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RATINGS: 1700   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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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4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sharkweek (102) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Black as a dark fellow. Aroma of a starbucks after quarterly inventory. the flavor is intense bitter followed by subtle Coffee notes! Get it while you can!


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hohops (302) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Appearance is black, opaque, a half-finger tan coloured head which goes quickly. Aroma- dark chocolate, chocolate fudge, vanilla, big roasted malt, caramel undertones, dark fruits and cherry skin. Taste- a bit like a dark chocolate milkshake at first, dark chocolate, espresso bitterness, vanilla undertones, plenty of roasted malt, hint of coconut, pretty thick and slick mouthfeel, clings to the mouth at the end. Alcohol well hidden. Really lovely stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
humlelala (1011) - DENMARK - OCT 18, 2014
(35 cl bottle from Bradley’s Off-license, Cork; No visible BBD; Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip) Pours pitch black with one finger toffee head. Decent retention, good regeneration and nice lace. Aroma is dark with notes of rye bread and syrup. Creamy texture, full body, soft carbonation and a lingering, bitter finish. Flavour is bitter throughout with the alcohol well masked and the sweetness nicely playing second fiddle to what I assume must be hop bitterness as it’s hardly very ascerbic. Girlfriend says: "It has a taste that is a bit like pancakes when they get a bit burnt like my mother usually makes them."

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (200) - HONG KONG - OCT 17, 2014
From Borough Market in London. Watery opaque pitch black with creamy milk chocolate-brown head that's very finely carbonated. Watery long lacing. Smells very raisiny, soy sauce, very rich roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate and hop. Taste is sharp acidic roasted malt, salty and quite bitter. Body is silky, medium-thick, very smooth. Astringent acidic finish. Huge complex beer but too much raisin (especially in the nose) for my personal taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (993) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2014
@ Havregatan 141017. Bottle (355 ml) from Systembolaget (35:-). Roasted malty with lots of chocolate and coffee, quite sweet, medium to full body with an oily texture. The finish is long, dry and roasted with notes of chocolate and licorice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (258) - HONG KONG - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle from Borough Market in London at home. Thick black pour with brown creamy head. Some lacing. Aroma is caramel, very raisin/boozy, roasted malt. Taste is big. Lots of booze, roasted, a bit nutty and chocolatey, with a bitter finish that lasts a good while. Palate is very rich, not like Even More Jesus, but a good bit richer than Rasputin. Very good Imperial Stout but a little too much raisin for my taste (and a bit too little hops).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
355 ml. bottle shared by Kraddel during the (Ice) Cider/Perry tasting @ Barely Legal Tasting Room. Thank you! Black, mocha head only on the sides. Nose is thick mocha with soy sauce & vegetable notes. Taste is bitter soy sauce, herbal, liquorish, sweet mocha, coffee, very bitter, chocolate. Ligher carbonation. Not a fan, this feels older, maybe age has not been kind to it?

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
355ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass. From a trade with Stevedore. A: Pours a deep black oiled color forming a big, thin bubbled and creamy brown head. Medium retention and tons of lingering lacings left in the glass. A thin layer just remains forever in the top S: Strong roasted malts upfront. Very earthy. Followed by strong notes of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Wood and earth. A bit booze in the end T: Sweet and roast upfront. Very earthy! Very biscuity too. Strong notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, licorice and dark fruits. Intense bitter end. Perfect taste M: Heavy and creamy body. Medium carbonation. Great roasted and bittersweet aftertaste O: Great drinkability. Just another Founders masterpiece. Thanks Steve!!! [ BA Review @ 7/26/2013 ]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (2074) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
On tap at Rattle N Hum, New York, NY. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Roasty, malty, coffee aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, coffee, a little chocolate, rich, smooth and complex. Great Imperial stout from Founders.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
outlawskies (962) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie thinks oily and okay. Kund if bitty Kind of hoppy she. Gives a 3.3 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mmm_Good_Drink (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2014 does not count
Appearance: Black with a brown head that quickly dissipates. Nose: Intensity is medium plus. Prominent black fruits and candied fruits on the nose. Bitter chocolate is also present. Alcohol is present. A little sherry and stewed fruit as well. Palate: Body is full minus. Texture is slick plus. Carbonation is soft. Taste: Taste is similar to the nose. Black fruits, candied fruits and bitter chocolate are most powerful flavors. A surprising flavor of smoke starts the long-minus finish followed by sweeter chocolate. A powerful fruit forward imperial stout. It should age well.


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