DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Thanks to JCapriotti for this one. Pours raven black with medium dark tan head. Definite 5 for appearance. Aroma of malt, chocoff, big hops, cinnamon, jalapeno oil. Tastes malty, with big chocoff, some licorice and raisins, oats, oak, corn flakes. Acquires a chocolate syrup essence at the finish, with more dark fruit and spice (raisins, licorice, cinnamon). The palate is dense, smooth, complex, and very well balanced. Well hidden alcohol. Sherlock Holmes said, "When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." For me, the saying goes, "If you cannot make any deductions, then the score must be perfect." Congratulations to Founders for jumping into my all-time pantheon, joining Three Floyd’s and Stoudt’s with 2 perfect ratings. I’d bang Oprah Winfrey for a case of this stuff. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.5% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.75
Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, sugar, syrup, carbon, toast, winter evenings, fireplace
Visuals: beautiful, exquisite packaging like all Founders brews, dark as midnight, absolutely black, light does not escape, starts with thick tan head, which dissipates over time but does not disappear, lace stays for a while.
Taste: delicious balance, syrupy but not cloying malt flavor, deep and acrid hop flavor afterwards.
Palate: Smooth, silky velvet feel. lingers upon the tongue and in the mouth. Coating, sticky, and delicious.
Overall: What an amazing brew. I’ll have it again, at least 3 times, though I’d love to have it at least once a week.
originally posted at: <a href="http://beercritic.wordpress.com/"& Cavie (4718) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Midnight black pour, no light comes through at all. Small brown head with plenty of lacing. There is a lot of complexity in the aroma, with chocolate notes present. Very thick mouthfeel, with a high roasted chocolate flavor. Alcohol is felt more than tasted. Lingering finish for several minutes, with a dark chocolate aftertaste. This is a glorious beer! SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours motor oil black with very minimal dark brown fizz. Smells strongly of coffee, espresso, big chocolate notes, and a touch of roast. Taste is big, powerful, lots of chocolate and bold coffee. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Founders Imperial Stout finishes with some bitterness that lingers a little bit. BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
A: Poured a nice rich deep brown/black with good carbonation leaving a nce brown, frothy cap
S: Dark chocolate, milk chocoate and a nice roaste dmalt with a light hint of coffee and oatmeal
T: Wow. Nice rich milk chocolate upfront with some dark chocolate, a bit of booze mixed with roasted malts, oatmeal and some light pine resin. Delicously decadent, a FBS minus the big coffee. The finish is so smooth and easy to down.
M: Big, rich full bodied and down right fantastic. Loads of flavor, booze is well hidden behind the massive flavor
O: Outstanding in every aspect!
bucketochicken (15) - Chicago, - JAN 20, 2013
So thick it almost climbs back up into the bottle as you pour it. Darker than a singularity. Chocolatey like an Oomp-Loompa’s workboots. Heavy, thick, slightly boozy, coffee, chocolate, roastiness, woody, dark, amazing. Nose and taste really change as it warms, becoming more complex & nuanced. Just a terrific stout overall. Jamesthebrit (421) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2016 A: Huge chocolate, coffee, and alcohol sweetness. Big tobacco note.A: Hands down the best looking beer I?ve ever seen. Pitch black with an epic brown and creamy head.T: Massive! As with the smell, huge chocolate note. A great coffee note as well that comes with some solid bitterness. Alcohol compliments the finish. Nice tobacco note.P: Carbonation is prime with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Goes down easy peasy. Overall this is a near perfect brew. Huge flavors complement each other well and are not overpowered by each other. A must try.Gahhh!!!!! I so want this to be my next perfect score but every time I come back and smell there is something off! This is the beer I absolutely look forward too. -From the 2015 version.
When I found myself thinking of stockpiling this now that it’s a two month beer I knew.... It’s a perfect beer. Pour it into a glass... It looks like a freaking chocolate muffin! Perfect beer. dudebun (140) - GERMANY - MAY 8, 2013
One of the top beers for me at the CBC2013, only one I went back for more of (3 times). Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Perfect example of an IS. Founders set the bar on this one. Nice roasty flavor with ABV’s that are masked well enough that this beer is incredibly easy to drink despite the high ABV’s and the thickness of this brew. Awesome beer glad I have a few in the cellar for another time. chucklemation (1683) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2015 Dark brown stout with a foamy tan head. Has a roast, chocolate, and slightly fruity aroma. Flavor is sweet chocolate and roast, with a touch of bitterness. Has a smooth, full body feel. Delicious.