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RATINGS: 2004   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 Poured a thick black with a small, beautiful caramel head. Aroma is kind of weak - really subdued coffe and bitter chocolate. Flavor starts kind of subdued as well, and evolves into coffee, roasted malts and a nice bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel here is a perfect 5; itís creamy, chewy and lush. Overall, kind of like Expedition in that itís too much bitter coffe, especially on the finish, but this (to me) is definitely above Expedition. Thereís a more interesting dynamic of flavors, and itís not as sickly heavly and filling.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8593) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 13, 2007
12oz bottle from Artusory. This black ale poured with a miniscule dark tan head, and a strong aroma of alcohol. There is a chewy mouthfeel and strong tastes of chocolate and coffee with a long slightly bitter finish. In spite of the alcohol aroma, there is no discernible alcohol taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 11, 2007
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>kramer17801, thanks Jason!, cellared for 9 mos. after trade) This hints at complexity but doesnít quite get there - still nice...Pours like thick black coffee from the bottom of the pot. Pretty much opaque. Thin cocoa-brown head recedes quickly to light ring around edges. Aroma is semi-sweet chocolate, roastiness, molasses and dark coffee. Mouthfeel pretty smooth, very lightly prickly, medium-full. Lacing rather sloppy. Flavor of coffee roast, bittersweet dark chocolate and a slight hint of plum or cherry as it warms. Grassiness in finish at times. Aroma probably outdoes the flavor. Alcohol well-hidden.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2007
bottle. pours pitch black. nice creamy brown head. aroma of burned chokolate. taste of coffe chokolate and liqerice. great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeer45 (1389) - Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Bottle, poured very black with a few dark bubbles, thick lacing, tons of chocolate on the nose, some coffee and roasted malt, sweet malt and faint vanilla, taste of chocolate, chocolate cake, bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted sweet malt, faint alcohol on the tongue and nose, very chocolatey stout, full thick mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2007
The color was an oily black with no light penetration. The head was barely there. It was medium brown. The aroma was very sweet with strong molasses, alcohol, chocolate, and vanilla. The flavor is roasty, chocolate, sweet, coffee, vanilla, and a little bitter. The palate was thick and heavy with light carbonation. The finish was lingering and roasty. There is a yellow film left inside the glass once the beer is gone.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4549) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 Thanks to brewblackhole. My first Founderís experience and an Impy no less, excited am I. Wow, pours the blackest of black, looks like oil. Only Goose Island had a more appealing look. The head showed itself just long enough for me to realize that it was brown, not tan, brown. Wonderful aroma, sweet (but not cloying), the alcohol is well hidden, coffee, chocolate. Very clean aroma. The flavor is wonderful, roasted, alcohol is comfortably warming, sweet, molasses, coffee, and a bready texture and taste. The palate is wonderfully smooth, feels chewy. The finish is very warming and very rich, it maintains all the taste. Glad I got my hands on this.


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