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RATINGS: 1866   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2009
In short: An aggressive roasted vinous alcoholised big stout. Good but a little too brutal.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed about 6 months after purchase
The look: Black body topped by a medium moka head
In long: Nice rich nose that is both fruity (dark fruits) and highly roasted chocolate cakes, like a burnt fruity chocolate cake freshly baked. Taste has all what I listed in the aroma (dark fruits, chocolate, lots of roastiness) but also adds strong vinous notes, a lot of molasses, and an inexplicable wood barrel flavour (and yes I know the beer is not barrel aged). Something very woody in the malt bill I guess. Biting aggressive bitterness that seems to be coming from the high roasted level and alcohol bite more than actual hops bitterness. Alcohol is not well hidden at all. I had that beer a few times, late night after many beers, and each time I thought it was very good. But now that I decide to rate it I drink a bottle with a fresh palette and donít find it nearly as good. Just too aggressive for a fresh palette I guess. Not a bad beer at all (it is good) but in the crowded genre of American Imperial Stouts this one is just average. Abv felt even more than the advertised 10%. Maybe Founders cannot count up to ten. Lots of people canít seem to be able count to ten. And they are usually in front of me in the supermarket express lane.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3839) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to pantanap: Poured a black with light brown head. Aroma is sweet with chocolate and coffee. The taste is coffee with some bitter chocolate.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DialSquare (3174) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2009
wow - like some mix between a chocolate milk and a soda. mighty drinkable stuff at 10% abv. rating is a 12oz bottle. black pour with a thin light brown head. has an oil look to it. smokey malt and dark fruit aroma. taste is a milky sweetness with coffee and the dark fruits. creamy and syrupy texture. finishes up lightly burnt hops and with some warmth. awesome brew. K: 9

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2009
bottle, pours blakc with a medium dark brown head. Aroma is burnt sugar, black malt, and light coffee. Nice roasted malt sweetness along with bitter cocoa and coffee beans. Ends dry with some hop presence. Nice impy!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillWyce (805) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Pours inky black with almost no head. Chocolatey aroma with a citrus undertone. Palate is slightly thick, slightly oily. flavors of coffee and chocolate with a mild alcohol bite underneath. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Bottle. Good aroma of oatmeal, chocolate, roast grains and vanilla. Bolack body with chcolate milk colored head. Vanilla sweet rich texture as the main flavor. Also some oatmeal in the mix as well as a dry coco on the palate. Smooth enjoyable beer to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Jet black pour from a bottle - little to no head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and molasses. Taste is dessert in a bottle - chocolatey roasted malt with a coffee flavor and some dark fruit and alcohol. Ranks up with the Breakfast Stout and one of my favorite Founders offerings. I am going to pick up some more to cellar - something to look forward to next winter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Weedking4 (33) - Stratford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours jet black. Definately has the similiar roasted malt taste like the other stouts I have had. For the most part, its pretty easy to drink. The alc.% warmth tingles the tongue just a touch, but it doesnít take away from how smooth this is. Pretty damn decent drink, and easy to drink considering its plus 10% alc. Solid beverage. I actually liked it more then the Breakfast Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3817) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Pours jet black with almost no head. Aroma of chocolate, smoke, lacto, and raisins. Flavor is chocolate and dark fruit with a very bitter and roasted finish. A bit thin and under carbonated for my liking. Still good though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
12 oz. bottle - thanks to alexsdad06 for the trade; jet black with foamy chocolate colored head settling to the edge; chocolate, molasses, creamy roast; yummy milk chocolate that isnít too sweet; texture is thin yet flavor full; pretty solid, but not quite a knockout


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