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RATINGS: 1886   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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Pours opaque black; brown at the very edges and in the head. Aroma of raisins, bourbon, chocolate. Flavor is not as sweet as the aroma led me to believe; very nicely balanced with a coffee/smoky/bitter finish. I liked this one a lot!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Bottle: Black pour, heavy dark tan head. Aroma has some vanilla, a bit roasty. Flavor some chocolate at first and then a nutty kick, that fades to a nice roasted bitterness. Some warming at the back of the throat, nice thick mouthfeel. And some spotty lacing on the glass. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
This beer has a hearty aroma of coffee, vanilla, caramel, smoke, and nuts. It is black with a thick dark brown head that dissolves slowly leaving heavy lacing in its wake. The taste is a bitter smoked coffee taste with hints of vanilla. The taste of coffee lingers well after swallowing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Pours a deep black with a frothy reddish tan head that has no real staying power. Nose has a freaky raspberry fruity kind of tartness and some heavy roasted malts. Flavor is dense and at first sweet, then a luscious wave of rich black chocolate coats the tongue with a lavish bitterness. Very thick beer, tasty and substantial.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2006
12 oz bottle

Hints of chocolate dipped cherries and expresso stand out in a complex mixture of aromas. Also present was a slight medicinal odor, raisins and plums. Poured deep black with a somewhat thick consistancy. Very thick, oily brown lacing clung to the walls of the glass before giving up and receding into the main body. My first impression was of chocolate and cherries in the rich, thick sip. It soon yielded to an sharp, crisp expresso taste followed by roasted coffee beans and raisins. All of this took place over the span of a few minutes as it continued to grow and expand in the back of my mouth. Very filling with a slightly bitter final taste. Excellent and enjoyable - I may have to buy another bottle or two for laying down.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black, with an average size slightly diminishing light-brown head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel and roasted malt -- simple but nice. Flavour is quite roasty, thereís roasted malt, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, dark fruit and a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Whereís the 12% alcohol? Itís pretty much undetectable. Creamy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. Another great Founders beer and a wonderful Imperial Stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy - my bottle via Ughsmash. Poured thick opaque near-black - roiled and rolled into the glass, settled like Guiness - with a large, lasting, shiny-foamy-creamy brown head, eventually settling and leaving thick brown lacing behind - loverly! Solid roast aroma of roasted chestnuts, dark and milk chocolate, some mild coffee too, with light contributions of yeast, woodsmoke and tart berryfruit. Taste is much lighter roasted, with some lactic and tart fruit character coming forward, and an odd but interesting hit of juniper (what hop variety causes that?) - it still has a lot of bitter chocolate character, but I expected it to be much more bitter on warming, this is almost sweet - very creamy and thick mouthfeel, subtle but fairly complex, decent carbonation too - this is a great imperial stout, Iím astounded itís rated under 4.0. Ughsmash, I owe you big-time.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAR 4, 2006
12oz bottle.
Pours a menacing opaque dark-brown-black withthin mocha head that eventually recedes to a ring-rim that leaves touches of lace here and there. Aroma is pretty strong but mostly one-dimensional of bitter roast-grain and some coffee beans. Flavor delivers where the aroma didnít. This is intense stuff. Very coffee, bitter dark roast, a subdued but nonetheless surprising dried-fruit note (raisins mostly), note of otherwise well-hidden alcohol (never would have guessed it was 12%), and a charming underlying malt sweetness. Palate is at once creamy and a bit gritty -- interesting trick. A bit too much coffee-bitter for my tastes but the nice shot of malt sweetness at the end helps alleviate. A really fine beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thegreenrooster (3459) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Pour is a complete black with almost no head. Aroma is a nice mix of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Flavor is a chewy chocolate with a dose of espresso and a heaping helping of alcohol. Goes down creamy and smooth with a nice woody, burnt aftertaste. Very enjoyable brew from one of my fav brewers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Black color with a thin tan head. Good lacing. Aromas of roasted malts. chocolate, molasses, caramel, cherry, currant and port. Taste is smooth but the alcohol is noticable. Palate has a powerful hard liquor sensation, but I like that. A good winter warmer for sure.


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