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RATINGS: 1729   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, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1232) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Paid $1.69 for a 12-oz single. Dark as hell! Looks like the oil that drips out of my car and onto my driveway. Small, fuzzy head. I put a flashlight up to the glass just to see if ANYTHING came through... NOTHING! Smells a little like burnt soup (you know, you forgot to stir it, and the bottom of the pot burns it on). Smells a bit like a handful of pennies too. THICK and rich and bitter. This thing is a meal in itself. Bitter, tangy, straight chocolate, and a bit of licorice. I understand an Imperial Stout is a big beer-, but this one is big, but not... I dunno, what's the word?... overly complex, maybe? Nice & drinkable if you're into a VERY rich beer. This isn't for yellow beer folks.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Dark inky body with a tiny kahki head. Malty, cocoa and roasted barley aroma. Dry roasty flavors with hints of chocolate and coffee. Finishes fairly bitter. A nice imperial stout, but seemed to be lacking just a bit. Thanks rudolph.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
Dark black body with a fleeting chocolate coloured head. Mildly roasty chocolatey aroma, sort of raisiny espressoy flavour is on the sweet sidt. Body is wonderfully full, but a bit thin for the style.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
On tap at the Map Room, Chicago, December 2003. Huge lasting milk-chocolate-mousse head; milky-sweet aroma isn't as strong as it could be. Vinous and warming, quite sweet but with enough tart (cherry?) underlying to create a nice complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Bottle. Poured black and thick, completely opaque (even when held to the light) with a moderate brown head that lingers. Aroma is charcoal, dried cherries, bitter chocolate, herby hops and slightly rotted organic matter. Flavors feature chocolate covered cherries, molasses, cough syrup, espresso and alcohol. Heavy body - almost syrupy - with creamy carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2005 Pours an opaque black with a dark brown, slightly red head, and alittle lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and raisins. Very full mouthfeel, included dry tastes of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Very smooth and creamy impy stout.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Black with brown head. Sweet nose. Taste is roasted coffee, slightly bitter, and a bit cloying.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Indra, The BIG-E with the hook up on the Founders Imperial, a damn fine fellow.
The body is easy to describe, BLACK and viscous…minimal toffee head…big lacing. Aroma, a monster of coffee, semisweet chocolate, raisins rolled in sugar.
But the flavor, the flavor flav and palate are where this beer comes together. Roasted chocolate malt to know end… Oak cask notes, sweet in the beginning then finishes up with a bitter bite… cream, chocolate moose, overcooked chocolate pudding, Smores, marshmallows, hops, F-ing scrumptious..... but then, then, then you realize that the palate is as velvety as a the chocolate moose you were imagining, and one starts fanaticizing….or acquiring a warming buzz…. This is a terrific Imperial Stout!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Pours pure black with a very small reddish head. Chocolate, cherry and port nose. Bitter at first, followed by alcohol then chocolate and finally coffee/cherry.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Not much here except a beautiful pour. Black beer with a dark tan head. A hint of coffee and raisins in an otherwise light and watery brew. Twist off cap. Fairly inexpensive for an imperial stout.


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