trevor211 (1529) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to MrChopin for including this one in a trade! This is exactly the kind of stout the last one I had was attempting (and failing) to be. Pours pitch black from the bottle, with a dense, slow-forming, mocha-colored head. Aroma has dark chocolate, lots of roasty coffee and molasses, some smoke. The flavor brings the hop contingent around, is just a tad boozy, and finishes with dry, roasty coffee. Mouthfeel is wonderful - this is really thick stuff, but silky smooth, and hides its 10% very well. Really, really good stuff - I’d love to try an oaked version...
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice beer! Pours deep black with dark brown head that quickly dissipates. Roasted coffee and notes with nice smokey notes. Bitter lasting finish. Very enjoyable.
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Founders. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is very similar. Not a lot to say, but this is a damn good imperial stout.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pitch black with large tan head. roasty nose and moderate carbonation. initially the alcohol is present before some bittering hops and a decent amount of hop flavor then a lot of sweetness and chocolate before a roasty and long finish. the alcohol is present throughout, which adds depth at the end, but could be more mild in general. a very nice imperial stout that might beenfit from more aging
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Source: 12 oz bottle purchased from Bruisin Ales in Asheville.
Glass: Samichlaus snifter.
Appearance: Oily black pour with a thin ring of brown head.
Aroma: Roasted malt dominates, but hints of milk chocolate and nuts are present.
Flavor: Ashy, roasted malt base, with a chocolate finish.
Palate: Full body with soft carbonation.
Overall: Another excellent offering from Founders. I have yet to be disappointed by anything they make.
Nate (3984) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Big coffee chocolate nose with molasses, caramel, and some licorice. Mild bitter hop aroma, nutty. Sweet alcohol and a bit of lactose. Jet black body, a little hazy, with dark cocoa-colored foamy-creamy lacing head. Medium-heavy chewy body with medium carbonation and warming. Starts with tons of malt sweetness but not cloying. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice, vanilla. Medium dull bitter finish. Burnt grain and nutty yeasty chalky after.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I really like most of what Founders puts out but something about this one was amiss. It started out great with a black pour with a thin tan head and some splotchy lace. IT smelled pretty damn good too with chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, molasses, sweet malt and barley on the nose. But then it kind of went down hill as it just ended up tasting too salty. Taste of roasted malt, alcohol, salt, bitter chocolate and very dark roasted malts. Perhaps I ended up with a bad bottle, but I just couldn’t finish it. I’ll check back sometime down the road on this one.
kazooka (55) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Founder’s cafe in a pint glass. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Black colored with dark tan head. Medium sweet and heavy bitterness. Thick cocoa/coffee oily feel, heavy bodied with long bitter coffee finish. Tastes of chocolate progressing to boozy coffee.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. "Light does not pass through this," says Lise. Black opaque color. Virtually no head. Coffee, roasted notes, nuts, spicy . . . like a hidden nutmeg. Caramel, toffee hints as well. Malty bitterness blend on front of the tongue to start followed by a toffee coffee finish. Well balanced. Neither too heavy nor too light. Solid
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours black with a nice brown head. Aroma is odd, I wouldn’t have noticed it, but as guerde said, there was noticeable basil, also banana, and some plum. Taste is good--anise, roasted malt, chocolate (subtle), and alcohol. Barely any bitterness. Very nice, thick mouthfeel, smooth, and long, somewhat dry mouthfeel where the roasted malt shows up the most. A very solid RIS, but definitely not my favorite.