mjpBEER (3) - Clarence, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely dark Stout. Pours with a beautiful creamy dark head, over half a finger. Robust coffee & heavy chocolate noted. Fruit and alcohol finish. Drink this beer warmer than you think you should! Coincidentally: the pixies were playing in the background as I poured this titan. The lyrics, of course, emphasized this Gigantic Stout. What a big black mass; what a hunk of love...
Stout Inspired Limerick:
When you’ve just had-one-out with the spouse,
and you need to get out of the house;consider this Stout,
you’ll forget all about
what it was you were pouting about...
tderoeck (4713) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1/IX/14 - 12Fl. Oz bottle from a trade @ home - BB: n/a (2014-968) Thanks to hackobock for the trade!
Clear dark brown beer, big creamy irregular beige to brown head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: sweet, caramel, dried fruits, some overripe banana, alcohol, mocha, earthy, very complex. MF: ok carbon, full body, creamy texture. Taste: sweet start, mocha, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, little sweet, caramel. Aftertaste: pretty bitter, charcoal, hoppy, cocoa powder, some alcohol, mocha, coffee.
Johnstledger8 (3) - IRELAND - SEP 28, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from O'Briens. Pours oily jet black with a small dark coffee coloured head. Head doesn't last long but lacing remains throughout. Initial aroma is of chocolate, dark fruits and coffee, with dark chocolate notes becoming more prominent as the beer warms up along with a small hint of the alcohol. Taste is similar to the smell, loads of dark fruit, raisins, dark chocolate and coffee bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is nicely disguised. Texture is really smooth.
slowrunner77 (3545) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"wish list brew - lived up to expectations, even though we had it with a few other beers. A little of everything...big viscous body, hoppy, bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice. pretty nice all around...does nothing to make Founders anything but one of the best brewers out there."
Beese (1822) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beer Shop: St Albans. Poured black, with a dense, dark brown head. Aroma of molasses, tar, slight smoke and leather. Thick, syrupy mouth feel, with some noticeable carbonation. Big flavours of dark fruit, burnt malt and coffee. Finish was espresso, treacle and ash.
orangenblu62 (40) - Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black az night thin chocolate colored head. Sweet caramelly aroma and taste. Thick mouth feel. Surprisingly high APV so definitely a sipping beer.
Fin (7473) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this in bottle, purchased online from Beer of Europe. Consumed at home, Saturday 20th September 2014 Black as yer’ at, grimping mire black with a tan head that is almost milkshakey, its lovely. So, so smooth, its soft and hugely indulgent, wonderful beer. Chocolate and creamy, really superb for a fairly easily obtainable beer, it really is like a wonderful creamy milkshake stout, love it, some lingering light coffee. Great beer. A8 A4 T9 P5 Ov18. 4.4
ALLOVATE (2416) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of those beers that I’ve drank and continue to drink now, but never thought to rate. Incredibly cheap here in Oz, especially for an RIS, so there’s always a few bottles lying about.
Cellar temperature and into a snifter it goes. A year old bottle but fresh is the same. Used engine oil black, opaque and viscous with a scummy, tannish film atop just to complete the effect. Aroma of lanolin, peat, fresh strapped leather, molasses and liquorice root. The favour is remarkably nutty like roasted hazelnut and almond meal with a light touch of milk chocolate. Quite soft, oily, viscous yet overall lean with no hint of that ABV. Burnt wood and ash late, tobacco, vanillin, liquorice and molasses across the mid-palate with a mildly bitter malt peak in back. Chewy with a sweetness matched by mineral-like nuances. The length grows, tarrish, malty, roasted. This is a nice RIS but it does fall short of extraordinary. I love it, but it lacks the overall complexity of other Impys I have tried. Still, got to keep the stock on hand!! (12fl.Oz, no date stamp, 1st Choice Liquor, Willetton)
BitchPls (552) - FINLAND - SEP 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch fucking black and a thin dark beige head. Chocolate and liquorice on the nose. Full body. Very smooth and soft, like silk. Starts by being sweet but slowly turns bitter and roasted still keeping a perfect balance. This is excellent. A master class beer.
teemoney (67) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into snifter. Black/ dark brown pour with short brown quickly diminishing head. Heavy roasted malt and chocolate aromas. Taste has chocolate, roasted and sweet malts, and a slightly bitter coffee finish. Medium body, with creamy feel. Really solid imperial stout, especially for a "regular" beer. Pretty good flavor, well balanced, keeps well.
bursprak (612) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pitch black oily pour with a few millimeters of a beautiful beige head. Lots of dark chocolates and ground coffee, some vanilla fudge and light soy. Light char and even more chocolate in the finish. Wonderful and very well balanced!