jimhilt (2626) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Pours like oil and a three finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Pure black color no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Almost a caramel nose. Flavor is smokey caramel. Mild bitter aftertaste. High ABV totally hidden. Nice IS. $3.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. jredmond (8648) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 Bottle. Pours a pitch black body with little brown lacing. Aroma is strong ROAST. Taste is delicious roasted malt, very well balanced. A delicious stout, no trace of alcohol at all. Rerate :::: shared with dallas and pat. Bottle aged for two years. Pours pitch blackwith thin brown lacing. Aroma is creamy milk chocolate. Flavor is intense chocolate, roast, creamy chocolate. suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
A damn fine imperial stout. Founders continues to impress. From the bottle, poured a deep pitch black with no tints on the edges below a thin dark-tan head. Left great lacing. Aroma is a blast of chocolate, roasted and burnt malts, raisins?, and alcohol. Flavors include sweet, alcohol, and roasted malt notes. Thiiiick, smooth, and mouthfilling body... oatmeal maybe? Leaves a lingering roasty/hoppy finish. Delicious. beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2009
This brewer continues to impress and please this beer fan. Deep black hole black pour with light tan head. Coffee , roast grains and some dark chocolate up front in taste. Not the amount of hops I normally like but its good, not Storm King good but very good! Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 Thanks Secret Santa! Textbook Imperial Stout here - Black, dark tan head was nice initially and then just collapsed into the depths. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of alcohol, roasty grains. Flavor matched, perhaps a touch of oats smoothing the mouthfeel out. Really nice balance here. No discernable hops, just enough bitterness added to keep things moving the right direction. Really nicely done. Rerate 1/13/13. From whole foods tap. About the same, but worth one extra point on flavor.
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Good Imperial Stout. The appearance was opaque black with no head. The aroma was semi-strong with the malted grains coming through as well as the odor of alcohol. Being 10.5% ABV that is acceptable as the odor of alcohol is not overbearing. As for the taste, as scrizzz says below, it will creep up on you and it is a sneaky little devil. Not as bitter as most stouts and is overall an awesome brew. I was impressed. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2009
dry dusty chocolate aroma, somewhat faint even after waiting a while to have the beer warm up some. Poured a nice jet black with a lightly tan and thick head that adhered to the glass. Chewy burnt grain, thin in body for an impy, but drinks fine. Would seem tame for even a foreign stout and I’m shocked at the 10% listed. I’m drinking this too quickly and it’s gonna catch up with me.....again. Look for snarky posts after this rating. Burnt grain everywhere, little heat on my lips. nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle courtesy of psprings. Pours a viscous black color, much like molasses, with a creamy brown head that laces the glass like a doily. Smells like a chocolate milkshake with a hint of red chili pepper. Tastes of dark cocoa, toasted malts, chalk, oatmeal, red grapes, and cherry cough syrup. Finishes with sticky plums. Great stuff. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a dark black with a tan head. Nose is super malty with some licorice and chocolate and light smoke. Flavor is rich and smokey with a huge roasted bitter finish. Slightly acrid and its got something that makes me dislike it a little. Still great but not as good as their other impy’s. Thanks to Adrian for the bottle. kennydiaz (362) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Pours nice and dark black with little or no head.Nice strong malty taste with chocolate and smokey aftertaste. An excellent beer.