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RATINGS: 1639   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, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybion (51) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle, 355 ml. Pours jet black with minimal head. Massive amount of roasted or possibly even burnt malts on the nose, mixed in with a lot of chocolate notes. Some dark fruits too. Taste of burnt malts (leaving a nicely bitter aftertaste), dark fruits, salted caramel, a little bit of chocolate, and virtually no alcohol to speak of until the warmth sets in. Rather hefty body and yet extremely smooth on the mouth, rivaling Brewdog’s Cocoa Psycho in that department. Just about everything I expect from a good imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hidden_Pooch (261) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
Never really heard of Founders before, just picked it up, because I’m a stout man and I already grabbed a few other Flying dog stouts. This was a nice surprise. Aroma of dark roasted coffee warms you up. It tastes of coffee, bitter chooclate and roasted maltiness. Full oily body but goes down smooth. It really does warm you up.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
4theluvofbeer (86) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Really dark pour with a nice brown head. Roasted malts, coffee and molasses on the nose. A nice silky warm full bodied sensation on the palate...huge malty sweetness with a bitter hoppy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sizzler80 (446) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 20, 2014
Jet black, silky pour with a thick tan cap. Roasted malt, espresso, leather, vanilla, tobacco, chocolate, peat. Meaty with moderate carbonation. Beautifully sweet from the chocolate and bitter from the hop and coffee notes. Yum yum.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1316) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Nails the mouthfeel, viscous but still with a goodly amount of carbonation. Really rich dark chocolate sweetness, hints of dark fruits, bitter finish. Very good beer, though a bit heavy even as RIS go.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Azmo (4) - - MAY 19, 2014 does not count
Pours almost black with 1/2 " tan head. This is a sweet stout that coats the glass nicely. It's simply a great stout beer. I personally enjoy this better than Founders regular breakfast stout and comes in second to KBS. Try it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (446) - - MAY 19, 2014
Transfer from BA and reviewed on 2-7-12 - On tap and served in a snifter type glass Appearance – Deep black with a dark brown head of about 1 inch. The head was fairly persistent, but faded slowly giving some nice lacing. Swirling the beer in the glass gave indications of its wonderful thick body, as it seemed to cling to the side of the glass and slowly creep back to its resting home in the bottom of the vessel. Smell – Strong roasted coffee mixed with a more bitter chocolate are up front and fairly persistent throughout the nose. A very smoky aroma then mixes in along with a bit of a sweet backbone of toasted barley. Taste – Smooth. There is a roasted coffee flavor that meets the tongue with warmth. A sweet and smooth chocolate flavor then works its way into the profile and starts to take over the coffee flavor. Toward the end however, the roastiness of the brew comes back to take over the sweet, this time with an bitter chocolate and smoky flavor. Mouthfeel – As anticipated from how the brew seemed to grasp the glass when swirled, the body is hearty and thick. It coats the mouth and tongue like a blanket; warm and comforting. The carbonation is lower, which suits the body quite well. Very nice. Overall – Quite a great beer. It has it all; flavor, aroma, look and feel. One great brew to sit back and savor if you have the chance.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SG111 (40) - - MAY 19, 2014
Bottled. Color is pitch black, very small mocha head. Aroma is lots of coffee, dark chocolate, some raisin mixed in there. A little boozy. Taste is rich dark chocolate on the front with a coffee finish. Nice carbonation. Definitely some booze, but that’s to be expected. Honestly, not as much as you might expect for a beer that’s 10.5ABV, it’s pretty drinkable for what it is. Awesome brew, one of my favorites.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kalervo (668) - FINLAND - MAY 18, 2014
Very enjoyable, long lasting but not too hard to drink. Well balanced and complex.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (231) - New York, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle dated 12/18/13, poured into a snifter..opaque with thin tan head..some lacing..aroma of coffee,roasted malts, chocolate...smooth, dry taste..with really good bitterness..a winner.


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