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RATINGS: 2040   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2011
sample at Casa De Childs, Ossining NY. This will cure what Ales you! (Hee Hee). Thick Black pour with a thin Tan head. Deep taste. Very flavorful. Coffee, chocholet, roasted malt, licorice. The pallet here is extraordinary. Get it every time you have an opportunity!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (6420) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2011
From a bottle at GBF 2011. Black with beige head. Strong coffee aroms, some tar, and piney hops. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Fairly dry, medium bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dazz3 (1797) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2011
100/10 i mörkhet. Luktar rökigt chokladigt. Rökig och lite chokladig i smaken med en besk rökig eftersmak.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rtbrmn88 (12) - Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2011
A: pours dark used oil black, visually syrupy. Thin dark brown head that is about a quarter inch thick that settled to decent halo S: great mix of vanilla, dark roasted malt, chocolate and a very light amount of coffee. T: dark roasted malt sweetness upfront, then chocolate, vanilla, and more of a coffee bitterness. A light amount of alcohol burn on the back end. M: very thick and syrupy, coating, very low carbonation. O: oddly this bottle is the first time I’ve seen this available locally, it is a great beer, and only wish it was more available

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2984) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle at The Rover. Pours dark brown with a small head. Chocolate liqour, malty with some soy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hirigalzkar (2808) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. This is a quite vinous impy. Chocolate liquor. A little smoke. Very smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (3269) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 26, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2012 Aroma is intensely rich and roasty. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel. Taste is an amazing roasty nutty stout with well hidden alcohol. Really is a nice traditional imp stout without the cloying dark fruit sweetness that some imperials have. Great Job.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2011
Pours a pitch black beer with a dark chocolate head. The aroma is malt, chocolate, dried fruit, soya and ash. The flavor follows the nose with additional alcohol. The palate is dry. Overall a really good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11986) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
Bottle, bought @ HJ Hansen, Odense.
Completely black with a lovely, small, frothy, dark brown head that settles as more and more creamy. Lovely dark chocolate aroma, mild roasted malts, some liqourice. Oats, coffee and sweet molasses. Low to medium carbonation, fat and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is initially quite dominated by liqourice, coffee and lots of hard roasted notes, bordering on fruity. Deep dark chocolate comes later, some biscuity malts, light chewy. Mildly warming, only light vinious. Elegant and very good, but not among the very best.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
evantwomey (6) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2011 does not count
Finally! I happily stumbled across a few bottles of this in 2008 and have been chasing it down without success until now. 2011 batch. Pour is just straight obsidian-black. Edges are only jet-black. Head is a deep chocolate brown, somewhat sparse but pops up with a swirl, good lacing. Aroma: like you put a chocolate cake on a grill. Big bitter chocolate, some char, melting, oozy chocolate hitting coals. Dark fruit action here too, but not particularly intense, and definitely plays a supporting role to the roast. Taste follows nose-- bitter chocolate, background notes of almost incinerated malts, but not in a bad way. This beer has a lot of contrast - it is bitter in two ways: hoppy (mostly in bitterness, not hop flavor) and roast (think bitter chocolate), and sweet enough to balance out the bitterness. The sweetness is complex also - dark caramel. Some darker fruit flavors would be welcome here, maybe that comes with age though as this is still a young beer. Mouthfeel is exceptional, super thick but not cloying, just enough carbonation to lift the syrupyness off your tongue. A touch of heat on the finish, not surprising though for a big beer like this. I keep an active spreadsheet of every Imperial stout I’ve tried. Currently there are 35 beers on that list and Founders has been #1 since the first time I had it when the list was young. Now that I’ve had it again it has solidified its spot at #1. This beer proves you don’t need to bourbon-barrel age something to make it special. Most other imperial stouts I try, I compare to this beer. To my taste, it is the benchmark for the style."


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