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RATINGS: 2049   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1860) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2011
bottle shared by Matt: dark engine oil pour. thick coffee roast, nice dark malts. Hardly any carbonation. Nice and smooth, a bit creamy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Black with a rich dark dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, alcohol. Taste is creamy body, rich roastiness, strong bitter malt character, chocolate, coffee, the alcohol gets hidden the more it warms up. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
12 ouncxe bottle. Pours a viscous black with a tight brown head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla and some alcohol. Flavor of bitter chocolate, coffee and alcohol. This is an amazing Impy stout. The only fault I could find with it is that it finishes a little hot.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6972) - Utah, USA - MAR 25, 2011
12oz bottle (2009) from secret santa 2010, thanks brad
Appearance: Pours coal black with a nice big tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Rich chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, ashy, chocolate and some hot alcohols
Wow, this is a very good Imperial Stout. I need to get hold of a few more to cellar.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2011
This is so good! I could just kick up my feet and enjoy just about anything while sipping away my problems. Very creamy full bodied with a sweet start and thick dark chocolate finish. Yum.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2011
12 oz bottle / part of collection from Todd...thanks. Pours black with dark head....served, as recommended, at cellar (well, basement beer closet floor) temperature...as advertised - smooth, rich, great sipping stout....glad I have another to age a little...years? I doubt it................

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyAlesToYou (167) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 Pours black with a finger of fine brown head in my snifter, hints of chocolate escape the predominantly roasted malt and alcohol aroma. The flavor mimics the scents, with a chalky bitterness and lingering dark roasted coffee notes. The body is medium with a sticky texture, soft carbonation, and long astringently bitter finish. I was hoping for more from this imperial stout, so I’ll age my remaining bottles with hopes of more refinement next fall. 10/15/2011 Re-rate: Popped the top on one of my cellared bottles, and my patience was rewarded. None of the nasty bitterness or astringency from a fresher tasting was present, it seems this stout takes rather well to a rest. Assuming I am able to grab a four pack in January, I may put them in the back of the cellar until next fall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2011
A plain and simple wonderful stout. Super toasty with a ton of malty character. pitch black with a dark brown head. Really solid. Ends dry with a ting of sweetness. Aroma is wet grains that are roasted. A+ brew. Founders is the Shiiiit.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a deep, dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma was of roasted malts, a little coffee, and a little chocolate. Flavor was more of the same with a touch of smokiness thrown in. Very good. Get in my belly!!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
UPDATED: APR 26, 2014 Bottle in KC. This Imperial Stout pours a very deep black appearance with a dark brown head and good lacing. Super rich, dark chocolate, roasty malty, light espresso, somewhat piney aroma with a touch of vanilla. There’s a very rich, dark chocolate malty flavor along with some anise, some vanilla, earthy/lightly piney hoppy flavor with roasty, dark chocolate finish that isn’t all that sweet. Beautifully balanced where you get a ton of the dark chocolate and roasty malts but isn’t that overly hoppy. One of my all-time favorites.


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