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RATINGS: 2014   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2711) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2007
This is one of the hardest beers to rate Iíve encountered in quite awhile. The easy part: poured a very dark brownish black, showing a dark ruby at the edges, quick brown head. Hard part: Aroma was full and robust, initially fruity (plums, raisins, chocolate covered cherries). The flavor started off similarly, with fruit and chocolate, leading into a big sweetness, like chocolate truffles injected with coffee liqueur. Very interesting. However, the beer seemed to morph into something more one-dimensional, as the aroma came to be dominated by sweet-hot alcohol and roasty black malt, likewise the flavor became very sweet and stingy from the alcohol, with a mild astringency and acrid black malt bitterness. I started as one of the best smelling imperial stouts Iíve come across, and ended as yet another one-dimensional astringent bombs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3333) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2007
Thanks to brewblackhole for another fine brew. Smooth roasted chocolate malt aroma. Sensations of creaminess and sweetness as you drink the beer. A slight alcoholic bite at the end. It leaves a sticky sweet residue on your lips and in your mouth. Other than the alcohol, a very good beer with the malt aromas and mouth feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 20, 2007
At my 2007 Impy Stout Tasting. Thanks to bditty187 for the beer. Pours black with a thick, dense brown head. 2006 vintage. Has a milk chocolate cocoa aroma. Smells exactly like PDQ chocolate milk when I was a kid. The taste however, is not sweet but rather a bitter chocolate. Yummy! This has a stupid-thick palate. Maybe a bit of mild tobacco? The roastedness in this is quickly trumped by the sweetness.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (861) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3365) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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