Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by donniecuffs:
4.2/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Update, 3/31/2011...tried this for the first time on draft at the Mohawk House, Sparta, NJ. Appearance same as before, possibly a little more lacing. The smell was a much bigger bouquet of cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and a bit of anise. The taste mirrored the nose, with a huge midpalate presence of velvety chocolate flavor, progressing to a dry cocoa powder and licorice finish. Alcohol definitely evident in the finish as well. Great, smooth slightly thick feel. This beer was much, much better on draft; my only criticism would be just a little too much alcohol and licorice on the finish. Otherwise an excellent imperial stout.
Poured black into a stemmed Brooklyn glass, with a thin tan head, no carbonation, and average lacing. Smelled of bittersweet chocolate, raisins, soap, and a big alcohol presence. The taste revealed roasted coffee bean with some dark chocolate, and finishing on a dry coffee note punctuated by the strong alcohol content, which was evident throughout. Not much evident of the dark fruit in the flavor as was detected in the aroma. Very thick, non-carbonated, slick mouthfeel as well. The all-around harshness of the alcohol flavor suggested that this beer warranted a healthy amount of time in the cellar. As such, I'd like to buy another and give it a second chance, but throw it in the basement for three years before drinking it.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2010 20:57:03 | More by donniecuffs
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