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RATINGS: 1678   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Bottle. Pours opaque black with fast-fading brown head. It has a very roasty malt aroma, some bitter chocolate notes, and maybe a hint of acorn. The palate is thick and chewy. The flavor is very robust and contains malt, charcoal, bitter chocolate, and pumpernickel, with a finish of almond and ash. This is some tasty stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2009 bottle. Black, black, black. The head is very dark tan and fades away after a few minutes.The aroma is thick of oily coffee, baking chocolate, a little alcohol. More rich coffee in the mouth with chocolate bread and a finish of almonds, coconuts, and toffee. Huge, robust, and outstanding.
[July 30, 2009]
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. This is a very black beer, looks almost as dark as Ten Fidy. The nose is extra roasty with lots of bittersweet coffee, chocolate, and a good dash of hop bite. The mouthfeel is full and sticky in a very good way. Lots of espresso character is on this one, making it a solidly roasty, bitter imperial stout. Another top notch beer from Founders.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a brown head. Light roasted, coffee, chocolate aroma and taste. Full body with a dry warming finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20807) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a brown head. Roasted aroma of coffee and vanilla. Roasted flavour of coffee, vanilla and liquorice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2006
an excellent impy. easily my favorite founders so far. pitch black motor oil pour with half-finger thick dirty gold head. strong coffee scent, tiny bits of vanilla. was looking for hops since founders’ other beers are so hoppy - not really there. though an admitted hophead, i think i prefer an impy without a massive hop character... alesmith pulled it off reasonably well though. anyways, this is a well-balanced, well-alcohol-hidden, eminently drinkable beer. very respectable complexity and surprisingly high abv belie a somewhat lighter-bodied but more importantly very easy beer. i downed this in 25 minutes, but easily could drink 3 of them in an hour.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2006
Wow a really great beer good look great taste , same as a 85 % dark chocolate i love that. And i think that the alcool is subtle in this one

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2006
Can’t belive I have forgotten to rate this. Big thick black rich tasty chewy molassey chocolatey coffee-y. Man this is fantastic. I buy as much as I can whenever I find this. It is very close to Expedition Stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2006
Pours a thick, impenetrable black with a small slow-forming, slow-diminishing, mocha brown head. Aromas are heady and rich with dark coffee roasts and Nyquil. Syrupy and alcohol-laden with bittersweet malts and chewy chocolate syrup with touches of spicy carbonation that keep the palate from getting too heavy. A slow-drinker, one 12 oz. bottle lasted an entire 2 hour movie.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2006
From a stubby 12 oz. brown bottle with "Limited Edition" on the front label , no bottled/freshness date, purchase in late February of 2006. Made a very good appearance, poured a solid dark chocolate brown with a fluffy, creamy tannish brown head that slowly settled into a clingy, ringing, thin creamy lacing, moderate carbonation. Had a big roasted chocolate malt nose with some fruitiness and whiffs of sweet alcohol. A smooth, creamy medium bodied mouth feel, good sipping drinkability. Burnt coffee and roasted chocolate malty with some tropical fruitiness showing up in the middle of taste, a warming alcohol presence on the tongue, a subtle hop bitterness at the end and a fruity, alcoholic finish. A very nice, scrumptious Russian Imperial Stout from Founders, a quite quaffable sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - APR 7, 2006
Pours thick and black...and has two finger reddish mocha head. Aroma is burnt coffee, roasted malt, and some bittersweet chocolate...very pleasant. Tastes is kind of the stereotypical imp stout...coffee, chocolate, and a bit of fruit (I tasted grape). This one was actually a bit spicy as well. Nothing out of this world, but very balanced. Mouthfeel was heavy, yet dynamic. Pretty good stuff.


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