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RATINGS: 2073   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (6316) - 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

   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.

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (6528) - 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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (3126) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle at The Rover. Pours dark brown with a small head. Chocolate liqour, malty with some soy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hirigalzkar (2955) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (3328) - 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.

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