly the best looking impy, superb texture and solid flavor balance makes it a real winner. Thanks TAR!
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 Just bumping the rating a little still tastes great.from the bottle poured black with a brown head and a lot of lacing. aroma, chocolate, molasses, cherries, coffee, coco, cola,plums, roasted malts, alcohol. flavor bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, malts, alcohol, some smoke, a nice bitterness, and smooth mouth feel. like this one
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black with a dark and thick mocha colored head...rich dark chocolate aroma, dark malt, and roasted coffee. Very rich and robust body with flavors dominated by the roasted coffee and chocolate... has a nice warming feeling as it goes down.
DocLock (7437) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to JCapriotti for this one. Pours raven black with medium dark tan head. Definite 5 for appearance. Aroma of malt, chocoff, big hops, cinnamon, jalapeno oil. Tastes malty, with big chocoff, some licorice and raisins, oats, oak, corn flakes. Acquires a chocolate syrup essence at the finish, with more dark fruit and spice (raisins, licorice, cinnamon). The palate is dense, smooth, complex, and very well balanced. Well hidden alcohol. Sherlock Holmes said, "When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." For me, the saying goes, "If you cannot make any deductions, then the score must be perfect." Congratulations to Founders for jumping into my all-time pantheon, joining Three Floyd’s and Stoudt’s with 2 perfect ratings. I’d bang Oprah Winfrey for a case of this stuff.
Gooner8110 (17) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not a ton of coffee on this one, but a million different other flavors coming at you makes up for it. Chocolate, malt and slight coffee on the nose, and a traditional pitch black stout appearance. The flavor, however, was fantastic. Quite a bit sweet, and a little fruit, which is different for a stout, and a lot of malt. 10% abv is hidden extreamly well. This stout is almost too smooth!
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black, viscous body with a dark brown but thin head. Chocolate milk and brandy-soaked plums in the aroma. The tame aroma is a big contrast to the powerful flavor. Has a smooth creamy oat-meal start that leads to brandy, chocolate, and oily burnt malt. Velvety, roasted-sweet finish. This beer strkes me as a sweet imperial stout. The sweetness and velvety mouthfeel are "balanced" by big roasted malt and alcohol notes.
TheBeerGod (5006) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Bottle. Thanks to jtw for this one! Rich opaque black body with a mahogany hue around the edge. Nose is dark chocolate, roasted malt, light burnt notes, coffee, and light molasses. Taste is semi-chocolate, roasted malt, light sweetness, hint of brown sugar, molasses, decaf coffee, and warm milk. Body is creamy and smooth with light bitterness and mild carbonation. Finishes with more roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and light alcohol. Nice beer!
****RE-RATE**** Bottle. Black pour with a thick, foamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, licorice, dark chocolate and vanilla. Taste is big chocolate, licorice, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, and burnt caramel. Body is full and thick with a dense, creamy carbonation and soft warmth. Ends with more roasted malt, bitter hops, oily coffee beans, licorice, vanilla, dark, bittersweet chocolate and burnt caramel
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small dark brown head, good retention with a little spotty laceing. Large nose of roast and grainy malts, lotsa chocolate and a touch of B.O. . Med/full bodied, extra creamy mouthfeel, smoooth and silky. Big bitter/sweet chocolate flavor, roast, black patent malt with light fruit and vinous notes also. Finish is dry, roasty and bitter. A big Impy! Thanks to wohlfs for the trade!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 EditionRoasty coffee, chocolate aroma with hints of raisin-like fruitiness. Opaque black body is topped by a generous and lasting dark brown head that recedes to cover while coating the sides of the glass. Strong raosted malts and plenty of creamy milk chocolate in the flavour. Strong carbonation and medium-full body with a somewhat vinous, ropy texture. Sampled at the Extreme Beer Festival 2005.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a pitch black color. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and fruits. Very good flavor of roasted malt, chocolate and ftuits. Light to medium body, syrupy texture. Very good imperial stout, I haven’t tasted a Founders so far that I didn’t like.