Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Maxwell:
3.75/5 rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
The beer pours like motor oil, thick and pitch-black with a very little dark tan head/ring, bordering on mocha coloring. The beers body is blacker than night allowing no light to pass through it, and only allowing one to gaze into it and ponder what horrifying eldritch terrors must lie in wait within the glass. The beer’s lacing is long and curtain-like, though medium in thickness upon the glass. On the nose, the beer smells big and powerful, shoving sweet roasted malts into your face alongside bitter black coffee, a touch of dark chocolate, and oh-so-slight black licorice and sweet alcohol. On the tongue, the beer tastes big, roasted, chary, and bitter. The beer begins with intense sweet roast before opening into huge bitter black coffee flavors with only a faint touch of black chocolate and char. The finish is big with black coffee and alcohol and big char which lasts in the mouth like you bit into an ashy coal. On the mouth, the beer feels thick and chewy, oozing across the tongue like smooth velvet while its flavors brutally assault the palate. The mouth is left dry and charred, though a little saliva scrims the tongue. Overall, this beer is intense. Big and intense. It has some wonderful flavors, but they are all a little too amped up for my palate. I think this beer will do beautifully with a little bit of cellaring, but for now it just is too much to enjoyably drink. It’s a good experience, but it needs to tone itself back.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2013 01:20:47 | More by Maxwell
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