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RATINGS: 2014   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EithCubes (5436) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Bottle. Powerful aroma of thick roast and deep dark chocolate. Dry and slightly salty, but mostly roasty. Splash of cream. Motor oil / pitch black with a dark brown lacing head. Strong roast taste, brutally dry and lightly salty with burned notes and a thicky, syrupy body. Silken mouthfeel. Chocolate still strong but has taken a step back to stand beside the cream, which lingers long. Dry creamy aftertaste, and roast notes all over the place. A lot of firmth, if I may coin the word, with the alcohol lurking always in the background but not establishing itself until after about 4 oz. Very dark, slightly tart fruit buried underneath all the layers of malt, cherry with a touch of vanilla and broad plum. A strong one and a good one; not multifaceted in the extreme, but has a trait uncommon to many impies - I can finish the whole bottle and immediately want another!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Pours like most Imperial Stouts. Aroma of sweet malt, coffee, and chocolate. Flavors much the same. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4 oz sample, World Expo of Beer. Frankenmuth, MI. May 19th 2007. 6th brew of the festival and my vote for the Peoples Choice Award.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Incredibly dark and thick. Taste: strong roasted malts, coffee, ends very bitter and roasted. Full bodied and creamy. Not as sweet as many imperials, more roasted, alcohol is slightly present, but not overpowering.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Had two bottles show up in the same week from boboski and WeeHeavySD. Stark black color with little head. Rousing elicits a thin layer of dark tan head along the edges of the glass. Aroma is clean, chocolatey with a light hop background. A tad bit of alcohol is present. Creamy palate. Nice subtle cocoa and malt flavors with hint of hops. Smooth finish. Doesn’t blow you away with any flavors, but it’s smooth and flavorful.

4.1
   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!

4.1
   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!

4.1
   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.

4.4
   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.

4
   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.


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