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RATINGS: 2040   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kustie (788) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle from Alko. Opaque black color with brown head. Aroma has caramel, licorice, roasted malt. Taste is malty with long nice bitter aftertaste. Flavors of roasted malt, licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, ripe fruits and some vanilla. Excellent smoothness in palate and complex setup of flavors in harmony.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HappyHandsClub (32) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Bottled 11/24/15. Just the right amount of head/carbonation throughout, balanced on first smell/taste, nice and viscous and lively--nothing flat about this RIS. Very smooth through the middle/not over burnt, good bite on backside, a straight RIS with no overbearing chocolate or gourmet additives to throw it into dessert category. An excellent any occasion RIS but not quite up to my "steak and potatoes meal in a bottle" anytime RIS standard Straight To Ale Laika gruel (non-barreled version @ 11.7% ABV). The only change I’d make to Founders Imperial Stout is up the ABV to a more carnivorous 12% to enhance notes and improve bottle aging.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
retinadoc (217) - - FEB 29, 2016
Draft. Pours jet black. Predictably strong stout with ABV 10.5%. Still, no off-flavors and very smooth. Save this one for after dinner, or for your last beer of the evening.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SinH4 (2440) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 25, 2016
Bottle from a trade with sneakychi, many thanks! Beautiful pitch black color with a slight amber highlight towards the boundary and a big frothy dark beige head. Aroma is roasted coffee, thick molten black chocolate. Taste is black chocolate, but sweet, with roasted espresso notes and a nice spicy kick. Towards the end, a vineous dark fruit note blends in. Mouthfeel is thick, but also creamy-foamy with just the right amount of carbonation to tickle your tongue. A benchmark winter warmer, and an excellent Imperial Stout without that vanilla fanciness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
konungen (409) - - FEB 22, 2016
En riktigt svart Stout med mörk beige / brunt skum som lämnar rester på glaset länge. Doftar choklad, kaffe, rostad malt, lite lite alkohol. Smakar i samma bana med en kraftig smak med mjuk känsla, verkligen fyller munnen. Löjligt god! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TH28 (355) - - FEB 19, 2016
12oz bottle. 12/2/14 bottle date. Appearance: Jet black, opaque, with a darker than normal brown head for a RIS. Aroma: Roast, dark chocolate, charred oak, dark fruit. Taste: Rich maltiness, strong roast, and dark chocolate dominate. Flavors are sharp and fresh with a strong bitterness. Minimal dark fruit character. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a distinct creaminess and low carbonation. No alcohol apparent which is surprising for a RIS this young. Finish: Roast and hop bitterness lingers. Fairly dry. Overall: A young beer with strong roast and chocolate character, with a higher than normal body and creaminess. Dark fruit character lacks compared to other imperial stouts. Interested to see how this one ages.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pedro_Pinho (137) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2016
What can I say?... Just as a stout should be! Pitch black, roasted coffee and malt aroma. Amazing beer!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (12946) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle 2008 vintage poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee and light dried fruit. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, light smoke and a hint of coffee with a smooth lingering bitter chocolate finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dahlstrom (230) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2016
355 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Pitch-black with a large brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Taste reflects the aroma. Full-bodied. Medium to high bitterness. Low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mbgrayson (708) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Pours almost jet black, with a dark brown head. Aroma of malts and barley. Taste is rich and thick, lots of complexity there. Very smooth and drinkable. Thumbs up.


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