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RATINGS: 1883   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.


4.3
   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 (811) - 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 doesn’t 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 (3932) - 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 isn’t too sweet; texture is thin yet flavor full; pretty solid, but not quite a knockout

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3942) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Sampled at another monday night football tasting over at scottyp’s. Near black pour with minimal brown head. Sweet roasty nose is overpowering in the flavor, massive sweet cherry almost sickly sweet. This is a decent imp stout, but way too rich for me.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1491) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle from my supervisor...Proot that I must be doing something good at work. DAABSTOAMPN. Thats Dark as a black steers toucous on a moonless prarie night for all of you non Lebowski-ites out there. Photon eater as well. Gentle nose of cereals as it pours from the bottle. Burnt sienna head. Nose builds to tart coffee. Head craters and clings to sides of glass, eventually staying at a nice quarter inch as it warms for twenty minutes and is steadilly renewed. First touch yields a head shaking bitterness that nearly leaves me with a slight concussion. Large quaff mellos the acrid tartness. Body is shortlived and has some lingering heat. Alcohol is well hidden but you start to feel this critter pretty fast. Glad the coffe bits toned them selves down a notch or two as it warmed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2009
POurs pitch black with thin brown head. Nose is alcohol, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, licorice, fig. Flavor is thick chewey cocoa and roasted malt. Licorice, figs, smoke and bitter hops. Awesome. Awesome.


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