Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 Updated 10/30/05. Sampled the 04 and the 05 side by side yesterday. The 04 is killer stuff, so viscous and dense. The 05 was good, but not nearly as intense an experience as the 04. Perhaps both the ageing and unfiltering made a difference. Regardless, my score is going up. Original Rating 8/8/05 Bottle 4/05 courtesy of Edward. The first time I sampled this was in a blind tasting during one of the Champaign-Urbana beer club meetings. I have to say I was impressed, but not at all overwhelmed. Ironically, of the Imperial Stouts we sampled that night, I found myself most drawn to the 2005 Founders. Notes of vanilla, bourbon, coffee, brown sugar, and dark spices made this a great beer, but imho, not worthy of its current status on ratebeer. Perhaps the unfiltered 04 version merited the hype.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Here it is. Direct from the brewery and sitting in my 55 degree fridge for 3 months. It is finaly time to sample the Dark Lord. It pours a thick black with shimmers of deep red and a huge creamy brown head with tiny uniform bubbles which continue to emerge from the blackness, building an expanding head. The aroma is sharp and powerful. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Smokey with a strong dark fruityness and a hint of alcohol. Deep coffee and chocolate malts also bring with them an expected sweetness from a beer of this strength. The malts flow effortlessly into a wonderful sharp citrus hop and both malt and hop linger in equal portions. There is only a hint of alcohol, which is quite a task for a beer of this strength. The feel is full bodied, both sweet and bitter and a stronger grapefruit hop feel and flavor emerges as it warms up. It’s amazing how clean and calm a beer of this size is. It is neither overpowering with malt nor hop or for that matter alcohol. It’s tremendous that is is so calm yet has such great complexity at the same time. It’s hard to understand how such bold flavors can emerge, without any overpowering the others. I was unsure what to expect because of the hype, but this beer is worth every penny and accolade that has been thrown upon it. My highest rated beer yet. Bravo Three Floyds. Bravo.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 (Bottle 65 cl) Black, almost opaque with a dark brown head. Pronounced roasted malt and a distinct alcohol. Lovely full-bodied, extremely raisiny - all sorts of dried fruit and chocolate before a hot and alcoholic finish. Delicious indeed. 170705 and 070907
Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black tar. Tight sticky dark brown head. Aroma and flavour are completely intertwined. Chocolate espresso, chocolate mousse cake. Dirty tar and mediciney hops. Vanilla. Heavy pudding. So bloody tastey. Not over-hyped in the slightest.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black body with a light brown head. Roasted malty aroma with both coffee and chocolate notes. Coffee bitter flavor with a nice sweet touch from dark fruit and chocolate.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 bottle 2005. pours a thick black thin dark brown head dissipates quickly aroma is a bit of a let down not very strong. coffee dominates followed by molasses some dark chocolate. taste is molasses then coffee then port wine. the mouth feel is smooth and creamy kind of sticky and then gives way to dry and bitter.
very good and the best label i have ever seen. huge thanks to foot balm for this one.
rerate. this is a 04’ bottle recieved in trade with captain cougar. damn this is awsome. much thicker than the 05’ and the coffee has mellowed out alot. aroma is dark cherry chocolate coffee taste is like a much stronger version of bells expedition. wow this is truly a great beer.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 RBSG - chocolate, roasty malt. MMmmmmm. Delicious...awesome. Coffee bitterness, chocomalty, smooth. Good balance, very drinkable. Well worth its position in the top 50.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 Bottle. Black colour with a small baige head. Roasted light alcoholic dark fruit aroma and taste, dry. Medium to full body and a great finish. Great !!! thanx to Ughsmash
joergen (22870) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 Bottled.
Black coloured with a beige head.
Roasted aroma of coffee, liquorice and chocolate.
Sweet flavour of dried fruits, coffee, liquorice and chocolate.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of the generous jeffin7: Sampled side-by-side with McKenzie 5 Czars. Opaque black with zero light showing through even when held to light with a small to medium dark brown head. Aroma is light alcohol, roasted malt, roasted chocolate and coffee, sweet grapes, and prunes. Taste is chocolate, roasted barley, vinous plums, apple, spicy hops, sweet yeast, and a bit of citrus hops. Moderate carbonation, spritzy mouthfeel, very thick and full-bodied. This was much more thick and soupy compared to the more clean and crisp taste of the 5 czars. I liked them both in their own ways, though this was just slightly better in my mind.