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RATINGS: 1649   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chrishrt30 (97) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2014
Thick and jet black, thin tan head. Strong toasty aroma, brown sugar and berries, dark chocolate and coffee, Like velvet, chocolatey and milky, big doses of alcohol, chocolate and coffee. Fruit cake soaked in brandy and full of citrus and earthy hops. Burnt malts, like toasted bread. The finish is boozy and bitter, a nice fruit cake spice too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgb1991 (111) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2014
Do not dig the aroma much, salty. Nice thick oil pour. But not much head. Big roasted flavour and huge chewy dark chocolate velvety palate. Good use of bittering hops, comes through at the end, big and earthy. Probably the best balance of bitter and body in a stout I have come across.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3009) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours oily black like motor oil with a sinisterly dark tan head. Nose is full of robust roast and milk chocolate with dark cacao and mild liquorice coming through. Taste is very roasty and full of slick liquorice with dark chocolate and caramel rounding it off. Was a little bit of a let down to be honest. Not bad in any way, I was just expecting more after the previous stouts I have had from them. Solid stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1711) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle at home. Liquorice and plum on nose, taste is sweet, rich, sugary, chocolate, liquorice, fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2374) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle, 13C. Black with an inch of dark brown head that lasts pretty well. Aroma of chocolate, fairly heavy roasted malt, molasses, some light floral and pine notes, licorice. A mild whiff of booze about it. Smooth, getting on towards syrupy. Lowish carbonation. Very sweet indeed. Loads of chocolate, dark sugars, some roast and a little ash. No fruit or berries. Bitterness lightens things towards the end but doesnít really kick at first. Creeps up a bit though, and the alcohol begins to show through quite a bit. Tasty but sweet and a bit awkward. Maybe a in a couple of months the flavours will meld a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours a black like oil color with tan head. Boozy on the nose, with some roasted malt, and caramel notes; follows onto the palate. Finishes boozy. Itís very good, but needs time to mellow out on the booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1513) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
For some reason I feel, just by looking at this glass as it sits on the table beside my samosas, like Iím in the company of sheer comfort. Solid, thick in blackness with a seemingly brownish muddy sheen, it has quite possibly one of the darkest heads Iíve seen. The very brown head (see photo) is dense, but pock-marked with large bubbles like biosphere domes on mars, which (when they finally popped) looked more like craters on our moon. It is a very good-looking beer. The nose is all about toasted malts. It doesnít lean toward either roasted bitterness, malty sweetness, or chocolate flavors at all and maintains a roasted malt-centered balance very well. The nose is so subtle that I inhaled a smidge of it in an attempt to inspect more closely. As at bay as it was in the nose, chocolate really bursts out of the gates once itís in the mouth. It takes off quickly, but fades just as fast, allowing the smooth roasted malts to retain control mid-palate. This is a heavy beer. Even my glass feels heavy. Itís, at its core, a very traditional imperial stout, void of flair but superbly well-crafted. Itís as smooth as coconut oil on the lips, but harsh as tarnation on the mouth. Still, once itís said and done with, feels like a very modest beer. The alcohol level is absolutely perfect and balances unbelievably with the finely roasted malts. A slight bitterness couples easily with alcohol in the finish to keep you on your toes after itís said and done, but even that ends so smoothly that you begin to wonder if youíre being played, out-smarted. Soft as putty, but serious as a world-class imperial stout. Perfectly-crafted, and itís really hard to believe that there are 90 IBUs packed into this stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (7988) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle. Black with a beige foam. Aromas are earthy, rich coffee with soy sauce and nutty dark chocolate. Blackberry with peppery alcohol and Xmas pudding. Smoky with nutty alcohol. Flavours are gritty dark chocolate bitterness with rich coffee and dark berries. Cough medicine with some leafy notes. Peppery alcohol with spices and vanilla and oak barrel. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (3697) - Freising, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2014
(bottle) pours black in colour with a creamy brown head. aroma of vanilla, brown sugar and toasted malts, with a light hint of peat smoke, sugar icing, earth and espresso. flavour is quite alcoholic, with more espresso, heavily roasted malts, some soy sauce, vanilla and earth. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DutchDrebus (3876) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle shared @ benzai by benzai himself on a nice warm spring evening. We?ve been working up to this moment, having a nice evening with beers and a very comfortable bonfire. When pouring this beer into the glass you immediately notice the deep, rich, dark black colour and the medium sized dark brown head. This is exactly what an imperial stout should look like. It smells lovely roasty, with hints of coffee, coa, ash, tar and dark chocolate. The aroma is very deep and quite enjoyable. While sniffing this beer and urge to start drinking this beer start to emit from every cell in your body. I could keep smelling and smelling, but my tongue wants to get some action to. Time to drink! As soon as I take the first sip I notice the deep, roasty flavour. There?s coffee, there?s deep, dark an roasted malts, there?s coal, there?s ash, there?s earth. A lot of lovely imperial stout flavours come together and create this Founders Imperial Stout. After the initial taste, this black goodness lasts and lasts, and keeps lingering in your mouth; creating a desire to taste more of this lovely brew. This tastes amazing. To be honest, it could use some nice bourbon, nutty flavours to take this beer to the final, most incredible level, but even without this addition it?s very, very nice. Is it perfect? Unfortunatly, no. Is it close to perfect? Hell yes. It?s a highly enjoyable brew, that?ll taste nice during spring, summer, autumn and winter. It might not be my alltime favorite, but it?ll take a nice spot in my top 10 for now. Amazing brew. Lasting taste, a full body, nice soft carbo, a velvetty mouthfeel. But then again: add some bourbon goodness to this and it just might become one of my favorite beers. I?m glad I?m able to drink this beer and I would like to thank my beerbuddy Benzai for sharing this beast!

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