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RATINGS: 1878   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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Seabass1964 (28) - Paragould, Arkansas, USA - APR 26, 2014
Very nice imperial stout as we all have grown to expect from a great Brewer like Founders. One of the best non-BA Stouts Iíve had. The perfect blend of coffee, vanilla, cocoa, and maltiness. I could drink this every day.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikkos (274) - FINLAND - MAY 6, 2015
Ohh well. Basically for looks I always rate 3 or 4 but this is as close to perfect it can get. Black oily looks, huge veige creamy head. Oh well could leave more lacing maybe. Aroma is huge smoked malts, coffee, chokolate, roast, fruity hops. Taste is smooth smoked malts, coffee, chocolate. Smooth and balanced mouthfeel and I've got a hurry so yes. This was awesome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hallstein (235) - Skogn, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2015
33cl bottle served in a tulip glass. The brew is inky black and thick with a small dark brown head. Aroma has dark, dark chocolate. Quite like a brownie or a chocolate cake. Coffee, some slight dark fruits and spices. Flavor is quite hefty. Thick, thick mouthfeel with flavors of chocolate cake and coffee. Quite bitter finish, but it balances the sweetness in a good way. This is one hell of a beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABT_S54 (241) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
33cl bottle served in a snifter. Pitch black and the darkest brown head I have seen. Very thick but not overly so. Chocolate coated raisins explode with the initial sweetness and then a quite profound bitterness appears from the blackness. A close to perfect imperial stout and is only marked down as I find this can be quite varied. Some are world-class others merely better than average. Never been disappointed just some have been better than others.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeAndrews (30) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
Pours black with a small tan head. Aromas of chocolate, sweet, alcohol and roasted malt. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Full bodied. Great balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miyauchi38 (585) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2015
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1461) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Love Founders, itís like they can do no wrong. One of the prettiest stouts Iíve ever pour- black with deep cocoa creamed head and uber lacing. Very smooth and rich. Some roasted malts, dark berry, mild coffee, some chocolate. Dig it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4762) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2015
Poured deep dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of sweet berries, fudge, toasted malt. Full body, flavour as the aroma, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, moderately bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gary (1528) - Piss-ant Valley, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
330ml; .It appears fucken grate in the snifter ... A large beige head rests nicely ,with slug like lacing ...evil black lookiní brew ; I was excited to pick this up today . I am a Founders fan on sporadic samples . This nose is vivid chocolate , roast malt , coffee , fudge , burnt notes ,toffee . this beer is complex , rich , and coherent ; i love the way it opens richly , explores into bitter roasted accents and ends smooth .. notes of bitter dark chocolate , chewy fudge ,. fucken good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dorkenstein (25) - - APR 28, 2015
Cocoa, leather, and oak in the aroma. Taste is initially sweet milk chocolate, then vanilla and a smokey flavor emerges in the middle palate. The finish is bitter and dry, creating the desire for another sip. It has an oily feel on the palate and warms the chest due to its high abv. I wish I would have had this in January by the fire.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5571) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 28, 2015
355 ml bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 10.5%, 90 IBU. Pitch black colour, impressive brown head. Roasty aroma, roast malts, strong coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, tar, wood and a hint of smoke. Rich mouthfeel. Medium sweet and rich flavour, roast malts, liquorice and strong coffee galore, bitter hops in the finish. High "Wow!" factor.


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