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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (799) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bp (810) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3474) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cavie (3842) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Nice vsicous pour. Man this thing looks great. Thin chcolate head. Nice looking beer. Nice aromatic roast aroma with coffee. I love the aroma; it is very pungent, and not hard to smell at all. Has an aroma of a milk stout. At least, that is what I think. Nice ash flavor, but this thing screams milk stout! Nice use of hops. Huge roast flavor that just hits all of your tastebuds. This beer is extremely good. Nice smooth palate. This stout is a great stout and is almost better than the breakfast stout. The coffee part is lacking, but the roast flavors are amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
12oz bottle of the most recent release poured into a tulip. Pours a viscous oily black with a creamy one-inch tan head which settles down fairly quickly and leaves good lacing. The aroma is big and roasty. Tons of dark chocolate malts and roasted coffee with a balancing sweetness of licorice. The taste is definitely sweeter than the aroma with lots of licorice, vanilla and dark fruit that balances with the huge dark roasted malt base and then, interestingly, a bit of hoppy bitterness leading into a dry finish. The mouthfeel is fantastic and super creamy with some soft carbonation which leaves a very nice coating on the palate. Another great beer from Founders and a very good example of an RIS all the way around. Excellent!

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