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RATINGS: 1906   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (401) - 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...



4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gopherfan99 (912) - CROATIA - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle; pours nearly black with thin mocha colored head; aroma of licorice, chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted malt with hints of wood and vanilla; taste is chocolate, roasted malt, and licorice with hints of wood and dark fruits; finish is bitter with some roasted malt notes; fantastic

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2892) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle at tasting. Black oily pour. Good aroma of chocolate, coffee and roast. Rich taste of roasted coffee, thick choco, bitter passion fruit, peach and some cinnamon. Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeliriumT (382) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2015
Pours thick and black with almost no head (but I did pour it slowly). The aroma is very rich coffee, chocolate and caramel. The flavour is deliciously rich bitter dark chocolate which gives it a remarkable palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerRenter76 (291) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Pours out black as night with a three finger nice brown head with incredible retention with nice lacing. Smell is of dark fruits, burnt malt, and a little black liquorice, Taste is just like the nose and doesn’t let up. Mouthfeel is really thick. Although it’s not my favorite stout it is one of the best. Hard to beat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eberndt (234) - - JUL 19, 2015
Wow that’s a dark beer. Tan head and very thick. Strong bourbon and chocolate flavor and just a little boozy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosskyle (177) - - JUL 17, 2015
12oz bottle. Black color with a dark tan head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Heavy body. Bitter up front with a milk chocolate flavor that lingers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrttiimmoo (17) - FINLAND - JUL 16, 2015
Fint mörkt skum. Svartvsom olja. Hög viskositet. Läder rök rostad malt inte överhumlad. Mjuk och rund polerad ton utan motstånd i halsen. Angenäm. Fint kolsyrad. Drar fram nysningar vilket är ett bra betyg..

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (702) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head. Aromas of fudge, hard roast, licorice, bitter chocolate. Taste is dark roast, dark chocolate, malts, roastiness, soy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Worsenma (45) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2015
What a beer! Pours a thick black motor oil consistency with a dark burnt red small head. Not much carbonation. Strong smoky chocolate taste and plenty hoppy. Very good representation of the style.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HuskerTan (766) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUL 5, 2015
A- Soy sauce, woody, licorice, chocolate syrup, mocha, subtle vanilla, roasty, burnt caramel, smoke, complex. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Soy sauce, dark chocolate, mocha, roasty, slightly bitter, subtle woodiness, slight char, very complex. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, robust finish. O- Wowza. Kept my bottle around not on purpose but just because I kept wanting to save it a little longer and a littler bit longer after that. Finally decided I needed to open it and with over 1.5 years of age on it there is no doubt this ages better than most supermodels. So much going on in the aroma I could hardly list everything I was picking up. Soy sauce and char definitely took a stronghold on the aroma and palate but it was quite robust and complex in every way. Still I prefer the Breakfast Stout, and I am drooling at the thought of opening my KBS. Founders continues to dominate the RIS world.


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