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RATINGS: 1732   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mar (4960) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2009
deep black pour with a thin espresso head that fades to a ring fast. thick nose of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice and dark fruits. nice thickness with a great flavor of coffee, bitter chocolate, dark chocolate and roasted malts.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4217) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2009
12 oz bottle from Spirits RB. Pours a thick bodied pitch black with a sizeable creamy chocolate brown head. Initial aroma was on the sweet side with notes of vanilla extract, chocolate, black olives, soy sauce. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation and well hidden alcohol. Luckily the olive and soy sauce flavor donít come through but lots of roasty and burnt notes take center stage. Some burnt coffee grounds and bitter dark chocolate notes are also detected. Yet another winner from Founders, I Love those guys.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Thanks, bro! Poured cold. Pours an oil-slick black with a thin mocha head that fades quickly. As I warm and swirl it in my hands the head gets thicker and creamier. Aroma is smoky, dark roasts, coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, wood, and dark fruit. Taste very much consists of bitter roastiness, some alcohol warmth, and finishes dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours motor oil black with a thin beige head. Aroma is smoky malt with a bit of coffee. Flavor is much of what is in the nose with a bit of molasses sweetness and an underlying bitterness. Sticky mouthfeel, definitely a thick one. Very nice, like a meal.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2009
12 oz bottle. Black pour with dark brown and ruby accents around the edges. A small light brown head arose and disappated, but left a ring around the glass. Real thick with nice sticky lacing on the glass. Founders does an excellent job with obtaining that small sized carbonation that leads to smooth creamy mouthfeel. Smells of roast/burnt malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste is full of nearly burnt tones accented by chocolates and some dark fruits/port. I detect/wonder if they use some oats in this one? Finishes clean but a little warming. No real alcohol presence anywhere in this one other than the slight warming quality. Had this after an Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. Real similar, but what seperated this was the carbonation and had a little more roasting/burnt malt and coffee. Deserving of a top ten stardard imperial. Overshadowed by Founderís breakfast stouts in aclaim, but this is very worthy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2009
12oz shared by Crosling. Pours black with a dark brown head, small yet well retained. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and of course roasted malts. Flavors the same with a fairly hoppy finish. Overall a very nice impy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2009
First time I tried this, I wasnít that impressed. Glad I got a 4 pack. Second time around I found it delicious. May have been tto warm the first try. Third time confirmed that this is a great, roasty, mocha RIS.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 31, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 Quite black and oily, medium dark brown head with good lacing on the glass. Great coffee aroma with hints of chocolate and toffee. Taste is very pronounced, lots of roasted coffee and malt...not much in the way of hop flavor. Somewhat bitter finish, no doubt owing to the large amount of roasted malt and bittering hops but still smooth. Great mouthfeel...very creamy and smooth. Alcohol presence mildly detectable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (4546) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Pit fruit, bitter chocolate and espresso aromas. Smooth and creamy with upfront pit fruit quickly turning to a lasting bittersweet chocolate finish. Yowza.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.5% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C Purchased at: Joe Canalís Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.75 Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, sugar, syrup, carbon, toast, winter evenings, fireplace Visuals: beautiful, exquisite packaging like all Founders brews, dark as midnight, absolutely black, light does not escape, starts with thick tan head, which dissipates over time but does not disappear, lace stays for a while. Taste: delicious balance, syrupy but not cloying malt flavor, deep and acrid hop flavor afterwards. Palate: Smooth, silky velvet feel. lingers upon the tongue and in the mouth. Coating, sticky, and delicious. Overall: What an amazing brew. Iíll have it again, at least 3 times, though Iíd love to have it at least once a week. originally posted at: <a href="http://beercritic.wordpress.com/"&


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