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RATINGS: 1969   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - 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 Iím pretty new to Foundersí brews, as I have only been able to get them on trips back to the Chicago area. Between them, Bells, and a few others Iíve 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2006
12oz bottle. Pitch black and pours thick. Layer of tan head. Deep plummy nose. Molassis, coffee and chocolate. Smells sweet. Thick and oily. Nice burn. Dry bitter chocolate and coffee flavor. Solid! Sweet malts but balanced by the bitter malts and dry hops. Well balanced between the malts. Transitions wonderfully. Complex and delicious. Rounded and big. This is really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 28, 2006
12oz bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry. Thanks, Harry! An excellent, imposing stout. Pours pitch-black, with very little light at the edges; dark tan head with decent lacing. Huge nose, showing milk / bitter chocolate and roasted peanuts. Full, viscous mouthfeel: plenty of chocolate and charred malts; reserved, well-blended bitterness; plenty of nuts and an almost oily, lush fullness; this bottle definitely has some age behind it. Long finish showing milk chocolate and roasted malts. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (11474) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Pours opaque with a foamy brown head, thick and oily, lasting head and spotty lacing. Aroma is perfumey alcohol, dark chocolate and heavy roasted coffee, malt (cookie), yeast (dough) and smoked wood. Medium sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness, chocolate and coffee flavor, perfumey alcohol, velvety rich toasted malt finish. Dark and full bodied, warm and smooth palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Thanks Dennis!!! Pours Black with a thick tan head. Smells of sweet chocolate. Thick mouthfeel which is smooth the whole way down, tastes of chocolate and coffee. Delish... Ready for some more

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Bottled. Beer looks like motor oil with a small, light brown, mostly diminishing head.<P> The aroma is nice. Itís malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, chocolate, light notes of molasses, cookie, trace of toasted nut; Hoppy with a light note of resin/pine, trace of grass; Yeasty with a light basementy note; Trace note of smoke, oak, moderate .<P> The flavor is moderately-to-heavily bittersweet with a long, warm, lightly acidic/dry, moderately bittersweet finish.<P> The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Thanks styles! The aroma is really nice on this brew. I little chocolate, a lot of roatiness, some hop bitterness comes through in the smell, and maybe even a little bit of licorice as well. The pour is a very dark black with a roasted/burnt brown color head. The mouthfeel and palate on this beer are incredibly thick.. This stuff is good. There are flavors of choclates, roastiness, some currants, plums, among other things. The 10 % alcohol is not really all that noticeable but it does let its presence be known. Another stellar beer from Founders.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle of Limited Edition. Pours a jet black color with a relatively small tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, vanilla and anise. Has a slightly sweet creamy flavor of caramel, molasses and malt. All of these are well balanced without any one item being dominant. This is a very easy to drink and enjoyable brew. Very Nice!

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