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RATINGS: 1921   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.


3.9
   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 í07 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.

4
   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 didnít 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (860) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Had this side by size breakfast stout and 06 and 07 kentucky breakfast. Aroma of chocolate and rich maltiness. Flavor was really rich and malty and chocolatey and had a huge body on it. Pretty great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2007
12 oz bottle via trade with Monger. This bottle has been in my fridge for a week or 2 waiting for the time. Pours black with a decently large fairly stable light brown head. Aroma is of coffee and malt with a hint of smoke. The coffee comes through quite nicely as well as the rich smokey malt. This is another seriously amazing beer from founders, they have yet to dissapoint me one bit.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Pours black with a very large, slow forming brown head. Aroma is very light to me, but thereís a dominating roast, some coca, dark chocolate, and a very light citrus component. Tastes of dark chocolate, espresso/coffee mainly. A lot of roast is balanced with a lot dark chocolate sweetness, and some light licorice. Thereís a little tiny raspberry flavor while swallowing, along with a nice coffee-like aftertaste. chocolate still lingers on the throat as well. Unlike other impy stouts, this one isnít heavily bitter, and I guess Iím too used to that because the finish seems lacking. I like the taste at first, but without some hops cutting through, the finish seems a bit acidic, like the way some coffees would. Other than that, this is very good. Very smooth and creamy, like a lot of Founders beers, but this one seems a little thicker than Breakfast stout (similar flavors though). Thanks to the lovely Walt for this bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours a thick, jet-black color with a solid tan head that started to creep out of the bottle as soon as I popped the cap. Aroma is great - roasted malts (very roasted), dark chocolate, sweeter malt and some toffee. Flavor is very similar - huge raosted malt and bitter chocolate. As the beer warms a little, there is an underlying sweetness (lactose?) that seems to be a little too much. Despite that, this is big, bold and easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Opaque with tan head. Very smooth. Alcohol is very obvious in the aroma. Hearty and full body, silky feel. Strong taste of coffee and alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 bottle from drewbeerme. Thanks Andrew! Nightcap on my 24th birthday. Had a good amount to drink tonight, so bare with me. NIce roasted chocolate flavors mixed with a little coffee, toffee, and a good amount smores and cake too. Some chalk on the finish. Im going to have to have another beer now to clense my palate. A very different tasting impy and far from my favorite.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2007
wow. very strong, almost too strong. very dark and thick, quite pricey in a four-pack locally.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Impressive and powerful and strong and very Imperial Stout-like. Imagine Founderís patented taste (you know what itís like) and put that into an Imperial Stout. You guessed it. Not my favorite. But an excellent brew, yet again!


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