keanex (1232) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled December 13, 2013.
Appearance: The pour is pitch black, so it only makes sense that the body is as well. A short brown head is coaxed from the viscous body. The head is dense and short lived, but forms a thick coating.
Aroma: The aroma has a sort of creamer like presence that muddles the aroma, but in the background, becoming more prominent as it warms, is a brownie batter and espresso aroma combination that is phenomenal. Boy the aroma gets better every minute I wait, thereís a mild, but clean bitterness coming through. Itís nondescript though. The aroma is a bit weak and I wish it highlighted those beautiful chocolate and roasted malts better. Still it smells very nice.
Taste: This isnít as coherent as I remember. In-fact the flavor tastes a bit muddy throughout, at least until the finish. The intro has a creamer presence that slowly leads to a prominent chocolate and roasted malt back-end, with the roasted malts lingering over a touch of cocoa. The more I sip this, the better it gets though. This is a beer that really opens up. The finish shows a little booze, but itís in the back of the throat. Oddly I get a very light cinnamon lingering on my tongue after the beer is gone.
Palate: Thick and viscous, very low carbonation.
Overall: This is a great imperial stout for sure and I feel that it will get a bit more towards my liking as it ages a little. Perhaps in 3 months this will be perfect, itís close to it now.
Nsanders (395) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Like used motor oil, black thick, little bit of medium brown foam. Heavy roasted malts, chocolate, light smokiness, oatmeal and earthiness. Taste is moderately sweet with a nice bitter balance. The body is heavier with a syrupy feel. Excellent imperial stout , heavy rich malts without the black licorice or strong raisin/prune flavors.
Dan269605 (202) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick black pour (motor oil), small brown head. Standard RIS aroma and taste, bakerís chocolate, coffee, slight vanilla, milk chocolate, very roast. Its just everything you want and done near perfectly. Alcohol hidden very well too.
Chad9976 (1067) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 12/18/13 and cost $4.75 ($0.40 per ounce).
Appearance: Extremely dark black with an almost purple hue. Completely opaque. Pours to a very large, dark brown, frothy head which laces and retains excellently.
Smell: Distinct vinous aroma of black grape and alcohol. Some roasted malt, though surprisingly mild for such a big beer.
Taste: Founders Brewing Company makes several of my most favorite beers of all time. In fact, everything Iíve had from this brewery Iíve really liked. I actually had Founders Imperial Stout back in 2010 and really liked it at the time. Three and a half years later Iím finally able to buy this at my local beer store, though itís not quite as great as I remember. The fact itís only very good and not a mind-blower is a bit disappointing. Though Iíd rather concentrate on the good qualities.
The first thing I noticed about this beer is its intense bitterness. The bottle indicates 90 IBUs, though thatís not surprising since huge stouts need a lot of hops to balance out their super sweet maltiness. I think Founders Imperial Stout might be a tad over-hopped, though. Thereís a strong taste of classic imperial stout flavor through the middle. It imparts flavors of chocolate, red wine, coffee, and roasted malt. Thereís a consistent alcohol character as well in the background, which gives it a bit of vanilla or rum-like character, but at the same time is noticeably dry and warm. While tasty, I was a bit disappointed this beer wasnít a little more complex, though the flavors that are here are enjoyable despite their repetitiveness.
Drinkability: Founders Imperial Stout drinks exactly like at 10.5% ABV beer of the style should. The mouthfeel is thick, viscous, though soft. Thereís a strong intensity to the mouthfeel due to the high bitterness. This is a sipper if ever there were one. The alcohol creates for a warmth thatís difficult to overlook, though itís not cloying or distracting. It actually finishes surprisingly clean with just a trace of dry bitterness on the aftertaste.
sitzds (244) - - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured into stout goblet. Very dark brown to black liquid with light brown head that stands two fingers tall before settling to a sheen and leaving some patches of lace. Aroma is very roasty malts, unsweetened chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, molasses, and alcohol. Taste is initially sweet roasted malts, with cocoa and dark fruit followed by coffee (and maybe some hop) bitterness and fruity esters on the finish. Medium-full body, creamy and thick texture, soft carbonation, long bitter finish and warming alcohol sensation.
iStout (10) - - JAN 26, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 Awesome Stout !
Very strong tasting, dense, dry coffee/ chocolate stout...
Love how it tastes thicker than it is,
Like its distilled or like chocolate/ expresso syrup, but better tasting.
Similar to Thirsty Dogís Siberian Night imperial stout, but with less hops.
..and less hops taste better on a empty stomach, like I am now.
This Founders stout is excellent, and drinking them both, side by side tonight, I think I like Founders better today.
Itís richer & denser, but not sweet either.
Will do more testing, on different days, to be sure...some has to do it !
Today, Iím leaning toward Founders as the best Stout in the world.
islay (862) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Tangy, flora, complex, and enjoyable aroma features cinnamon, raisin, plum, coffee, raspberry, and licorice scents. Each sniff is different from the previous one. Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a small amount of dark tan head. Pretty good lacing. Good looking beer. Tarry taste features a coffee flavor and an underlying sugar sweetness that reminds me of a Hersheyís bar. Sweeter than I expected given the high IBUs (90, according to the bottle). Dry finish. Chemical-y aftertaste reminiscent of Band-Aids; I know that sounds bad, but I mean it in a neutral way in this case. Also a roasted malt dryness in the aftertaste. Medium to full body. Soft and mealy/grainy texture in the palate. I have not previously experienced such a mouthfeel, but I like it. Founders Imperial Stout is a darn good beer overall, and a very good, well made representative of the style. My main qualm is that it is sweeter than ideal, but it is highly enjoyable nonethless.
MHOSKINS (60) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
An incredible imperial stout that is now my favorite. Very smooth, not boosy and full of flavor. A must for any stout enthusiast.
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jdb288 (285) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh 2014 bottle. Pours murky black with tall tan head. Aromas are dark fruit, banana, pear. Taste is sweet raisin, plum, vanilla and sweet malt. Heavy body that coats the tongue nicely. Improves as it warms. Good showing here.
plinythederek (21) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cracked this junk open out of a 12oz bottle from Total Wine Durham NC. It pours out black as night. Lots of coffee scents come out right away. Smooth chocolate, coffee, and malt tastes. Very smooth. For the holy love of Buddha Founders makes such smooth beers. Even imperials like this one go down very nicely. Sweet tastes of chocolate linger after each sip. Awesome beer. IMO Founders does stouts freaking right.