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RATINGS: 1911   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2470) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Pours like oil and a three finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Pure black color no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Almost a caramel nose. Flavor is smokey caramel. Mild bitter aftertaste. High ABV totally hidden. Nice IS. $3.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (6308) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 Bottle. Pours a pitch black body with little brown lacing. Aroma is strong ROAST. Taste is delicious roasted malt, very well balanced. A delicious stout, no trace of alcohol at all. Rerate :::: shared with dallas and pat. Bottle aged for two years. Pours pitch blackwith thin brown lacing. Aroma is creamy milk chocolate. Flavor is intense chocolate, roast, creamy chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
A damn fine imperial stout. Founders continues to impress. From the bottle, poured a deep pitch black with no tints on the edges below a thin dark-tan head. Left great lacing. Aroma is a blast of chocolate, roasted and burnt malts, raisins?, and alcohol. Flavors include sweet, alcohol, and roasted malt notes. Thiiiick, smooth, and mouthfilling body... oatmeal maybe? Leaves a lingering roasty/hoppy finish. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - AUG 12, 2009
This brewer continues to impress and please this beer fan. Deep black hole black pour with light tan head. Coffee , roast grains and some dark chocolate up front in taste. Not the amount of hops I normally like but its good, not Storm King good but very good!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3514) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 Thanks Secret Santa! Textbook Imperial Stout here - Black, dark tan head was nice initially and then just collapsed into the depths. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of alcohol, roasty grains. Flavor matched, perhaps a touch of oats smoothing the mouthfeel out. Really nice balance here. No discernable hops, just enough bitterness added to keep things moving the right direction. Really nicely done. Rerate 1/13/13. From whole foods tap. About the same, but worth one extra point on flavor.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Good Imperial Stout. The appearance was opaque black with no head. The aroma was semi-strong with the malted grains coming through as well as the odor of alcohol. Being 10.5% ABV that is acceptable as the odor of alcohol is not overbearing. As for the taste, as scrizzz says below, it will creep up on you and it is a sneaky little devil. Not as bitter as most stouts and is overall an awesome brew. I was impressed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2009
dry dusty chocolate aroma, somewhat faint even after waiting a while to have the beer warm up some. Poured a nice jet black with a lightly tan and thick head that adhered to the glass. Chewy burnt grain, thin in body for an impy, but drinks fine. Would seem tame for even a foreign stout and Iím shocked at the 10% listed. Iím drinking this too quickly and itís gonna catch up with me.....again. Look for snarky posts after this rating. Burnt grain everywhere, little heat on my lips.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle courtesy of psprings. Pours a viscous black color, much like molasses, with a creamy brown head that laces the glass like a doily. Smells like a chocolate milkshake with a hint of red chili pepper. Tastes of dark cocoa, toasted malts, chalk, oatmeal, red grapes, and cherry cough syrup. Finishes with sticky plums. Great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a dark black with a tan head. Nose is super malty with some licorice and chocolate and light smoke. Flavor is rich and smokey with a huge roasted bitter finish. Slightly acrid and its got something that makes me dislike it a little. Still great but not as good as their other impyís. Thanks to Adrian for the bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kennydiaz (353) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Pours nice and dark black with little or no head.Nice strong malty taste with chocolate and smokey aftertaste. An excellent beer.


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