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RATINGS: 1837   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2006
perfect looking black appearance with thick dark tan head. the aroma is dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate, with some hints of toffee and carmel. the flavors are much the same with a thick mouthfeel. needs a little age or something to mellow the intensity. good though.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Bottle. What is with these Michigan brewers and stouts? They completely own the catagory and this is no exception. Pours black as midnight with a silky brown head with amber highlights that fades to a thin film. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar. Taste follows with hints of charcoal and traces of coffee. Finishes with a small alcohol burn. A complex and damn fine beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2006
WOW! What a good beer. Pours deep black with a faint tan head that fades away within a minute. Sort of dry and bitter, which isnít bad. Coffee aroma and taste and a good 10% punch. A very very nice nectar.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Excellant stout dark thick creamy and great taste.This is a everyday stout if i ever had one. I would highly recommend trying and you will enjoy

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Panzuriel (1378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Deep dark brown black liquid which is opaque and topped with a deep tan head. Nose is mildly sweet but roasty happy goodness. Taste is rich roasted bitters resolving into a nice wash of sweetness and finishing again with a really nice roast coffee taste. Mouthfeel is full and silky. Very thick and impressive stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2006
What a surprise to see in my spreadsheet that after enjoying this beer for so long, I have never taken the time to rate it. Well, Founders is a favorite brewery of mine and has many impressive products. This certainly is one. So, I snagged a bottle and enjoyed. It pours pitch black with a foamy but small brown head. The aroma holds notes of bakers chocolate, roasted espresso, prunes, cherries, anise, smoke, and a hint of alcohol. Thick, robust, syrupy body that I love from a stout. The flavor was deep and intense with all the olfactory delights coming over in the gustatory experience. Excellent drink.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Oily black with an orangy brown head, fades to skin, no lace. Aromas are smoky, roasty, toasty malts, prunes, apples, molasses, alcohol and biscuit. Taste is malt all the way, with undertones of coffee, charcoal, earth, dark fruit, toffee. Although the malt is huge, itís not sweet -- it has a strident bitterness throughout and an even more bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is syrupy and chewy. One of the best Iíve had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Pour is opaque black with a nice dense brown and tight bubbled head...smell is oasty with coffee and cocoa...some pine too...taste is not very sweet...strong coffee and milk flavors with hints of cocoa toward the moderately alcoholic finish...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2006
A rich, creamy, dry imperial stout. Pours with a very small head, pitch black capped with light brown foam. Roasty flavor is complemented by subtle hopping. Very thick in the mouth, and quite drinkable. Not sweet at all.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3696) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2006
bottle - Pours thick and black with a thin, brown head. The aroma is of roasted malts and coffee with a bit of alcohol. The flavor is intense dark roast malts and continues the coffee notes. The mouthfeel is thick and the 10% ABV, at least in my bottle, is fairly well masked. The finish is quite dry. Itís not too remarkable for the style, but itís a damn good style.


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