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RATINGS: 1922   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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
12 oz bottle. I love Founders, and heard such great things about the imperial stout, so Iím very excited to try this. Pours a completely opaque black with a tiny brown head that dies quickly. Smells of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, maybe a hint of vanilla, and possibly some bourbon too. Very complex and powerful smell. All of those smells are pronounced in the flavor too. Very full-bodied, and reminds me a lot of Bellsí Expedition stout. Very good, in the top 5 or so of best stouts I have had.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Next to Dark Lord, this is easily the best imperial stout Iíve ever had. Tops Expedition in my opinion, and by a long shot.... Ok, beautiful black viscous pour, with a deep brown head that lasts. Aroma is wonderful and roasty, malty, all that good stuff. Flavor is loaded with chocolate, roasty goodness, a touch of coffe, but the best part about this is how damn drinkable it is. Itís not too bitter or over the top in any area, itís just an impy done perfectly!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Pitch black pour with a dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt dark chocolate sole nuttiness. Flavor is roasted nutty chocolate coffee. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Rich creamy just slightly bitter. Excellent stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2208) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Pours opaque black with a 1-2 finger rocky dark caramel brown head that has great retention. Aroma is huge on rich roast, sweet dark caramel, bittersweet chocolate, green wood, light musty dried grain notes and ethanol. Flavor is huge roast, sweet burnt sugar and licorice right away, followed by chocolate, espresso, light tobacco and toasted wood notes. Finishes with roast, moderately bitter hops, bakers chocolate and a hint of pine. Palate is heavy bodied with a creamy, bordering on syrupy entry leading to a rather dry finish and a light, but relatively sharp carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
monkeychugg55 (966) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 Pours a dark, thick, black with a small brown head that lightens and eventually disappears. Mega roasty aroma, with some light chocolate and butterscotch. The aroma is pretty sweet overall. The flavor on the other hand, is very robust. In addition to the characteristics found in the aroma, there is also a hint of coffee and anise on the finish. Coffee bitterness finishes this one out. Thick and rich on the palate, the carbonation adds the slightest bit of texture. This is an amazing Imperial Stout, comparable to Expedition.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2010
12oz bottle, no date. Pitch black with tan foam, very nice retention and lacing. Big notes of caramel malt in the nose, almost no roast or hop, just sweet with some booziness. Sweet, woo sweet, boozy fruitiness, lots of crystal malts and then an unwelcome bitterness, long lingering bitterness. Seems confused, too sweet & not enough roast to be a great imperial stout and way too bitter to be a great foreign export stout

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3970) - - JAN 15, 2010
12oz bottle. whoa! didnít realize this was my 2112 beer. RUSH. nice milestone!.... black with medium sized cream brown head. cocoa, chocolate aroma with a small hint of fruity hops. very smooth and creamy. rich and robust. nice mix of dark and milk chocolate flavors with not too many hops. a plus imo. a really impressive palate on this beer. again, abv is well hidden.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wellestone (33) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Pint at Stub and Herbís Mpls, MN with elgaucho on 1/14/09. Poured inky black with mahogany tones when swirled up to the light. Muddy and thick with medium lasting lt brown creamy head. Roasty malts complement the dark bitter chocolate and mild coffee nose with some slight hoppiness in the background. Flavor is moderately sweet with light hop bitterness and is dominated by the roasted chocolate. Finish is long. Mouthfeel is medium to full and syrupy with the lightest carbonation and moderate alcohol. Very very nice

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JAN 14, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Sergioís. Pours a pitch black with a nice creamy tall khaki head that holds well (dense) if poured aggressively--leaves nice lace. This isnít really my syle any more, but this stuff smells damn good. Like a rich chocolatey milk shake--milk chocolate, a bit of coffee, vanilla, very slight hint of hops. Very rich. The flavor is the same. Thick rich milk shake imperial stout. Thick full body with minimal smooth carbonation. Imperial stouts have just gotten boring for me recently, but this beet is truly outstanding... if your love imperial stouts, you should seriously dig this beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroSpud (1877) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a deep dark black with a small darkish tan head and lasting lacing. Sweet aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet up front followed by just the right bitterness. Very minimal alcohol taste though Iím definitely feeling it. Mouthfeel is like velvet. Man this is good stuff. This bottle was fairly new so I would like to get some more of these to age for awhile.


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