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RATINGS: 2014   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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Dark beige head--perhaps the darkest one Iíve ever seen. Very thick. Leaves a coating of lace like a blanket on the glass. The liquor is nearly black. Lots of chalky cocoa to the nose. Dry, coffee flavors up front. Although it is potent at 10.5% abv, the alcohol warmth is missing--very deceptive. Thereís a touch of cream to this beer. The body is extremely rich, like light cream. The carbonation is low so it is exaggerated. Itís too dry to be a dessert beer; itís too rich to be a regular brew. But it is a special beer, worth seeking out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3897) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Pours about as beautiful as I can imagine a beer of this style looking very viscous with a deep black color, a medium reddish brown head and a very good dotted lace. The aroma on this seems pungent and messy at first but gives way to itís charm in time. The immediate aromas I get here certainly do not make me want to drink this at all green olives and a paint thinner esque alcohol seem to dominate the aroma at first giving way eventually to roasty burnt toast aromas with plenty of plum and dark fruit aromas. The flavor is very good about as much burnt toast as I can take with lots of bitter dark chocolate flavors. The flavor presents itís self with plenty of earthy and nutty nuances, and of course there is plenty of fresh hoppiness to this as well. There were times I really wanted to dislike this guy but in the end it charmed the hell out of me... I guess in many ways this is what is meant by "challenging beer" although aromas of green olives and paint thinner arenít challenges I aspire to overcome anytime soon. For a 10% beer the alcohol is well hidden and in fact this beer left me wanting for another, not something that can be said for even some of the best Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snot19kilo (103) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Pours thick black with a thin bark brown head. Good lacing Aroma is caramel, chocolate, earthy malts, and some yeast. Flavor is Strong sweet and earthy malts with a medium bitterness also some years in the flavor. Itís a thick full body beer. not the most complex stout but damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (15270) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: The pour is viscous and black with a finger or so off mocha colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly, but leaves a nice bit of lacing. S: Loads of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol. T: The amount of chocolate in this beer is amazing. A very smooth chocolate and coffee taste with a nice hint of bitterness on the finish. M: Very smooth, rich, and creamy. D: An awesome RIS, one of the better ones Iíve had, actually. The alcohol is pretty much non-existent and the flavors are absolutely amazing and epitomize an RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Pours pitch black with a grey-black-brown-silver head. Reminded me of the Rogue Black Lager I drank earlier. Smell is roasty, full of coffee and wood fire notes. Flavor is chocolate, with some coffee notes. Finishes bitter, and a good bitter at that. Some sweetness in this, but its a pretty hearty RIS. Very Licorice-flavored, when you get right down to it. I mean, donít get me wrong, I like Licorice as much as the next guy - but at times it can be a bit overpowering. But on the other hand, its a fairly smooth beer - think absinthe in beer. If I were to sidecar with this beer, it would be absinthe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (6212) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Founders always produce a great stout. Lets see if they have done it again. This beer pours almost black with red appearing only during the pour. A late forming head is quite small. It is also angry looking. It doesnít, however, last long. Wish I could find an aroma but a head cold wonít allow it. First sip says the feel is velvety and somehow chunky and very thick. This beer is quite robust with well roasted malt. If it is found at Starbucks it is in this beer. Coffee, espresso, gobs of dark semi sweet chocolate. Those flavors are so big it is difficult to discern the subtler notes. Still, vanilla, dark fruit, licorice. Just a wonderful beer! Founders out did themselves on this imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
nice foamy black pour with nice thick head. aroma is malty and birnt, flavor is big. the finish is overly bitter and burnt which detracts from the nice flavors in the beer. still tasty, but needs a lil sweetness, hence breakfast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DaHopzilla (5) - USA - FEB 16, 2010 does not count
aroma is wonderful ,full of dark roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. This is one of the best looking beers I have ever seen. Pours thick and black with very thick tan head. I could make a icecream float with this bad boy.Taste of roasted love and smooth creamyness.one of the best imperials ive had. This beer really should be rated higher!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3172) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Bottle - Pours black with a small brownish head. Chocolatey up front, with a sharp booze finish and some roasted malt notes. As for the taste, smoky malt compliments some nice roasty bitterness, but with a touch of sweetness as well. Smooth and fairly chewy, this was solid and pleasant, but not a stand-out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Pours jet black with a crimson mocha head. Aroma somewhat subdued - dark chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, alcohol. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, and burnt espresso leaving a long lasting bitterness to the tongue that is quite pleasing. A very nice imperial stout.

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