ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours an ultra-viscous looking pitch black color. Itís an amazingly heavy looking monster. The head is a one-finger dark tan color with fantastic texturing. Retention isnít perfect, but the level of lacing is downright beautiful. It just looks amazing.
S: Wow, this is one of the most chocolaty-smelling imperial stouts Iíve ever encountered. There are also notes of hazelnut, cream, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, and slight dark fruit. No frills, but fuckiní fantastic regardless.
T: It seems like Founders took the basic essence of a standard-issue RIS and distilled it into rapturous glory. I first notice flavors of cream, vanilla, and chocolate; before roasted malts envelop the tastebuds. The umami qualities on the finish are glorious, melding together with anise, tobacco, and pine flavors. It has just enough complexity to keep the palate guessing, while being simple enough that one can easily pick out the differing handful of flavors. Yum.
M: You wouldnít expect such a thick, creamy monster to be so drinkable - but the delicately dry finish and brilliant alcohol concealment means this will be all gone before you know what to do. Itís not so dry as to render its aftertaste gutted, however; some syrupy linger remains without creating overpowering sweetness. One of the best RIS palate feels Iíve ever encountered outside of Nogne Oís RIS.
O: Founders didnít reinvent the wheel, they just showed every other brewer how it should be made in the first place. A brilliant reminder why this is my favorite style out there, and a not-so-brilliant reminder that this was the only bottle I had. :(
Savage_Night (200) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a small brown head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: rich dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, soy sauce, raisin, earthy, alcohol, basement aromas, dark stone fruit, spices, peppercorn, slight chili pepper, herbal hops, molasses, burned brown sugar, herbs, leaves, toffee, cinnamon and very light bitter citrus. TASTE: rich dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, soy sauce, smoke, earthy, alcohol, basement aromas, dark stone fruit, spices, peppercorn, slight chili pepper, hop spice, molasses, burned brown sugar, herbs, leaves, toffee, cinnamon and crisp maple syrup bacon. AFTER TASTE: coffee, chocolate, rich dark roasted malt, hop spice, smoke and burned brown sugar with a creamy buttery finish.
drpimento (2533) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured at cellar temp with a small, long lasting brown head and some lace. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, anise, leather, old furniture. Flavorís like nose, with bitter dominating sweet and tang. Finishes with cocoa. Very smooth palate. Too easy drinking for its strength.
linusb (162) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Thick one finger head, pitch black! N: Coffee, chocolate, cherry, plum T: Chocolate, coffee, plum, dark fruit O: Strong bitter sweet taste and quite boozy. Warming and pretty nice!
milo91hd (168) - Lecce, ITALY - SEP 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottiglia, colore perfettamente nero con una schiuma marrone fine e mediamente persistente, aroma complesso con cioccolato, caffŤ e toffe, in bocca si ripresenta come al naso, tuttavia non ha un amaro molto prepotente come mi sarei aspettato il che facilita la bevuta. Corpo strutturato e molto oleoso, carbonazione bassa. Birra favolosa.
DroolYeast (522) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Basement Beer Bar in Aalborg. Aroma of coffee, alcohol, roasted malt. Black colour, tan head, none lasting. Alcohol sweet, moderate sweetness, malt bitterness, light bitterness. Full body, creamy texture, avg. carbonation, sweet roasted malt finish.
FMP (14) - SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with small and quickly fading brown foam, very thick beer. On the nose I find different kinds of sugars (burnt, deep molass, candy). Distinct and style typical soy aroma. Choclate and coffee (which I struggle to find still). On the tongue there is a balanced taste of sweetness, bitterness and umami (soy). The fact that this has been stored for a while may affect the taste.
Rich71 (82) - Rijnsburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Donker bijna zwart van kleur, mooie caramelkleurige schuimkraag. Ik proef zoet, bitter waarvan vooral bitter in de nasmaak blijft hangen. Topper !
Benfi (653) - DENMARK - SEP 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black color with thin totally diminishing light brown head and no lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol and candy sugar. Taste starts sweet rich and smooth malty with strong coffee note.
Borresteijn (5574) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
35cl Bottle, thanks douberd! Pitch black colour, brown head. Aroma of pumpernickel, coffee, ash, caramel, roasted malts, some dark fruits. Flavour is deep roasted malts, ashy, dry, chocolate, a lot less sweet than expected, caramel, light fruity, hoppy, firm bitter finish. Full bodied. Very good.
Theodopilos (63) - - AUG 29, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought 2 bottles from the wine emporium Brisbane, poured straight into a cognac glass, coffee and chocolate aromas, rich thick and satisfying, exceptional imp stout