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RATINGS: 2049   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Raleigh. It pours pitch black with a thick and dense brown head. This stuff is thick. The nose is potent with lots of roasted malt, coffee, mocha, very dark chocolate, and a slight oxidation. The flavor is pretty outrageous as well. Mostly roasted malt, coffee, some burnt notes, ash, a subtle sweetness, and an underlying fruitiness. A little paper as well. Warming alcohol on the back end. Thick and delicious with low carbonation. This is a perfect winter brew. Very nice and it’s held up very well over the past couple of years. Highly recommended.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5034) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a thick black with just a rim of brown foam. Pours about like motor oil. Aroma is dark chocolates, black coffee, alcohol, and some smoke and light licorice. Taste is in your face coffee that turns into complex alcoholic flavors of flowers, ginger, and licorice. As I drank, I found the beer grew on me. I may let the rest of them sit for a little bit. The alcohol presence is a bit rough right now.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2802) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 16, 2011
12oz bottle
A: roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate
T: coffee, roasted malts, black cherry
A thick warming stout. A very good Imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (5266) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Poured pitch black with a dark tan head that stained the glass walls. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste follows the aroma, as it warms, of the alcohol flavors become prominent. Really nice beer to end the day with.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Super dark thick pour with a brown head. Aroma is full of chocolate malts, fudge, oak, and slight booze. Flavor is a little overwhelmed by the ABV but still pretty easy to drink. Would love to try this one again.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2011 Pours thick and dark with almost no head. Fantastic beer, extremly rich with tonnes of everything. Coffee, chocolate, port wine and much more...your pick...cheers!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (6143) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2011
Bottle, sample GBF 2011 cons 2011-09-02 AR: chocolate, coffey, roasted malt AP: pitch black F: vanilla beans, residuals, some sourness

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Appearance: Pure black and opaque with dark brown head that leaves light lacing behind. By the way, I love the English-like crest on the label. Aroma: Burnt molasses, licorice, dark chocolate, roasted barley and nose-burning alcohol. Taste: Burnt molasses, heavily roasted barley, dark chocolate, licorice and strong coffee. Decent level of bitterness at the end, with a long roasted aftertaste. Slightly too much burnt molasses for my liking, but that is a minor gripe. Palate: Low carbonation, smooth body, exceedingly thick and creamy (almost as much as the Egg Nog I had earlier), dry finish. Overall: Another great beer from Founders, although not one of my favorites by them since so many of their beers are just exceptional. Not one of my absolute favorite RIS either (Yeti, Darkness, Storm King, Old Rasputin), but still very, very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2011
A copletely black pouring beer with a neat dark brown frothy head. Quite a black beauty. A fine roasted nose with hints of tobacco and coffee combined with wooden notes. The mouthfeel is round and creamy on the fat site. A really glass slinger. The taste is huge with an overall bitter roastedness and a long lasting bitter sweetness that is there to the very end. Again there are some coffee and tobacco. This is a truely good imp. stout whit all what an imp. stout should be about. Thumps..and glasses up.

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!


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