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RATINGS: 1700   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2009

Source: 12 oz bottle purchased from Bruisin Ales in Asheville.
Glass: Samichlaus snifter.
Appearance: Oily black pour with a thin ring of brown head.
Aroma: Roasted malt dominates, but hints of milk chocolate and nuts are present.
Flavor: Ashy, roasted malt base, with a chocolate finish.
Palate: Full body with soft carbonation.
Overall: Another excellent offering from Founders. I have yet to be disappointed by anything they make.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2009
From bottle. Big coffee chocolate nose with molasses, caramel, and some licorice. Mild bitter hop aroma, nutty. Sweet alcohol and a bit of lactose. Jet black body, a little hazy, with dark cocoa-colored foamy-creamy lacing head. Medium-heavy chewy body with medium carbonation and warming. Starts with tons of malt sweetness but not cloying. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice, vanilla. Medium dull bitter finish. Burnt grain and nutty yeasty chalky after.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2009
I really like most of what Founders puts out but something about this one was amiss. It started out great with a black pour with a thin tan head and some splotchy lace. IT smelled pretty damn good too with chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, molasses, sweet malt and barley on the nose. But then it kind of went down hill as it just ended up tasting too salty. Taste of roasted malt, alcohol, salt, bitter chocolate and very dark roasted malts. Perhaps I ended up with a bad bottle, but I just couldn’t finish it. I’ll check back sometime down the road on this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kazooka (55) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Tap at Founder’s cafe in a pint glass. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Black colored with dark tan head. Medium sweet and heavy bitterness. Thick cocoa/coffee oily feel, heavy bodied with long bitter coffee finish. Tastes of chocolate progressing to boozy coffee.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle. "Light does not pass through this," says Lise. Black opaque color. Virtually no head. Coffee, roasted notes, nuts, spicy . . . like a hidden nutmeg. Caramel, toffee hints as well. Malty bitterness blend on front of the tongue to start followed by a toffee coffee finish. Well balanced. Neither too heavy nor too light. Solid

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2009
[Bottle] Pours black with a nice brown head. Aroma is odd, I wouldn’t have noticed it, but as guerde said, there was noticeable basil, also banana, and some plum. Taste is good--anise, roasted malt, chocolate (subtle), and alcohol. Barely any bitterness. Very nice, thick mouthfeel, smooth, and long, somewhat dry mouthfeel where the roasted malt shows up the most. A very solid RIS, but definitely not my favorite.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1175) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2009
(bottle from OSLO) Pours black with a small dark tan head. Aroma is heavy on roasted malt, with some licorice, dark roasted coffee, italian sausage (with some thyme, aniseseed, and basil), and a hint of smoke as well. The taste is very smooth with chocolate, dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and a bit of black licorice as well. Finish possesses a lot of roasted barley, smoke, light bitterness and salt. Mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation. Not a bad imperial stout. Thanks Al!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2009
12oz bottle from bruisin’ ales. pours an oily thick, beautiful jet black with a thin, dark beige head and a ring of lace. aroma is excellent with big roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, cinnamon, and dark red fruits with hints of wood, caramel, coffee, and booze. flavor is wonderful as well with big dark chocolate, red fruits, and nutty malts up front backed by notes of rich coffee with cream, smoked wood, and earthy hops with a long, bittersweet finish. palate is smooth and creamy, full bodied, with mild carbonation and the slightest touch of boozy warmth. overall, a great brew and another winner from founders.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2009
On tap at Founders. Pours jet black with a small tan head. Aroma is a bit chocolate character with maple syrup. Hints of toffee and caramel make up this big malt nose. Flavor starts with a sharp coffee and cocoa bean kick. Gains a creamy nuttiness and a sharp brooding coffee and earthy hop bitterness returns in the finish and lingers along with a small burnt chocolate sweetness. Medium to full body. Nice imperial stout but not the best of the best

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3561) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Bottle. Another enjoyable RIS nothing short of what i expected from Founders.


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