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RATINGS: 1645   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 Whoa, this is good. Nice velvety black pour with a one-finger brown head. Roasty malts, chocolate, espresso, and a bit of creaminess. Slight cinnamon notes, I think. Some fruit under it all as well. Not overwhelmingly alcoholic. Nicely balanced and lovely to consume.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2659) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Almost black with a brown head. Aroma of roast malt. coffee, chocolate. Flavor is similar with a nice dry warming. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2009
2008 Bottle - Thanks tjthresh - Pours a murky blck with a tiny brown head...aroma is bitter cocoa, coffee and fruity malt...flavour follows, roast, soy, chocolate...finishes char bitter, good alcohol, nice..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malts, light burnt malts, chocolate, light coffee, cocoa, and espresso. Poured black in color with a small, dark brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Decent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, slight tar, charcoal, and bitter coffee. Medium, to full body. Viscous, lightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, slightly bitter, chocolate malt finish. 10% ABV totally undetectable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2009
12oz bottle form Archer Liquors. Pours very dark brown with thin dark tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malt and chocolate with some molassas. Flavor is nicely balance with roasted malt and chocolate with some molassas and light coffee. Mouthfeel is rich and silky. Nice to have a nicely balanced RIS that doesn’t go overboard with coffee or booze. Nice job Founders.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Big thanks to Gillard for this. Pours very dark brown with amber edges and tiny tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts, a dash of coffee, molasses and burnt malts. The taste is much the same with roasty malts slowly turning burnt with chocolate, molasses and some more burnt malts in tow. I’m told there are hops in this beer somewhere. I just don’t smell or taste any. I do get a modest roasted malt astringency balancing out the mouth feel into the finish. Yummy stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Pitch b;ack pour into a snifter. Sweet aroma and roasted malts. The alcohol is very obvious. Almost a bubblegum flavor along with roasted malts, coffee and bitter chocolate. It sits on the palate nicely and has a good mouthfeel but the alcohol and medicinal flavor is strong. I am extremely dissapointed. its not bad just not up to par. Usually Founders is impecable.......I need to try this again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4425) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2011 Rerate vintage 09 in 2011. Outstanding. Pitch black color with a ton of yellow lace. Nose is roast, chocolate, earth, some ash, some coffee, but sweet chocolate. Flavor is an unbridled imperial stout. Roast All over with coffee and earthy chocolate up front, ash, coffee, and earth in the mid, finishing with chocolate and char. Thick and loveable. Thanks Gillard for the share. Pours a dark brown with a slight khaki head. Aroma is coffee bitterness, licorice, and a tremendous roasted character. Flavor is very earthy with roasted characteristics, licorice, coffee, and a tiny bit of bittersweet chocolate with some bitterness and faintly noticeable floral hops. Finish is bitter. Nice Imp Stout. licorice,

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Pours a black black color with a tan head that’s about two inches tall. Some earthy bitterness and lots of liquorice and coffee. The flavor has all the coffee and chocolate you’d expect along with with a good dose of liquorice and some faint smoke. There might be some milky sweetness too. It’s in like every other sip. Thick but not the thickest. Really solid.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2478) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Bottle from a trade a few years back...I’d say this is an 06 bottling...possibly an 07. Pours out black with a small brown head. Nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits and some burnt sugar. Very nice smooth mouthfeel with no note of the 10% ABV. Taste is complex, roasted malts, some bitter chocolate, dark dried fruit and some other lingering sweet notes in there, very well balanced.


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