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RATINGS: 1803   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2009
12oz bottle from bruisin’ ales. pours an oily thick, beautiful jet black with a thin, dark beige head and a ring of lace. aroma is excellent with big roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, cinnamon, and dark red fruits with hints of wood, caramel, coffee, and booze. flavor is wonderful as well with big dark chocolate, red fruits, and nutty malts up front backed by notes of rich coffee with cream, smoked wood, and earthy hops with a long, bittersweet finish. palate is smooth and creamy, full bodied, with mild carbonation and the slightest touch of boozy warmth. overall, a great brew and another winner from founders.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2009
On tap at Founders. Pours jet black with a small tan head. Aroma is a bit chocolate character with maple syrup. Hints of toffee and caramel make up this big malt nose. Flavor starts with a sharp coffee and cocoa bean kick. Gains a creamy nuttiness and a sharp brooding coffee and earthy hop bitterness returns in the finish and lingers along with a small burnt chocolate sweetness. Medium to full body. Nice imperial stout but not the best of the best

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4042) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Bottle. Another enjoyable RIS nothing short of what i expected from Founders.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2009
Black with a large dark beige head. Aroma had loads of burned malt, chocolate and caramel notes. Flavour had plenty of burned malt, choclate andoffee notes. Finished sweet and ull bodied. Vinious and outstanding. Loved it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (36929) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2009
Bottle 12fl.oz. @ home.
[ Trade by VikingHammer ]. Clear dark black color with a average, frothy to creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, coffee, peat notes. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is soft. [20090218]

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
A very good stout. Mostly coffee bitter in the taste and smell. An excellent Imperial stout, not much to say that was extraordinary, but nothing I can knock it for either. A very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2255) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
12 oz bottle from a trade with dmschefke. pours black with a small tan head. aromas of roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, hops. the flavours are the same. a straight forward, very good, american imperial stout. i want more. thanks dave!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of MasterSki. Poured pitch black with a very thin brown head. Intricate lacing on the glass with no staining. Big roasted nose slightly boozy with hints of anise, chocolate, and rasin. Creamy viscous mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Flavor is burnt malt, bitter chocolate, anise, and rasin with a slight alcohol burn. Boozy dry finish. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
Deep black beer with a thick sticky very dark brown head. The aroma is really nice, rich milk chocolate, a bit of bittersweet character as well. Quite rich with a bit of wheaty spiciness in the back as well. It is quite intense and rich. Sweet deep malty finish. A touch of roasted barley and a touch of savoury slightly salty richness. Great balance with a nice earthy bitterness and a lingering fudgey chocolate sweetness as well. Great imperial stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lumberjack (178) - Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Black with a thick brown bubbly head, which reduces to a lasting ring. Aroma is wonderfully coffee-like. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, wood, and cereal. Very sweet malt profile which is matched in intensity by the strong roast malt. Both of these flavors linger for quite awhile. This is what an Imperial Stout should taste like.


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