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RATINGS: 1726   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.


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4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Pours super thick black, little to no head. Very nice roasted flavor, smooth. Feels as thick as it looks. Alcohol comes through just a bit. One of the best imperial stouts I’ve had.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReV2 (150) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2014
From Magnum Wines, Swindon. Pours jet black with a diminishing thin tan head, strong aroma of burnt malt & alcohol. Taste is chocolatey with vanilla, cherry and roasted caramel, velvety smoothness and bitter finish. Hubba-hubba.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
magpieken (69) - - DEC 18, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours black with a low, dense, deep tan head which settled to a light covering but left some nice lacing. Aroma of chicory, roasted malt, burnt wood, liquorice, prunes, soy sauce, dark chocolate and caramel. Medium sweetness and quite high bitterness. Full bodied, chewy but with a silky smooth, luscious texture. Low carbonation and a very long, burnt tar finish. Gentle warmth from the alcohol. A wonderfully complex drop and an excellent example of an imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (2499) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours inky black with a frothy brown head that quickly disappears. Aroma is rich chocolate and roasted malts. Low pine hops and vanilla. Taste is silky smooth, roasted malts, loads of bitter dark chocolate and a great pine hop bitterness in the end. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirstyrabbit (1143) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle. A few weeks past BB date but that’s how it appeared on the local shelves (I know that in most cases it doesn’t hurt Imperial Stouts to go past BB). Pours a body as dark as they come and with a medium tan head. Aroma has sweet dark cocoa beans and liquid chocolate. Well, this is indulgent. Taste has all the classic Imperial Stout flavours turned up to the max and then some more. Very silky and rounded mouthfeel. I always like it when the alcohol in an Imperial Stout is not upped to silly levels (a la Brewdog or Mikkeller) and the beer is made with drinkability in mind, as it always should be. This is an excellent example of an Imperial Stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2589) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
(Founders Imperial Stout) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 10.5% The pour is thick as oil, totally black, with a small dark brown head on top. Good retention, leaving light lacing behind. Aroma is heavy on olive pit, roasted malts, light coffee, light alcohol. Great taste, roasted malts, some vanilla, alcohol present but not annoying, ash, coal on the finish. Thick full body, carbonation on good levels, creamy and smooth feeling on the palate. Really good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (3236) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle at home from the vineyard, Belfast
opaque dark brown black with dense brown tan foam with fluffy hot chocolate crown. Rich, chocolate milk shake, Tia Maria, sherry soaked dry fruit and vanilla. Full bodied, slick, initial coffee bitterness, chocolate cocoa sweetness, leafy bitterness, chalky body, bitter with hop bite, toast, dry, sticky. Decadent toasty chocolate, roasty fruity finish

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chribban (204) - SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2014
Pich black with a one finger high, beigebrown head. A lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Roasted caramel malt, dark chocolate, soy sauce, vanilla, cream, raisin, espresso and a little smoke.
Taste: This is so good! Vanilla ice-cream, chocolate, dark malt, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, dark syrup, brown sugar and dark bread.
Body: Full body with little carbonation. Smooth, creamy feeling and great bitterness that kicks in at the end.

A masterpiece!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VamboladeTolly (227) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle @ De Tolly Joogipood. Pours black with thick brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark berries, some chocolate, cherries. Taste is the same + dry, medium bitter. Full body. Soft carbonation.Good stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
A great stout. I can hardly wait for my next bottle to fill a tall and frosty glass. :-) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (2174) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2014
Flaska från SB. Så mörkt brun att den nästan är svart, lågt mjölkchokladfärgat snabbt försvinnande skum. Stor ganska söt doft av fudge, chokladkola, kaffelikör och melass. Relativt lättdrucken, stor sötma, lätt beska. Kraftig, fyllig, välbalanserad och riktigt riktigt god.


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