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RATINGS: 2049   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


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4.7
   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. It’s an amazingly heavy looking monster. The head is a one-finger dark tan color with fantastic texturing. Retention isn’t 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 I’ve ever encountered. There are also notes of hazelnut, cream, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, and slight dark fruit. No frills, but fuckin’ 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 wouldn’t 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. It’s 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 I’ve ever encountered outside of Nogne O’s RIS. O: Founders didn’t 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. :(


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LazyPyro (520) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2016
355ml bottle. Jet black with a one finger dark brown head, good retention. Aroma: roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee. Taste: follows the aroma, sweet dark fruit, roasted malts, caramel, some dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol, quite a bitter finish. Full bodied, slick creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
malthopsyeast (1) - - AUG 13, 2016 does not count
I haven’t tried every single imperial stout, but I’ve tried all those available in nyc, which is a lot. It’d bet anything Founders got a new brewmaster because they went from crap to brilliant. And I’d bet any that this is the best imperial stout in the whlole world.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (666) - HUNGARY - AUG 12, 2016
A legkedvesebb megjelenéssel rendelkezik, amellyel imperial stout csak bírhat, éjfekete, áthatolhatatlan, szirupos test fahéj-habbal. Parádés, telt aromái édes malátától harsognak, marcipános, robusztusra pörkölt, kissé szójás hangulatokat hordoznak. A hordós érlelés, vagy ízesítés hiányának hátrányából induló főzetek egyik legjobbika, jól felépített ízvilággal, gazdag karakterrel. A szirupos lágyság, a kávés, kakaós, olvasztott csokoládés jegyek meglepően marcona végjáték bevezetői, hiszen a lecsengés végtelenségbe nyúló kartondobozos szárazság, orvosságos keserűség formájában jelentkezik. Így még inkább érvényes rá a "nehézsúlyú" jelző, amely a nagy formátumú ízvilág mellett az alkoholfok mértékéből is adódhatna, bár a főzet intenzitásánál fogva ez utóbbi jellemvonás az egyetlen, amely alig észlelhető módon van jelen benne.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (2740) - SPAIN - AUG 11, 2016
Tap @ Irreale, Madrid, Spain. A: Black. T: Roasted malt, chocolate, sweet, coffee.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mariuspoenari (1378) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2016
Bottle at home. Pitch black, 100% opaque, pour, with a tall espresso head with good retention. The aroma includes notes of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, licorice and light smoke. The taste follows those notes, very roasty chocolate bitteress with some subtle pine resin and grapefruit peel notes. Full bodied, medium to soft carbonation and with a very roasty and full of chocolate finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (781) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Tummanruskea, miltei musta olut kohtalaisella tummanruskealla vaahdolla, jota jää pieni kerros oluen pinnalle. Tuoksu maltaisen paahteinen, kahvinen ja lakritsainen, oikein toimiva. Maku on pehmeän paahteinen ja suolainen, loppupuoleltaan katkeran kahvinen. Pitkä jälkimaku. Suutuntuma on keskitäyteläisen ja täyteläisen välimaastosta, melko öljyisen täyteläinen ja suupielet toisaalta sokeroiva, mutta samalla suussa katkeran humaloidulta maistuva lopputulos. Alkoholi hyvin piilossa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerowl80 (198) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma of roast malts, brown sugar, dark chocolate and coffee. Strong liquorice flavour with medium sweet and light bitterness. Good thick mouthfeel. Rich and satisfying.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rostetti (154) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle from Alko. Pours pitch black with brown head. Aroma has coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, some alcohol and dark fruits. Taste has coffee, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, some vanilla and alcohol. Has a nice bitter finish. Very good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokestereo (302) - SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2016 Pours pitch black with a light brown one finger high head. Aroma; Roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, some molasses, wet wood and alcohol in the end. Taste; Slight metallic, dark chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, coffee, vanilla , atouch of cocoa and alcohol in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nazbion (289) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JUL 18, 2016
On tap at EAP Săo 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.


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