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RATINGS: 1638   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
seth_lfod (323) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle poured into a snifter. Jet black with a small mocha head that dissipates to a film. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, and spent coffee grounds. Taste is super smooth, just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. Dark chocolate dominates with slight coffee undertones. Some nice hoppy bitterness in there as well. Mouthfeel is medium which is tricky because it looks thicker than it is. Really enjoyed this offering from Founders and I am glad I have another bottle.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4220) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle. Black beer with a strong but soon disappearing head. The aroma is strongly bitter, roasted, and vinous. The flavour has plenty of coffee roasted bitterness and maltiness. Overall a nice beer with plenty of roastedness and coffee bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wvhoran (73) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle from Cool Wine. Pitch black with a mean brown head. The aroma makes itself known from a distance--molasses, roast malt, liquorice, chocolate. In the flavour, a sweet palate is dominated by molasses and roast malt, a cocoa-like bitter chocolate, there is also an impression of cinnamon. A thick, full body, bitter finish. Showstopper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nicke80 (75) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2014
33cl bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours dark with little head. Sweet aroma with cocoa notes. sweet taste with cocoa and vanilla taste. Sweet after taste with cocoa notes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scottishchris (157) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle from the hive. Pitch black, little fizzy dark tan head. Bitter coffee grounds on the nose, fruity undertones. Thickish mouth, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Nicely bitter, good finish. What a beer for the price!

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
PelleCarlsson (2) - - JUL 3, 2014 does not count
En väldigt mörk öl med kraftigt skum. Härlig doft av kaffe och choklad. Bra balans mellan sötma och beska. Det jag kan invända mot är att det är lite för mycket smak. Men definitivt en öl som jag gärna dricker igen.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ingevara (785) - SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2014
Very dark, almost oily liquid. Dark thick foam. Smoky aroma, an - for a stout - unusual aggressive bitterness. Apparent alcohol level. A lot of bite, not so smooth. Not a favourite but quite drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2035) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle Drinkstore (020714) Pitch black, dirty tan head dissipates......nose of dark malts, some earthy roast, slight dark fruit underneath......taste of rich dark malts, some earthy roast, bit of charcoal, soft coffee grounds, alcohol bit noticeable, bitter plain dark chocolate malts, dark treacle..... palate full body, soft carb, fairly bitter. Finish has rich dark malts, some bitter earthy roast, oily residue..... Overall - Some rich dark malts in here... seems a tad rough and harsh to me though, perhaps better when cellered...BBE 12/11/2014

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mad_Ferret (617) - SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 Bottle @ home, 14/6-14.
App: Kolsvart och viskös, och de små bubblorna i ölet får kämpa sig upp för att endast lyckas bygga ett finger högt brunt skumlock som snart dör ut och endast lämnar en ring längs med ytan efter sig.
Aroma: Söt och intensivt rostad med massa espresso, svett trä, läder, melass, sötlakrits och hettande alkohol.
Taste: Söt och kraftigt rostad med stark träig espresso, melass och mörk choklad. Hög beska med drag av malört, lakrits och en splash alkohol i avslutet som sträcker sig långt i eftersmaken med beska barr och alkohol.
Palate: Stor maffig kropp med oljigt klibbig textur och en snygg mjukt frasig kolsyra som rullar över tungan och jämnar ut smakerna på ett elegant sätt.
Overall: Det är sött, aggressivt och lite alkoholhett. Men det är riktigt välgjort och på något sätt så lyckas de stora penseldragen skapa en sorts balans tillsammans. Det här blir säkert mycket bättre efter en 3-5 år, men redan nu är det ett imponerande öl. Riktigt bra!.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1167) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours black with a small dense brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, ash, coffee. Taste is medium sweet, dark chocolate, smooth, rounded bitter roasted finish. Medium/full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abrakarl (278) - SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2014
Beautiful beer with that luxurious look. The head slowly receeding. Complex aroma and taste. Smooth but has a subtle power. Think it has prunes or plums in taste and aroma, besides the obvious coffee and chocolate. Slightly bitter. Well done!


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