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RATINGS: 2040   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Short 12oz bottle, bottled on 12/29/2011. Black pour, dark brown head. I’ve had "stouts" that are lighter in color than the foam of this beer. Immediate scent of licorice, charred grains. Nose contains a large dose of dark cocoa, some coffee, roast, burnt to a char sugars. Flavor is very burnt, its all roast, coffee notes, chocolate, and bitter licorice. A noticeable heat on the palate, linger hop flavor, wooded type. Mostly toasted malt, from start to finish. This is what one should expect from an American Imperial Stout (3270).

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Pours thick and dark brown. Smell is heavy with chocolate. Tastes of chocolate with subtle coffee notes. This is an amazing brew from a great brewery. Founders has yet to disappoint. Fantastic experience!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
umich03jm (3421) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2013 Wow, love this beer. Pitch black pour with a small brown head. Big lacing on the glass. Big big chocolate aroma along with coffee, roasted malt, and cream. Amazing scent. Taste is pretty amazing too. A nice sweet chocolate taste hits first which turns into a roasted malt taste with just a touch of bitterness. Very small alcohol burn. More flavors come out as it warms. Start tasting some more hops even. Just a great imperial stout. I have 6 more that I will cellar for a bit. Re-rate 2/22/13 - Just did a 2011 and 2012 bottle side by side. Also had this a couple other times. This beer is amazing. The hops tamed in the 2011 so it became more chocolaty and ashy. As both versions warm you get some tobacco and light soy sauce. Mouthfeel is oily and thick, perfect. I love both versions and cannot get enough of this beer. For the price, I don’t think you can get a better imperial stout except for maybe KBS.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2012
aroma, chocolate roasted malts and alcohol. your not seeing light through this on it’s pitch black. complex taste, chocolates toasted malt hint of coffee some bitterness alcohol comes through with warm finish. This is an awesome Imperial and lives up to the hype.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 S: HUGE bitter roasted profile. Big rich milk and bitter dark chocolate, rich dark fruits. Very fresh and hoppy - grapefruit citrus. The alcohol is not very well hidden A: Motor oil black with a beautiful dark mocha head, great lacing. One of The most beautiful beers. T: Like the nose with the rich chocolate and espresso P: Full and very chewy O: Just great stuff, rich and gooey and very bitter. Fantastic ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrownALEx (411) - Portland, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2013
12 oz motor oil black pour with a wonderful light brownish head. Burnt malts and coffee dominate the nose. Taste is full of coffee and chocolate. Palate is long and thick and perfect. Wow. This thing is ridiculous. Im trying to sip it and take it slow but I cant. With a very well hidden 10.5% I might be in trouble soon. This is the best imperial stout Ive had. So smooth, so rich, so perfect.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (1259) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate. Appearance dark black, dark brown head. Taste is great, thick coffee, very fresh. Mouthfeel is perfect, soft carbonation. Overall, I’m very happy I finally get to taste this. Amazing.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2013
The beer pours an opaque black with a very small brown head, and the aroma is of toasted malts, dough, and basement aromas. Once sipped, it is quite bitter but still hearty and slightly sweet. The heaviness of this beer coats the tongue nicely, and there is a lasting bitter finish that leaves you wanting more.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AskForJenny (1064) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2013
12 oz - Roasted marshmallows, vanilla dominate the flavors with sufficient carbonation

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Smooth, creamy, and sweet. Sweet aroma. Black color with fat head. Roasty and chocolatey.


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