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RATINGS: 1909   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, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2009
Bottle 12fl.oz. @ home.
[ Trade by VikingHammer ]. Clear dark black color with a average, frothy to creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, coffee, peat notes. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is soft. [20090218]

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
A very good stout. Mostly coffee bitter in the taste and smell. An excellent Imperial stout, not much to say that was extraordinary, but nothing I can knock it for either. A very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
12 oz bottle from a trade with dmschefke. pours black with a small tan head. aromas of roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, hops. the flavours are the same. a straight forward, very good, american imperial stout. i want more. thanks dave!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of MasterSki. Poured pitch black with a very thin brown head. Intricate lacing on the glass with no staining. Big roasted nose slightly boozy with hints of anise, chocolate, and rasin. Creamy viscous mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Flavor is burnt malt, bitter chocolate, anise, and rasin with a slight alcohol burn. Boozy dry finish. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
Deep black beer with a thick sticky very dark brown head. The aroma is really nice, rich milk chocolate, a bit of bittersweet character as well. Quite rich with a bit of wheaty spiciness in the back as well. It is quite intense and rich. Sweet deep malty finish. A touch of roasted barley and a touch of savoury slightly salty richness. Great balance with a nice earthy bitterness and a lingering fudgey chocolate sweetness as well. Great imperial stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lumberjack (178) - Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Black with a thick brown bubbly head, which reduces to a lasting ring. Aroma is wonderfully coffee-like. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, wood, and cereal. Very sweet malt profile which is matched in intensity by the strong roast malt. Both of these flavors linger for quite awhile. This is what an Imperial Stout should taste like.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Bottle from BeerBunker. Thanks man! Dark chocolate, coffee, light notes of dark fruit, cocoa, perhaps some molasses. Pours black ya’ll, cuz I’m black ya’ll, cuz I’m blacker than black cuz I’m black ya’ll. Stab Master Arson whats up! Bitter chocolate, coffee, roast, dark fruits, more dark chocolate notes. Some earthy bitterness i the finish which is nice and dry with some residual sugars as well. Hoppy bitterness comes through and works well with this one. Another triumph from Founders. Alcohol is felt, but a nice compliment. Well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Appearance – Pitch black in color, beautiful looking burnt red mocha colored head about half a finger in size. Head retention is good, leaves a ring of bubbles around the glass with islands of bubbles throughout. Smell – This smells like your quintessential American Imperial Stout: hints of roasted chocolate, coffee, even pull out some fruitiness like strawberries. Nothing about this sticks out as fantastic, but overall it smells quite good. Taste – Wow, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Founder’s accidently made alcoholic chocolate milk! Tiny bit of coffee, having trouble pulling anything else out of this. Mouthfeel – This feels like thick chocolate milk with a little bit of a chalky finish to it. Quite pleasant. Drinkability – I could drink a couple of these, easy. This thing goes down almost too easy.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2009
First and foremost, for a 10% beer this is pretty simple, even pretty boring stuff. Try a Bell’s Expedition, or a Victory Storm King, or the new Lost Abbey Serpent, or Peche Mortel, or ... Nose of malt and chocolate. Dead black, almost no head, no lacing, nothing. Taste of chocolate, sour milk, sweet malts, good smoked cheddar if you want something kinder than sour milk. Mouth is too thick, syrup even, unredeemed by adequate carbonation, which would have helped. Sweetness, likewise, could have been redeemed by adequate hopping. I am appalled by the high scores given by some of my most experienced Swedish and Danish colleagues. Maybe they’ve never had a good American stout? Or maybe they think that cramming as much alcohol as possible into a glass is the same as brewing beer? This was a serious disappointment. I’ll give away the rest to my non-beer drinking friends, who will no doubt love it. Yuch. // I went back, tried to finish the half bottle I’d walked away from half an hour earlier, and ended up using it to generate steam in a barbecue. Undrinkable. Like high alcohol baby food. I dropped the reviews lower. Double yuch.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2009
UPDATED: APR 21, 2012 Pours black with a thick dark tan head lots of clinging lace, aromas are of coffee,roasted malts ,chocolate and faint hops, taste of the same good solid Imperial


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