FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Originally reviewed 1/16/2009...from 12 oz. into a Duvel tulip...
Pours so dark there’s actually a purplish-black currant hue to what otherwise looks split down the middle between a triple espresso shot and spent 40 weight. Cinnamon-brown sugar head is about 1/2 finger and goes rather quickly with moderate lacing.
Carbonation provides sweet alcohol burn at first. Then the incredibly huge chocolate (and many others, apparently) malts take over. Big coffee and dark chocolate tones with woody, piney hop presence and slight sweetness. Oooh, the complexity of it all.
This has a great balance between the huge dryness of all this roasted malt, a decent alcohol wallop (sweet but clean) and the stealth grass and pine hoppiness. I’d be interested to see how it mellows with age. Give this one some warmth to calm down the slight alcohol burn.
If the alcohol hits anywhere it’s on the palate feel. The slight burn is mitigated by huge malt and hop presence. Finish is long and full.
This is best enjoyed at cellar/room temperative and by sipping and savoring. Having said that, it drinks very easily for its weight class.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich chocolaty and hops aroma. Sweet with some citrus and dried fruit notes. Very dark brown body with thickish dark tan head with a fine head. Flavor is sweet and rich with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal, rye bread, toffee and caramel and some vanilla and a light alcohol on the finish. Palate is quite rich and creamy with a good long bitter duration with a load of sweetness along for the ride. Quite good and very drinkable. Rich and hearty but not syrupy. Well done.
Slipstream (2381) - USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another thank you to Adrian for this. I have been excited about seeing how Founders would do this style, and I was not disappointed. Germanic looking eagle on the label. Dark pour and a full head, with a little orange color in it. Aroma is sweet and rich, a little yeast and alcohol, but mostly honey malt sweetness. The flavor is strong. Yup, strong. The mouthfeel is smooth and thick. I tasted espresso coffee and dark chocolate, followed by sharp, palate cleaning hops. Unfortunately, the boldness borders on harshness, but this is as strong and impressive as I had hoped for. It reminds me of Victory’s Storm King. Another excellent brew from this very reliable brewery.
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark brown almost black pour with little to no head. Aroma and flavor are dark coffee and chocolate. Palate is full bodied with nice carbonation. A very special beer.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Black with a brown head. Love it when a stout pulls off a properly dark head. Malty and roasty aroma with caramel, chocolate, licorice, and some coffee. The flavor struck me mostly as smokey and almost burnt, with a lot of dark chocolate. Not a lot of hop flavor going on, but a good amount of bitterness to balance out the huge malt backbone. Full bodied with smooth, lower carbonation. All I could think of was how this seemed super typical for a bigger American impy, but was still really good. Not really on the hoppy or sweet, malty side of things, but strikes a good balance.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, 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 (1545) - 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 (2279) - 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.