kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It always smells like fresh barley brewing. This is an excellent stout and Founderís Best, yes better than the breakfast Stouts. I had this with a brew master sandwich, I highly recommend this.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of mreusch (thanks Matt!) Beautiful, viscous pour with a pancake colored head. This beer is as black as it gets. Nose is RICH, with coffee, chocolate, leather and earth. Flavor is as the nose, with a bit more of a gritty influence adding to the earthiness. Finish is slight dry and clean. Reminds me much of the Old Raspy. Very good.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a moderate sized mahogany head. Intense aroma of rich roasted malt with dark chocolate, dark fruit and a bit of vinous character. Rich roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor. Long bittersweet chocolate finish. Full bodied and smooth on the palate. Awesome beer.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice black pour with thin tan head. Not to thick, but thick enough to coat the tongue. Nice smooth flavor with chocolate, roasted malt, slight hop bitterness. Finishes slightly bitter with sweet malty back. Excellent.
On tap at brewpub.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 very tasty beer. dark black with a nice thick tan head. hints of coffee, chocolate. alcohol taste is there, but pleasant. very smooth and drinkable, and one to come back to again and again..
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub: Pours darks as night with a very small head. Aroma of chocolate and slight coffee. Full palate with slight flavor of chocolate and coffee. Hard to notice the alcohol; it is very well hidden. One of the best Imp stouts that I have had.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nearly impenetrable black body with the faintest possible mahogany edge. A small, foamy, chocolate brown head disappears completely and leaves virtually no lacing behind. The aroma shows big time chocolate, cocoa, caramel, anise and vanilla. Dark fruits, and some dry, charred oak notes are present as well. The flavor is full and rich, with melted dark chocolate and sweet caramel meeting big roasty notes and burnt, oaky vanilla. Anise plays a major role, imparting its signature earthy spiciness that works so well with chocolate. The mouthfeel is nearly full, smooth, and silky. I was a bit turned off, however, by a slimy protein globule that I found on a big sip. Finishes roasty and toasted, with a bit of chocolate sweetness. Solid imperial stout for sure.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Founders. Pours damn near black. Smell is chocolate, some coffee, but plenty of dark malts. This tastes incredible. This was my highlight of the night. Full, creamy and luxurious on the mouthfeel. A really decadent imperial stout. This is one of my favorite Impyís. Canít wait for bottles of this to be available again!
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 Had this on tap at the brewery. Poured Jet black into a snifter. Tiny bit of head on top. Smelled inviting, some roast, as well as a bit of fruitiness. Taste was big and smooth, roasty, chocolate with a little bit of fruitiness in there as well, but not in a bad way. Nice kick on the finish. This wasnít super complex or intense, but very good nonetheless.
Re-rate: bottle again. Finally. havenít had this in awhile. Smells nice, nothing over the top. Taste was very smooth, some obvious hops on the end. A very well balanced and enjoyable Imperial stout.
Unique69crazy (120) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I would like my coffee black with hints of alcohol please. Thatís what this stout is for the most part. I did however tasted more hops than I would of like to but it was quite satisfying. Another brew that I would like to see in bottles next winter.