ThisWangsChung (836) - 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. It’s an amazingly heavy looking monster. The head is a one-finger dark tan color with fantastic texturing. Retention isn’t 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 I’ve ever encountered. There are also notes of hazelnut, cream, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, and slight dark fruit. No frills, but fuckin’ 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 wouldn’t 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. It’s 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 I’ve ever encountered outside of Nogne O’s RIS.
O: Founders didn’t 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. :(
delnoche (505) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - OCT 16, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Opaque with a small brown cap. Aroma is raisins and alcohol. Flavor is strong roasted malt, dark fruits, alcohol burn. This beer is thick enough to chew. Long lasting, deeply bitter finish. Leaves your mouth sticky. This is a slow drinker. Excellent dessert beer that would be perfect on a cold winter night.
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sharkydodson (1193) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - OCT 15, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
the aroma is caramel and chocolate with hints of roasted malt, nuts, robust, dark fruits and port... the taste is caramel and chocolate with notes of toast, toffee, licorice, coffee, port and nuts... sweet, dry and warming aftertaste... excellent impy...
angel77 (2493) - oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella 33 cl en el cheers 12..10..2016. (r2066). Color negro intenso con espuma beige Aromas y sabores maltosos tostados ligeramente quemados con toques de cacaos y final amargo algo seco no muy duradero. Cuerpo medio algo líquido No muy denso y espumoso. Sensación de licor 10.5 vol. No está nada mal.
tommann (3374) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle. Pours jet black with a medium head. Aroma is liquorice, tar and roast. Taste has light roast to start, with a heavy tar and liquorice finish.
tarmok (1207) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black liquid with brown head. aroma of rye, chocolate, toffee. taste of rye and coffee, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour. full body,
Alusmamuts (1576) - LATVIA - SEP 30, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown with small brown head. Very rich aroma with dried fruit notes. Strong bitterness with roasted grain notes and balanced fruity sweet -sourness. Slight bitter aftertaste. Just excellent!
vinivini (1321) - BELARUS - SEP 28, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oily black pour. Brown head. Long living lacing. Aroma: vinous, roast, fruity esters, chocolate. Full bodied. Sticky palate. Powerful taste. Vinous, toasty, chocolate, light to medium bitterness. Excellent balance. Great one. Deep thanks to YantarCoast for the trade.
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Nurmis (420) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle. Pours pitch black without head. Liquorice, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and some herbal hops. Thick mouthfeel. Great.
KoNrRiI (1229) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A tar black color with a small, truly brown head of poor retention. Aroma of spices, dark malts, licorice, and quite a bit of cognac. Taste of dark malts, cognac, wood, some roast, and a bit of molasses - bittersweet. A full body, a creamy texture if there ever was one, and a flat carbonation. Finish is long and introduces vanilla into the mix. Overall the beer is splendid; the finish does get a bit tart, but the whole experience is marvelous nonetheless.
Villyzzz (91) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at pub. Pours oily black with small copper head. Aroma has strong coffee and licorice with hints of cinnamon and herbs. Taste has coffee, smoke, sour and cocoa. Dry roasted coffee in the end with long finish. Quite carbonated. Top notch imperial stout.