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RATINGS: 1760   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sitzds (318) - - JAN 26, 2014
12oz bottle poured into stout goblet. Very dark brown to black liquid with light brown head that stands two fingers tall before settling to a sheen and leaving some patches of lace. Aroma is very roasty malts, unsweetened chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, molasses, and alcohol. Taste is initially sweet roasted malts, with cocoa and dark fruit followed by coffee (and maybe some hop) bitterness and fruity esters on the finish. Medium-full body, creamy and thick texture, soft carbonation, long bitter finish and warming alcohol sensation.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HughConway (817) - Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2015
12oz bottle. Pours deepest darkest northern night black, traces of a khaki head. Aroma of a liqorice and coffee. Taste is rich roast malt, sweet, some bitter to clear. It’s perfect for a winter evening.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2125) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Opaque black-brown with a large medium-brown head and very good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, woodsy roasted malt, molasses, dark toast and berries. Taste of chocolate, charred wood, roasted malt, berries and molasses. Very full body and medium/low carbonization with a slightly viscous mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsmitty80 (1858) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Its founders and its an IS so you know what you are getting. A heavy but beautifully crafted IS that hits on all notes of chocolate, roast and alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
darb85 (97) - Canton, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Oily thick. Sweet nose. Woody and vanilla with coffee chocolate finish. Very good. Fresh 2014. Going to age and try as we go.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (1486) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2015
Svart med lavt lys brunt skum. Espresso, rosiner, mørke frukter og kakaopulver. Bittersalt smak med noe fruktsødme. Salt lakris, mørk sjokolade og kakaopulver. Kort salt noe oljete avslutning.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
visionthing (3055) - 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 (993) - 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 (13) - - 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.


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