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RATINGS: 1921   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Roasted malt aroma. Pours thick and jet black with a dark brown head. Very thick mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee flavor. nice alcohol and slight bitterness at the end. Freaking great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brigg (554) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2011
(bottle) Pours a dark syrupy velvet brown, almost black, with a small and dense but disappearing head. Dark roast malt aroma, coffee, chocolate; sweet with notes of alcohol. Full, syrupy body; creamy, then slightly sticky. Flavor is dark roasted malt, medium sweet; light bitterness with smoky notes blended nicely and balanced. Very smooth overall.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (389) - Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
The head quickly disappeared upon pouring to a thin tan ring around the edge of the glass. Very dark brown with mahogany hues at the edge. Very strong roasted presence as well as some raisinlike sweetness and chocolate flavors. Great well rounded mouthfeel and a nice lingering finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Inky oil-slick jet black in color. Solid layer of tan foamy head that leaves behind spotty lacing. Aroma has a very pleasant mild chocolate aspect alongside the more standard roasted malt & bitter coffee elements of a stout. Flavor follows along the same lines as the aroma, but the roasty aspects really dominate here. The beer finishes with a nice bitter coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is excellent - super silky smooth and oily. The high abv is almost totally hidden making this one dangerously drinkable. Another top quality beer from Founders. Highly recommended.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter and couldn’t finish it; that’s how rich, viscous, and oily this one is. It sat still beneath a couple of bubbles that quickly dissipated. The flavor began wonderfully, with complex layers of lactose and caramel interplaying with the roasted malt. Unfortunately, there is so much roast bitterness in the finish that the primary flavors are but a memory, and my palate is Russia after Napoleon’s troops left. A disappointment from a brewery that I usually like a lot.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Very dark pour and dark brown head. This was a bottle aged for one year. Great complex imperial stout with cocoa and hints of coffee. There is quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of this beer. Very slight hint of alcohol at the end of the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 4.0 A: Insanely aggressive pour gave two fingers of thick, but frothy dark brown head. Retention was average, but it left lots of creamy lacing behind. 4.0 S: Lots of roasted barley with a touch of sweet caramel. Dark chocolate and molasses are also big. Good, but nothing to write home about. 4.0 T: Lots of roasted flavors again to the point of having a slight burntness. Earthy bitter hops blend well with a subtle sweetness from the malts. Dark chocolate again with a touch of black licorice. This beer definitely goes for a flavor explosion instead of elegant meshings of intrices. 4.0 M: Lighter heavy body. Smooth carbonation. Aside from the burntness, the beer itself is quite smooth. Alcohol warms, but does not dominate. 4.0 D: Pretty good, but one glass is enough. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-09-2010 03:40:49

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dnstone (2365) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Chocolate and coffee aroma light smoke aromas. Pitch black with a tan head that fades to a whisp. Strong milk chocolate smootheness with roasty sweet coffee tones.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2418) - Odense S, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle from rgtravers, thanks. Black body with a small light brown head. Aroma is oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malt, baked hazelnuts, berries, fruity notes and alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, oat, dark fruit, alcohol, vanilla, roasted malt, hops. Thick texture, medium carbonation long alcohol finish. Nice lacings. Complex. Very good brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
From notes: Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest trace of lighter color when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy mocha colored head. Decent retention, quickly fading to a lasting ring that leaves spots of lacing behind. Dark roasted aroma with lots of silky dark chocolate character as well as hints of roasted coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal, nut, toffee burnt toast and alcohol sweetness. Chewy full body with a deep roasted malt flavor. There is a huge silky chocolate and roasted coffee bean presence that is balanced vry nicely by a lactic cream character. I’m also picking up hints of toast, toffee, hazelnut, oatmeal and slight dark fruit. This beer is very comlex and the well masked ABV makes this dangerously drinkable. Slightly bittertowars the end of the palate with a bone dry finish and slight alcohol warmth. Excellent!


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