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RATINGS: 1967   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (2150) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
12.22.11 bottle date. Almost a year old. dark brown/black. slight ring of brown bubbles around the edge of glass. subtile aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and a whole lot of malt. Nice thick body. Tried it fresh and it was a bit rough around the edges, little to bitter hoppy for an IS, with some time it mellows out and drinks fantasticly. This is a really good stout and it gets better with a a bit of age.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerInHeaven (313) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2016
pours pitch black with a surreal reddish brown head. aroma is toasted malts, some bread, and black coffee. Thick creamy mouth feel, like a beer smoothie. Rich dark malt, dark chocolate, black coffee taste. Some moderate bitterness and a warming comforting finish and linger. Absolutely perfect for a cold winter night. Great beer!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mrnoluv (272) - long beach, California, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Dark brown head, dark as night, so dark color, rich flavor coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wheat/barley, incredible taste! Founders I have to say does it right. If you are a stout guy, Founders has to be the best brew makers for you! This is rich, thick, bitter but sweet, the burn is incredible! One of the best.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oskart (53) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Thick syrup pour, dark brown to black. Thick creamy reddish tan head. Strong toasty malt, raisin and biter dark chocolate aroma. Flavors of malt, soy sauce, bitter dark chocolate. Alcohol warming. Belgium lacing coats the glass. Thick full body. Slick warming mouthfeel. Bitter coffee, dark chocolate, malt aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1437) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Pours black with a thick tan head. Roasted malt, soy sauce, caramel, toast, licorice and chocolate aroma. Roasted malt, licorice, raisin, fig, chocolate, soy sauce, toast, coffee, vanilla and grain flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Chocolate, licorice and roasted malt finish. Very good but a little too much licorice comes through.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jbuskirk (1015) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Ten malted barley varieties and over ten percent ABV were used to create Founders Imperial Stout. Yeah, this is about the purest representation of the American-style Imperial Stout as you could hope for. Bitter, absolutely black, viscous, strong, and smooth. Bottled just after the start of December, my serving of Founders Imperial Stout was plenty aggressive yet surprisingly approachable. Flavors of bold black coffee, bitter chocolate, booze, and some smoke. Full-bodied. It takes a while to get through this Stout, but itís time well spent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Voodoo (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Pours a thick opaque brown with a dark brown head.....aroma of coffee, chocolate, raisin......taste is smooth and boozy sliding into bitter dark chocolate, vanilla following with coffee grounds. Noticeably low carb and in this case itís a bit plus. Excellent!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshRaburn (104) - - JAN 26, 2016
This ones a real thick syrup of a beer. Not too much carbonation either. Good and strong RIS.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mduspara (25) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 26, 2016
Bottle 0,355 It was 6 months over best before date and it was perfect! Thick velvety black with minimal dark brown head. Malty with aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa beans and roasted caramel malts. Full bodied and creamy. Tastes of raw licorice, chocolate and cocoa. Light ashy ending with smooth bitterness in the aftertaste. Perfectly balanced. Itís like chocolate milk for grownups! But much better!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkeh (355) - Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Oil black pour. Dark tan head. Leaves nice lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, licorice. Taste is bitter coffee, roasted malts, oak, dark chocolate. Rich, smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Just lovely.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
migwell (207) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Turned onto this by a would-be beer sommelier at Spirit Haus in Amherst. I have complained due to my dislike for coffee/chocolate style stouts in the past, but this one is so well balanced that I must defer my whining. The aforementioned Spirit Haus proffered a 4 pack bottled in December, 2014, which year plus of aging may also work in favor of this fine brew. Nothing lost other than a solid head, perhaps an even smoother flavor gained. You can read many a testament here to the dark roasty aroma, opaque black appearance, creamy smooth flavor and texture, well disguised high ABV, subtle complexity, bittersweet finish and so on, but I have little to add to all that except, drink this as I did after a long and windy 25 mile bike ride on a sub-freezing day in January and quickly return to mid-winter contentment.


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