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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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2007
12 oz bottle via trade with Monger. This bottle has been in my fridge for a week or 2 waiting for the time. Pours black with a decently large fairly stable light brown head. Aroma is of coffee and malt with a hint of smoke. The coffee comes through quite nicely as well as the rich smokey malt. This is another seriously amazing beer from founders, they have yet to dissapoint me one bit.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Pours black with a very large, slow forming brown head. Aroma is very light to me, but thereís a dominating roast, some coca, dark chocolate, and a very light citrus component. Tastes of dark chocolate, espresso/coffee mainly. A lot of roast is balanced with a lot dark chocolate sweetness, and some light licorice. Thereís a little tiny raspberry flavor while swallowing, along with a nice coffee-like aftertaste. chocolate still lingers on the throat as well. Unlike other impy stouts, this one isnít heavily bitter, and I guess Iím too used to that because the finish seems lacking. I like the taste at first, but without some hops cutting through, the finish seems a bit acidic, like the way some coffees would. Other than that, this is very good. Very smooth and creamy, like a lot of Founders beers, but this one seems a little thicker than Breakfast stout (similar flavors though). Thanks to the lovely Walt for this bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours a thick, jet-black color with a solid tan head that started to creep out of the bottle as soon as I popped the cap. Aroma is great - roasted malts (very roasted), dark chocolate, sweeter malt and some toffee. Flavor is very similar - huge raosted malt and bitter chocolate. As the beer warms a little, there is an underlying sweetness (lactose?) that seems to be a little too much. Despite that, this is big, bold and easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Opaque with tan head. Very smooth. Alcohol is very obvious in the aroma. Hearty and full body, silky feel. Strong taste of coffee and alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 bottle from drewbeerme. Thanks Andrew! Nightcap on my 24th birthday. Had a good amount to drink tonight, so bare with me. NIce roasted chocolate flavors mixed with a little coffee, toffee, and a good amount smores and cake too. Some chalk on the finish. Im going to have to have another beer now to clense my palate. A very different tasting impy and far from my favorite.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2007
wow. very strong, almost too strong. very dark and thick, quite pricey in a four-pack locally.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Impressive and powerful and strong and very Imperial Stout-like. Imagine Founderís patented taste (you know what itís like) and put that into an Imperial Stout. You guessed it. Not my favorite. But an excellent brew, yet again!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 Poured a thick black with a small, beautiful caramel head. Aroma is kind of weak - really subdued coffe and bitter chocolate. Flavor starts kind of subdued as well, and evolves into coffee, roasted malts and a nice bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel here is a perfect 5; itís creamy, chewy and lush. Overall, kind of like Expedition in that itís too much bitter coffe, especially on the finish, but this (to me) is definitely above Expedition. Thereís a more interesting dynamic of flavors, and itís not as sickly heavly and filling.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6499) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 13, 2007
12oz bottle from Artusory. This black ale poured with a miniscule dark tan head, and a strong aroma of alcohol. There is a chewy mouthfeel and strong tastes of chocolate and coffee with a long slightly bitter finish. In spite of the alcohol aroma, there is no discernible alcohol taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 11, 2007
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>kramer17801, thanks Jason!, cellared for 9 mos. after trade) This hints at complexity but doesnít quite get there - still nice...Pours like thick black coffee from the bottom of the pot. Pretty much opaque. Thin cocoa-brown head recedes quickly to light ring around edges. Aroma is semi-sweet chocolate, roastiness, molasses and dark coffee. Mouthfeel pretty smooth, very lightly prickly, medium-full. Lacing rather sloppy. Flavor of coffee roast, bittersweet dark chocolate and a slight hint of plum or cherry as it warms. Grassiness in finish at times. Aroma probably outdoes the flavor. Alcohol well-hidden.


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