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RATINGS: 2040   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours an ultra-viscous looking pitch black color. Itís an amazingly heavy looking monster. The head is a one-finger dark tan color with fantastic texturing. Retention isnít perfect, but the level of lacing is downright beautiful. It just looks amazing. S: Wow, this is one of the most chocolaty-smelling imperial stouts Iíve ever encountered. There are also notes of hazelnut, cream, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, and slight dark fruit. No frills, but fuckiní fantastic regardless. T: It seems like Founders took the basic essence of a standard-issue RIS and distilled it into rapturous glory. I first notice flavors of cream, vanilla, and chocolate; before roasted malts envelop the tastebuds. The umami qualities on the finish are glorious, melding together with anise, tobacco, and pine flavors. It has just enough complexity to keep the palate guessing, while being simple enough that one can easily pick out the differing handful of flavors. Yum. M: You wouldnít expect such a thick, creamy monster to be so drinkable - but the delicately dry finish and brilliant alcohol concealment means this will be all gone before you know what to do. Itís not so dry as to render its aftertaste gutted, however; some syrupy linger remains without creating overpowering sweetness. One of the best RIS palate feels Iíve ever encountered outside of Nogne Oís RIS. O: Founders didnít reinvent the wheel, they just showed every other brewer how it should be made in the first place. A brilliant reminder why this is my favorite style out there, and a not-so-brilliant reminder that this was the only bottle I had. :(

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nazbion (285) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JUL 18, 2016
On tap at EAP S„o 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allanmb (150) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2016
Pours pitch black like oil with thick brown head. Aromas of chocolate and roasted malt, some vanilla and a hint of coffee. Slight metallic hint at the end lets it ídowní. Good mouth feel and decent carbonation for the style. Taste is dominated by roasted malts and hint of cocoa with a coffee bitterness. Slight astringency leads to quite an alcohol kick. Served at 14C. Very good but I think I prefer the breakfast stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrettGT (124) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle. Aroma of fudge, dark chocolate, sweet coffee, raisin, prune. Pours out pitch black with a thick one finger brown head. Taste is medium to medium plus sweet with a medium light bitterness. Very smooth taste that follows the aroma nicely. Full bodied, silky mouthfeel, soft carbonation and a big finish of dark chocolate, light roast and sweet coffee. Very solid imperial stout than leans to the sweeter side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werthergoethe (300) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JUL 9, 2016
Во вкусе и аромате черный кофе, горький шоколад. Плотное, черное пиво, пьется не слишком легко.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedSox2004 (1599) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 8, 2016
On tap at The Daily Pint. Jet black, completely opaque, with a modest dark brown head and minimal lace. Serious dark chocolate and coffee aromas accompanied by dark fruit, molasses and char. Strong semisweet chocolate flavor with a bitter hop kick; molasses sweetness, tobacco, dark fruits and earth also make a play. Warming alcohol throughout. Full body, minimal carbonation, thick, chewy mouthfeel and a lingering dark chocolate in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (401) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2016
Pitch black with small, brown head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee beans, roasted malt, chocolate. Taste is sweet with chocolate. Finish is a bit bitter with too much alcohol present. The pricetag makes it a good Imperial stout though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3939) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2016
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. This is a near black one with a tiny kinda sidesticking dark brown top. It has a strong roasted aroma with a undertone of something that could remind a bit of green bananas mixed with wet campfire rocks and chocolate. Sounds strange, but I like it. Thick and chewy on the mouthfeel with a soft prickling carbonation level. Lots of roasted flavors, and the chocolate isnít to subtle. Roasted coffee, lots of mouthdrying wood almost okay flavors. A bit of alcohol and some strong cold espresso coffee in the finish. Quite good, but picky as I am, I had hoped for a little more punch. 04.05.2013

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bil39sus (1) - Kentucky, USA - JUL 2, 2016 does not count
Pours like motor oil. Beautiful color. Smells sweet and coffee. Balanced. I buy this by the case. Iíve gone through four cases so far this year. An excellent Imperial Stout. My favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mesjasz (873) - Lodz, POLAND - JUN 26, 2016
Aroma of coffee, pralines, dark chocolate, vanilla. Taste is sweet and light bitter in the end. Flavor of chocolate, roasted coffee, pralines. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Barbicane (2) - - JUN 25, 2016 does not count
Great beer. Has a very thick mouth feel, with aromatic tones of mild coffee, strong chocolate. The bitterness comes in the end.

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