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RATINGS: 2061   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (2244) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (8178) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle. Pours near black with a tan head. Roasted malty aroma with notes of coffee and a light dark fruity sweetness. The flavor has big bitter roasted malts, coffee, light dark fruity notes, and a hint of floral hops. Bangin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewBoxer (2593) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Draft at double windsor. Thick black color. Very complex. Deep flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and hops. Alcohol is well hidden even though it packs a punch. Another excellent beer from founders

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours near black with a thick creamy dark brown head, nice lacing. Aroma sweet earthy roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee. Flavor was molasses, coffee, cacao nib, peat, anise, dark fruit. Thick creamy mouth feel.. really great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmongoose (2219) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 28, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a snifter glassm, large frothy tan colored head about an opaque beer that smells incredible. silky oily lacing on the side of the glass that just hangs there. roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate and alcohol also a hint of caramel..one outstanding stout..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2011
12oz bottle from Discount Liquor Milwaukee. Pours a jet black color with almost zero head. Not flat, but not by much. Some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and maybe a touch of hops. Heavy on the palate with light carbonation. Very smooth. Flavor is sweet up front and a little bitter on the back end. Lots of roasted malt. The alcohol is very well hidden. An excellent imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pour is thick and dark, oily looking, with nearly no head though extremely dark tan in color. Nose is of dark burnt malts and some chocolate. Taste is more complex, hasnotes of coffee and choolate, rather sweet, and malty flavors at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Amazing stout, very elegant roasted flavors, alcohol very hidden, this is a beautiful sipper

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle pours almost black and syrupy with chocolaty head. Great aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste sweet, roasty malts, chocolate, bit of coffee. Finish long but not overwhelming with slight hops and roast. Palate a bit thinner than you would think but still creamy and enjoyable. Overall a great Imp Stout.

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