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RATINGS: 1930   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Courtesy of ty5592.....pretty sure. Pours a thick viscous crude oil black with bubbles lacing the outside of the glass. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is roasted barley, cocoa, coffee a little earthiness. Nice slick mouthfeel. A touch of bitterness lingering in the finish. Really good Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Midnight black pour, no light comes through at all. Small brown head with plenty of lacing. There is a lot of complexity in the aroma, with chocolate notes present. Very thick mouthfeel, with a high roasted chocolate flavor. Alcohol is felt more than tasted. Lingering finish for several minutes, with a dark chocolate aftertaste. This is a glorious beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1316) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Nice vsicous pour. Man this thing looks great. Thin chcolate head. Nice looking beer. Nice aromatic roast aroma with coffee. I love the aroma; it is very pungent, and not hard to smell at all. Has an aroma of a milk stout. At least, that is what I think. Nice ash flavor, but this thing screams milk stout! Nice use of hops. Huge roast flavor that just hits all of your tastebuds. This beer is extremely good. Nice smooth palate. This stout is a great stout and is almost better than the breakfast stout. The coffee part is lacking, but the roast flavors are amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
12oz bottle of the most recent release poured into a tulip. Pours a viscous oily black with a creamy one-inch tan head which settles down fairly quickly and leaves good lacing. The aroma is big and roasty. Tons of dark chocolate malts and roasted coffee with a balancing sweetness of licorice. The taste is definitely sweeter than the aroma with lots of licorice, vanilla and dark fruit that balances with the huge dark roasted malt base and then, interestingly, a bit of hoppy bitterness leading into a dry finish. The mouthfeel is fantastic and super creamy with some soft carbonation which leaves a very nice coating on the palate. Another great beer from Founders and a very good example of an RIS all the way around. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Black body with a rather spare brown head, yet shows surprising durability with a spotty lace. Impressive aroma with blasts of espresso, chocolate, licorice, roasted nuts. Full body, lighlty carbonated, rich and chewy mouthfeel with notable oiliness. Treacle sweetness is quickly overcome by a healthy dose of piney and spicy bitterness that prolongs the satisfying finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle. Black pour with almost no head. Roasted malt, coffee, bitter dark chocolate and some smoke and ash. Nice silky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 Bottle. Pours a thick brown black with a huge thick burn ruby tan head. Nose is cigarette smoke, burnt malt, some coffee. Taste has that same cigarette flavor too it?! I think it is mostly in the head. Flavors become a lot more roasted burnt chocolate malt. Burnt roasted coffee too. Mouth is full and creamy. I dig this beer but very smokey and the cigarette beginning is gross but as that goes away it is good! re-rated a bottle from 2008. The appearance is a beautiful glossy black with a medium roasted brown head. The aromas are full of roasted malts, oatmeal, chocolate. The flavors follow that same line. really nice dark chocolate, chocolate milk, heavy roasted malt profile. Mouth is creamy and a touch sticky. Wonderful impy, I enjoyed a lot more then the fresher of the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmoreau (3054) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2009
12 oz. bottle poured into a Czech Pils glass. A thick, motor oil pour of black/brown colored brew, with a dark, tan head that didn’t last long but left some clingy lace. The aroma was roasty, toasty, coffee, dark chocolate, with a touch of smoky wood. Ditto on the flavor plus a favorably astringent bitterness that lasted through the finish. Silky mouthfeel and ultra full body. Whoa! A very big, Imperial Stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Snifter at bar. Pour is pitch black with the thickest dark brown head i have ever seen. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and expresso. Flavor is outstanding with chocolate, strong coffee, roasted malts, and finishing very smooth. Alcohol was hidden extremly well in this guy. Outstanding!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
330 mL into a snifter. Pours a used motor oil pitch black with a micro dark tan head that settles quickly to nothing. Crazy aroma of oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, and almost overpowering spicy alcohol like vodka or something- I have never smelled that in a beer before. For 90 IBUs and 10% the taste is incredibly smooth with some oak, espresso, roasted malt, and vanilla moving to piney hops with warming alcohol like whiskey. Velvety mouthfeel. Full-bodied. Crazy and insane.

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