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RATINGS: 1929   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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2007
2005 bottle, thanks drewbeerme!, pours a syrupy black with a minimal dark tan head that drifts to an outer ring, no lacing. Pronounced aroma of chocolate, espresso, nuts, and some slight dark fruit. Flavor is more roastiness, with some of the espresso and chocolate coming along, and a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Palate is creamy, smooth and fairly thick; very nice. This is a good one, now I just need to find more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2011 12oz bottle (I think from moejuck - thanks). Wow, this is much more impressive to me than my first go-around with this beer. A superbly balance imperial stout, with a gorgeous velvety mouthfeel, massive chocolate aroma, and extremely well-integrated ABV. There’s just a slight coffee burnt-ness at the outing, and a tad of heat in the finish, but this is mostly a thick chocolate milkshake of a stout. Man, I’d drink this all the time if I could get my hands on it. Kudos, Founders!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2007
All the initial impressions of this beer remind me of coffee. It pours the color of black coffee, with a head the consistency of the froth on a really dense latte. The aroma is full of roasty notes. Yet, unlike many imperial stouts with a one-trick (coffee) appeal, this has more going for it. After rich coffee flavors up front, you notice the soft, mellow mouthfeel, followed by a bittersweet finish that leaves a pleasant tang in your mouth. A little alcohol burn afterward, but apparently unlike most raters, I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. One of my top three imperial stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Courtesy SoLan. Pours a pitch black with a swirly light brown head. Typical imperial stout qualitites. Big roast and sweet chocolate in the nose. A little molasses in there as well. Big flavor. Quite sweet, huge roasted malts and chocolate dominate the magnificent flavors. Kind of creamy, some vanilla also shows up in the finish. Really smooth and free flowing towards the back of the throat. Drinking nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Pitch black. Aroma of a cherry chocolate shake. There’s also a hint of chocolate malt balls here. Very inviting. Flavor was nice coffee, chocolate and fruit. All balanced quite nicely. Big malt as well, but a little bit of hot alcohol, which is to be expected from the 10%. The mouthfeel is slick, but a little thin with medium carbonation. The dry, alcoholic finish lingers for a while. A very impressive stout. Love the choco-fruitiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2660) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2007
This is one of the hardest beers to rate I’ve encountered in quite awhile. The easy part: poured a very dark brownish black, showing a dark ruby at the edges, quick brown head. Hard part: Aroma was full and robust, initially fruity (plums, raisins, chocolate covered cherries). The flavor started off similarly, with fruit and chocolate, leading into a big sweetness, like chocolate truffles injected with coffee liqueur. Very interesting. However, the beer seemed to morph into something more one-dimensional, as the aroma came to be dominated by sweet-hot alcohol and roasty black malt, likewise the flavor became very sweet and stingy from the alcohol, with a mild astringency and acrid black malt bitterness. I started as one of the best smelling imperial stouts I’ve come across, and ended as yet another one-dimensional astringent bombs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2960) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2007
Thanks to brewblackhole for another fine brew. Smooth roasted chocolate malt aroma. Sensations of creaminess and sweetness as you drink the beer. A slight alcoholic bite at the end. It leaves a sticky sweet residue on your lips and in your mouth. Other than the alcohol, a very good beer with the malt aromas and mouth feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 20, 2007
At my 2007 Impy Stout Tasting. Thanks to bditty187 for the beer. Pours black with a thick, dense brown head. 2006 vintage. Has a milk chocolate cocoa aroma. Smells exactly like PDQ chocolate milk when I was a kid. The taste however, is not sweet but rather a bitter chocolate. Yummy! This has a stupid-thick palate. Maybe a bit of mild tobacco? The roastedness in this is quickly trumped by the sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2007
On tap at Black Party ’07 at Founders Brewery. Black body with tan head. Coffee and choclate aroma that just begs for you to drink up. An interesting balance of flavors sweet and alc. Hop bitterness and coffee. A great body and mouthfeel. Overall a very outstanding beer from Founders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 draught at Founders.....appearance: deep dark and didn’t seem too thick upon the initial pour. extremely thin light brown head...aroma: roasted coffee, smoke, and dark chocolate.....taste: smoke and coffee are the dominating themes. that along with a bitter finish that lingers on for a bit. carbonation exists but is very minimal. mouthfeel is nice. above average imperial stout overall.

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