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RATINGS: 1675   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, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 28, 2006
12oz bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry. Thanks, Harry! An excellent, imposing stout. Pours pitch-black, with very little light at the edges; dark tan head with decent lacing. Huge nose, showing milk / bitter chocolate and roasted peanuts. Full, viscous mouthfeel: plenty of chocolate and charred malts; reserved, well-blended bitterness; plenty of nuts and an almost oily, lush fullness; this bottle definitely has some age behind it. Long finish showing milk chocolate and roasted malts. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Pours opaque with a foamy brown head, thick and oily, lasting head and spotty lacing. Aroma is perfumey alcohol, dark chocolate and heavy roasted coffee, malt (cookie), yeast (dough) and smoked wood. Medium sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness, chocolate and coffee flavor, perfumey alcohol, velvety rich toasted malt finish. Dark and full bodied, warm and smooth palate.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Thanks Dennis!!! Pours Black with a thick tan head. Smells of sweet chocolate. Thick mouthfeel which is smooth the whole way down, tastes of chocolate and coffee. Delish... Ready for some more

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Bottled. Beer looks like motor oil with a small, light brown, mostly diminishing head.<P> The aroma is nice. It’s malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, chocolate, light notes of molasses, cookie, trace of toasted nut; Hoppy with a light note of resin/pine, trace of grass; Yeasty with a light basementy note; Trace note of smoke, oak, moderate .<P> The flavor is moderately-to-heavily bittersweet with a long, warm, lightly acidic/dry, moderately bittersweet finish.<P> The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Thanks styles! The aroma is really nice on this brew. I little chocolate, a lot of roatiness, some hop bitterness comes through in the smell, and maybe even a little bit of licorice as well. The pour is a very dark black with a roasted/burnt brown color head. The mouthfeel and palate on this beer are incredibly thick.. This stuff is good. There are flavors of choclates, roastiness, some currants, plums, among other things. The 10 % alcohol is not really all that noticeable but it does let its presence be known. Another stellar beer from Founders.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle of Limited Edition. Pours a jet black color with a relatively small tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, vanilla and anise. Has a slightly sweet creamy flavor of caramel, molasses and malt. All of these are well balanced without any one item being dominant. This is a very easy to drink and enjoyable brew. Very Nice!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Founders Imperial Stout 12 oz bottle Brewed 04, pondered over 10/06 Aggressive pour in an English pint. Pouret jet black with a massive brown rocky mostly lasting head with excellent lacing. Smelt of moderate mocha vanilla coffee, toffee, and licorice. Taste was upfront moderate vanilla licorice sweetness and light chocolate followed by a harsh earthy burnt taste accompanied by a light creamy coffee sweetness on a long strongly bitter burnt molasses finish that turns to coffee. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, oily, softly carbonated, strongly astringent and light cozzy alcoholic warmth. Overall, the beer starts off excellent in appearance and aroma, and at first sip it delivers, but the follow through taste and palate finish just assault and erases the pleasantness in this beer. A two faced beer, sweet and inviting at first, agressive and misanthropic later on. Intensely intriguing. Side note: drink this beer warm!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3978) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Pours black as coal with a very dark orange head. Aroma has heavily roasted malt, dark chocolate, light vineousness and dark cherries. Full body with some mild carbonation. Taste has charred malts at the beginning followed by some cream and vanilla as well as some dark chocolate. The finish has some thick woody hops and some alcohol power - it’s not really hot, but very apparent. Very nice imperial stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 this is one hell of a powerfull stout not my type of beer but man i was impressed! not much of a head very thin and pours like molasses. very heavy drinkability but you can not taste the alcohol as much as you would think. definetly smoother after the first goes down six of these and you will have a great night!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2006
CONTAINER VOLUME: 355ml
CONTAINER TYPE: bottle (Limited Edition/ no purple on lable)
FRESH: 2004? (2 years old)
PURCHASED @: Binny
COST: $3
HEAD: none
LACE: Dark brown tiny spots
COLOR: REFLECTED- blackTRANSMITTED- blackest
AROMA: Syrup and dark malts
MOUTHFEEL: thick; burning cond.
PALATE: smooth oily/resinous
TASTE: dark roasted malts...not too sweet
COMMENTS: like Expedition, but not going over sweetness edge
CONDITIONS:
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR- n
WITH FRIENDS- y
SIPPING- y
GET MY BUZZ ON-y


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