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RATINGS: 1874   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmgiddings (41) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Bottle from Crown Liquors #6 (Aged 1 year) - Appearance is jet black with a half-finger thick chocolate head which slowly dissipates leaving sparse lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, smoke, with a hint of cherry and licorice. Taste is bitter with heavy coffee, chocolate, and smoke. Mouthfeel is slightly oily and frothy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to Walt) pours near black with nice creamy light tan head. Nose of licorice, fudge, chocolate syrup. Taste of chocolate syrup, fudgey, very smooth chocolate flavors. Rich and smooth with a medium thick palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2670) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2010
[bottle--thanks, fonefan!] Potent aroma of pumpernickel, grain, black malt bubblegum, and sweet raisins and currants. Opaque and thick oily black appearance under a thin, brown, lacy cover. Sweet cereal grain flavour with a nice roasted malt bitterness to balance the sweet malt. Plenty of coffee and bittersweet chocolate along with a little vanilla and raisin. Full body, moderate carbonation, bittersweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2439) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2010
Black pour tan head .... chocolate and roasted sweet aroma .... taste of molasses, lots of chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruits .... a litte oily and rich .. abv hidden well with a dry roasted bitter finish ... and awesome stout cool label as well ... founders has stouts down pat thats for sure

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kappldav123 (5339) - GERMANY - APR 27, 2010
The bottle looks great, as well as the beer in the glass. Dark black, nice head. Starts malty and strong, a bit warming-alcoholic, modest sweet. Notes of bitter chocolate and strong coffee. Finish drier, still complex-malty, a bit scratchy. Quite drinkable for an Imperial Stout. Great beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3800) - Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2010
Pours a luscious opaque sable, just a hair above jet black, with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Rich aroma is strongly of fine coffee with hints of cocoa and molasses. Flavor is like a good mocha, quality coffee with an undertone of dusty cocoa, a little oily, slightly bitter and just a bit sweet. Texture is smooth and just a little tingly, and has a good bite to it. Recommended to all stouties.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
A-Body is a thick, viscous, opaque dark brown hue. Pours with a small medium brown foamy head that quickly fades to a very thin collar. Some traces of lacing remain at the top of the glass. S-Potent. Phenols come through over a deep, complex RIS nose. I pick up anise, raisins, dark chocolate malt, and a touch of roastiness. All well balanced but the phenols are very much upfront and the highlight of the nose. T-Upfront is a mix of dark fruit and anise upfront with a thick roasted dark malt backbone. The flavor gets slightly bitter for the finish as the roasted component of the malt comes through more but all the complexity remains all the way through. A big warm alcohol blanket lingers and wraps the initial flavors. P-Medium to high prickly carbonation and smooth, thick viscous body underneath. O- This brew certainly lines up with RIS and is a good example of the style. Exactly what I think when I think of RIS’s. IMO, its also a step up from the other Founders stouts. This is good, but a pretty typical example of the style. ABV is high and somewhat prominent. Good beer overall that I would not hesitate to have again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-01-2009 02:47:37

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2010
Bottled. Black pour, brown head. Roasted coffee, alcohol, and soy sauce nose. Roasty, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, and alcohol in the flavor. Bitter finish, slightly astringent. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewbie (459) - New York, USA - APR 24, 2010
12oz bottle, courtesy of ucusty. deep, dark silky pour. very thin tan head. nice aroma of cocoa and chocolate. very creamy mouth, silky as the pour, taste of roast and chocolate and bit of dark sweetness in the background. lingering taste of roast sits on the palate. delicious beer. Thanks, David.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2010
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. I’ve been sitting on this one a while, and figured it was about time to try it. Pours a motor oil black with a nice brown head that leaves some light and sloppy lacing and a film on top of the beer. Aroma of roasted barley malts, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, dirt, and toasted brown sugar. I think I am drinking this a little too cold. The flavor improves upon the aroma. The same notes are there- roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, earthy notes- along with some figs, smoked wood, burnt toast, nuts, hops, and plums. Some hop and alcohol bitterness comes in late. Full-bodied, with a rich, robust, and thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Dry, roasty, smoky aftertaste. Gets better as it warms. I’m not surprised that this is an awesome beer. Founders knows how to do an imperial stout.


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