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RATINGS: 2049   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.


M82's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 1/25/13, 2013 batch one month since bottling
Rich dark notes, huge hoppy characteristics, vanilla, all on a massive smooth body; big bitter sweet balance; One of the best non-barrel-aged stouts I’ve had; Seriously powerful, seriously deep, seriously smooth.

11/30/12, 2011 bottle approaching two years
Looks bad as can be as usual. Pours like raw crude with a 1" dark cookie head. Nose presents loads of chocolate, coffee, and berries swinging between almonds and vinous characteristics. Taste follows on a thick creamy body. I do miss the hops compared to memories of fresh bottles, but the creamy smooth richness and heightened berry notes are very nice.

10/18/13, 2011 bottle approaching three years
Checking in on the 2011 vintage (year prior to yellow bottle code on neck) Pours as expected with mangled aroma of tart-woody-whoppers candy, which luckily subsides a bit, but generally sets the mid-tone over charred, smokey pork; flavors follow; this one seems to be hitting a valley of some sort with a slightly nullified feel, minimal dark chocolate and coffee with very little dark fruit, more apple, lightly colored wood, and char than anything; I think this one is moving into a significant transformation, hopefully heading somewhere deeper and more luxurious in the next couple years...



4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LazyPyro (520) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2016
355ml bottle. Jet black with a one finger dark brown head, good retention. Aroma: roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee. Taste: follows the aroma, sweet dark fruit, roasted malts, caramel, some dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol, quite a bitter finish. Full bodied, slick creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
malthopsyeast (1) - - AUG 13, 2016 does not count
I haven’t tried every single imperial stout, but I’ve tried all those available in nyc, which is a lot. It’d bet anything Founders got a new brewmaster because they went from crap to brilliant. And I’d bet any that this is the best imperial stout in the whlole world.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (666) - HUNGARY - AUG 12, 2016
A legkedvesebb megjelenéssel rendelkezik, amellyel imperial stout csak bírhat, éjfekete, áthatolhatatlan, szirupos test fahéj-habbal. Parádés, telt aromái édes malátától harsognak, marcipános, robusztusra pörkölt, kissé szójás hangulatokat hordoznak. A hordós érlelés, vagy ízesítés hiányának hátrányából induló főzetek egyik legjobbika, jól felépített ízvilággal, gazdag karakterrel. A szirupos lágyság, a kávés, kakaós, olvasztott csokoládés jegyek meglepően marcona végjáték bevezetői, hiszen a lecsengés végtelenségbe nyúló kartondobozos szárazság, orvosságos keserűség formájában jelentkezik. Így még inkább érvényes rá a "nehézsúlyú" jelző, amely a nagy formátumú ízvilág mellett az alkoholfok mértékéből is adódhatna, bár a főzet intenzitásánál fogva ez utóbbi jellemvonás az egyetlen, amely alig észlelhető módon van jelen benne.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (2740) - SPAIN - AUG 11, 2016
Tap @ Irreale, Madrid, Spain. A: Black. T: Roasted malt, chocolate, sweet, coffee.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mariuspoenari (1375) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2016
Bottle at home. Pitch black, 100% opaque, pour, with a tall espresso head with good retention. The aroma includes notes of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, licorice and light smoke. The taste follows those notes, very roasty chocolate bitteress with some subtle pine resin and grapefruit peel notes. Full bodied, medium to soft carbonation and with a very roasty and full of chocolate finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (781) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Tummanruskea, miltei musta olut kohtalaisella tummanruskealla vaahdolla, jota jää pieni kerros oluen pinnalle. Tuoksu maltaisen paahteinen, kahvinen ja lakritsainen, oikein toimiva. Maku on pehmeän paahteinen ja suolainen, loppupuoleltaan katkeran kahvinen. Pitkä jälkimaku. Suutuntuma on keskitäyteläisen ja täyteläisen välimaastosta, melko öljyisen täyteläinen ja suupielet toisaalta sokeroiva, mutta samalla suussa katkeran humaloidulta maistuva lopputulos. Alkoholi hyvin piilossa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerowl80 (198) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma of roast malts, brown sugar, dark chocolate and coffee. Strong liquorice flavour with medium sweet and light bitterness. Good thick mouthfeel. Rich and satisfying.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rostetti (154) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle from Alko. Pours pitch black with brown head. Aroma has coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, some alcohol and dark fruits. Taste has coffee, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, some vanilla and alcohol. Has a nice bitter finish. Very good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokestereo (302) - SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2016 Pours pitch black with a light brown one finger high head. Aroma; Roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, some molasses, wet wood and alcohol in the end. Taste; Slight metallic, dark chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, coffee, vanilla , atouch of cocoa and alcohol in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nazbion (289) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JUL 18, 2016
On tap at EAP Săo Paulo. Pours deep black with thin brown head. Heavy toasted aroma, coffee, dark chocolate, light nutty. Taste is sweet and bitter, toasted malts, coffee. Full bodied, slick, soft carbonation.


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