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RATINGS: 1682   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, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6140) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2007
12-oz. Thanks, MrFacto! Pours black with a thin, burnt tan head that falls away almost immediately. Big soy and pruney nose, but this falls away as it warms to reveal a lovely soft thick bittersweet chocolate note. Big thick velvety body--attack rolls bold right from the first drop. Riot of smoke, soy, prune, bittersweet chocolate all over the mid-palate. Sticky, slightly bittersweet finish, hops well hidden.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lunchbox582 (24) - St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2007
This was a good stout. Taste of many malts, not too mention chocolate and coffee notes. I don’t know what else to say except this was a damn good stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 1, 2007
A small brown head slowly recedes into a black abyss, totally opaque and dense enough to appear heavy. The aroma is semi-sweet and utterly complex. Notes of chocolate, roasted grains, sticky caramel, vanilla, sweet smoke, mild bitter coffee, raw anise, minor tarry scents and light but raw ethanol. The flavor is focused while still retaining a mild tendency, a blend of ingredients subdued into a blanket, no sharp edges cutting away. Light bitterness is pleasing. Sweetness is medium and neither understated nor overdone, no sign of cloying. Acidity and astringency are nearly undetectable and further lend to an exciting multi-faceted malt progression where subtleties are easily defined amongst each other. Coffee notes slowly encompass chocolate, tarry sensations ascend up the ladder of intensity. More acidity is presented in the lightly bitter and slowly drying finish, a fading chocolate-coffee milkshake with light fruit notes lingering(black cherry). Alcohol is a non-factor throughout. The palate is full bodied and very slick, smooth and spurred with flavor full offshoots of mellow dark fruit acidity that only tingle the far recesses of the mouth. Carbonation is low and velvety, the entire mouthfeel akin to a creamy chocolate syrup thinned by additions of acids. A wonderful sipper, elegant and softly embracing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Date: September 03, 2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: black, black, solid black, whispy tan head
Aroma: sweet roasted malt aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of roasted malt flavor, some lactose sweetness, great balance between the rich roasted malts and the creamy sweetness
Overall: very good mild session imperial if there is such a thing

Date: May 18, 2006
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar temp
Appearance: the dark brown head is easily stirred up to create a bit of lace that slides back down the glass
Aroma: the roasted aroma is quite mild
Flavor: some alcohol showing up in the flavor early, very creamy, nice chocolate hiding behind the roasted

Date: February 24, 2009
Mode: bottle
Words: brusin ales
rich sweet chocolate showing up in both the aroma and flavor,

Date: January 10, 2012
Mode: draft
Source: tmac kennesaw
Appearance: black, frothy brown head, heavy lace
Aroma: rich chocolate and roasted aroma
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, lots of dark chocolate bitterness, touch of sweetness brings out achocolate character, a hint of dark fruits that would come out with age

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 10/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Wow what a nice pour. Black as night with no light coming through.Virtually no head on this bre. Aroma of chocolate , coffee and and some burnt malt. Flavor was warming with hints of coffee and chocolate. the finish had some bitterness to it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2635) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle from Eithcubes - Thanks! Pours a rich black color with a small brown head. Nose is abundant with roast, chocolate, and coffee. The flavor is a sweeter coffee with mocha and bittersweet notes. Light roasted malt too. Smooth and creamy.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2007
On tap at Founders. Pours black with thick head. Rich aroma of coffee and malts. Taste much the same with hint of chocolate. A great Imperial Stout and another great beer from Founders.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2007
On tap at the brewery. Dark black color with creamy head. Rich malty coffee aroma. Not overpowering the way many imperials are, but still a lot of flavor. Strong tones of coffee and moderately bitter hops blend with the lightly sweet malt character. Some moderate roasted flavors and hints of chocolate. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EithCubes (4939) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Bottle. Powerful aroma of thick roast and deep dark chocolate. Dry and slightly salty, but mostly roasty. Splash of cream. Motor oil / pitch black with a dark brown lacing head. Strong roast taste, brutally dry and lightly salty with burned notes and a thicky, syrupy body. Silken mouthfeel. Chocolate still strong but has taken a step back to stand beside the cream, which lingers long. Dry creamy aftertaste, and roast notes all over the place. A lot of firmth, if I may coin the word, with the alcohol lurking always in the background but not establishing itself until after about 4 oz. Very dark, slightly tart fruit buried underneath all the layers of malt, cherry with a touch of vanilla and broad plum. A strong one and a good one; not multifaceted in the extreme, but has a trait uncommon to many impies - I can finish the whole bottle and immediately want another!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Pours like most Imperial Stouts. Aroma of sweet malt, coffee, and chocolate. Flavors much the same. Very nice.


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