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RATINGS: 2049   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2011
12 oz bottle: Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. I let this beer warm up to room temp/slightly cooler. Nice roasted notes in the aroma with hints of coffee licorice and slight bitter cocoa. Nice medium to full mouth feel that isn’t too light or too chewy. Really smooth and silky mouth feel but not too much so like an oatmeal stout. Apparent roasted notes up front that give way to a somewhat strong coffee taste which finished bitter coffee/cocoa. This is a very well balanced, great bodied imperial stout. The 10% ABV is pretty well hidden. If you like big stouts, coffee stouts, or something a bit more complex, definitely check out this beer. Overall: (A)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
12oz bottle poured into snifter, pours black with a thin brown head, aroma is of chocolate with malt and a hint of coffee, the flavor is very roasty with nice touches of coffee, smoke and chocolate, not bad Founders, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2011
12oz bottle, poured into pint glass with a great frothy head, roasty, almost smoky and ash taste with this one, A bit weak in the middle but a nice Imperial from Founders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2011
On tap. Very dark, near-black pour with a thick brown head. Tremendous roasty aroma. Plenty of standard coffee and chocolate notes, along with the burnt aroma of dark malts. Taste is a biting dark roast, which manages to avoid being bitter. Light chocolate notes. Some booziness as it warms. Hop profile is noticeable, but probably not significant enough to call this a "balanced" beer. Palate is rich and full. Great brew, perhaps swaying towards the burnt toast end of the spectrum. I prefer my impy stouts sweeter and less roasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bth122 (1482) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Poured a black color with generous head. Lots of roated malts and coffee aroma. Some cocoa smell. Taste is lite bitter and lite sweetness. Dont be fooled by the liteness, this is like a meal. Kind of like the Breakfast stout. Thick and chewy. Full body. Long finish. Soft carbonation. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2647) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop aromas of burnt, dark chocolate, herbs and resin, light earth for the yeast with tar, root vegetables and anise in the background. Head is thin, creamy, light brown with no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is black. Flavor starts moderately sweet and acidic, then the long finish is moderately acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is full, syrupy with a soft carbonation and chalky and dry finish. A very full and rich Imperial Stout with loads of complexity, but a few off notes dropped the score a bit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
njordan (5) - Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2011 does not count
12oz. Bottle. Pours viscus black like ink. Not much head. Great aroma of malt, chocolate. Taste or malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of hop bitterness. Very good. Overall very good. Put a 4-pack in the cellar to see how it well it does.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2011
Aroma chocolate milk shake, licorice, anise, ink, big maltiness, this beer smells hearty like a meal. Pour ridiculous black pour like fountain ink, brown head that was relatively short lived not much retention. Taste of smoke, maple bacon, thick chocolate malt milkshake, touch of coffee, quite boozy, very good hop bitterness that plays nicely with the style. MF thick cream full body very mild carb. Overall very hearty beer like a meal with a great hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (2215) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Ran out of the bottle deep black and heavy with a brown tan head that erupted from under the surface. Aroma is vanilla, cocoa, mild roasted malt. Flavor is roasted coffee, semisweet chocolate, and a touch of fruit esters/sweetness. A bit of grain/coffee ground in the aftertaste. Residual roastiness. Fat on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
derekbrown (109) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2011
One of the most beautiful beers I’ve ever seen. Pure black. Darkest I’ve ever seen. Very thin coffee-colored head. Extremely smooth flavor with plenty of malted barley flavors, as to be expected in a stout. Not one of Founders’ best offerings, but only because the rest of their beers are even more phenomenal.

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