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RATINGS: 1762   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (926) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Black ooze - you can tell it’s thick by how it globs together as its cascades into the glass. The head takes a full 5 seconds to appear, and when it does, it’s medium-medium-dark brown, slightly warm, medium-fine frothy head that is medium-slow to fade. One of the darkest heads I’ve ever seen (perhaps THE darkest... this is consistent with what I know about Founders grainbills, such as with their delicious porter - they use an exceptional amount of dark malt.) Aroma is a cake of toasted oat, wheat, barley, light brown sugar, leafy herbs, semi-sweet cocoa, scone. No BBQ and very little soy sauce, if any! Body is heavy - you can feel the dead weight of it hit your lips, although it is still not overly oppressive on the palate. It’s very very oily, only slightly syrupy, and not gritty at all. Carbonation is very fine, with a smooth burn, moderate intensity, nice arc. Flavor is strong burnt toast, light espresso bean, some burn multi-grain scone, bitter grapefruit rind and herbs. Some chewy green sage back there too. Perhaps a bit too burnt tasting for me, and the aroma definitely lacks in intensity compared with the flavor and my expectations. Nonetheless, the body and appearance of this beast, not to mention the copious burnt flavor components, make this a beer that stands out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (176) - Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Strong scent of black licorice, leather, roast/coffee, dark chocolate, anise, sharp hops and some booze. I could smell this from a couple feet away as it was pouring. Great looking beer - flat black color with a tiny tan ring of foam that lingers forever. Taste is hops, roast, black licorice, anise and more hops. Aftertaste brings out the dark chocolate and a slight booze burn. Kinda harsh, maybe the hoppiest imperial stout I have had. Palate is nearly perfect, could be thicker. Overall good, I will be aging a few bottles. With a couple of years on it, this will be great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HughConway (818) - Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2015
12oz bottle. Pours deepest darkest northern night black, traces of a khaki head. Aroma of a liqorice and coffee. Taste is rich roast malt, sweet, some bitter to clear. It’s perfect for a winter evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2129) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Opaque black-brown with a large medium-brown head and very good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, woodsy roasted malt, molasses, dark toast and berries. Taste of chocolate, charred wood, roasted malt, berries and molasses. Very full body and medium/low carbonization with a slightly viscous mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsmitty80 (1858) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Its founders and its an IS so you know what you are getting. A heavy but beautifully crafted IS that hits on all notes of chocolate, roast and alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
darb85 (98) - Canton, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Oily thick. Sweet nose. Woody and vanilla with coffee chocolate finish. Very good. Fresh 2014. Going to age and try as we go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (1492) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2015
Svart med lavt lys brunt skum. Espresso, rosiner, mørke frukter og kakaopulver. Bittersalt smak med noe fruktsødme. Salt lakris, mørk sjokolade og kakaopulver. Kort salt noe oljete avslutning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
visionthing (3062) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2015
35,5cl bottle at Pahad Poisid, Tartu. Pours pitch black like used motor oil, not much head but some beige bubbles are present. Roasty aroma with dark, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, hops, hints of citrus and wood. Sweet, complex and deliciously flavourful. Well balanced and the 90 IBUs are surprisingly well hidden. Full body, somewhat oily and with carbonation on the sodt side. Simply delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bconch (303) - - JAN 24, 2015
Jet black color with almost no head. Pleasant smell of chocolate, roasted malts and a subtle sweetness. Incredibly smooth and balanced. Bitter finish. Can’t even detect the alcohol. Another great Founders beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
floydslip (211) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Holy! This is black as pitch with a billowy dark chocolate milk head. Nose of rich cocoa, balsamic vinegar, and salted caramel. Flavor is ridiculous with chocolate mousse, sweet vanilla, leather, smoke, licorice, bitter coffee, and something antiseptic all fighting for prominence. The mouth feel is oily, but not as viscous as some other imperial stouts. Still, an amazingly flavorful stout that is worth savoring.

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