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RATINGS: 1644   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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (7729) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Thanks to JCapriotti for this one. Pours raven black with medium dark tan head. Definite 5 for appearance. Aroma of malt, chocoff, big hops, cinnamon, jalapeno oil. Tastes malty, with big chocoff, some licorice and raisins, oats, oak, corn flakes. Acquires a chocolate syrup essence at the finish, with more dark fruit and spice (raisins, licorice, cinnamon). The palate is dense, smooth, complex, and very well balanced. Well hidden alcohol. Sherlock Holmes said, "When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." For me, the saying goes, "If you cannot make any deductions, then the score must be perfect." Congratulations to Founders for jumping into my all-time pantheon, joining Three Floydís and Stoudtís with 2 perfect ratings. Iíd bang Oprah Winfrey for a case of this stuff.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.5% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C Purchased at: Joe Canalís Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.75 Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, sugar, syrup, carbon, toast, winter evenings, fireplace Visuals: beautiful, exquisite packaging like all Founders brews, dark as midnight, absolutely black, light does not escape, starts with thick tan head, which dissipates over time but does not disappear, lace stays for a while. Taste: delicious balance, syrupy but not cloying malt flavor, deep and acrid hop flavor afterwards. Palate: Smooth, silky velvet feel. lingers upon the tongue and in the mouth. Coating, sticky, and delicious. Overall: What an amazing brew. Iíll have it again, at least 3 times, though Iíd love to have it at least once a week. originally posted at: <a href="http://beercritic.wordpress.com/"&

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cavie (3750) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Midnight black pour, no light comes through at all. Small brown head with plenty of lacing. There is a lot of complexity in the aroma, with chocolate notes present. Very thick mouthfeel, with a high roasted chocolate flavor. Alcohol is felt more than tasted. Lingering finish for several minutes, with a dark chocolate aftertaste. This is a glorious beer!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (917) - Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours motor oil black with very minimal dark brown fizz. Smells strongly of coffee, espresso, big chocolate notes, and a touch of roast. Taste is big, powerful, lots of chocolate and bold coffee. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Founders Imperial Stout finishes with some bitterness that lingers a little bit.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
A: Poured a nice rich deep brown/black with good carbonation leaving a nce brown, frothy cap S: Dark chocolate, milk chocoate and a nice roaste dmalt with a light hint of coffee and oatmeal T: Wow. Nice rich milk chocolate upfront with some dark chocolate, a bit of booze mixed with roasted malts, oatmeal and some light pine resin. Delicously decadent, a FBS minus the big coffee. The finish is so smooth and easy to down. M: Big, rich full bodied and down right fantastic. Loads of flavor, booze is well hidden behind the massive flavor O: Outstanding in every aspect!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bucketochicken (15) - Chicago, - JAN 20, 2013
So thick it almost climbs back up into the bottle as you pour it. Darker than a singularity. Chocolatey like an Oomp-Loompaís workboots. Heavy, thick, slightly boozy, coffee, chocolate, roastiness, woody, dark, amazing. Nose and taste really change as it warms, becoming more complex & nuanced. Just a terrific stout overall.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dudebun (136) - GERMANY - MAY 8, 2013
One of the top beers for me at the CBC2013, only one I went back for more of (3 times).

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Perfect example of an IS. Founders set the bar on this one. Nice roasty flavor with ABVís that are masked well enough that this beer is incredibly easy to drink despite the high ABVís and the thickness of this brew. Awesome beer glad I have a few in the cellar for another time.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MHOSKINS (73) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2014
An incredible imperial stout that is now my favorite. Very smooth, not boosy and full of flavor. A must for any stout enthusiast. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
iStout (11) - - JAN 26, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 Awesome Stout ! Very strong tasting, dense, dry coffee/ chocolate stout... Love how it tastes thicker than it is, Like its distilled or like chocolate/ expresso syrup, but better tasting. Similar to Thirsty Dogís Siberian Night imperial stout, but with less hops. ..and less hops taste better on a empty stomach, like I am now. This Founders stout is excellent, and drinking them both, side by side tonight, I think I like Founders better today. Itís richer & denser, but not sweet either. Will do more testing, on different days, to be sure...some has to do it ! Today, Iím leaning toward Founders as the best Stout in the world.


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