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RATINGS: 1729   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2009
Bottle. Awesome. Superb. Etc. Etc. Pours exactly as an Imperial stout should- thick, vicoous, motor-oil-looking blackness. Thin dark tan head with some decent sticking time and lacing. Initial smell is all dark roasted malt- heavy, burnt toast smells. Also some hints of pumpernickel, dark pipe tobacco, and some vague generally woody notes. Flavor is thick and full, with lots of roasted action, a decent amount of alcohol heat, some bitter dark chocolate. A hefty bite of bitterness with some light floral hop notes. Tastes like all the flavor of a solid imperial stout, drinks as quick and easy as a session dry irish stout. Enough booze to be nice and warming, without being overpowering. more flavor than many Impy stouts, but also lots of balance and mellowness. Finish/palate is a bit on the acrid/sharp side, but not bad enough to really detract. Superb Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Dark black pour with a thin, tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruits, piney hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Flavor is very full, with chocolate and bitter coffee. Finish is biter as well, with some warming alcohol. Another great beer from Founders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3270) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
Not as good as breakfast stout, to be sure. very smooth and drinkable for 10percent ALc

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2009
bottle poured into a snifter. I scored a ton of Founders stuff up in Durham, NC last weekend and got some of this.... absolute beauty. Founders IS is like a ton of hops coated in espresso and chocolate. Huge coffee aroma exudes from this pitch black pour with a solid quarter inch tan head. The high IBU ranking (90 IBUs) makes itself known from start to finish... there is a mild hop undertone on the aroma but once the beer hits your tongue, you can feel the bitterness up front, coated with deep malts, coffee and chocolate. This beer is thick - it has a chewy body... very smooth over the palate... almost velvety. Solid finish all the way through... big malt and hop notes complement each other quite well. Simply outstanding as all Founders beers are...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Black with dark brown head. Boozy, smokey nose. Big flavor of roasted malt, raisins, brown sugar/cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate. Smokey, slightly bitter finish. Complex and well done. Worth every penny.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle. Aroma ashy, smoky, cream, sort of weird. Flavor brings on more ash and burnt malt with bitter chocolate. Finish is again very ashy. Despite the shaky aroma start, and a somewhat unusual go at things, quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3219) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
pours very thick and black...this is why marlin calls stouts "oil for your body!" nice deep caramel head with decent retention. aroma is milky with dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. flavor is pretty complex...dark fruit, bitter chocolate, coffee, and burnt molasses...citrusy hops dry out a roasty warming finish. thick and sticky mouthfeel. nice imperial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to JCB (thanks Jason!). Pours black with a small ring of brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoked meats, also kind of an odd smell I can’t identify (sweet perfumy?). Flavor is rather roasty with some dark chocolate bitterness and some burnt notes in the finish. Quite nice. 7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, hopspice. Appearance: Dark brown with a sturdy 1/4 inch brown ring of suds. Flavor: Coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, burnt malts. Mouthfeel: Silky almost buttery with fizzy carbonation. Overall: Quite lovely, my kind of impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle, pours a solid black beer oil. Aroma is super sweet with a lot of roast and malt. Flavor is sweet alcohol and roast. End is hoppy and a little bit bitter. Very good impy stout

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