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RATINGS: 2040   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
valpoaj (726) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottled aged approximately 2 years. Pours black with a small but notably dense chocolate head. Aroma is full of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a hint of smoke...luxurious and inviting. Flavor is similarly heavy on the roasted malt with a strong chcoolate note...some coffee and an overall sweet feel. A bit of bitterness hits at the end to keep this one from being too one-dimensional. Silky smooth on the palate and easy to drink for the ABV. Great offering from Founders...might have to revisit both, but would give this one a nod over the regular breakfast stout at the moment

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (12182) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle. Almost black, opague. Cream, dark chocolate and ash in the aroma. Roasty creamy flavor with dark chocolate, ash and smoke, partly hiding the intense earthy hopbitterness. Long aftertaste. Excellent, very tasty, well balanced and powerful imperial stout, with some warming alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 28, 2009
From coyotehunter via trade. Poured super dark, almost black. The head was brown and at least one-finger tall. The aroma was plenty of pine and cedar hoppiness over some roasted coffee and chocolate. The flavor was a nice blend of dry chocolate, slightly burnt coffee and hops. Dry mouthfeel and a clean finish. Easy to drink. Really well done.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2009
This is a very good stout. Pours dark as night with a chocolate head which dissappears quickly. Its flavor is coffee like with a smooth bitterness. Finishes with a long slow goodbye of malt and bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (22994) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2009
Bottled, thanks Baggio! Very black, pale brown head. Tarry licorice attack my nostrils. Mid-sweet with rock solid body. Bold and licorice-harsh, never alcoholic. Some chocolate lures behind. Finishes with powerful tarry bitterness. All about power and big flavours.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Strong roasted flavor with milk chocolate and hints of toffee. A great alcohol presence, not too overpowering, but high and well balanced. The best part is the hoppy bitter finish. Has an earthy hop aftertaste that blends really well with the smooth roasted chocolate flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2009
bottled. Dark & dry very alcoholic stout. Malts are very peaty. Different & kinda expensive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2009
On Tap at B-dubs Downtown. Pours black with thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is tons of roasted malt, sweet coffee, burnt chocolate. Taste follows the nose, and it becomes evident very quickly that the 10% is not so hidden in this one. Having this as a follow up to the Brooklyn Black Choc Stout was very interesting to see how 2 imperial stouts around the same ABV can have completely different amounts of alcohol come through the flavor. Also interesting to note, during the 90 minutes that I savored this wonderful brew, I had a sip of my brotherís Moloko also on tap. MAN, FFF canít stand to keep the hops out of the beer, and thatís not necessarily a problem. I have had Moloko on many occasions, even had the B.A. version last weekend at the brewpub, but never did I notice that hop punch as much as having a single sip side by side with my Founderís I.S. Odd side thought, but it makes it fun to try things side by side IMHO. Iím an advocate of the technique.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TEJA (2193) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2009 Thanks baggio for charing the bottle. Big brown foam. Totaly dark colour. Roasted arom with chocolate and a litle coffee. The taste is loaded with roasted malts. The body is robust and the beer is still smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2548) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Pours like oil and a three finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Pure black color no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Almost a caramel nose. Flavor is smokey caramel. Mild bitter aftertaste. High ABV totally hidden. Nice IS. $3.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.


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