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RATINGS: 1867   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3284) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
Not as good as breakfast stout, to be sure. very smooth and drinkable for 10percent ALc

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2207) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2009
bottle poured into a snifter. I scored a ton of Founders stuff up in Durham, NC last weekend and got some of this.... absolute beauty. Founders IS is like a ton of hops coated in espresso and chocolate. Huge coffee aroma exudes from this pitch black pour with a solid quarter inch tan head. The high IBU ranking (90 IBUs) makes itself known from start to finish... there is a mild hop undertone on the aroma but once the beer hits your tongue, you can feel the bitterness up front, coated with deep malts, coffee and chocolate. This beer is thick - it has a chewy body... very smooth over the palate... almost velvety. Solid finish all the way through... big malt and hop notes complement each other quite well. Simply outstanding as all Founders beers are...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Black with dark brown head. Boozy, smokey nose. Big flavor of roasted malt, raisins, brown sugar/cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate. Smokey, slightly bitter finish. Complex and well done. Worth every penny.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle. Aroma ashy, smoky, cream, sort of weird. Flavor brings on more ash and burnt malt with bitter chocolate. Finish is again very ashy. Despite the shaky aroma start, and a somewhat unusual go at things, quite enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3402) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
pours very thick and black...this is why marlin calls stouts "oil for your body!" nice deep caramel head with decent retention. aroma is milky with dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. flavor is pretty complex...dark fruit, bitter chocolate, coffee, and burnt molasses...citrusy hops dry out a roasty warming finish. thick and sticky mouthfeel. nice imperial.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to JCB (thanks Jason!). Pours black with a small ring of brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoked meats, also kind of an odd smell I can’t identify (sweet perfumy?). Flavor is rather roasty with some dark chocolate bitterness and some burnt notes in the finish. Quite nice. 7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, hopspice. Appearance: Dark brown with a sturdy 1/4 inch brown ring of suds. Flavor: Coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, burnt malts. Mouthfeel: Silky almost buttery with fizzy carbonation. Overall: Quite lovely, my kind of impy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle, pours a solid black beer oil. Aroma is super sweet with a lot of roast and malt. Flavor is sweet alcohol and roast. End is hoppy and a little bit bitter. Very good impy stout

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Tap. Poured black with small brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Lots of coffee in this. Some chocolate. Roasty. Warmed me up.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle into snifter. Pours motor oil black with just a bit of translucent brown around the very edges of the glass. A little foaming action going on, but very little. Nose is dark chocolate and dark fruits, a bit of a roasty coffee note underneath, with a slightly acidic hop character that’s floral and just a bit citric. Some alcohol heat comes through. An excellent balance. Taste is rich and chocolatey - malt forward at the start with a molten super-dark chocolate note that hints at roasty coffee and dark fruit, with a resiny, citric hopping note coming through louder towards the finish, alongside a bit of warming, spicy alcohol. Finish is drying, roasty, warming. More dark fruit. Brash and young, and absolutely full of potential - this would be one of my sure fire verticals if I could get it on a regular basis. Mouthfeel is slick and viscous, thick, with a light, sharp carbonation underneath that makes an effort at lightening things up a bit. Surprisingly drinkable, mainly due to the fact that it’s freakin’ delicious. Top notch stout.


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