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RATINGS: 1887   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2009
12oz shared by Crosling. Pours black with a dark brown head, small yet well retained. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and of course roasted malts. Flavors the same with a fairly hoppy finish. Overall a very nice impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2009
First time I tried this, I wasnít that impressed. Glad I got a 4 pack. Second time around I found it delicious. May have been tto warm the first try. Third time confirmed that this is a great, roasty, mocha RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 31, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 Quite black and oily, medium dark brown head with good lacing on the glass. Great coffee aroma with hints of chocolate and toffee. Taste is very pronounced, lots of roasted coffee and malt...not much in the way of hop flavor. Somewhat bitter finish, no doubt owing to the large amount of roasted malt and bittering hops but still smooth. Great mouthfeel...very creamy and smooth. Alcohol presence mildly detectable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (4739) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Pit fruit, bitter chocolate and espresso aromas. Smooth and creamy with upfront pit fruit quickly turning to a lasting bittersweet chocolate finish. Yowza.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.5% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C Purchased at: Joe Canalís Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.75 Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, sugar, syrup, carbon, toast, winter evenings, fireplace Visuals: beautiful, exquisite packaging like all Founders brews, dark as midnight, absolutely black, light does not escape, starts with thick tan head, which dissipates over time but does not disappear, lace stays for a while. Taste: delicious balance, syrupy but not cloying malt flavor, deep and acrid hop flavor afterwards. Palate: Smooth, silky velvet feel. lingers upon the tongue and in the mouth. Coating, sticky, and delicious. Overall: What an amazing brew. Iíll have it again, at least 3 times, though Iíd love to have it at least once a week. originally posted at: <a href="http://beercritic.wordpress.com/"&

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
flatmatt (1231) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2009
12 oz bottle. A rapid pours ellicits a small tan head on this black beer. Solid dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee aromas, with molasses and anise also making their presence known. Flavor is very akin to a dark, bitter chocolate, with tiny flavors of coffee and red grape contributing. After a bit, the coffee begins to take over a bit from the chocolate and brings in a bit more of a creamy palate. An excellent job from Founders yet again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigtaster (778) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Pours black tar with small eddying cream head, and reddish undertones. Nose is light but extraordinary, there is some sharp malty aroma with a smooth dark fruits and a little bit of blueberry. Sharp bite of bitter hops immediately with some dark roast coffee going off into a long alcohol laden finish. The description saying "the ultimate winder warmer" is an understatement.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours a thick black, with a very thin brown head. Wonderful aroma of coffee, alcohol, chocolate and dark fruits. The flavor, however, doesnít quite live up. Complex malts and biting alcohol, with an earthy and slightly smoky finish. A good beer, certainly, but still disappointing in comparison with the phenomenal Breakfast Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2009
black as night. gorgeous head. coffee aroma. chocolate coffee taste. thick n creamy. good stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2012 12 oz bottle courtesy of noblesquirrel. Pours a viscous opaque black with an ample tan head that had good retention. The aroma is rich with dark fruits, coffee and chocolate. The flavor is biter and earthy with dark chocolates, coffee, raisins, dates and blackened malts. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy with lively carbonation. The finish is long, dry and biter. Overall: A superb IRS. Re-rated on 3-24-2012 on a bottle from freehafe, Thanks.

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