hirigalzkar (3158) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. This is a quite vinous impy. Chocolate liquor. A little smoke. Very smooth. Reynolds314 (3450) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 26, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2012 Aroma is intensely rich and roasty. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel. Taste is an amazing roasty nutty stout with well hidden alcohol. Really is a nice traditional imp stout without the cloying dark fruit sweetness that some imperials have. Great Job. stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2011
Pours a pitch black beer with a dark chocolate head. The aroma is malt, chocolate, dried fruit, soya and ash. The flavor follows the nose with additional alcohol. The palate is dry. Overall a really good beer. thewolf (12595) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
Bottle, bought @ HJ Hansen, Odense.evantwomey (6) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2011 does not count
Completely black with a lovely, small, frothy, dark brown head that settles as more and more creamy. Lovely dark chocolate aroma, mild roasted malts, some liqourice. Oats, coffee and sweet molasses. Low to medium carbonation, fat and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is initially quite dominated by liqourice, coffee and lots of hard roasted notes, bordering on fruity. Deep dark chocolate comes later, some biscuity malts, light chewy. Mildly warming, only light vinious. Elegant and very good, but not among the very best.
Finally! I happily stumbled across a few bottles of this in 2008 and have been chasing it down without success until now. 2011 batch.
Pour is just straight obsidian-black. Edges are only jet-black. Head is a deep chocolate brown, somewhat sparse but pops up with a swirl, good lacing. Aroma: like you put a chocolate cake on a grill. Big bitter chocolate, some char, melting, oozy chocolate hitting coals. Dark fruit action here too, but not particularly intense, and definitely plays a supporting role to the roast. Taste follows nose-- bitter chocolate, background notes of almost incinerated malts, but not in a bad way. This beer has a lot of contrast - it is bitter in two ways: hoppy (mostly in bitterness, not hop flavor) and roast (think bitter chocolate), and sweet enough to balance out the bitterness. The sweetness is complex also - dark caramel. Some darker fruit flavors would be welcome here, maybe that comes with age though as this is still a young beer. Mouthfeel is exceptional, super thick but not cloying, just enough carbonation to lift the syrupyness off your tongue. A touch of heat on the finish, not surprising though for a big beer like this.
I keep an active spreadsheet of every Imperial stout I’ve tried. Currently there are 35 beers on that list and Founders has been #1 since the first time I had it when the list was young. Now that I’ve had it again it has solidified its spot at #1. This beer proves you don’t need to bourbon-barrel age something to make it special. Most other imperial stouts I try, I compare to this beer. To my taste, it is the benchmark for the style."
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, ash, light liquorish and soy. Flavour is roasted malt, malt acidic, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, soy and ash. 574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2012 Last brew of the day. Pours obsidian with thin, tan head. Nose is chocolate, coffee, with some "mudslide." Taste is more coffee and bitter chocolate. Palate is medium, smooth, and balanced. Definitely makes me want to try out their other much-celebrated stout offerings. This hit all the marks it should have. 10.5% ABV at the brewpub.
Update: Had to add a couple points to this after trying the 2012 bottle version and having developed a greater appreciation for the style. What a huge beer this is, major viscosity and big flavor. I’m going to age a couple and see what happens. ryanfolty (2553) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Date: July 14, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Discount Liquor, Waukesha, WI Appearance: Black oily with slight amount of tan brown head. Aroma: Coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Flavor: Consistent with aroma, a slightly bitter finish, and relatively thick/full bodied. Other: Great beer, but not quite in that top echelon of imperial stouts.
January 12, 2013 - picked up another bottle at AV. Wow, black pour with nice light brown head and lacing. Just looks like a million bucks. Differences from my first rating are the noticeable piney hops in aroma and taste due to this being a fresh bottle. I have a few extras so plan to age and see how it changes over time. EdKing (2586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2011
Pours black. Nose is dark fruits. Fig, prune and chocolate. Taste is strong alcoholic. Mouth feel is thin and bitter. Chocolate and coffee on the finish with lots of alcohol like a strong Belgian ale. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 Great expression of what an imperial stout from America can and should be. huge hops and tons of everything else as well. Strong coffee and chocolate notes. Very thick, viscous stuff that you drink slow and savor. Looking forward to aging a couple to see how it changes.