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RATINGS: 1638   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Wow what a nice pour. Black as night with no light coming through.Virtually no head on this bre. Aroma of chocolate , coffee and and some burnt malt. Flavor was warming with hints of coffee and chocolate. the finish had some bitterness to it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle from Eithcubes - Thanks! Pours a rich black color with a small brown head. Nose is abundant with roast, chocolate, and coffee. The flavor is a sweeter coffee with mocha and bittersweet notes. Light roasted malt too. Smooth and creamy.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2007
On tap at Founders. Pours black with thick head. Rich aroma of coffee and malts. Taste much the same with hint of chocolate. A great Imperial Stout and another great beer from Founders.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2007
On tap at the brewery. Dark black color with creamy head. Rich malty coffee aroma. Not overpowering the way many imperials are, but still a lot of flavor. Strong tones of coffee and moderately bitter hops blend with the lightly sweet malt character. Some moderate roasted flavors and hints of chocolate. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EithCubes (4701) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Bottle. Powerful aroma of thick roast and deep dark chocolate. Dry and slightly salty, but mostly roasty. Splash of cream. Motor oil / pitch black with a dark brown lacing head. Strong roast taste, brutally dry and lightly salty with burned notes and a thicky, syrupy body. Silken mouthfeel. Chocolate still strong but has taken a step back to stand beside the cream, which lingers long. Dry creamy aftertaste, and roast notes all over the place. A lot of firmth, if I may coin the word, with the alcohol lurking always in the background but not establishing itself until after about 4 oz. Very dark, slightly tart fruit buried underneath all the layers of malt, cherry with a touch of vanilla and broad plum. A strong one and a good one; not multifaceted in the extreme, but has a trait uncommon to many impies - I can finish the whole bottle and immediately want another!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Pours like most Imperial Stouts. Aroma of sweet malt, coffee, and chocolate. Flavors much the same. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4 oz sample, World Expo of Beer. Frankenmuth, MI. May 19th 2007. 6th brew of the festival and my vote for the Peoples Choice Award.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Incredibly dark and thick. Taste: strong roasted malts, coffee, ends very bitter and roasted. Full bodied and creamy. Not as sweet as many imperials, more roasted, alcohol is slightly present, but not overpowering.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Had two bottles show up in the same week from boboski and WeeHeavySD. Stark black color with little head. Rousing elicits a thin layer of dark tan head along the edges of the glass. Aroma is clean, chocolatey with a light hop background. A tad bit of alcohol is present. Creamy palate. Nice subtle cocoa and malt flavors with hint of hops. Smooth finish. Doesn’t blow you away with any flavors, but it’s smooth and flavorful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2007
2005 bottle, thanks drewbeerme!, pours a syrupy black with a minimal dark tan head that drifts to an outer ring, no lacing. Pronounced aroma of chocolate, espresso, nuts, and some slight dark fruit. Flavor is more roastiness, with some of the espresso and chocolate coming along, and a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Palate is creamy, smooth and fairly thick; very nice. This is a good one, now I just need to find more!


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