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RATINGS: 1718   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle into snifter. Pours motor oil black with just a bit of translucent brown around the very edges of the glass. A little foaming action going on, but very little. Nose is dark chocolate and dark fruits, a bit of a roasty coffee note underneath, with a slightly acidic hop character that’s floral and just a bit citric. Some alcohol heat comes through. An excellent balance. Taste is rich and chocolatey - malt forward at the start with a molten super-dark chocolate note that hints at roasty coffee and dark fruit, with a resiny, citric hopping note coming through louder towards the finish, alongside a bit of warming, spicy alcohol. Finish is drying, roasty, warming. More dark fruit. Brash and young, and absolutely full of potential - this would be one of my sure fire verticals if I could get it on a regular basis. Mouthfeel is slick and viscous, thick, with a light, sharp carbonation underneath that makes an effort at lightening things up a bit. Surprisingly drinkable, mainly due to the fact that it’s freakin’ delicious. Top notch stout.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a large, frothy mocha head that laced my snifter nicely. Aroma of roasted malts and rich chocolate with hops. Initial flavor is bold hop bitterness with some roast and coffee. As it warmed, more complexities began to hit the tongue: chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon alcohol. Full-bodied, incredibly smooth, and slightly syrupy. Bitter hops and dark chocolate aftertaste. Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (797) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Thanks Dim I had to crack one tonight.(The label design is awesome ) A fresh Bottle poured into a snifter produced a short lived tan head that settled to a thin ring around the glass. The body of the brew was a typical tar black. Aromas are nice malty bourbon nose with some alcohol detected. You also get some coffee and chocolate as normal in an IMP stout Bitter coffee flavor with some vanilla sweetness a little alcohol heat is on the tongue as well. You can tell there is some hops in here as well with a nice hoppy bitter as it finished nice medium feel in the mouth with little carbonation just the way a stout should be. I had the bottle sitting next to me and figured what the hell so I cracked it open. I was rewarded with a good drinking experience. I think it is a good RIS and worth your while to try

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Very good but just not standing out as superior in any specific respect. My expectations may have been unrealistic for this since I have come to expect nothing but the best from founders.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bp (805) - Queens, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle: pours pitch black, thick, with a frothy tan head, chocolate and malt aroma, velvety smooth mouthfeel, taste of chocolate and roasted malts. A bit of coffee and bitterness in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Poured pitch black, sweet, roasted malts, chocolate, little coffee, slight bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3346) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Black hole back with a tan ring for a head. Nose is very alcoholic, roast and tar, also meaty... odd in fact. Flavor blends some nice salt with rich malt, strong roast, oatmeal, and dark chocolate following through the finish. Quality stuff there, probably as subtle as anything I’ve had from Founders, and the palate compliments nicely as a moderate, dry check on the rich flavors. That all said, this is only a 1/2 satisfying experience. Such promise too.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2009
ampled on draught- a very intense brew overall. Richer then Bill Gates! Thick, black with very little head. Lacing is plentiful. Seriously syrupy, rich creamy flavours of molasses, chocolate and raisin. Aroma is like charred burger, or burned toast- something strong like that. One of these was enough for me, very filling!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Courtesy of ty5592.....pretty sure. Pours a thick viscous crude oil black with bubbles lacing the outside of the glass. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is roasted barley, cocoa, coffee a little earthiness. Nice slick mouthfeel. A touch of bitterness lingering in the finish. Really good Imperial Stout.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cavie (3822) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Midnight black pour, no light comes through at all. Small brown head with plenty of lacing. There is a lot of complexity in the aroma, with chocolate notes present. Very thick mouthfeel, with a high roasted chocolate flavor. Alcohol is felt more than tasted. Lingering finish for several minutes, with a dark chocolate aftertaste. This is a glorious beer!


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