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RATINGS: 2062   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours an ultra-viscous looking pitch black color. It’s an amazingly heavy looking monster. The head is a one-finger dark tan color with fantastic texturing. Retention isn’t perfect, but the level of lacing is downright beautiful. It just looks amazing. S: Wow, this is one of the most chocolaty-smelling imperial stouts I’ve ever encountered. There are also notes of hazelnut, cream, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, and slight dark fruit. No frills, but fuckin’ fantastic regardless. T: It seems like Founders took the basic essence of a standard-issue RIS and distilled it into rapturous glory. I first notice flavors of cream, vanilla, and chocolate; before roasted malts envelop the tastebuds. The umami qualities on the finish are glorious, melding together with anise, tobacco, and pine flavors. It has just enough complexity to keep the palate guessing, while being simple enough that one can easily pick out the differing handful of flavors. Yum. M: You wouldn’t expect such a thick, creamy monster to be so drinkable - but the delicately dry finish and brilliant alcohol concealment means this will be all gone before you know what to do. It’s not so dry as to render its aftertaste gutted, however; some syrupy linger remains without creating overpowering sweetness. One of the best RIS palate feels I’ve ever encountered outside of Nogne O’s RIS. O: Founders didn’t reinvent the wheel, they just showed every other brewer how it should be made in the first place. A brilliant reminder why this is my favorite style out there, and a not-so-brilliant reminder that this was the only bottle I had. :(

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vinivini (1281) - BELARUS - SEP 28, 2016
Oily black pour. Brown head. Long living lacing. Aroma: vinous, roast, fruity esters, chocolate. Full bodied. Sticky palate. Powerful taste. Vinous, toasty, chocolate, light to medium bitterness. Excellent balance. Great one. Deep thanks to YantarCoast for the trade.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nurmis (387) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2016
355ml bottle. Pours pitch black without head. Liquorice, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and some herbal hops. Thick mouthfeel. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KoNrRiI (1218) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2016

0.355 bottle.
A tar black color with a small, truly brown head of poor retention. Aroma of spices, dark malts, licorice, and quite a bit of cognac. Taste of dark malts, cognac, wood, some roast, and a bit of molasses - bittersweet. A full body, a creamy texture if there ever was one, and a flat carbonation. Finish is long and introduces vanilla into the mix. Overall the beer is splendid; the finish does get a bit tart, but the whole experience is marvelous nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Villyzzz (51) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle at pub. Pours oily black with small copper head. Aroma has strong coffee and licorice with hints of cinnamon and herbs. Taste has coffee, smoke, sour and cocoa. Dry roasted coffee in the end with long finish. Quite carbonated. Top notch imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cristobal37 (795) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 13, 2016
Chai tea comes to mind bergamot cinnamon, really good. Some liquorice otherwise really gentle and exemplary imperial stout. Really fantastic, sticky, kinda dry, just bomb. Thanks @lore!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lore (2169) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 10, 2016
Deep dark brown colour, minimal creamy brown head; aroma of chocolate, coffee, some herbal notes and dried cherry. Taste of dark chocolate, some liqueur, caramel, maybe tangerine, syrupy notes and minimal herbs. Very dense, very smooth very perfect!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kapusil (1181) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 10, 2016
0.355l bottle courtesy of Lore. Pitch black body, thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, nutmeg, cloves, coffee, rum, figs and plums. Taste of chocolate, coffee, cloves, vanilla, dates, orange peel and grapefruit. Thick and creamy. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beern (36) - Alabama, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Pours black with a two finger brown head. Tastes rich and smooth and of malt, milk chocolate and cocoa with a bitter, dry finish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
peponi (1470) - Hannover, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2016
Aroma: roasted dark malts, bitter chocolate, rum, ashy. Appearance: jet black and brown head. Taste: medium herbal bitterness, warming alcohol, roasted dark malts, dried fruits, burnt malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, quite dry. Palate: full body and medium carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: It is a great RIS, so complex and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pilsnertest (57) - SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2016
Bottle @ home. Pours black and almost no head. Taste is burnt wood, liquorice, burnt coffee, black pepper and hints of red wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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