spiritsbeerman (47) - Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2009
I love this beer. A coffee lovers dream. Pours like oil. A hard pour and still no head but still a nice lacing. 60 IBU’s must be at the front end,because it is such a smooth beer. The best stout or coffee stout I have ever had. If someone knows a better one hook me up. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Bottle thanks to StFun. Dark black with a thin but lasting dark tan head. Lovely roasted coffee bean aroma, astringent roasted malts. Taste is again very roasty, astringent malts, coffee, then a nicely sweet chocolate finish. bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Pours a rich black with a medium creamy brown head which lingers. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee. A lot of flavor: coffee, chocolate, caramel, toasted malts, and oats. Mouthfeel is very creamy, low carbonation level, alcohol is masked well, and has a nice bitter finish. Fantastic brew. dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2009
rich dark pour with a cascading brown head...tons of coffee goodness...great bitterness Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours midnight black with a big creamy deep tan head, great lacing. The nose first hits you with fresh coffee followed by cocoa dust. Flavor is very chocolaty a good amount of coffee and toasted malts to back things up. Finish is bittersweet chocolate and quite creamy. A little more coffee in this one than I was expecting, damn good overall.
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that lasts and a dark brown, almost black body. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste is a wonderful mixture of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a touch of bitterness in the finish. A most delicious stout. lamas (1651) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Bottle. A jet-black, oily pour with a thin mocha head. Loads of RICH, roasty coffee, chocolates, and caramel maltiness in the pungent aroma. Grapefruits are apparent as it warms up a bit. Full-bodied and pretty smooth. The flavor starts off with a bit of sweet caramel and milk chocolate and quickly transitions to a bitter dark chocolatiness. A further bitter finish with loads of roasted coffee qualities. Some citrus at the end too. I’m a little disappointed with this beer. It took me so long to finally have the opportunity to try this and I kept building this beer up in my head, almost putting it up on a pedestal. In the meantime, I’ve had plenty of other coffee-ish impy stouts and this just doesn’t (or couldn’t) live up to my expectations. Whatever. Rating #700 biatch!!! kcdoom (18) - merriam, Kansas, USA - SEP 24, 2009
aromas of cocoa and coffee with dark chocolate. this beer is a great way to taste the best coffee stout ever. the appearance is black with a creamy head that flows into the aromas of coffee. the taste is all kona coffee and oats with cocoa on top. Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Oslo, Ratebeer tasting under the Bridge 12/9. Ebony body and small tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, a little oats and a bit of nuttiness. Top notch, i wish i had another to try for brekky. matthewjk (1125) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Now rated 3x over the span of three years (consolidated version) - Damn this just gets better and better. Almost off the charts on every subjective category. How does Founders do it? The best and boldest malts paired with just the right amount of coffee and chocolate. And of course the oats are responsible for this thing being so smooth. I can’t say enough about this and their imperial stout.