sitzds (318) - - 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.
HughConway (817) - Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours deepest darkest northern night black, traces of a khaki head. Aroma of a liqorice and coffee. Taste is rich roast malt, sweet, some bitter to clear. It’s perfect for a winter evening.
MadRobin (2125) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Opaque black-brown with a large medium-brown head and very good lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, woodsy roasted malt, molasses, dark toast and berries.
Taste of chocolate, charred wood, roasted malt, berries and molasses.
Very full body and medium/low carbonization with a slightly viscous mouthfeel.
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gsmitty80 (1858) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Its founders and its an IS so you know what you are getting. A heavy but beautifully crafted IS that hits on all notes of chocolate, roast and alcohol.
darb85 (97) - Canton, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oily thick. Sweet nose. Woody and vanilla with coffee chocolate finish. Very good. Fresh 2014. Going to age and try as we go.
Vighals (1486) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Svart med lavt lys brunt skum. Espresso, rosiner, mørke frukter og kakaopulver. Bittersalt smak med noe fruktsødme. Salt lakris, mørk sjokolade og kakaopulver. Kort salt noe oljete avslutning.
visionthing (3055) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
35,5cl bottle at Pahad Poisid, Tartu. Pours pitch black like used motor oil, not much head but some beige bubbles are present. Roasty aroma with dark, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, hops, hints of citrus and wood. Sweet, complex and deliciously flavourful. Well balanced and the 90 IBUs are surprisingly well hidden. Full body, somewhat oily and with carbonation on the sodt side. Simply delicious!
bconch (302) - - JAN 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black color with almost no head. Pleasant smell of chocolate, roasted malts and a subtle sweetness. Incredibly smooth and balanced. Bitter finish. Can’t even detect the alcohol. Another great Founders beer.
floydslip (210) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy! This is black as pitch with a billowy dark chocolate milk head. Nose of rich cocoa, balsamic vinegar, and salted caramel. Flavor is ridiculous with chocolate mousse, sweet vanilla, leather, smoke, licorice, bitter coffee, and something antiseptic all fighting for prominence. The mouth feel is oily, but not as viscous as some other imperial stouts. Still, an amazingly flavorful stout that is worth savoring.
cmonster (993) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged bottle. Pours dense black with a short light brown head. Aroma grows increasingly complex as it warms. Dark chocolate, smoke and berry over heavily roasted and other malts. Medium sweet cocoa attack that quickly bitters to cold espresso infused with a dose of hops. Full body, thick, lip-sticky texture, soft carbonation and an extra-long bitter and warming finish. Dynamite stuff.
Jared_Clifton (13) - - JAN 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2015 Pours black with small brown head. Medium to heavy body. Flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and caramel with a hop bitterness.