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RATINGS: 1678   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2008
On tap at the brewpub: Pours darks as night with a very small head. Aroma of chocolate and slight coffee. Full palate with slight flavor of chocolate and coffee. Hard to notice the alcohol; it is very well hidden. One of the best Imp stouts that I have had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Pours a nearly impenetrable black body with the faintest possible mahogany edge. A small, foamy, chocolate brown head disappears completely and leaves virtually no lacing behind. The aroma shows big time chocolate, cocoa, caramel, anise and vanilla. Dark fruits, and some dry, charred oak notes are present as well. The flavor is full and rich, with melted dark chocolate and sweet caramel meeting big roasty notes and burnt, oaky vanilla. Anise plays a major role, imparting its signature earthy spiciness that works so well with chocolate. The mouthfeel is nearly full, smooth, and silky. I was a bit turned off, however, by a slimy protein globule that I found on a big sip. Finishes roasty and toasted, with a bit of chocolate sweetness. Solid imperial stout for sure.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
On draft at Founders. Pours damn near black. Smell is chocolate, some coffee, but plenty of dark malts. This tastes incredible. This was my highlight of the night. Full, creamy and luxurious on the mouthfeel. A really decadent imperial stout. This is one of my favorite Impy’s. Can’t wait for bottles of this to be available again!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 Had this on tap at the brewery. Poured Jet black into a snifter. Tiny bit of head on top. Smelled inviting, some roast, as well as a bit of fruitiness. Taste was big and smooth, roasty, chocolate with a little bit of fruitiness in there as well, but not in a bad way. Nice kick on the finish. This wasn’t super complex or intense, but very good nonetheless. Re-rate: bottle again. Finally. haven’t had this in awhile. Smells nice, nothing over the top. Taste was very smooth, some obvious hops on the end. A very well balanced and enjoyable Imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Unique69crazy (120) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2008
I would like my coffee black with hints of alcohol please. That’s what this stout is for the most part. I did however tasted more hops than I would of like to but it was quite satisfying. Another brew that I would like to see in bottles next winter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2008
On tap at Founders. There were aromas of coffee beans and chocolate. In the mouth it was powerful with a slightly bitter finish from the hops. Overall this was quite nice an powerful but did not have the complexity and balance of the KBS. I would love to have a few bottles of this to age.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2008
On tap at Founders. Nice and rich pour and scent. Caramel head lacing around the top of the beer. Oily and almost a little bitter finish to the initial taste. No alcohol is found, hidden under all the coffee and thick rich chocolate. Would love to have a few bottles of this. Great.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2008
ME LIKE...ME THINK ALL FOUNDERS GOOD...ME WANT MORE!!! This beer undoubtedly brought out the savage in me. Pours a black past midnight, visually the equivalent of crude oil with only a paper-thin khaki head. Robust flavor and aroma; both carrying rich belgian chocolate, roasted kona coffee, toffee and caramel. The alcohol is hidden extremely well by the juggling of flavors. UGH!!!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 On Tap @ Rich O’s Publick House (Probably a little vintage, maybe ’06 or ’07?) as part of their Gravity Head Festival. I have been waiting to try this since I visited Founders last year. Let it be known that it did not disappoint, actually I have never been disappointed with any of Founders’ brews. Oily black/brown with a nice, but small tan head. Aroma was of chocolate, malt, coffee, and definite caramel. Taste was much the same, very well balanced and no alcoholic bite at all - very nicely disguised. A slight bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was actually a bit thinner than I expected - but still medium thick-bodied. Excellent.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Bottle at the second Doubletree tasting, provided by theisti. Thanks! Pours a sans light black with an olive green head and an aroma of coffee, bourbon, and chocolate. Flavor is creamy, thick chocolate coffee and brownee. Feels like chunky brownee batter on the tongue. Utterly fantastic. MUST HAVE MORE.


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