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RATINGS: 1729   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, youre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
A damn fine imperial stout. Founders continues to impress. From the bottle, poured a deep pitch black with no tints on the edges below a thin dark-tan head. Left great lacing. Aroma is a blast of chocolate, roasted and burnt malts, raisins?, and alcohol. Flavors include sweet, alcohol, and roasted malt notes. Thiiiick, smooth, and mouthfilling body... oatmeal maybe? Leaves a lingering roasty/hoppy finish. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernovice39 (3160) - Montana, USA - AUG 12, 2009
This brewer continues to impress and please this beer fan. Deep black hole black pour with light tan head. Coffee , roast grains and some dark chocolate up front in taste. Not the amount of hops I normally like but its good, not Storm King good but very good!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 Thanks Secret Santa! Textbook Imperial Stout here - Black, dark tan head was nice initially and then just collapsed into the depths. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of alcohol, roasty grains. Flavor matched, perhaps a touch of oats smoothing the mouthfeel out. Really nice balance here. No discernable hops, just enough bitterness added to keep things moving the right direction. Really nicely done. Rerate 1/13/13. From whole foods tap. About the same, but worth one extra point on flavor.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Good Imperial Stout. The appearance was opaque black with no head. The aroma was semi-strong with the malted grains coming through as well as the odor of alcohol. Being 10.5% ABV that is acceptable as the odor of alcohol is not overbearing. As for the taste, as scrizzz says below, it will creep up on you and it is a sneaky little devil. Not as bitter as most stouts and is overall an awesome brew. I was impressed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2009
dry dusty chocolate aroma, somewhat faint even after waiting a while to have the beer warm up some. Poured a nice jet black with a lightly tan and thick head that adhered to the glass. Chewy burnt grain, thin in body for an impy, but drinks fine. Would seem tame for even a foreign stout and Im shocked at the 10% listed. Im drinking this too quickly and its gonna catch up with me.....again. Look for snarky posts after this rating. Burnt grain everywhere, little heat on my lips.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle courtesy of psprings. Pours a viscous black color, much like molasses, with a creamy brown head that laces the glass like a doily. Smells like a chocolate milkshake with a hint of red chili pepper. Tastes of dark cocoa, toasted malts, chalk, oatmeal, red grapes, and cherry cough syrup. Finishes with sticky plums. Great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a dark black with a tan head. Nose is super malty with some licorice and chocolate and light smoke. Flavor is rich and smokey with a huge roasted bitter finish. Slightly acrid and its got something that makes me dislike it a little. Still great but not as good as their other impys. Thanks to Adrian for the bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kennydiaz (352) - Manahawkin, New Mexico, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Pours nice and dark black with little or no head.Nice strong malty taste with chocolate and smokey aftertaste. An excellent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malm, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle from Anders. Pours black with tan head. Dark chocolate coffee herbs roasted aromas. Taste roasted chocolate well balanced but just dont go all the way...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4709) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2009
This poured an almost black color with a big light tan head. Aroma was very roasted, hints of coffe and bitter chocolate too. Flavor was much the same, very roasted a bit smokey and very dry. i was hoping this one would have been a bit better.


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