pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, black, black...can’t see the light. Creamy brown head. Dark chocolate aroma. Initially creamy on the palate, but becomes a little more syrupy as the carbonation is released. Dry and bitter, the kind that makes me smile. The alcohol is well masked, with only a pleasing warmth in the end. I’m going to run out and stock my cellar with this.
Sabrinic (23) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Espresso black body with a tan head. Pours and drinks thick - an oily/creamy feeling on the palate. Toasted chocolate aroma. Great bitter coffee flavor with citrus notes. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Great flavor with a bitterness that really stands out. Will definitely drink again.
GandGKevin (933) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Roasty chocolately aromas. A little chocolate, a little roasted coffee on the the palate. Noticed a metallic note on the mid palate. Other than that a very good stout.
LinusStick (3200) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A delicious impy...one of the best I’ve had in a long time. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate with some vanilla. Pour was a nice deep dark black with a one finger tan head. Taste was full, big and spectacular. Strong impy flavors. Bittersweet chocolate with a creamy texture and just the right mix of vanilla, milk and dark coco beans. Nice carbonation and bitter creamy aftertaste. All around great beer and well worth the wait!
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Zipps. I thought I had poured motor oil before but this stuff looks like you drained it straight from your car. I mean that in an absolutely good way. This stuff looks beautiful pouring into your glass with a nice big dark brown head on it. Aroma and flavor is roasted chocolate, malty, sweet with a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and the finish is a sweet chocolate thing of beauty. I love this beer.
Finhead (1592) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A black pour with minimal tan head. A sweet malty aroma with some roasted notes and a hint of alcohol. The taste begins sweet and ends somewhat salty and slightly astringent. It has a full body with a thick, creamy texture and an alcohol warmth.
Mora2000 (6151) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a brown head. The aroma is a mix of smoke and roasted malt. The flavor is more of the same with smoke and malt as well as some coffee and possibly some vanilla. Thicker mouthfeel and lower carbonation. A very good imperial stout but in my opinion not as good as some of the top level beers in this category.
fishbrew (13) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a tulip glass while very young (bottled on 11/27/09)
Extremely rich, complex, and mean imperial stout.
Aroma: Very sweet and (pleasantly) pungent. Very roasty, evident alcohol. Foreshadows the punch that this beer packs.
Appearance: A rather meaningless category for an imperial stout. Black, viscous, nice lacing, minimal head.
Taste: Roast and malty sweetness up front, followed by intense bitterness. Very enjoyable.
Palate: High viscosity, very creamy and oily. Perfect amount of carbonation lets the flavors come through.
Overall: Even though this beer was quite young when consumed, it was extremely complex, enjoyable, and balanced. Founders proves yet again that their brewing prowess is among the best in the state of Michigan.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow these guys do it again. Just shy of being pitch black on the pour with minimal head as I think the initial temperature was a touch too cold. One can smell coffee, lots and lots of chocolate, slight caramel there as well. Full bodied but with light carbonation. Damn smooth yet does remind you that it is very strong. Liquid chocolate at first with coffee flavors pushing middle way through to the end. Hides the hops very well for having 90 IBUs. Will age very well I think. Awesome imperial stout!
tennisjoel (1334) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is black with a thin light brown head. Aromas of cocoa, ripe green apple, brown sugar, and light hops. Some subtle smoke in the flavor. Pretty interesting brew here. Warming and rich palate. Good with the exception of the green apple aroma. Luckily this is pretty well hidden in the flavor. Otherwise solid.