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RATINGS: 2049   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (469) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2010
The aroma is roasted, coffee, some figs/dates. Pours a jet black. The taste is bitter. The body is full, creamy, with virtually no head but good lacing. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rores1985 (9) - USA - NOV 5, 2010 does not count
I really excellent stout, lots of complexity, great odor, lingering flavors. Though not quite as good as founders breakfast stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1587) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Bottle from stfun? Pours a midnight black... small mocha head that faded away quickly. Nice aroma of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Texture is oily but with a chewiness to it... Tasty brew.. Burnt roasted malts, coffee, light smoke, dark chocolate, oats and some dark fruits. Alcohol is a little noticeable but not offensive....Overall: Classic IS, nice brew thanks joshua!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Smells like coffee, chocolate and mushrooms? Taste is more of the same.... a lot more, very potent stuff. Also, quite sweet, but with a terrific finish that lasts a long time. Palate is creamy, full and viscous with a gentle carbonation. Appearance is wonderfully dark and thick, but with little head to speak of. Overall, excellent beer, but the mushroom aroma and flavor is a little weird/offputting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1974) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Very good imperial stout. Lots of chocolate, roast and coffee, particularly in the taste. The aroma is a bit weaker - heavier on the roast with some dark fruit flavor and a bit of unfortunate rubbing alcohol. Great creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is present but mostly warming and pleasant (just a bit of harshness). Appearance is pretty much black wall to wall with a small brown head. Oddly, I’ve now rated both the Imperial Stout and Breakfast Stout higher than KBS - weird science and rather unexpected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2312) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2010
On draft at Stub & Herbs on Darkness Eve. Jet black in colour with medium carbonation. Strong aromas of dark chocolate, minty green hops, and vanilla caramels. Balanced yet powerful flavors of dark chocolate coffee, and carmel, with a nice herbal hop hit on the back end. Medium bodied with solid bitterness. A really well executed imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2012 12oz btl 2010 vintage, pours thick like dirty motor oil, with a deep caramel head, nose of chocolate and sweet malty alcohol note. Taste of coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol. 3.6 ~ you wednesday, october 20, 2010 2011 vintage. Still pours dark as hell, and difficult to get even a thin head which doesn’t linger long. A lot hoppier than I remember (90 ibu). I think this is where all these breweries got the idea of a Black IPA. This version works way better than a hybrid Black ale/ IPA. The chocolate flavors and the heavy malting makes this beer blow those thin piney Black IPA’s away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle: Poured a dark coffee like color with a small tan head. The aroma was coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. The flavor was like a chocolate milk, creamy, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and coffee. Overall, had this one aged about 2 years. Fantastic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (14717) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours black tar with brown head. Nose and taste of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, coffee and tons of chocolate. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2010
12 ounce bottle from Webster’s in Kalamazoo, Mich. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and coffee. This is a well-balanced, full-bodied stout. I’ve never been a huge stout drinker, but this was a fantastic brew. Again, Founders fails to disappoint.

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