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RATINGS: 1715   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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 Bottled. Pours a very dark mahogany, almost black but not quite. Almost opaque with a dark brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts, fruity esters, coffee and chocolate with sweet caramel and toffee notes. Hops ever so present in the aroma: spicy and earthy. Flavor is of roasty chocolate, burnt toast, cocoa with cherry and fig fruit esters looming. Molasses and caramel present to complement. Surprising the hop profile on this beer is extensive. Spicy, earthy and slightly citrusy with adequate bitterness to balance the beer out though I think this beer is a tad bit too hoppy for style. Finishes moderately dry with some lingering coffee bitterness and next to no alcohol despite the 12% ABV. Body is very full and and oily smooth with nice carbonation level. Just a notch behind breakfast stout in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kauge (244) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle from Pothole in Tallinn (Ä 4,60). Pours... black as a raven in the night. Brown head is thick but brief, lacing nicely, retains around the edge - initially - disappears completely after only a while. Aroma... that just kicks me off my socks... humongous thickness filled with chocolate and raw cocoa butter, red berries soaked in rum, liquorice and roasted malts, coffee and wild cherry liqueur... Robust yet soft. Accidentally dipped my nose in the beer for at least 5 times - itís that good. There is only this distinct note of doughiness (?) that I dislike that keeps me from giving it a 9/10. Taste is liqueury-chocolaty, wild red berries and dark fruits, did I say chocolaty?, considerably bitter, roasty... Full body, thick vinous and sticky palate, smooth velvety mouthfeel, carbonation kept low but thereís detectable prickliness in the throat, the lingering finish is bitter of some indistinct fruits and resin. Alcohol fairly hidden but Iíd still guess it to be around 10.

This beer is awesome. Kind of makes me afraid of all the allegedly even better American beers that I havenít had and are not sold in Estonia... and the other Foundersí beers I still have in the fridge...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
7stern (409) - Bromma, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
Very dark brown, much lacing. Dark chocolate aroma, vanilla hints with the alcohol. Full bodied, smoke, coffee, chocolate. All hiding the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (107) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Colored like molases, this beer smells of caramel, vanilla, and booze. Has good lacing, but no head retention....mostly due to the alcohol though. Tastes of lots of fresh chocolate and high alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scouser (254) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Pours black with on a little brown lacing and no head. Caramel, vanilla, etoh aroma. Chocolate, chocolate oh and a bit of etoh then more chocolate. What a good winter beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2151) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle at Craftheads. Nice aroma, bit peppery, roast, booze, spice. Good stuff. Taste is good too. Thick, oaty, toasty, dark, chocolate, lightly bitter. Big body, booze. Something umami.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
s_hartshorne (1614) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to sarkynortherner Black great dark coffee head. Aroma is coffee dark fruits. Taste is great sweet lactose choc coffee dark fruits good roasted dark malts lots of alchol warmth. Great body oily mouthfeel. Very very good this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
suurjuust (1143) - ESTONIA - NOV 11, 2014
Dark brown to black beer, dark brown head with filmy retention. Nose is roasty, coffee, dark chocolate, dried fruit in the background. The flavor begins semi-sweet with dried fruit, coffee and caramel, then develops into a bitter hardroasted finish with lots of coffee, dry notes, alcohol and roasty bitterness. Very long aftertaste with roast, coffee, chocolate and warm alcohol. Thick and massive istout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abio (1628) - Waasland, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2014
Pitch black in the glass. Small but good holding head. Good roasted malts. For some maybe to much of the roasted taste, but i like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (984) - SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2014
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co., Glasgow (£4.00):
Strong with lots of coffee & roasted notes, strong chocolate too with some sweetness & a little alcohol. A big beer but the alcohol isnít overpowering & some dark fruits, smoky notes & sugars come through as well.
Pitch, opaque black with a still body & topped with a chocolate coloured head thatís creamy & bigger than expected given the abv.
Strong again with big chocolate flavours & a smokey taste with some coffee. Touches of alcohol come through as well & a milky chocolate taste. Darker fruits appears towards the end with some strong malts & roasted flavours with some sweetness at the end.
Huge at 10.5% but incredibly easy to drink with most of the alcohol hidden. Silky smooth & full bodied with tonnes of flavour & almost no carbonation making it seem quite ceamy & boozy. A warming finish that is quite sweet too.

Another amazing Fonders beer, Iím disappointed I didnít grab more when I had the chance. Maybe not as good as their Breakfast Stout but still an excellent beer & a must try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gamin (107) - - NOV 7, 2014
Poured deep black with a thickness to it. Some butter and roast in the flavor with very little bitterness. Doesn't taste overly boozy but coats the mouth. It's actually pretty balanced.

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