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RATINGS: 1726   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
I had high hopes, but was rather disappointed by this one. I like the other Founders stouts (and even non-stouts) that I’ve had, but this one just didn’t stand up. A bunch of flavors that I didn’t feel blended together very well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
Growler pour thanks to the Grand Rapid guys I met at DLD. Dark black pour with a tan head. Great aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Taste reflects the aroma but only more so. Another top notch Founders. Left a nice mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 23, 2009
Bottle via trade from rtravers on BA. Pours black and thick with a tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee, chocolate, and slight hops. Flavor was coffee, roast, chocolate, earth, molasses, and slight hop bitterness. Full and smooth on the palate. A very good RIS.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 22, 2009
THOUGHTS: Hid alcohol well. A great imperial stout that had a weak aroma, which was the only thing stopping it from being perfect. One of the best balanced beers I’ve ever had. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with a small, light brown head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate roasted malt, chocolate and mild coffee; and moderate piney hops. The initial flavor was very sweet and bitter; while the finish was bitter and sweet with a long duration. There was chocolate, a little coffee, and pine hops. All the flavors were very intense. The full body was syrupy and stick on the lips, but also oily with tingly carbonation and a light astringent and light alcoholic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2009
bottle, deep inky black motor oil pour, thin ring of foam, aroma has a lot of chocolate and whiskey notes, flavor is strong chocolate, more fruit and alcohol, viscous finish

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2009
Another fantastic impy. pours out a black color with a nice brown head. aroma is sweet with notes of malt, choco and a bit of coffee. flavor was full of the same with a nice smooth finish. overall a great impy

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2009
Pours black with a small brown head. Good lacing in my snifter.Aromas of Chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. Roasted bitterness leads to a subtle sweetness. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Velvet smooth mouth feel. Another winner from founders.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 15, 2009
Bottle from Charles St. Cloak of black with well-toasted brown head. Aroma is the best part for me with a deep dark chocolate coffee burn. Flavor and texture are both a perfect cocktail of Dark Lord and Speedway: texture is between those two and the dry chocolate and coffee just steamroll with that signature Speedway alcohol demi-burn. Where this loses point for is originality, subflavors, and the finish which gets just a bit too soy sauce for my taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2009
Passed along to me via kp. Thanks, kp! The age of the bottle is unknown to me. Appearance: Pours a deep, heavy, black body with a thin, breif, dark tan head. Smell: Bold, assertive roasted malt aroma layered with rich, yet slightly sweet-smelling notes along with a particularly fruit background scent of plums and prunes. Taste: Why, it’s a whole myriad of malt flavors: bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, blackened grains, espresso-flavored oatmeal, licorice, and molasses. Again, there’s a big pop of fruitiness, now followed by a drizzle of sherry. Slight roasty, earthy bitterness midway. Pinch of Latakia pipe tobacco. Minor hints of peppery alcohol. There’s a pleasant interplay of concentrated fruit and roasted malt flavors prior to the drying, roasty finish. A taste of charred sugars lasts into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, tongue-battering mouthfeel. Drinkability: Dense, succulent malt flavors and pleasantly warming throughout, though, for the most part, the alcohol content remains rather well-hidden. It would not be advantageous at all for you to pass up this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2009) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2009
bottle poured a black in color with a nice brown head that held a nice ring on the glass. aroma has coffee, earth, light roast, and chocolate. mouth feel is hefty with good coating and low carbonation. flavor has bitter coffee, roasted malt, earthy tones, and some molasses. smooth for such a big beer, with good sweetness to bitter ratio.


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