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RATINGS: 1944   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2186) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2010
On draft at Stub & Herbs on Darkness Eve. Jet black in colour with medium carbonation. Strong aromas of dark chocolate, minty green hops, and vanilla caramels. Balanced yet powerful flavors of dark chocolate coffee, and carmel, with a nice herbal hop hit on the back end. Medium bodied with solid bitterness. A really well executed imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2012 12oz btl 2010 vintage, pours thick like dirty motor oil, with a deep caramel head, nose of chocolate and sweet malty alcohol note. Taste of coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol. 3.6 ~ you wednesday, october 20, 2010 2011 vintage. Still pours dark as hell, and difficult to get even a thin head which doesn’t linger long. A lot hoppier than I remember (90 ibu). I think this is where all these breweries got the idea of a Black IPA. This version works way better than a hybrid Black ale/ IPA. The chocolate flavors and the heavy malting makes this beer blow those thin piney Black IPA’s away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle: Poured a dark coffee like color with a small tan head. The aroma was coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. The flavor was like a chocolate milk, creamy, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and coffee. Overall, had this one aged about 2 years. Fantastic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (11810) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours black tar with brown head. Nose and taste of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, coffee and tons of chocolate. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2010
12 ounce bottle from Webster’s in Kalamazoo, Mich. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and coffee. This is a well-balanced, full-bodied stout. I’ve never been a huge stout drinker, but this was a fantastic brew. Again, Founders fails to disappoint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1514) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2010
A: Pours a deep dark motor oil black. Nice tall tan head. Great retention and some solid lace. S: Wonderful rich roasted aromas, strong coffee, chocolate malt, and mild vanilla. Light molasses and a touch of dark fruit. T: Bold bold coffee, actually espresso. Dark chocolate with mild dark fruit notes. A touch of anise and a hint of herbal hops. M: Rather full in body, big rich, and smooth. D: Great an awesome stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Bottle thanks to punkrkr27... Pours a thick black with a brown head... Aroma is roasted malts and dark fruits...Flavor is bitter dark chocolate and coffee...Thick and creamy. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lefossoyeur (516) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2010
Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Heavy nose of bitter chocolate and milk chocolate. Full body, creamy, low carbonation, very chocolatey stout, flavours all around the tongue. Beautiful Imp.Stout. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (3895) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Pitch black body, with a thin tan head... very little lacing S: Rich roasted coffee and chocolate.. bold and assertive... T: Dulled down version of the nose... the flavors are still there, they are just lacking the pronounced "pop" the nose had... slight alcohol coming through. M: Smooth medium body... nice carbonation leaves a slight carbonation tingle on the finish O: Solid... but not my top choice for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1435) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 Rerate. ’11 bottle. Slick black pour with no head. Aroma is thick chocolate, light coffee, roast, darker fruit, and even some hop bitterness in the finish. Taste is huge chocolate and coffee with bitterness and roast. Some fig in there as well. Silky, thick mouthfeel. Bad ass IRS.

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