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RATINGS: 2006   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Pours a black, inky body with a fading tan head. Color is awesome. Aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee, a hint of banana. Flavor is the same with some fruity tones from the alcohol. Finish is sticky with a slight bitterness.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Poured from a bottle into an oversized Duvel tulip. Appearance- pure black, with an inch of slowly developing head. I will never drink this beer in a different glass again! Beautiful stout! Smell- Lots of chocolate, roast, and coffee with a hint of alcohol, very inviting. Taste- Very true to the aroma, though the alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel- Thick mouthfeel, I am aware that I’m drinking a big beer, but my palate can handle at least another beer after this one. Overall- Excellent beer. If Founders made this a brewery only release with a gimmicky name, it would be among the most discussed beers on this site. However, I am much happier knowing that I can grab this bad boy off the shelf for 3 months of the year. If you like stouts, you will like this one!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (6673) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a pitch black color with a nice, thick tan head. Aroma was extreme malts, notes of chocolate malts, coffee notes, alcohol shines through. Flavor was rich, roasted malts, burnt notes, alcohol. Pretty darn good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 7, 2011
Botella. Black colour, light brown head, ok lacing. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt and some coffee with chocolate. Good mouthfeel. Flavour of roasted malt, soem chocolate and coffee, bit liqourice, medium bitterness, nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours nearly black with a small beige head. Aroma is ash, chocolate, tar, and hops. Flavor is ash, chocolate, raisins, plums and hops. Full bodied with good heat.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14938) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle at home. Pitch black - brown head. Burned malty. Bitterness from burned malts. Fruity. High malty. Medium hoppy. Carcoal. Licorice. Coffee. Nice smokey. Light ashtray. Smooth body. Nice high drinkability.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15230) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle @ Vinens Verden, Odense. Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head on top. Lovely nose of roasted coffee and liquorice. Hard roasted flavor with coffee, chocolate and liquorice. Smooth and full bodied. Nice

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Not certain who brought this but thanks! Unassuming while still enclosed in the bottle this was yummy on my tonguey. IS standard flavors executed o-so right. Get sum.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Tap. Pours a deep dark pitch black- extreme coating on the glass, viscous, thick with great legs- good dark tan head and some lace. Aroma is deep dark chocolate, medium burnt black roasted malts, large licorice and anise profile, and green minty pine hops mixed in. Flavor is medium sweetness cut by a bittersweet chocolate, and minty herbal licorice, some burnt toffee, smooth chocolate malts, and green pine hops in the middle and finish- seems almost oily in its viscosity and big body, but the finish is clean and fairly bitter. Great Imperial Stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (840) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2014 Pours very black with a tan head. Roasty burnt nose. Very smooth chewy and silky at the same time. Flavors are dark chocolate and smokey with some burnt toast. Well balanced malt against the bitterness. finishes with a bitter coffee. Thanks Dave for getting this one. 1st time was April 2011. Would like to add some molasses in the flavors


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