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RATINGS: 1755   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Concealer (851) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Pours clear dark reddish brown with a small tan head; thick and oily. Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee and dark fruit. Flavor is the same with a slightly warm end. Full bodied, velvety smooth.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
visionthing (3051) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2015
35,5cl bottle at Pahad Poisid, Tartu. Pours pitch black like used motor oil, not much head but some beige bubbles are present. Roasty aroma with dark, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, hops, hints of citrus and wood. Sweet, complex and deliciously flavourful. Well balanced and the 90 IBUs are surprisingly well hidden. Full body, somewhat oily and with carbonation on the sodt side. Simply delicious!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bconch (302) - - JAN 24, 2015
Jet black color with almost no head. Pleasant smell of chocolate, roasted malts and a subtle sweetness. Incredibly smooth and balanced. Bitter finish. Can’t even detect the alcohol. Another great Founders beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
floydslip (210) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Holy! This is black as pitch with a billowy dark chocolate milk head. Nose of rich cocoa, balsamic vinegar, and salted caramel. Flavor is ridiculous with chocolate mousse, sweet vanilla, leather, smoke, licorice, bitter coffee, and something antiseptic all fighting for prominence. The mouth feel is oily, but not as viscous as some other imperial stouts. Still, an amazingly flavorful stout that is worth savoring.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmonster (992) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Aged bottle. Pours dense black with a short light brown head. Aroma grows increasingly complex as it warms. Dark chocolate, smoke and berry over heavily roasted and other malts. Medium sweet cocoa attack that quickly bitters to cold espresso infused with a dose of hops. Full body, thick, lip-sticky texture, soft carbonation and an extra-long bitter and warming finish. Dynamite stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jared_Clifton (11) - - JAN 21, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2015 Pours black with small brown head. Medium to heavy body. Flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and caramel with a hop bitterness.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ronaldtheriot (1367) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Founders Imperial Stout has a medium, tan head, lots of lacing rings left on the glass, and a black appearance. Some slight brown does show up on the edges, under direct sunlight. The aroma is of sweet, sharp, intensely dark-roasted malt. Taste is of charred malt, sweetness, some cream, a bit of coffee, possibly chocolate and dark fruits, a shade of licorice, and high bitterness, seemingly from the burnt effects. Mouthfeel is heavy and slick, and Founders Imperial Stout finishes rich and impactful. The alcohol provides warmth, as the beer is consumed. RJT

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1047) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2015
pours pitch black with a one finger tan head which fades to some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, espresso, bakers coco, dark fruits, licorice, anise, molasses, and some caramel. Taste is is pretty similar to the aroma with maybe just a little booze in the finish. Has a medium-full body with a creamy, oily mouthfeel and a semi-moderately bitter, long lingering finish. Overall, a tasty, pretty complex imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tekstr1der (41) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Pitch black pour with almost no head, and very little lacing - it was slightly disappointing. If cold, you can see the syrupy thickness of this liquid, though it really comes into its own a little warmer. Aroma is mostly of coffee, some malt and medicine. Amazingly smooth, slightly viscous mouth-feel, with flavors of coffee. Almost no alcohol flavor. Remarkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2269) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2015
2012 release (from 2012 notes) in a 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Plenty of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Small light brown head is short-lived but leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Thick, opaque, black-brown liquid. An earthy barleywine-meets-stout aroma, with some of the ample ABV showing. Rich dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and dark chocolate, and a stronger impression of dark fruits. This profile is more or less repeated in the head, although the flavor is not exactly what the aroma portends: It is less sour, much more bitter, and less fruity. Very rich, with an over-the-top, strong flavor from dark malts, with enough hop load to contribute to the taste beyond just the substantial bittering (IBU = 90!). More coffee in both the nose and mouth, as well as improved flavor with warming. Feel: light carbonation; smooth and very full body. Can feel the alcohol on the tongue, and in the warming on the way down. O: an extreme beer. The sheer strength, relatively high bitterness, too much sourness, plus some hints of smoke and burnt malt make this beer a bit of a challenge. Not an attractive substitute for Breakfast Stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Florya (403) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2015
How: Bottle. Appearance: Black, medium tan head. Aroma: Cocoa, vanilla, smokiness, caramel Palate: Full body, smooth carbonation.


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