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RATINGS: 1831   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 Poured a thick black with a small, beautiful caramel head. Aroma is kind of weak - really subdued coffe and bitter chocolate. Flavor starts kind of subdued as well, and evolves into coffee, roasted malts and a nice bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel here is a perfect 5; itís creamy, chewy and lush. Overall, kind of like Expedition in that itís too much bitter coffe, especially on the finish, but this (to me) is definitely above Expedition. Thereís a more interesting dynamic of flavors, and itís not as sickly heavly and filling.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7080) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 13, 2007
12oz bottle from Artusory. This black ale poured with a miniscule dark tan head, and a strong aroma of alcohol. There is a chewy mouthfeel and strong tastes of chocolate and coffee with a long slightly bitter finish. In spite of the alcohol aroma, there is no discernible alcohol taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 11, 2007
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>kramer17801, thanks Jason!, cellared for 9 mos. after trade) This hints at complexity but doesnít quite get there - still nice...Pours like thick black coffee from the bottom of the pot. Pretty much opaque. Thin cocoa-brown head recedes quickly to light ring around edges. Aroma is semi-sweet chocolate, roastiness, molasses and dark coffee. Mouthfeel pretty smooth, very lightly prickly, medium-full. Lacing rather sloppy. Flavor of coffee roast, bittersweet dark chocolate and a slight hint of plum or cherry as it warms. Grassiness in finish at times. Aroma probably outdoes the flavor. Alcohol well-hidden.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2007
bottle. pours pitch black. nice creamy brown head. aroma of burned chokolate. taste of coffe chokolate and liqerice. great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeer45 (1297) - Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Bottle, poured very black with a few dark bubbles, thick lacing, tons of chocolate on the nose, some coffee and roasted malt, sweet malt and faint vanilla, taste of chocolate, chocolate cake, bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted sweet malt, faint alcohol on the tongue and nose, very chocolatey stout, full thick mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2007
The color was an oily black with no light penetration. The head was barely there. It was medium brown. The aroma was very sweet with strong molasses, alcohol, chocolate, and vanilla. The flavor is roasty, chocolate, sweet, coffee, vanilla, and a little bitter. The palate was thick and heavy with light carbonation. The finish was lingering and roasty. There is a yellow film left inside the glass once the beer is gone.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4238) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 Thanks to brewblackhole. My first Founderís experience and an Impy no less, excited am I. Wow, pours the blackest of black, looks like oil. Only Goose Island had a more appealing look. The head showed itself just long enough for me to realize that it was brown, not tan, brown. Wonderful aroma, sweet (but not cloying), the alcohol is well hidden, coffee, chocolate. Very clean aroma. The flavor is wonderful, roasted, alcohol is comfortably warming, sweet, molasses, coffee, and a bready texture and taste. The palate is wonderfully smooth, feels chewy. The finish is very warming and very rich, it maintains all the taste. Glad I got my hands on this.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
milewide (1653) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2009 Black color. Intense roasted malt flavor with little hops. Not too sweet. Medium body. Alcohol well hidden. 2009 version is 90 IBU and 10.5% ABV. Wonderful deep roasted flavor, mouth-filling malt sweetness and extreme hop after-taste!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
This pours a very dark and viscous black with a dense one finger head, that might be the darkest Iíve seen. It took forever for the foam to fade to a very nice cap, leaving behind a solid sheet of lace. Smell; very good roasted malt aromas, with a solid presence of chocolate. Thereís some dark fruits, with coffee and caramel. Taste; the roasted malts dominate the first few sips with te coffee and slightly over cooked caramel. After I let this sit for a while some very nice dark fruits come through with dates, prunes and raisins. To top it all off this finishes with a rich dark chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel/Drinkability; this has a very full bodied mouthfeel, and Iím not surprised after the pour. Drinkability is very good, especially since the alcohol is barely detectable, but itís still a sipper for sure. Iíve passed this beer up in the past, for reasons I canít explain. Never again though. Founders is definitely one of my top two or three favorite breweries.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle. Iíve had this for a bit so itís at least a year old, maybe more. Pours a thick black color. Almost still, just a wisp of a tan head. Fruity and malty with tons of roasted malt and chocolate. Very thick mouth feel. Chocolate, licorice, tobacco, cherries, figs and even a musty note. Bitter, just to the point of excess. lingering finish.


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