timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle from Justin via trade. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, and light licorice. Flavor is of the same, yet lighter on the coffee than the nose. There’s definitely some slight bitterness that hints this brew could use some age. Still, excellent beer.
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Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This is as close to perfection as a stout can get, in my opinion. Founder’s has developed into what I think is the country’s best brewery in terms of quality of each brew, and with the Imperial Stout they have created their superior masterpiece. It pours a deep, dark midnight black and has a strong aroma that will linger throughout the enjoyment process. Goes down strong but smoothly and pleases the senses to the maximum level for anyone who truly calls themselves a stout lover. And the aftertaste? Well, that might even be better than the rest of the experience combined. All in all, this is a frequent buy in home and considered at the top of the hierarchy of beers. Shag (3045) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2012
This poured a pitch black color with a dark tan head. Aroma contains milk chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. The flavor is intense and comlex with some sweetness from the chocolate and mocha flavors and bitter from the coffee and licorice. The finish is bitter up front then sweet with some alcohol showing on the back end. Overall this is amazing. michcam8 (582) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Pour to glass from 12 oz bottle. Small dark brown head with a black impy stout body. Great aroma of coffee, nuts, roasted malts, and bread. Flavor improved as the beer warmed, as the last sip was wonderful. So much so, that I had one more. Taste is silky smooth with a roasted malt flavor, along with coffee and nuts. Alcohol is noticable at 10.5, but not overwhelming. Enjoyable beer that would highly recommend and another Founder beer that brings a smile to my face. Jakeyb (24) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Poured into a pint glass, incredibly syrupy black pour with a thin golden brown head. Rich smell of roasted oats (yum!!!) Taste is wonderful! Rich but not overpowering. Well balanced flavor heavy, on oats and malt with just a tinge of carbonation. Good lingering aftertaste with a hint of brown sugar and rice. Cheers!
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KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 12/3/2010. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 2009 bottle.
Founders Imperial Stout pours like a black motor oil - I have seen this from Founders before. Tightly wound 2 cm coffee colored head that sticks around for a while before fading. I did not see much lace decorating the glass.
The aroma jumps out of the glass into my nose. Roasted, chocolate, and black malt, obviously. Coffee, chocolate, and molasses fill out the aroma. Not much, if any hop aroma.
Founders just does an awesome job with their stouts. Smooth flavor throughout - starts with roasted and chocolate malt, coffee and chocolate flavors, and a hint of molasses. By the end I get a coffee bitterness really seizing control, but not much hoppiness. Still a strong roasted presence.
Ultimately creamy, the carbonation is almost squeezed out by the full body. Sticky on the lips.
In a night of drinking some new and interesting beers, this one stood our for its quality. After having this beer on quite a few different occasions, I would say that I feel it vastly improves after being cellared for at least a year or so. At that point it has such an incredible balance and smoothness. Fresh it has a harsher hop and alcohol flavor that is less appealing. I would say this is one of the beers I have had that improves the most with age.
boxofrane (2559) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2013 Re-rate. Bottle with 6 months on it. Pours pitch black, thick, creamy, small tan head that is gone quick. The aroma has some dark, bitter chocolate, coffee, roasty notes, light booze. The taste is awesome. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, sweet coffee, bitter grinds. Delicious with a huge palate that is lightly sticky but extremely full. nyindiansfan (465) - rochester, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle pours a black with small tan head doesnt last long. Smels and tastes of chocolate, coffee, roasty, alcohol, raisin, licorice, light sweetness, medium bitterness, salty, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter. Really good nice burnt flavor with the smell of licorice and roasted malt with a slight bit of sweetness of carmel but mostly bitter and dry at end. llcooldave (1224) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Nice Kahlua/Godiva liqueur aroma. Pours thick and black in the glass. When swirled, it has nice "legs". Flavor is just like the aroma, similar to drinking Kahlua and Godiva chocolate liqueur. Overall... ridiculously awesome. Thanks to Hopper for sharing this gem! Chudwick (3369) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - FEB 24, 2012
12oz bottle - pours opaque black with rich brown head and modest lacing. Nose is coffee. Flavor is alcohol, roasty, and mild plum or some old-timer fruit. Super dry finish and my lips are chapping. As full a body as I’ve ever seen. Long finish that develops into bitterness. Very complex. definitely a sipping beer. Oddly enough, this beer can become just about what I want it to be.if I think about it hard enough. It can be sweet, bitter, hoppy, roasty,.. My only complaint is the overwhelming roasy character. hoppy burps follow.