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RATINGS: 1682   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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nakedwhendrunk (2182) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 10, 2013
It pours a pitch black color and leaves the same color body with a one inch tan foamy head that rises a bit and drops gently to a centimeter’s worth of head. Lacing is foamy and ringy, lightly clingy. The smell has coffee, malts, dark chocolate and just a bit of licorice really slightly in the background, all combined nicely and coming through in a robust sort of way. The taste is sweet and bitter at different times to show a fantastic complexity between the coffee to the malts, chocolate, and licorice. The palate is medium and smooth. It leaves a bitter aftertaste and finish. It is very drinkable. Overall, this is an absolutely awesome beer for its style and for me.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (4713) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
1/IX/14 - 12Fl. Oz bottle from a trade @ home - BB: n/a (2014-968) Thanks to hackobock for the trade!

Clear dark brown beer, big creamy irregular beige to brown head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: sweet, caramel, dried fruits, some overripe banana, alcohol, mocha, earthy, very complex. MF: ok carbon, full body, creamy texture. Taste: sweet start, mocha, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, little sweet, caramel. Aftertaste: pretty bitter, charcoal, hoppy, cocoa powder, some alcohol, mocha, coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (3) - IRELAND - SEP 28, 2014 does not count
Bottle from O'Briens. Pours oily jet black with a small dark coffee coloured head. Head doesn't last long but lacing remains throughout. Initial aroma is of chocolate, dark fruits and coffee, with dark chocolate notes becoming more prominent as the beer warms up along with a small hint of the alcohol. Taste is similar to the smell, loads of dark fruit, raisins, dark chocolate and coffee bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is nicely disguised. Texture is really smooth.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (3628) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"wish list brew - lived up to expectations, even though we had it with a few other beers. A little of everything...big viscous body, hoppy, bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice. pretty nice all around...does nothing to make Founders anything but one of the best brewers out there."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (1822) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle from Beer Shop: St Albans. Poured black, with a dense, dark brown head. Aroma of molasses, tar, slight smoke and leather. Thick, syrupy mouth feel, with some noticeable carbonation. Big flavours of dark fruit, burnt malt and coffee. Finish was espresso, treacle and ash.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangenblu62 (40) - Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Black az night thin chocolate colored head. Sweet caramelly aroma and taste. Thick mouth feel. Surprisingly high APV so definitely a sipping beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fin (7473) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Had this in bottle, purchased online from Beer of Europe. Consumed at home, Saturday 20th September 2014 Black as yer’ at, grimping mire black with a tan head that is almost milkshakey, its lovely. So, so smooth, its soft and hugely indulgent, wonderful beer. Chocolate and creamy, really superb for a fairly easily obtainable beer, it really is like a wonderful creamy milkshake stout, love it, some lingering light coffee. Great beer. A8 A4 T9 P5 Ov18. 4.4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2416) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2014
This is one of those beers that I’ve drank and continue to drink now, but never thought to rate. Incredibly cheap here in Oz, especially for an RIS, so there’s always a few bottles lying about.
Cellar temperature and into a snifter it goes. A year old bottle but fresh is the same. Used engine oil black, opaque and viscous with a scummy, tannish film atop just to complete the effect. Aroma of lanolin, peat, fresh strapped leather, molasses and liquorice root. The favour is remarkably nutty like roasted hazelnut and almond meal with a light touch of milk chocolate. Quite soft, oily, viscous yet overall lean with no hint of that ABV. Burnt wood and ash late, tobacco, vanillin, liquorice and molasses across the mid-palate with a mildly bitter malt peak in back. Chewy with a sweetness matched by mineral-like nuances. The length grows, tarrish, malty, roasted. This is a nice RIS but it does fall short of extraordinary. I love it, but it lacks the overall complexity of other Impys I have tried. Still, got to keep the stock on hand!! (12fl.Oz, no date stamp, 1st Choice Liquor, Willetton)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchPls (552) - FINLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Pitch fucking black and a thin dark beige head. Chocolate and liquorice on the nose. Full body. Very smooth and soft, like silk. Starts by being sweet but slowly turns bitter and roasted still keeping a perfect balance. This is excellent. A master class beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
teemoney (67) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter. Black/ dark brown pour with short brown quickly diminishing head. Heavy roasted malt and chocolate aromas. Taste has chocolate, roasted and sweet malts, and a slightly bitter coffee finish. Medium body, with creamy feel. Really solid imperial stout, especially for a "regular" beer. Pretty good flavor, well balanced, keeps well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (612) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle. Pitch black oily pour with a few millimeters of a beautiful beige head. Lots of dark chocolates and ground coffee, some vanilla fudge and light soy. Light char and even more chocolate in the finish. Wonderful and very well balanced!


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