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RATINGS: 1939   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4273) - Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2010
Pours a luscious opaque sable, just a hair above jet black, with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Rich aroma is strongly of fine coffee with hints of cocoa and molasses. Flavor is like a good mocha, quality coffee with an undertone of dusty cocoa, a little oily, slightly bitter and just a bit sweet. Texture is smooth and just a little tingly, and has a good bite to it. Recommended to all stouties.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
A-Body is a thick, viscous, opaque dark brown hue. Pours with a small medium brown foamy head that quickly fades to a very thin collar. Some traces of lacing remain at the top of the glass. S-Potent. Phenols come through over a deep, complex RIS nose. I pick up anise, raisins, dark chocolate malt, and a touch of roastiness. All well balanced but the phenols are very much upfront and the highlight of the nose. T-Upfront is a mix of dark fruit and anise upfront with a thick roasted dark malt backbone. The flavor gets slightly bitter for the finish as the roasted component of the malt comes through more but all the complexity remains all the way through. A big warm alcohol blanket lingers and wraps the initial flavors. P-Medium to high prickly carbonation and smooth, thick viscous body underneath. O- This brew certainly lines up with RIS and is a good example of the style. Exactly what I think when I think of RIS’s. IMO, its also a step up from the other Founders stouts. This is good, but a pretty typical example of the style. ABV is high and somewhat prominent. Good beer overall that I would not hesitate to have again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-01-2009 02:47:37

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allfreej (554) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2010
Bottled. Black pour, brown head. Roasted coffee, alcohol, and soy sauce nose. Roasty, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, and alcohol in the flavor. Bitter finish, slightly astringent. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewbie (465) - New York, USA - APR 24, 2010
12oz bottle, courtesy of ucusty. deep, dark silky pour. very thin tan head. nice aroma of cocoa and chocolate. very creamy mouth, silky as the pour, taste of roast and chocolate and bit of dark sweetness in the background. lingering taste of roast sits on the palate. delicious beer. Thanks, David.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2010
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. I’ve been sitting on this one a while, and figured it was about time to try it. Pours a motor oil black with a nice brown head that leaves some light and sloppy lacing and a film on top of the beer. Aroma of roasted barley malts, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, dirt, and toasted brown sugar. I think I am drinking this a little too cold. The flavor improves upon the aroma. The same notes are there- roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, earthy notes- along with some figs, smoked wood, burnt toast, nuts, hops, and plums. Some hop and alcohol bitterness comes in late. Full-bodied, with a rich, robust, and thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Dry, roasty, smoky aftertaste. Gets better as it warms. I’m not surprised that this is an awesome beer. Founders knows how to do an imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
Draft on tap at Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Pours an opaque black pour, pitchblacn, a small light brown head that is a thick film, stays that way, laces ok. Aromas are dark and roasty, a firm roasty malt base leading into some dark chocolate, caramel malts provide some sweetness, a touch of brown sugar, light coffee. Initial is fuller bodied, medium to heavier of medium, a potent booziness and roast hit the palate, bitter chocolate, a touch of smokiness sneaks in and really does something interesting, pretty bitter end, sweetness subdues behind. Smoke lends a touch toward ash and maybe even a touch of campfire, dry roast with caramel and cocoa sticking a bit. A full flavorful foreigh stout, a bit simple for the style I think, but the faint smokiness lends an interesting take.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle from Phila Craft Store. Nice black pur with thick tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate and roasted malt.. Nice hop taste blended in perfect with rhe roast. A good dry finish and a mild pretzel taste. GOOD WORK!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 15, 2010
Draft @ Coles, Buffalo, NY> Dark Dark pour. Nice lacing after a slowly diminishing dark khaki head. Aromas of dark chocolate, black coffee, deep roasted malts. Taste is Big roastiness, chocolate. Extremely favorful & Booziness is really well hidden. Very Very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2123) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
12 oz bottle from Julio’s
Appearance : Pours thick oily black with almost no head. I managed to get some foam but it was hard. Head is creamy and dark brown.
Aroma : Strong roasted malt with some resinous hops. Hints of coffee and chocolate. After heating up a bit I get strong notes of liquorice mixing with the hops and the roasted malts.
Taste : Strong roasted malt with quite a lot of hops. Finish is intensely roasty and warm with hops. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Finish starts almost fruity then very warm leading to a solid bitterness and ending with lots of roasted malts.
Overall : This is a sipper. You can feel the whole 10%. Highly complex and rich. Nice balance between hops and roasted malt. i could sip this all night. Very complex, very intense and tasty. Even warm it’s still awesome (maybe a bit too much alcohol when warm however). Awesome stuff !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2010
A damn fine beer overall, very drinkable and full of flavour. Pretty attractive too!

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