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RATINGS: 1678   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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Founders needs to come here already. Another winner. Pours a deep black, aroma is of your typical RIS, not necessarily a bad thing. Flavor is where this one is set apart with coffee and some other flavors I canít identify. Full bodied. I really like this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2009
12 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Aroma is roasted malts, smoke and coffee. Taste is roasted malts, smoke, tobacco, espresso, leafy hops. Full bodied.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CelticBrew (790) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Pours completely black, forming a one finger brownish foamy head. Aroma of milk chocolates, roasted malts, hops, and toffee tones. Flavour was of much of the same, rather smooth, hops have a lovely character in this beer, chocolates and coffee balance out this tremendous brew. Alcohol is well hidden, this beer is to be cherished. Bought at Priscellaís in MHC.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Iím surprised I havenít seen available in more Illinois stores. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Good malt flavor, just a touch of hops and coffee, and a lot of chocolate. Incredibly smooth. Good stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Undeniably smooth. The bottle says 90 IBUís, but I find it hard to believe. The aroma is roast coffee, a hint of chocolate, and a little fruit. The flavor is pretty much the same. I canít believe how smooth this puppy is. Highly recommend.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle from BrewCzar. Pours a midnight black with a very, very small brown head that forms around the edges of the glass. The first thing that hits me is the roasted malt and chocolate mix. It has a nice dose of smoke and fruit as well. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and has some perfect and I mean PERFECT balance due to the smart use of hops. This beer was good from the first sip to the last. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHANER4 (480) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2009
12 oz. bottle - Poured ink black with thin brown head. Aroma - smokey, chocolate, toasted malt and coffee. Very rich smelling almost like leather and chocolate mix. Flavor - roasted dark chocolate covered almonds minus the sweetness. Very nice on tongue with a little smoke taste. Palate - medium to heavy mouthfeel with average carbonation. Slightly dry and bitter finish. Overall - Damn good stout that is easy to drink and high ABV. is well hidden. Has coffee bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1783) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Inky black with an inch of pillowy brown head. Aroma is toasted marshmallow, bittersweet hoppy notes. Taste is same ... marshmallows, cocoa, and consuming, well rounded bitterness with just a hint of citrus in the finish. Oily, smooth mouthfeel is supple and fantastic. Just what I want from this style. A bargain @ $2.50/12oz

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle,and Draft. A very black color pour with a thin, creamy, dark brown head that diminishes to a nice thin ring,and leaves some good lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of dark roasted malt, light coffee, faint toffee, and sweet dark fruitiness.Flavor is very roasty malt driven, coffee,bitter chocolate notes some wood or maybe grain,very balanced. Medium-bodied and slick with a dry, bitter-roasted finish that features just a touch of alcohol. As always Founders makes it Yummy !

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewmaster55 (48) - , Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Wow, I was impressed with this Imperial Stout. It gives off a nice roasted aroma and taste. When I poured it into the glass it seemed very syrup like. A nice smooth, good tasting, easy drinking Imperial Stout.


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