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RATINGS: 1538   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2008
wow super nice roasted barley nose and great creamy mouthfeel...my personal favorite of the founders stouts....great coffee and chocolate notes on the flavor....great stuff....

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Growler: Pours black with thin, dissipating tan/brown head. Aroma is strong, roasted chocolate malts, dark sugars, burnt coffee. Flavor is so smooth; dark chocolate, roasted sugars, lightly hopped. Very warm bittersweet finish. So balanced and delicious, having more than one of these is trouble!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (2983) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 (Bottle, thanks to Puddintane) Pours black with a small brown head. The aroma is medium to heavily roasted with tones of chocolate ice cream, cocoa, coffee beans, dark grainy bread, milk, light vanilla, light mint, light tar/asphalt and tiny smoky. Some vinous notes as the beer gets warmer with notes of dark grapes. Hints of stone and dark caramel. The flavour is medium to heavily roasted with tones of coffee beans, dark chocolate, tar/asphalt, light smoke, dark syrup, dark caramel, brown sugar, some dark bread, vanilla, arrack, light salt liquorice. Some vinous notes in the flavour as well with hints of tart dark grapes. Just a touch of hops. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth, velvety and light oily with a light carbonation. The finish is light tart. Light to medium sweet and light bitter. Some dark roast lingers in the aftertaste with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, bread and syrup alongside dark grape tartness. Medium to full bodied. Nice to see an American IMP that is not overly hoppy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Growler shared by Mike and Mark. Thanks fellas. Poured an opaque black color. Roasty nose with alcohol and chocolate accents. Medium to full bodied and slightly sweet. I tasted a fair amount of raw alcohol accompanied by coffee, toffee, and some tar. Pretty much what a an imperial stout should be.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pepsican (1419) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Growler. This one was very nice. Black pour with a thin tan head. Huge chocolate aroma. Roasted chocolate goodness rolling all over this one with some toffee and hops in the finish. Very creamy.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2008
It always smells like fresh barley brewing. This is an excellent stout and Founder’s Best, yes better than the breakfast Stouts. I had this with a brew master sandwich, I highly recommend this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 29, 2008
Bottle courtesy of mreusch (thanks Matt!) Beautiful, viscous pour with a pancake colored head. This beer is as black as it gets. Nose is RICH, with coffee, chocolate, leather and earth. Flavor is as the nose, with a bit more of a gritty influence adding to the earthiness. Finish is slight dry and clean. Reminds me much of the Old Raspy. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a moderate sized mahogany head. Intense aroma of rich roasted malt with dark chocolate, dark fruit and a bit of vinous character. Rich roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor. Long bittersweet chocolate finish. Full bodied and smooth on the palate. Awesome beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
Nice black pour with thin tan head. Not to thick, but thick enough to coat the tongue. Nice smooth flavor with chocolate, roasted malt, slight hop bitterness. Finishes slightly bitter with sweet malty back. Excellent. On tap at brewpub.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 very tasty beer. dark black with a nice thick tan head. hints of coffee, chocolate. alcohol taste is there, but pleasant. very smooth and drinkable, and one to come back to again and again..


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