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RATINGS: 1896   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, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2006
Bottled. Black coloured with a small head. Roasted malts with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruits. Well balanced and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - DEC 9, 2006
Thanks to drewbeerme, for another top 50 brew. Black and tan, with nice mix of coffee and chocolate.. lots of roasted malts. Sweet cream with bitter hops. Some fruitinees creeps up the rear, raisins and prunes. Smoke a good cuban with this great winter brew. Could have been slightly richer and fuller to be an imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 Bottle from Santa. Black with thick motor oil body. Wonderful aroma of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and hops. No head. Very complex with mild sweetness. The finish was strong and roasted. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Poured into glass, medium head, strong brown color. Beer is dark brown/black and pours thick and heavy. Scent is malty, roasty, with chocolate tones. Scents develop as temps rise. The first taste is something you cannot really prepare yourself for, you just go for it and let it tingle your whole mouth. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, malt and coffee swirl together to bring the whole mouth a treat. It’s a sipping beer, not a gulping beer! It drinks easier than it’s 10%ABV would suggest, but will warm the belly and tickle the brainstem if a drinker isn’t careful. My first Founders and if this is any indication of the other brews, I’m going to have to order cases.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Aroma’s of chocolate,coffee and roasted malts.Pours very dark with a tan head.Coffee and chocolate stand out in the flavors.Full mouthfeel with a slight alcohol finish.Very solid stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunevdj (3461) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2006
From my very generous Secret (summer) Santa, MIBRomeo... Thanks. Pours oily black with a yellow slightly dimminishing head. First you´re hit with nice chocolate aromas. Full and sweet with notes of chocolate, burnt malts, some coffee and prunes. Also hints of caramel. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Chocolate finish, with some notes of coffee and alcohol. Hides the 10% well. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Bottle. Poured much thicker than I expected - syrup. Full aroma of dark fruit and coffee. Very intense body that required some thought. Full in the mouth - a velvety feel. Coffee, bitter dark chocolate and fruit. A fine imperial stout. Very filling beer with a ton of charcacter. My full rec.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Pours a dark, dark black with a dark brown creamy/foamy/lacing/sustaining head. Probably one of the best looking Imp Stouts I have scene. Aroma of coffee, caramel, some dark fruits, hints of vanilla, molasses and chocolate. Flavor of dark roasty malts, bitter chocolate, hints of coffee, alchol very well hidden...lingering sweetness with more of a coffee aftertaste. Hints of light hop bitterness. Might try to pick up one or two more to let sit around for a while...sampled from a rather fresh bottle but still great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 This a nice imperial stout. Pours a thick syrupy black with no head. Aroma is of coffee, bitter cocoa, and dark cherries. Flavor is more of the same with hint of sweetness showing up in the finish. Dark malts really help this define the sytle. Palate is quite full with a bit of oily consistency. A great sipper or after dinner apertif. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 I’m pretty new to Founders’ brews, as I have only been able to get them on trips back to the Chicago area. Between them, Bells, and a few others I’ve been checking out on RB, I may just have to do a little road trip through Michigan next summer...........2005 Bottle - Thick, black motor oilish pour with almost no head. Roasted-toffee and cream aroma. Taste has rich, roasted malts & thick cream with a bit of dark chocolate and coffee. One of the smoothest beers ever. Really good.

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