portableparty (2279) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle to snifter. Aroma is rich oaky burbon with coco. Appearance is oil like black with minimal head with sticky lacing. Taste is rich oak and coco with burbon and spice. Palate is full rich and somewhat fizzy with a warm swallow. Another one in the books, these guys just canít do bad!
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I really donít think I have to say much about this. This is just freaking delicious. Coffee, Vanilla, Bourbon, what more could you want in life?
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Very delicious imperial stout. Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of bourbon with hints of coffee, vanilla, and malt. The alcohol comes through on the smell and taste. This stout has it all sweet and malty on the front, bitter and biting alcohol on the back. Thin mouthfeel. Notes of vanilla and coffee which linger on the tongue through the finish. This is most definitely a snifter worthy stout. October 19, 2011 - had a 2011 bottle celebrating the birth of my son. I think this brew really starts to hit its stride 6 months after the release.
2010 Bottle on November 20, 2010. This is drinking even better now. The beer has mellowed perfectly, perhaps a bit more creamy.
Dec. 16, 2010, a growler fill from Bowery Beer Room. 7-8 months and this brew is really good. The coffee bite and booziness mellow, and the creaminess kicks up. I am tasting more chocolate than I did a month ago.
thebarnesbomb (18) - Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
AWESOME brew! One of the best (imperial) stouts one will have the privilege of drinking; copious coffee malt, jet black pour, lingering and brutal on the palate, outstanding all around. Cheers!
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hell yeah!!!Bottle-pours a dark black coffee with a quick fading light brown head.Nose is strong dark roast coffee with resin hops and candied vanillaish notes.Mouthfeel is PERFECT with smooth toasted malts and sweet hops and coffee blending together in seamless harmony.This is up there with the best beers out there.Founders is really impressing this ATL boy!!
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 batch on tap at the Brewpub. Deep rich brown in a snifter glass with a thin tan head. Aroma was huge coffee, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, all kinds of dark rich alcohol smells. The bourbon came through but did not overwhelm. Flavor was similar. A lot of coffee notes, some good bourbon kick, some vanilla from the oak and a fair bit of roasted malt and chocolate. This beer just would not quit. A little heavy on the alcohol presence, but nothing to intimidating. Wonderful beer.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 2011 batch. Phenomenal. Less boozy than last years, even when fresh. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. Near perfection.
Enjoying my second bottle of the Feb 18, 2010 batch on January 2, 2011. Damn. Damn, damn, damn is this good. Gotta give a little bump to the score particularly due to the incredible aroma. I could sniff on this all night. Wow. Appearance also gets a bump and Iím enjoying the reduced booziness from the fresh bottle. One of the best beers Iíve ever had. A special blend of all the coffee-infused Imperial Stout goodness with the warmth and complexity of a fine Bourbon. Fantastic. Incredible. On and on and on and on, adjective upon adjective upon adjective...NOMNOMNOMNOMNOM
12oz bottled Feb 18, 2010. Served cool room temperature into a Duvel tulip. Pours black, quite thick with a one finger brown head that reduces to a small foamy ring and cap, leaves some spots of lacing. Aroma is heavy on the wood, nice amount of bourbon, vanilla, strong coffee, some chocolate, a little charred. Flavor brings in a very good dose of dark chocolate and coffee bitterness, vanilla, bourbon, fair amount of alcohol, especially early in the glass. Mouthfeel is full, but not overly so, feels like there is oatmeal here, does get a tad sticky, low carbonation. Overall, for a coffee stout, any coffee influence is generally overshadowed by the charred oak and bourbon. Still excellent impression overall, for my first ever KBS. Never thought Iíd see this on store shelves in Georgia, and itís quite a treat. Every single Founders beer Iíve had has blown me away. This one had the most hype, but lives up to it in every way. Cheers!
Aroma 9, Appearance 3, Taste 9, Palate 4, Overall 18, Score 4.3
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[2746-20100130] Bottle. Rich roasted coffee malt aroma. Black body with a quick foamy dark brown head. Rich roasted coffee malt flavour with little hints of dark chocolate and a sweet roast aftertaste. Full rich body. Quite lovely chocolate notes, really great brew.
(c/o DuctTape, w/ him, jerc, others)
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by nbutler. Thanks Nick! Deep black pour with a creamy dark head that lasts and laces. Roasty aroma with coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and some wood and bourbon. Awesome!
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 11, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle. a real thick pour.. melted chocolate appearance. the beer is pitch black with no bubbles under a small brown head. the first thing i notice is that the wood smells freshly cut. like wood chips are floating in the beer. "green" almost and not bourbon drenched. lots of vanilla. the vanilla is clearly flavor dominated(ha ha). BIG vanilla ice cream finish. very dry. silky palate. so smooth and with no abv. holy crap...founders gets big points for this.