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RATINGS: 1638   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thegreenrooster (3154) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Pour is a complete black with almost no head. Aroma is a nice mix of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Flavor is a chewy chocolate with a dose of espresso and a heaping helping of alcohol. Goes down creamy and smooth with a nice woody, burnt aftertaste. Very enjoyable brew from one of my fav brewers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Black color with a thin tan head. Good lacing. Aromas of roasted malts. chocolate, molasses, caramel, cherry, currant and port. Taste is smooth but the alcohol is noticable. Palate has a powerful hard liquor sensation, but I like that. A good winter warmer for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Very nice beer. Black oily body with a small but distinct brown head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and alcohol. Toasted malts dominate the flavor a little too much, with balance from bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Oily smooth palate. I haven’t tried the Breakfast Stout yet (or any other Founders for that matter), but I’m impressed with this one.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
12 oz bottle. Didn’t hold this one up to a light as I poured, so in the glass, it’s black with a tanned leather head. Aroma has strong notes of dark chocolate and coffee--somewhat like the breakfast stout, though not as sweet. Also some smokiness. Not too much hops as far as I can tell, as the only bitterness comes from the roasted malts. Lotsa coffee and roasted malts, with the chocolate taking the back seat. Aftertaste has some earthiness. Dry finish. Soft carbonation, alcohol is noticable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3108) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Tan head that fades quickly into a black body. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Smooth, creamy palate that deliver some flavors of chocolate and coffee before leaving with some dryness as it fades into the finish. O.K., but disappointing when compared to their Breakfast Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Black, brown head. Smells like milk chocolate, prune, and grape, with notes of coffee and maybe even caramel. Big flavors up front of chocolate and raisin. Notes of coffe and some other dry flavors in the finish. Nice creamy palate. Thanks to Springslicker for sharing!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Pours a dark thick brownish black with dark brown reddish head that fades quickly. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, hops, sweet malts and some earthiness. Flavor is very developed, but finishes with an overly powerful alcoholic-ness. Still delightfully delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle obtained via trade with beeryum. Pours deep, deep black with a medium reddish brown head. Rich roasted coffee, caramel, hops and soy sauce in the nose. Flavor has notes of licorice, wood, dark fruits, deep-roasted coffee, dark chocolate and caramel. Ample sweetness backed up by roasty bitterness. Alcohol content is very well hidden. Ends with a slightly burnt aftertaste. Medium but creamy smooth body with subtle fine-beaded carbonation. Overall, very well-done but not quite as memorable as some of Founders’ other beers.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Chocolate soda and coffee aroma,brown black color with 1 inch tan head, big mocha taste,with an aftertaste very much like an old drug store chocolate soda made with thick Hersheys syrup, a mellow creamy palate,that seems to get a little thin at the end. A slightly thicker, more chewy palate and this is a twenty

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3352) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black pour, not much light getting through it, with a thick tan head. Looks really good. Very thick and roasty aroma with lots of malts and coffee in it. Not much alcohol evident. Thick and dark taste with tons of roasted malt and coffee flavor and some chocolate near the end. Very smooth and hides the alcohol well. One hell of a tasty beer.


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