czar (3299) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours inky black with a small and decent beige head, some retention and lacing. very fresh roastiness, chocolate, coffee, resin, hint of vanilla and milk chocolate along with dark cocoa, roasted coffee bitterness and acidity, slightly ashy but maybe more smoky, also burnt hazelnuts, lightly boozy - i guess relatively well hidden for its abv. soft carbonation, full body, very nice bittering coffee-resinous finish. nice balance. packed with fresh roasty flavors. much enjoyed!
Concealer (465) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours from the bottle black with a brown head. Smells of roasted malt and dark chocolate and fruit. Taste is smooth. Sweet upfront with a roasted malt, slightly bitter end. Some fruit, chocolate and smoke flavor. It is very good.
Melanie (57) - - JUN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great stout but too strong for more than one. Opaque, creamy head a decent lacing.Aroma is malty with bourbon overtones. Nice but strong.
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jackl (3477) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ CBC 2013. The pour’s black with a tiny head. The nose is rich roasted coffee, earthy charred malts. Vanilla, raisin bread, some burnt brown sugar. The taste is ashy roasted coffee bean. Bitter dark chocolate. Caramel. Nicely balanced. Oily body, fine carbonation. Overall, pretty damn excellent stuff.
Borup (4480) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at CBC 2013.
Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of coffee, chcolate, roasted malt, hops and dark dried fruits.
fishonmyplane (280) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredibly complex. Quite a bit hoppier than most imperial stouts. I prefer the style to be a showcase for roasted malts, but Founders goes for more of a balanced approach - almost like a darker version of an American Strong Ale. It’s great, but it doesn’t quite reach the top tier of imperial stouts.
pharmassist (17) - Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2013 Pours dark with slight tan head. Dark chocolate sweet aroma that is very enticing. Flavor is dark roasted coffee, with chocolate and slight black licorice flavor. As it warms up you can definitely find a dark raisin after tone. Very . I still like Old Rasputin better but this is ok.
jesperhammer (2515) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
17-MAY-2013, draft @Mikkeller bar, with Ulkløbben.
Black with lasting, lacing, creamy brown head.
Aroma is roast, coffee, hops, alcohol. Extremely roasted. Taste the same.
Full body and soft carbonation. Sticky sweet. Wonderfull stout
Pyrmir (2432) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @CBC13. Black with minimal head. Aroma of coffe, chocolate, ash, roasted malts and licorice. Flavor of licorice, ash, roasted malts, dry chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Dry palate with high bitterness, long finish.
Hopsclation (82) - Chicago, - MAY 19, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The alcohol is hidden so well its tastes like a standard stout, and if it was a regular stout it would be the best one on the market. It has the cigar bite of old rasputin and the dark chocolate coffee tongue coating of the breakfast stout. If you like subtle balanced imperial stouts, this might be the best one out there.