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RATINGS: 1874   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.


Melker's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Melker (232) - Varberg, - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle. Black liquid, small mocha head. Aroma of chocolate, red berries, vanilla, coffee beans. Taste is roasted malt, licorice, dark chocolate. Medium sweetness and medium bitterness. Full body - nice.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miyauchi38 (566) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2015
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1459) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Love Founders, it’s like they can do no wrong. One of the prettiest stouts I’ve ever pour- black with deep cocoa creamed head and uber lacing. Very smooth and rich. Some roasted malts, dark berry, mild coffee, some chocolate. Dig it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4691) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2015
Poured deep dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of sweet berries, fudge, toasted malt. Full body, flavour as the aroma, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, moderately bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gary (1528) - Piss-ant Valley, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
330ml; .It appears fucken grate in the snifter ... A large beige head rests nicely ,with slug like lacing ...evil black lookin’ brew ; I was excited to pick this up today . I am a Founders fan on sporadic samples . This nose is vivid chocolate , roast malt , coffee , fudge , burnt notes ,toffee . this beer is complex , rich , and coherent ; i love the way it opens richly , explores into bitter roasted accents and ends smooth .. notes of bitter dark chocolate , chewy fudge ,. fucken good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dorkenstein (22) - - APR 28, 2015
Cocoa, leather, and oak in the aroma. Taste is initially sweet milk chocolate, then vanilla and a smokey flavor emerges in the middle palate. The finish is bitter and dry, creating the desire for another sip. It has an oily feel on the palate and warms the chest due to its high abv. I wish I would have had this in January by the fire.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5569) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 28, 2015
355 ml bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 10.5%, 90 IBU. Pitch black colour, impressive brown head. Roasty aroma, roast malts, strong coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, tar, wood and a hint of smoke. Rich mouthfeel. Medium sweet and rich flavour, roast malts, liquorice and strong coffee galore, bitter hops in the finish. High "Wow!" factor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2015
355ml bottle enjoyed in a plastic cup in the sun. Pours very dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, a little smoke, espresso, chocolate and leather. Medium bitterness, not that sweet, Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is espresso and medium bitterness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Turtles (172) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2015
355ml bottle. Black in the glass with a beautiful, creamy, fluffy tan head, almost brown. Complex and great aroma, roasted malt, espresso, toffee, chocolate, deli platter and booze. The flavor is deep, first come mocha and roasted coffee beans then sweetness and hops, a long beautiful aftertaste more sweet than bitter, although both are there in perfect balance. Incredibly good!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mtu71 (208) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 24, 2015
Tap. Big thick brown head, layered lace. Black brown. Dark aroma with roasted malts, coffee and chokolate. Thick, feeding, strong and full bodied. Bitter and spicy. Excellent.

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4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (58) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 23, 2015
UPDATED: APR 26, 2015 Bottle from Hannaford Exeter NH. Aroma is dark roasted maltiness. Appearance is opaque black with transient chocolate brown minimal head. No lacing. Taste is first half malty sweetness and second half bitter with alcohol noted in between. Palate is full bodied creamy texture with mild carbonation to sides of tongue and mouth and nice long bitter finish. A little bit syrupy. Overall, a good tasting beer with great mouth feel, nice appearance but not fantastic and not overly great aroma. Very good, but not perfect by any means and not worthy of its current 100 rating. Close but no cigar.


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