Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, not a fan of the double imperial stouts so donít listen to me, but the hype surrounding this opened my eyes. On that note, putting this in perspective with itís peers, this is pretty solid. Big dark pour, bourbon smell carries throughout, finish was big booze, with booze on top. I liked this, not so much drinkable, but one of the best imperial stouts iíve ever had, complex and huge in every sip.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep inky pour with a big head that went into minimal lacing, the aroma is big and bourbon-coffee. But the body seems to have thinned a bit much, and thereís a slightly sour aftertaste. Iím sorry for foundersí that I did not read the label this is not my style and I am not fair with them, coffee should stay out of beer. I only drank half Iím glad I only bought 1 and not a 4 pack!
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle served in a Founderís snifter/tulip type glass. Jet black, with a 1 inch dark brown head that recedes quickly leaving just a little lacing on the glass. Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate any other aroma, especially the coffee. Lots of different flavors in the taste -- Vanilla, coffee, bourbon, rum, and lots of grains and maltiness. Thick, rich and full bodied. Lots of boozy alcohol finish to it. I seek this beer out every year when it comes out, mainly based on itís reputation and scarcity in the market. Itís very different and very good, but also very pricey, and I think just a bit overrated -- the bourbon and coffee flavors mixed together just donít do it for me -- Iíd much prefer a Goose Island Bourbon stout. Iím not saying itís a bad beer, or I donít like it, just that when I rate it objectively itís not on on my list of top 10 beers in the world.
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2011 12oz bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a jet black with a tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is bourbon. Not too heavy on the palate with average carbonation, but maybe above average for the style. Flavor is bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, some vanilla...amazingly complex. Absolutely deserving of its reputation as one of the best beers in the world. ****Origingal Rating (4/14/10): Bottle from Ottoís on Oakland. A very big, dark stout. The bourbon flavor is not overpowering at all. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and Iím glad I have another one in the beer fridge.
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 os bottle. pours a thick black with a head that is brown and creamy. Smells of burnt coffee, vanilla, nuts, and cigars. Tatstes of creamy bourbon, vanilla, coffee liquor, coconut, and chocolate. Aftertaste is is a sticky bitter buttery coffee. Awesome brew
keepersj12 (3045) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has to be top of my list or close to it. Great looking black with a tan head. Aroma of all kinds of stuff. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, sweet roasted malt. Flavor has all of the same with a bit of smoke. Finishes very dry. The alcohol is barely noticeable but you will get a nice warming sensation. I never let it get to room temperature, Maybe Iíll be a little more disciplined.
pete4999 (1394) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of HowardF from TBS...thanks! First time I could ever get my hands on this - it was a 2009. Decided to drink it when it was a bit fresher. The bourbon notes were there, but it wasnít a big vanilla bomb. Not super overly sweet, a nice bitterness. They really masked the 11.2% ABV well. Wish I had a few more bottles because Iíd love to see how it holds up for future years (anyone want to trade?).
tennisjoel (1315) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
When I was down in Rochester, where Iíll shortly be moving to, I discovered Whistle Binkies bar and grill, which I had heard had a good beer scene. As we entered, I noticed that one of the bartenders had a beer advocate t-shirt on, which was a good sign. We sat down and I noticed the beer list was extensive and quite solid. I noticed some Surly products which is another good sign. I first ordered a SN Bigfoot and noticed that Bells Batch 9000 was on the bottle list. When I asked, they were out of it, so then I asked for Founders Double Trouble. The next thing I know, a female waitress comes over with a bottle of Founders KBS. Now Founders is still relatively new to Minnesota. Iíve been able to try many of Founders high end beers, however, the KBS has alluded me so far (Iíve even had the Canadian Breakfast Stout). Now onto the beer: the pour is deep black, with a minimal head. Aromas of bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla. The bourbon is really well integrated here. And that is the key...make sure the bourbon is not overpowering and itís got my attention. This beer is for the most part worthy of its hype and would rate anywhere from solid to borderline spectacular.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a jet black with a very small almost non-existent tan head. Aroma of dark malts with a hint of oakiness. Body is rich, full, silky, with medium to high carbonation. Flavor is of oak, vanilla and roasted malts. 11% ABV hidden extremely well. Great stout.
Travlr (19935) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso. Black. Brown head that settles quickly to an edge. Solid delicate lacing. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Medium body. Taste has licorice, Starbucks, cocoa. The guy next to me chugged a Tokyo while I was rating this, so that spectacle might have distracted me. I hope heís OK.