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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABT_S54 (252) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
33cl bottle served in a snifter. Pitch black and the darkest brown head I have seen. Very thick but not overly so. Chocolate coated raisins explode with the initial sweetness and then a quite profound bitterness appears from the blackness. A close to perfect imperial stout and is only marked down as I find this can be quite varied. Some are world-class others merely better than average. Never been disappointed just some have been better than others.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeAndrews (30) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
Pours black with a small tan head. Aromas of chocolate, sweet, alcohol and roasted malt. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Full bodied. Great balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miyauchi38 (651) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2015
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1490) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Love Founders, it’s like they can do no wrong. One of the prettiest stouts I’ve ever pour- black with deep cocoa creamed head and uber lacing. Very smooth and rich. Some roasted malts, dark berry, mild coffee, some chocolate. Dig it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4779) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2015
Poured deep dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of sweet berries, fudge, toasted malt. Full body, flavour as the aroma, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, moderately bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gary (1532) - Piss-ant Valley, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2015 (330ml;) . I was excited to pick this up today . I am a Founders fan on my sporadic boosting samples . This nose is chocolate , roast malt , coffee , fudge , burnt notes ,toffee . A pretty customary nose for style . Back in black colour with classy a khaki sandy head... Owns the damn sinfter ! Sippin’ this beer I like the unity , it is complex , rich , and coherent ; The balance between rich , roast and bitter is skilful ..

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dorkenstein (40) - - APR 28, 2015
Cocoa, leather, and oak in the aroma. Taste is initially sweet milk chocolate, then vanilla and a smokey flavor emerges in the middle palate. The finish is bitter and dry, creating the desire for another sip. It has an oily feel on the palate and warms the chest due to its high abv. I wish I would have had this in January by the fire.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5606) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 28, 2015
355 ml bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 10.5%, 90 IBU. Pitch black colour, impressive brown head. Roasty aroma, roast malts, strong coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, tar, wood and a hint of smoke. Rich mouthfeel. Medium sweet and rich flavour, roast malts, liquorice and strong coffee galore, bitter hops in the finish. High "Wow!" factor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (185) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2015
355ml bottle enjoyed in a plastic cup in the sun. Pours very dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, a little smoke, espresso, chocolate and leather. Medium bitterness, not that sweet, Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is espresso and medium bitterness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Turtles (231) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2015
355ml bottle. Black in the glass with a beautiful, creamy, fluffy tan head, almost brown. Complex and great aroma, roasted malt, espresso, toffee, chocolate, deli platter and booze. The flavor is deep, first come mocha and roasted coffee beans then sweetness and hops, a long beautiful aftertaste more sweet than bitter, although both are there in perfect balance. Incredibly good!


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