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RATINGS: 1943   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

   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 (1317) - 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 (847) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coyotehunter (694) - , Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Worth the hassle of finding.Pours a rich black with a dark tannish red red. Notes of coffee, roasted malt, orange rind, and some earthy hops are present in aroma as well as flavor. Chocolate is definitely shown in this as well, a smooth creamy mouthfeel, with a bit of a funky bittersweet chocolate finish as it warms. Fantastic imperial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3388) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2009

1/23/2009: Founderís Imperial Stout has the same dark chocolate brown to near black appearance as the Founderís Porter. It also has a tan to brown head that slowly fades away. The aroma and flavor, however, are definitely stronger. The aroma is rich, deep, and complex. Dark and Belgian chocolates are blended smoothly together with heavily caramelized and roasted malt, coffee and a splash of cream. The flavor is deeply malty with some residual caramelized sugars paired with roasted coffee and char. Again, dark, bitter chocolate is quite evident. Smooth, warming alcohol peeks out through the earthy, grassy bitter finish. The bitterness is definitely high and provides a bite, especially in the finish and aftertaste. This beer has a medium-full body with a smooth and milky texture on the palate. At this point, this young brew is still fairly drinkable, but I bet that a year or two of age would do wonders for this beer. It seems a bit too green and slightly on the hot side right now to truly enjoy and call excellent.

12 fl. oz. short twist-off bottle (90 IBUís, 10.5% Alc. by Vol.) from Tmoney99. Thanks again Tom! Rating #457 for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (5233) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Pitch black in colour, large deep brown head. Slightly clear at bottom, around 95% opaque. Aroma of cherries, milk, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Full-bodied; Lactic tastes up front quickly followed by deep chocolate and roasted malt-then bitter coffee follows. Aftertaste is deep and mellow - subtle chocolate, cherries and molasses. Overall, a damn good Imperial Stout, definitely worth trying if you can find it. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased at Merchantís in Dearborn, Michigan on 22-May-2005.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is of hops, caramel, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruit, and chocolate. Lingering coffee and booze bite. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable. Huge warming feel from the alcohol. This beer is great.

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